"The universe is a pretty big place. If it's just us, seems like an awful waste of space," wrote Carl Sagan in the 1985 book Contact. That has proven to be a topic the Pentagon has been investigating.
It was just three years ago that former US Naval officers reveal a 2004 encounter with possible a UFO in an extensive New York Times interview.
“I would hope somebody is checking it out!” physicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson exclaimed in a CNN interview. “I hope there’s a program from our Defense Department to make sure they do not pose a threat. Sure enough, that’s what the program was.”
This week, the Pentagon released new footage of unidentified flying objects, which are technically just that, not necessarily space aliens trying to invade. But 80-year-old former Senate Leader Harry Reid warned: “The U.S. needs to take a serious, scientific look at this and any potential national security implications. The American people deserve to be informed.”
Reid's state houses the air force base Area 51, speculated by science fiction books, films and television shows to house evidence of UFO technology and extraterrestrial biological entities.
Americans responded to the news Tuesday by going full Fox Mulder and proclaiming "the truth is out there."
You can see the best tweets below:
the aliens when they came to earth... #aliensarereal https://t.co/0tw8RKZ8Bv— ɑӏҽ ♡༄ avin day ✨🥳 (@ɑӏҽ ♡༄ avin day ✨🥳) 1588103013.0
The aliens after seeing us fail to free their people from Area 51: #AliensExist #aliensarereal https://t.co/erXN34IMxA— Benjamin ‘Camry’ L. #BLM (@Benjamin ‘Camry’ L. #BLM) 1588090102.0
Idk why y'all trippin now, we knew aliens were real #aliensarereal https://t.co/CLnf7IbqDT— That's right (@That's right) 1588101068.0
When aliens visit earth in may #aliensarereal https://t.co/nx1mcKQ0NK— Sam (@Sam) 1588088525.0
#aliensarereal this tweet did not age well 💀 https://t.co/pBC1GYS9Bi— Nerd (@Nerd) 1588089784.0
*Wake up* Sees #AliensAreReal trending. *Goes back to sleep* I’m over 2020.— Santana / Proud & Powerful🇵🇷 (@Santana / Proud & Powerful🇵🇷) 1588080144.0
I'm getting an alien tattoo as a sign of loyalty... just incase #aliensarereal https://t.co/77VdK9gVm6— Haron Rono (@Haron Rono) 1588102103.0
Rare picture Of UFO leaked out. #UFO came to earth to take #KimJongUn with them. 😂😂😂 That's why he is missing. Two… https://t.co/UyUAAziX7b— Priyank Sharma (@Priyank Sharma) 1588095320.0
Do you think if I knock up a alien I can get a green card to live on their planet cause I hate it here.… https://t.co/GbS4cdHAoo— Melon Lord 🇸🇻 (@Melon Lord 🇸🇻) 1588100287.0
recovered audio from the pentagon UFO videos #aliensarereal https://t.co/vV6eYGjFzI— jordan mendoza (@jordan mendoza) 1588110660.0