(FreedomBeacon.com)- In an interview with Russian-state TV, the director-general of Russia’s Roscosmos space agency said it might be possible that some so-called UFO sightings could be related to extraterrestrial intelligent life but most of the sightings are easily explained.
Roscosmos Director-General Dmitry Rogozin said during a TV interview that aired last Friday that the Russian Academy of Sciences has been investigating UFO sightings dating back to the 1970s. And while 99.9 percent of them were atmospheric or other physical phenomena unrelated to intelligent life, the academy does accept that extraterrestrial life could exist.
Rogozin conceded that some people believe human beings are being observed by other intelligent life forms the way humans study microbes. But most of the reports he’s reviewed are from Soviet test pilots in the 1970s whose sightings usually occurred during their first test flights.
Last month, the US House held the first public hearings on UFOs in over fifty years.
A House intelligence subcommittee heard testimony from Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security, Ronald Moultrie, and Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence, Scott Bray. Moultrie and Bray are overseeing the Pentagon’s new task force to investigate “unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs)
Last year, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence reported that there had been 144 UAP encounters from 2004 to 2021. Bray told the committee that the number of encounters logged in the UAP database is now about 400. However, since some of those were historical or anecdotal, Bray expects that number to drop over time.
The subcommittee was shown a video clip declassified by the Pentagon of one UAP encounter with a pilot at a US Navy training base. The clip showed a spherical object zooming past at an extremely high speed.
Another image released by intelligence officials showed strange glowing triangles in the sky. However, after investigation, those triangles were revealed to be unmanned drones, Bray explained.
Both Bray and Moultrie repeatedly assured members of the subcommittee that the task force would seek to be more transparent than the Pentagon has been in the past regarding UAPs. They told the lawmakers that information under their purview that does not pose a national security risk will be declassified.