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Elon Musk Is Very Confident UFOs Exist

But we're not as certain

Heidi Lux
September 20 2021

Now that Elon Musk has entered the space game, he might have stumbled on to evidence of extra-terrestrial life, namely in the form of UFOs - at least, he seems to think as much. That said, if there’s something to find, it’s likely that he might have found it by now – especially with his company SpaceX causing traffic in low-Earth orbit. Right? Well, maybe...

But one thing is for sure. Musk has never been one to shy away from controversy, and he recently stirred the pot again with a Tweet about unidentified flying objects.

A possible glimpse into the future? Shutterstock

The eccentric entrepreneur recently Tweeted, “I'm not saying there are UFOs... but there are UFOs". The comment was part of a thread about the updated Tesla full self-driving system. “'In principle, even if a UFO crashed on the road right in front of you, it would still avoid the debris,” Musk Tweeted about the system.  

Elon being Elon: Twitter

While Musk most likely was trying to plug his car by courting controversy, Twitter had a field day. Some Twitter users asked if SpaceX had found evidence of aliens. Some even asked if Musk himself was an alien.   

If you’re poking around in space, it just seems like someone would’ve seen a UFO by now. And in fact, people have – but they remain unidentified. The phenomenon is so important that Congress has plans to establish an office in the Office of the Secretary of Defense just to investigate UFO sightings by the military. The new office will create a standardized procedure for collecting and analyzing UFO sightings.   
While it’s cool to think that the government is concerned about an Independence Day situation happening, the office has more Earthly ambitions. It plans to evaluate “links between unidentified aerial phenomena and adversarial foreign governments, other foreign governments, or non-state actors.”  

The government has already probed UFOs. Earlier this year, the Pentagon released a report studying 144 UFO sightings between 2004 and 2021. The results? As vague as Elon Musk’s Tweet. The investigators found that the UFOs were definitely real, physical objects because they could be detected through radar and other means. However, they were neither able to confirm nor deny that the UFOs had an alien origin. So basically, the results were, “who knows?”  

While it would be freaky to find irrefutable evidence of alien life, what we’ve actually found by studying UFOs is possibly worse. Studying UFOs isn’t about looking for other sentient life forms. It’s for looking to see if espionage is afoot. And Tweeting about UFOs isn’t about revealing some big secret we learned by sending rockets into space. It’s about a marketing gimmick for an electric car.  ​

Related: A New Combatant Has Entered The Space Race



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