Seizing on a comment by Dennis Kucinich about a UFO sighting, UFO believers have renewed a call for government resources to be wasted on investigating things that people see in the sky and cannot identify. The Reuters story does not identify the members of the “international panel” other than to say they are former pilots and government officials. 9/11 is invoked (of course) as a reason why somehow now we really have to pay attention to UFOs. I’m not exactly sure how that works: are aliens going to crash into our building? Or will we misinterpret an alien spaceship as hijacked airliner or foreign bomber? Our money would be much better spent educating people about the things that are in the sky rather than investigating the least likely explanation (aliens) of all possible explanations. The Air Force sums it up concisely: “Since the termination of Project Blue Book, nothing has occurred that would support a resumption of UFO investigations.”

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Planetary Scientist and Asst. Professor of Physics at University of Central Florida; Movie Buff; Trekkie; Jethro Tull fanatic; part-time actor, piano player, writer; and full-time husband and father.

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  1. You’re an extraordinarily ill-informed person on the topic of UFO’s. Logic dictates that you should do some research into the topic before spouting nonsense.

    “(the article)…does not identify the members of the “international panel” other than to say they are former pilots and government officials.”

    A less-than 10 second web search finds a list of the speakers:
    http://www.prweb.com/releases/Unidentified_Flying/object_UFO_event/prweb567548.htm

    I wasn’t aware that the three doctors, half a dozen ex-military officials and a former state governor were supposed to be taken lightly…

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