During a press conference, NASA's current administrator and former Florida Senator, Bill Nelson (D), was asked by a reporter about UFOs. Unfazed by the question, Nelson replied in the affirmative by saying he had previous knowledge about UFOs going back many years due to his tenure in the Obama administration as a former member of the Intelligence and the Armed Services Committee, and that he had in fact talked with the pilots involved in the sightings:
Well, I just want you to know what you have seen on the TV recently, on the Navy films. I had known about this in my former capacity in Intel and the Armed Services Committee. And I’ve talked to those pilots. And they think it’s real. So I had talked to Thomas, Dr. Z, about what specifically we could do from a science perspective, in addition to an Intel perspective, to try to bring any additional light to this. You want to comment on that?
In a follow-up question, The Guardian journalist asked about "NASA’s work identifying extraterrestrial life," a question that was addressed by Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen - the Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate:
Yeah, look, I mean, I’m happy to in the realm of science, we’re all about unidentified issues, and objects and whatever before, that’s what we do. We find something with our observatories, looking at the sky looking at the earth, and we go analyze it. We have, you know, history is full of examples of things that were identified, or were referred to as UFOs, you know, some types of clouds, you know, phenomena, better phenomena that way. And, and for me, I personally think that as we look at, the origin of life and other worlds, and then look at, and really what we, what we, especially at the molecular, you know, and bacterial level, which is what we’re really using the tools of science for, the kind of questions that focus on life elsewhere, are, are very much in the realm of what we do using the tools of science. So we will do whatever we can to move our understanding forward. In many cases, all I wanted to just say what we learned so far in the last few decades is people tend to underestimate nature. Nature is an amazing place where a lot of miracles happen. That, you know, once we understand, it’s like, why didn’t we think of that? But the point is, there’s amazing science out there that remains to be discovered. We’re committed to continue to do that, especially as we take on new tools, whether it’s James Webb, whether it’s, you know, you know, the Dragonfly outer missions, to look at life in other in other worlds.
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NASA Administrator Bill Nelson and other agency leaders held a press conference at the agency's Washington, D.C., headquarters. NOTE: There are audio issues with this program.