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Several media organizations are reporting in May 2008 about news, past and present, concerning extraterrestrials. Check out what the British government, U.S. astronauts, and the Vatican chief astronomer have to say.



United Kingdom

A British report, released on Wednesday, May 14, 2008, by the National Archives in the United Kingdom is titled “Report of Unusual Aerial Phenomenon.” It contains over 1,000 pages of formerly secret documents about unidentified flying objects (UFOs). (Clicking on the above link will take you to the National Archives "Report.")

The incidents within the Report are from the years between the late 1970s and early 1980s—all from the United Kingdom.

UFO expert David Clarke worked with members of the National Archives to make the Report public. During these years, the British government investigated each UFO report because of concern over possible infiltration of the Russians during the Cold War.

Clarke stated, “The Ministry of Defense doesn't have any evidence that our defenses were breached by alien craft. They never found one, no bits of one. That's all we can say."

Read the full story at Fox News “Britain Opens Up Secret UFO Files.”

United States

In a second story about ETs, U.S. astronauts from the STS-123 mission, which landed in March 2008 from their successful mission to the International Space Station, talked about space aliens at a news conference held in Tokyo, Japan.

NASA mission specialist Mike Foreman stated, “If we push back boundaries far enough, I'm sure eventually we'll find something out there. Maybe not as evolved as we are, but it's hard to believe that there is not life somewhere else in this great universe.”

Japanese astronaut Takao Doi, also a member of the STS-123 crew, added, "Life like us must exist elsewhere in the universe.”

STS-123 commander Dominic Gorie also commented, “As we travel in the space, we don't know what we'll find. That's the beauty of what we do. I hope that someday we'll find what we don't understand.”

Please read the entire article “Space station astronauts confident alien life will be found” from The Tech Herald.

The chief science advisor at the Vatican also has comments on extraterrestrials. Please turn the page.




The Vatican

In a similar story, Jose Gabriel Funes—the Vatican’s chief astronomer, director of the Vatican Observatory, and science advisor to the Pope—stated that space aliens could exist.

Funes made his comments in the Vatican newspaper (L'Osservatore Romano) article “The Extraterresrial is My Brother,” which was published on Tuesday, May 13, 2008.

Talking about the largeness of the universe and how life on other planets could exist, Funes stated, “In my opinion this possibility exists. Astronomers believe the universe is made up of 100 billion galaxies, each of which consists of 100 billion stars. ... Life forms could exist in theory even without oxygen or hydrogen."

Funes says that believing in alien life forms does not contradict the Catholic faith in God.

He added, "How can we rule out that life may have developed elsewhere. Just as we consider earthly creatures as 'a brother,' and 'sister,' why should we not talk about an 'extraterrestrial brother'? It would still be part of creation."

Funes also stated that science does not contradict religion and the Big Bang is a reasonable explanation to the creation of the Universe.

Funes and members of the Vatican Observatory have consistently held views that science and religion do not conflict and that they should be viewed as compatible.

Read the entire story at Fox News “Vatican: It’s Ok For Catholics to Believe in Aliens.”

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William Atkins

William Atkins completed educational degrees in science (bachelor’s in physics and mathematics) from Illinois State University (Normal, United States) and business (master’s in entrepreneurship and bachelor’s in industrial relations) from Western Illinois University

 

 

 

 

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