Although the government may want you to believe that UFO's are simply weather balloons or the like, the fact that it has heavily funded several research projects shows otherwise. Dr. J Allen Hynek was an American astronomer, professor, and ufologist. He worked on government research projects which included Project Sign , Project Grudge, and Project Blue Book. Essentially these projects were to determine what UFO's are and if they intend to be, or are, harmful to humans.
It's quite interesting that the government would spend copious amounts of money on something they regularly insist are clouds. In fact, when Hynek was hired for Project Sign, he was a skeptic and known for debunking the so called flying saucers (much like Agent Scully from the X-files.) However, over the course of time, he could better be compared to Agent Mulder. While working on Project Sign, we was met with many reports from what he would consider credible witnesses, including astronomers, pilots, police officers, and military personnel. These sources swayed him to believe that UFO's are extraterrestrial. He believed the only reason those people wouldn't speak out, was for fear of ridicule. His later project, Project Blue Book, concluded that UFO's were actually false identifications of natural phenomena.
Project Blue Book was considered more of a publicity stunt to ease the panic during that time about otherworldly visitors. Hynek spoke publicity about this and how he disagreed with it's findings. He later went on to become the founder and first head of the Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS). Hynek has many more accomplishments and finding on the extraterrestrials.
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