Of Course, the US Government Officially Denies Any Contact With Aliens

Answering to a We the People petition, the White House has officially replied to all those who wanted to know if aliens exists or if they have ever contacted us. The answer: no... but we're looking into it. Kind of.

Phil Larson, who works on space policy and communications at the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy, denied the popular belief that the US government knows about the existence of extraterrestrial life:

The U.S. government has no evidence that any life exists outside our planet, or that an extraterrestrial presence has contacted or engaged any member of the human race. In addition, there is no credible information to suggest that any evidence is being hidden from the public's eye.

OK, PHIL! Then he goes on to talk about the Kepler Space Telescope—in search of worlds in outer space— Curiosity—the next Mars rover that will perform experiments to see if there are traces of microbial life on Mars—and SETI. Which is surprising because, even while NASA helped SETI at the beginning, the government has largely ignored them since the beginning. In fact, they contribute it to shut it down on April. If it weren't for private help, SETI wouldn't be here today.

Here's the entire official response:

Searching for ET, But No Evidence Yet

Thank you for signing the petition asking the Obama Administration to acknowledge an extraterrestrial presence here on Earth.

The U.S. government has no evidence that any life exists outside our planet, or that an extraterrestrial presence has contacted or engaged any member of the human race. In addition, there is no credible information to suggest that any evidence is being hidden from the public's eye.

However, that doesn't mean the subject of life outside our planet isn't being discussed or explored. In fact, there are a number of projects working toward the goal of understanding if life can or does exist off Earth. Here are a few examples:

• SETI-the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence-was originally stood up with help from NASA, but has since been moved to other sources of private funding. SETI's main purpose is to act as a giant ear on behalf of the human race, pointing an array of ground-based telescopes towards space to listen for any signal from another world.

• Kepler is a NASA spacecraft in orbit that's main goal is to search for Earth-like planets. Such a planet would be located in the "Goldilocks" zone of a distant solar system-not too hot and not too cold-and could potentially be habitable by life as we know it. The Kepler mission is specifically designed to survey our region of the Milky Way galaxy to discover Earth-sized, rocky planets in or near the habitable zone of the star (sun) they orbit.

• The Mars Science Laboratory, Curiosity, is an automobile-sized rover that NASA is launching soon. The rover's onboard laboratory will study rocks, soils, and other geology in an effort to detect the chemical building blocks of life (e.g., forms of carbon) on Mars and will assess what the Martian environment was like in the past to see if it could have harbored life.

A last point: Many scientists and mathematicians have looked with a statistical mindset at the question of whether life likely exists beyond Earth and have come to the conclusion that the odds are pretty high that somewhere among the trillions and trillions of stars in the universe there is a planet other than ours that is home to life.

Many have also noted, however, that the odds of us making contact with any of them-especially any intelligent ones-are extremely small, given the distances involved.

But that's all statistics and speculation. The fact is we have no credible evidence of extraterrestrial presence here on Earth.

Well, White House. Here's our response to your response:

Of Course, the US Government Officially Denies Any Contact With AliensS

There.


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