Earlier today, NASA held a meeting about UFOs with representatives from the Pentagon’s new UFO office (AARO) and members of NASA’s UFO research group, and the results were about what you would expect. Sean Kirkpatrick of AARO revealed that “Go Fast,” one of the famous videos of a “UFO” cited by the New York Times and claimed by Lue Elizondo and Chris Mellon to be moving at impossible velocities turned out to be traveling around 40 miles per hour, in line with an object at that altitude being blown by wind. He said that a handful of cases seemed truly anomalous but that none indicated any evidence whatsoever of space aliens. Other members of the panel complained loudly about receiving harassment from UFO believers for not supporting the space alien claim.
Meanwhile, I appeared this week in a documentary on Germany’s ZDF network to discuss UFO conspiracies and their cultural origin and impact as part of Verschwörungen: Roswell, UFO-Akten und Reichsflugscheiben (Conspiracies: Roswell, UFO Files, and Reich Flying Discs). The documentary covered UFO culture, the infamous New York Times story, the influence of Lue Elizondo, and a number of other familiar topics. If you speak German, you can stream it here. When I shot my part last year, the producers told me that they intend to sell an English-language version to a streaming service later this year, pending interest from ZDF’s international broadcasting partners, so we can look forward to that. Of course, American media don’t tend to show documentaries that critique the space alien narrative, so we may have a long while to wait.
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