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INFORMATION SHEET , Prepared by:
Number 73_1 — LFF-3/Public Services Branch
Office of External Relations
Washington, DC 20546
UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECTS
The information contained here has been compiled to respond
to queries on Unidentified Flying Objects directed to the White
House as well as NASA.
NASA is the focal point for answering public inquiries to
the White House relating to UFOs. NASA is not engaged in a re-
search program involving these phenomena, nor is any other govern-
In July of 1977, Dr. Frank Press, Director of Science and
Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President, wrote to
Dr. Robert A. Frosch, the NASA Administrator, suggesting NASA
‘should answer all UFO-related mail and also to consider whether
L NASA should conduct an active research program on UFOs. In a
letter dated December 21, l977, Dr. Frosch agreed that NASA will
continue to respond to UFO-related mail as it has in the past
and, if a new element of hard evidence that UFOs exist is brought
to NASA's attention from a credible source, NASA will analyze the
anexplained organic or inorganic sample and report its findings.
Quoting from Dr. Frosch's December 21 letter: ". ..If some
new element of hard evidence is brought to our attention in the
future, it would be entirely-appropriate for a NASA laboratory to
analyze and report upon an otherwise unexplained organic or
inorganic sample; we stand ready to respond to any bona fide
physical evidence from credible sources. We intend to leave the
door clearly open for such a possibility.
“We have given considerable thought to the question of what
else the‘United States might and should do in the area of UFO
research. There is an absence of tangible or physical evidence
available for thorough laboratory analysis. And, because of
the absence of such evidence, we have not been able to devise a
sound scientific procedure for investigating these phenomena.
To proceed on a research task without a sound disciplinary
framework and an exploratory technique in mind would be wasteful
and probably unproductive.
"I do not feel that we could mount a research effort with-
out a better starting point than we have been able to identify
thus far. I would therefore propose that NASA take no steps to
establish research in this area or to convene a symposium on
"I wish in no way to indicate that NASA has come to any
conclusion about these phenomena as such; iﬁstitutionally, we
retain an open mind, a keen sense of scientific curiosity and a
willingness to analyze technical problems within our competence. "
Reports of unidentified objects entering United States air
space are of interest to the military as a regular part of
defense surveillance. Beyond that, the U. S. Air Force no longer
investigates reports of UFO sightings.
This was not always the case. On December 17, l969, the
Secretary of the Air Force announced the termination of Project
Blue Book, the Air Force program for UFO investigation started
The decision to discontinue UFO investigations, the USAF
said, was based on: (1) an evaluation of a report (often called
the condom Report) prepared by the University of Colorado and
‘entitled "Scientific Study of Unidentified Flying Objects; " (2)
a review of the University of Colorado report by the National
Academy of Sciences; (3) past UFO studies; and (4) Air Force
experience investigating UFO reports for two decades.
As a result of these investigations and studies, and ex-
perience gained from investigating UFO reports since 1948, the
conclusions of the Air Force were: (1) no UFO reported, investi-
gated, and evaluated by the Air Force has ever given any
indication of threat to our national security; (2) there has
been no evidence submitted to or discovered by the Air Force
that sightings categorized as "unidentified" represent
technological developments or principles beyond the range of
present day scientific knowledge; and (3) there has been no
evidence indicating that sightings categorized as "unidentified"
are extraterrestrial vehicles.
With the termination of Project Blue Book, the Air Force
regulation establishing and controlling the program for investi-
gating and analyzing UFOs was rescinded. All documentation
regarding the former Blue Book investigation has been permanently
transferred to the Modern Military Branch, National Archives
and Records Service, 8th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, N. W.,
Washington, DC 20408, and is available for public review and
Those wishing to review this material may obtain a
researcher’s permit from the National Archives and Record
Scientific Study of Unidentified Flying Objects. Condon
Report study conducted by the University of Colorado under con-
tract F44620-76-C-0035. Three volumes, l,465p. 68 plates. Photo-
duplicated hard copies of the official report may be ordered for
$6 per volume, $18 the set of three, as AD 680:975, AD 680:976,
and AD 680:977, from the National Technical Information Service,
U. S. Department of Commerce, Springfield, VA 22151.
Review of University of Colorado Report on Unidentified
Flying Objects. Review of report by a panel of the National
Academy of Sciences. National Academy of Sciences, l969, 6p.
Photoduplicated hard copies may be ordered for $3 as AD 688:54l
from the National Technical Information Service, U. S. Department
of Commerce, Springfield, VA 22151.
NASA is aware of the many UFO reports made in recent years.
. However, the majority of inquiries to NASA concerning UFO sight-
ings address themselves to the reported sightings by astronauts
during Earth orbital and lunar missions and the report by
President Carter while serving as Governor of Georgia.
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During several space missions NASA astronauts reported
phenomena not immediately explainable. However, in every
instance NASA satisfied itself that what hadnbeen observed was
nothing which could be termed abnormal in the space environment.
The air—to-ground tapes of all manned missions are available
at the Johnson Space Center, Houston, for review by the serious
On October l2, 1973, while serving as Governor of Georgia,
Mr. Carter responded to inquiries from the National Investiga-
tions Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP) saying that he had
seen a bright, moving object in the sky over Leary, Georgia, in
October of 1969. He said the object was visible for 10 to l2
‘inutes and, at one point, shone as brightly as the Moon. The
regional NICAP representative investigated the sighting and
reported there was no evidence to support anything beyond placing
what Mr. Carter saw in NICAP‘s "unidentified" category. However,
it has been suggested by some students of aerial phenomena that
Mr. Carter may have viewed the Planet Venus which, at certain
times, may appear many times brighter than a star of the first-
Since NASA is not engaged in day-to-day UFO research, it
does not review UFO-related articles intended for publication,
evaluate UFO-type spacecraft drawings or accept accounts of
UFO sightings or applications for employment in the field of
arial phenomena investigation. All such material will be
- returned with NASA's thanks to the sender.
A number of universities and scientific organizations have
considered UFO phenomena during periodic meetings and seminars.
In addition, a number of private domestic and foreign groups
continue to review UFO sighting reports actively.
some of these
National Investigations Comittee on
John L. Acuff, Director
3535 University Boulevard, West
Kensington, MD 20795
The Committee for the Scientific Investigation
of Claims of the Paranormal
Robert Sheaffer, Chairman
9805 McMillan Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Aerial Phenomena Research Organization
James and Coral Lorenzen, Directors
3910 E. Kleindale Road
Tucson, AZ 85712
Mutual UFO Network
Walter H. Andrus,
103 Old Towne Road
Seguin, TX 78155
Jr. , Director
The Center for UFO Studies
Dr. J. Allen Hynek, Director
924 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL 60202
February 1, 1978
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