Dmitry Rogozin, the director-general of Russia’s space agency Roscosmos, said that some sightings of unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP), colloquially referred to as UFOs, could be attributable to extraterrestrial intelligent life.
Rogozin said in a Russian televised interview, aired on June 11, that the Russian Academy of Sciences had been investigating and gathering information about UFO sightings. About 99.9 percent of the sightings were determined to be atmospheric or other physical phenomena and were unrelated to any kind of potentially intelligent life, he said.
“But we accept that such phenomena could exist,” Rogozin also noted, according to a translation by Russian state-owned news agency Sputnik.
He also said he has read and viewed reports by Soviet test-pilot veterans, about what they witnessed during flights in the 1970s.
“What we’re talking about usually took place during the first test fights,” he said, according to a translation by state-controlled media outlet RT. He said he had also received similar information from the United States’ space agency NASA, the outlet reported.
The Russian space agency chief acknowledged that some people support the idea that human beings may be the objects of observation by other intelligent life forms, similar to how humans study microbes.
Rogozin’s comments come about a month after a public U.S. congressional hearing was held on UFOs, the first such hearing in over 50 years.
Scott Bray, the deputy director of Naval Intelligence, showed lawmakers two videos of UFOs but said he did not have an explanation for the objects seen in the videos.