Government Declassifies Footage of a UFO?
Are we alone? Are there aliens flying around in our airspace? Recently the Department of Defense headquarters, the Pentagon, released three videos from the U.S. Navy showing “unidentified aerial phenomena,” or as we like to call them, UFOs. The footage may provide us with some answers … and maybe more questions.
The Navy videos were actually released between December 2017 and March of 2018, but the Defense Department only admitted they existed in September of last year. Now, they have officially published the videos.
In the videos, unidentified objects appear to be flying and moving fast. Navy staff can be heard expressing surprise at the objects’ speed and maneuvers.
David Fravor, one of the U.S. Navy pilots who witnessed the encounter in 2017, said, “As I got close to it … it rapidly-accelerated to the south, and disappeared in less than two seconds. This was extremely abrupt, like a ping pong ball, bouncing off a wall. It would hit and go the other way.”
Of course, this isn’t the first time pilots have reported UFOs. From 2007 to 2012, a Defense Department program studied aerial encounters, but it was shut down. What is the future of UFO studies?
Burned Koalas Get Released into the Wild
This uplifting story comes from the land down under. It’s about the koalas who were injured during the huge bush fires in Australia last year. Now, these little cuties have been mended back to health and re-released into their habitat.
In October 2019, Anwen, a female koala who had 90% of her body covered in burns, was admitted to the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital. Luckily, Anwen survived and has been released at the Lake Innes Nature Reserve in New South Wales.
Anwen wasn’t the only injured koala. Twelve of the furry little creatures were rescued during the fires. Now, five of them have been released, including Anwen, four other adults, and a joey (baby).
Besides taking care of their injuries and making sure the koalas were healthy enough to survive, the humans at the Koala Hospital needed to make sure the land had recovered well enough to support the animals. Koalas live in eucalyptus trees. They eat the leaves and branches. The fires destroyed much of their habitat, so if they went home too early they wouldn’t have had enough trees to support them. Recent rains helped to encourage new growth, and the time was right to return the little guys to their homes.
Hubble Celebrates 30th Anniversary
Much of the knowledge we have on space and other galaxies we’ve learned through the Hubble Telescope. This April, the telescope celebrated 30 years of duty.
On April 24, 1990, the Hubble Telescope was launched into space, catching a ride in the space shuttle Discovery.
Ground-based telescopes tend to blur stars’ images because on Earth the sky never gets completely dark like it does in space. There is an “airglow” in the Earth’s atmosphere that interferes with taking pictures of other planets. The Hubble was sent high above the atmosphere, where it is completely dark and allows for better picture-taking.
Scientists were dismayed to discover the Hubble had a big flaw: its mirror didn’t work correctly. It showed stars as blurred images instead of sharp pictures. In December 1993, astronauts with the space shuttle Endeavour replaced the main camera and fixed the problem.
For 30 years, the Hubble telescope has recorded images of space. Hopefully, it will continue to do so for generations to come.