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Contrary to recent rumors spreading online, NASA does not have an impending announcement regarding the existence of alien life.
Notorious hacker organization Anonymous released a video on June 20 proclaiming that NASA was on the verge of making such a declaration. It lists a string of sources to back up the claim, including a declassified document on the FBI website and past statements by retired astronaut Brian O’Leary, leading some to believe and share the speculation.
Despite the debate online, NASA says there is no such announcement coming. Confirmation of this fact comes from Thomas Zurbuchen, the associate administrator for the science mission directorate at NASA.
Are we alone in the universe? While we do not know yet, we have missions moving forward that may help answer that fundamental question.— Thomas Zurbuchen (@Dr_ThomasZ) June 26, 2017
NASA’s rejection of these claims isn’t a surprise. The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) has been on the hunt for proof of alien life for more than 20 years. NASA, on the other hand, is looking for places that have the right conditions to support life—which is several steps removed from actually finding it. So it is a safe bet that when proof is found, you will hear about it right from one of these reputable agencies.
Nahila Bonfiglio reports on geek culture and gaming. Her work has also appeared on KUT's Texas Standard (Austin), KPAC-FM (San Antonio), and the Daily Texan.