(Photo: Reuters) A photograph of a screen shows infra-red video of taken from a Mexican Air Force patrol aircraft of 7 bright objects flying over the eastern coastal state of Campeche on March 25, 2004. The video was released by the Mexican defense ministry to a Mexican journalist who has made it public and shows a total of 11 unidentified flying objects. Neither the Mexican Air Force, or anybody else has been able to discern what the flying objects are.
The researchers at the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) are confident that contact with intelligent alien civilizations may soon be a reality.
A senior astronomer at the organisation, Seth Shostak, in a research paper published five years ago, pointed out humans would soon realise the existence of other life forms existing within our universe, inside a span of 20 years.
Following the reported sighting of an Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) above the Popocatepetl volcano in Mexico in February, a more recent report of a crash in South Carolina in the U.S. raises more doubts and questions over the possibility of alien life. In the same vein, this report quotes residents from a farming community in Stephenville, Texas, eager to share their experiences.
"I think there's a good chance that there's life in our galaxy. With so many habitable planets, it's hard to imagine that there wouldn't be. And I think that at some point we'll probably discover it," believes Bill Borucki, a planetary astronomer at NASA Ames Research Center.
Meanwhile, the National UFO Research Center has made available a list containing all UFO sightings in the U.S.A since 1930.
What is of interest to researchers working in this field is that there are rumors gathering strength that there may actually be an alien attack by the end of this year. These rumors seem to come from the fact that there has been a general increase in suspected UFO activity recently.
Most nations have apparently agreed that UFOs have been spotted over their territory at some point or the other. In addition, most researchers agree that while there may not be tons of information on the subject, much of it has been kept classified for fear of creating global hysteria.
The famous Roswell incident of 1947 was perhaps the moment when the idea of UFOs caught the public's attention. Since then, there has been little to either prove or discredit the theory. There is, for what it may be worth, this report from the U.S.'s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that makes interesting reading.
Finally, as an interesting aside, the Mutual UFO Network has reported as many as 200 sightings from the states of California, Colorado and Texas and a poll carried out in the U.S. showed a dramatic increase in UFO sightings.