When asked by 10-year-old Carmen Dearing if he believed in aliens, he replied that he believes that someday, we will find other life forms in some of the other solar systems, if not in our solar system. Major Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator informed British schoolchildren that he was certain that scientists would be able to find life outside Earth because there are so many planets like our own.
He said, “Today we know that there are literally thousands, if not millions of other planets, many of which may be very similar to our own earth.”
He added further, “So some of us, many of us believe that we’re going to find…evidence that there is life elsewhere in the universe.”
Major Bolden also admitted the existence of Area 51 but said the US government does not hide alien life forms there.
“There is an Area 51,” he disclosed. “It’s not what many people think. I’ve been to a place called that, but it’s a normal research and development place.”
Before concluding, “I never saw any aliens or alien spacecraft or anything when I was there. I think because of the secrecy of the aeronautics research that goes on there it’s ripe for people to talk about aliens being there.”
The existence of Area 51 has been a highly fortified secret for decades and has fueled the imaginings of conspiracy theorists and UFO trackers around the globe.
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 2013, identified Nevada, near Groom Lake, as its exact location, in a series of documents released as part of a Freedom of Information request.
The documents divulged how the facility was used as an aerial gunnery for the Army Air Corp pilots at the height of the Second World War.
It was later approved by then President Dwight Eisenhower that “this strip of wasteland”, known as Area 51 by its map designation, to be chosen as the Atomic Energy Commissions Nevada test site and training range. Area 51 then became fundamental in the development of the U-2 spy plane.