Alien life does exist, but it’s not hidden in Area 51, according to NASA Administrator Major Charles Frank Bolden Jr. He told British schoolchildren that he was positive about finding life outside of Earth because there were so many planets that are Earth-like.
When Bolden asked by 10-year old Carmen Dearing if he believed in aliens, he said that he does think that we’ll someday discover other forms of life or a form of life, if not in our solar system, then some of the billions of other solar systems in the universe.
Major Bolden explained that there are literally thousands or millions of other planets, and many of which may be very Earth-like.
Major Bolden also admitted the existence of Area 51 but said the American government wasn’t hiding alien in the facility. He said that Area 51 is a regular research and development place. He told the schoolchildren that he never saw any alien or alien spaceship or anything related to it when he was there. He said that the secrecy of the aeronautics contributed the rumours about aliens being kept secret in Area 51.
The Area 51’s existence has been kept secret for many decades, and it has fuelled UFO theories. In 2013, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) released a series of documents as part of a Freedom of Information request and acknowledged the exact location of Area 51 in Nevada, near Groom Lake.
The documents reveal that the facility was used during the Second World War as an aerial gunnery for the Army Air Corp pilots.
President Dwight Eisenhower later approved the place as the Atomic Energy Commissions Nevada test site and training range. Area 51 later became the primary site for the development of the U-2 spy plane.
Major Bolden also said that the lack of adequate toilet facilities is one of the main reasons humans haven’t landed yet on the Red Planet. NASA is hoping to send finally humans to Mars in the 2030s, but Major Bolden said there were technological obstacles that still needed to be addressed.
He said that they’re going to do an orbital mission first on Mars, similar to what they did when they went to the Moon. According to Major Bolden, they’ve got to get the surface of the Mars ready for human habitation. They want to build habitats and houses using robots. He said they need better life support systems, and toilets are a big deal.
Mr Bolden answered questions for the children’s newspaper First News show “Hotseat,” which is broadcast on Sky News.