The U.S. defense ministry spent $110 million in a secret programme to investigate Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs), U.S. media reported.
The programme which was run by Pentagon was highly classified as only very few persons knew that the U.S. was trying to discover the existence of alien life.
The programm reportedly began in 2007 but was shut in 2012 for lack of funds after gulping $110 million Dollars.
But scientists were doubtful, stressing that unexplained happenings were not necessarily proof of alien life.
The Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Programme was the brainchild of Harry Reid, a retired Democratic senator who was the Senate majority leader at the time.
He told the New York Times: “I’m not embarrassed or ashamed or sorry I got this thing going. I’ve done something that no one has done before.”
Mr Reid – former senator for Nevada, home to the mythologised “Area 51” classified US Air Force base – later tweeted that the programme was a serious effort to get to truth amid “plenty of evidence to support asking the questions”.
Although its funding ended in 2012, officials have reportedly continued to investigate sightings of unusual aerial phenomena and suspicious objects alongside their daily duties.
One former congressional staffer told Politico the programme may have been set up to monitor the technological progress of rival foreign powers.
“Was this China or Russia trying to do something or has some propulsion system we are not familiar with?”, they said.
Earlier this year, the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) released millions of pages of declassified documents online.
The records included UFO sightings and a collection of reports on flying saucers.
The study of reports, visual records, physical evidence, and other phenomena related to unidentified flying objects (UFO), is referred to as Ufology. Over the years,
UFOs have been subjected to various investigations by governments, independent groups, and scientists. However, ufology, as a field of science, is rejected by modern academia and is considered a pseudoscience.