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    Enduring mysteries trail US report on UFOs

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The blob, captured on distant, fuzzy video by Navy pilots, seems to skitter just above the ocean waves at improbable speed, with no discernible means of propulsion or lift. “Oh my gosh, man,” one aviator said to another as they laugh at the oddity. “What … is it?”

    Is it a bird? A plane? Super drone? An extraterrestrial something?

    The United States (US) government has been taking a hard look at unidentified flying objects like this one. A report summarising what the US knows about “unidentified aerial phenomena” — better known as UFOs — is expected to be made public this month.

    There won’t be an alien unmasking. Two officials briefed on the report said it found no extraterrestrial link to the sightings reported and captured on video. The report won’t rule out a link to another country, according to the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorised to discuss it.

    While the broad conclusions have now been reported, the full report may still present a broader picture of what the government knows. The anticipation surrounding the report shows how a topic normally confined to science fiction and a small, often dismissed group of researchers has hit the mainstream.

    An unexplained object is seen at the centre as it is tracked as it soars high along the clouds, travelling against the wind. PHOTO: AP

    Worried about national security threats from adversaries, lawmakers ordered an investigation and public accounting of phenomena that the government has been loath to talk about for generations.

    “There is stuff flying in our airspace,” Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, one of the senators who pressed for the probe, recently told Fox News. “We don’t know what it is. We need to find out.”

    Congress late last year instructed the director of national intelligence to provide “a detailed analysis of unidentified aerial phenomena data” from multiple agencies and report in 180 days. That time is about up. The intelligence office wouldn’t say this past week when the full document will be out.

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