Columbia, SC (WLTX) - It's a question man has been asking for centuries: are we alone and could there really be life out there somewhere. For some the answer is easy. They believe NASA knows that alien life exist and that we're being visited on a regular basis.
Clifford Clift is one such believer. "Maybe the powers that be are setting us up for disclosure, making it more subtle so it won't be a big jolt to us," he says.
Clift is the International director of MUFON, the Mutual UFO Network. They have some 3,000 members and over 1,000 investigators. "MUFON gets about 500 UFO sightings a month," Clift says. "About 400 of them we can prove are something very normal. But 100 or so we get every month we can't explain and they are extremely hair raising."
One of their latest investigations has to do with video that was supposedly shot on the morning of January 28th. A mysterious light is seen descending from the sky in Jerusalem. The light is seen hovering about The Dome of the Rock. After a few seconds, there appears to be a burst of energy, and then the light zooms away.
Is this proof positive that aliens exist, or nothing more than an elaborate hoax? MUFON believes NASA knows for sure.
"They do have a significant amount of information about the UFO phenomenon and E.T.s that are still there," Clift says. "Some of the astronauts have come forward now and are indicating that they have seen things beyond explanation."
Last October, during a satellite interview with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, News19's J.R. Berry asked the former astronaut if he had ever seen anything strange in space. Bolden said, "J.R, I must admit, everybody that goes into space wants to see an alien or wants to see evidence there is other life in the universe and I am no different. But I am here to report that I saw no evidence. Although deep in my heart I believe there is good potential for other life in our universe."
However, another former astronaut says something entirely different.
Dr. Edgar Mitchell was the sixth man to walk on the moon when he was part of Apollo 14. He came forward years ago claiming to have proof that alien life exists.
"There is no doubt we're being visited," Mitchell said. "The universe that we live in is much more wonderous, exciting, complex and far reaching than we were ever able to know at this point in time, and the fact that we had wondered, were we alone in the universe forever, only in our period do we really have evidence. No we are not alone."
So what's going on here? Why the different stories from two credible astronuants?
Last month, J.R. had the chance to catch up with the Bolden again, this time in person, and asked him about Ed Mitchell's stunning comments. Bolden said, "Ed Mitchell is a big believer in extraterrestrials and as you and I talked about before, because of my faith, I believe there is very likely other life in the universe. I just don't have any evidence to back that up. But Edgar is one who actually claims to have evidence that E.T.s exist. I have never seen anything but that doesn't mean they don't exist."
Even the Vatican has weighed in on the question of alien life. The Pope says it's okay to believe in E.T.s, because if they do exist, then God made them too. That statement is embraced by UFO believers.
"God created the heavens and the earth," Clift says. "He didn't just create the earth, he created the whole universe. So if he created all of it, then he created those beings that are out there too. So I'm sure they are our brothers and sisters."
It's Clift's belief that the final answers are coming soon with disclosure. After talking with Charles Bolden, he seems it's not a matter of if we find out, it's a matter of when. Bolden said, "I have no doubt about things that will be discovered in the next year or so that will help us rewrite text books."