Elon Musk sparks a Twitter frenzy with claim ‘there are UFOs’ – as US Congress moves to set up a unit to probe alien crafts detected by the military 

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  • SpaceX CEO tweeted, ‘I’m not saying there are UFOs…but there are UFOs’
  • This comment comes in a thread about the updated Tesla full self-driving system
  • Software can detect and avoid UFO debris, says entrepreneur
  • His comments sparked mixed reactions, memes and stories of UFO encounters
  • Earlier this year, the US Congress published a report of UFO sightings from 2004
  • Investigators were unable to prove or disprove extraterrestrial origins

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What is life, Alon, but not as we know it? This is the question on Twitter’s lips in the wake of a post by the CEO of SpaceX Elon Musk About the existence of alien spacecraft.

“I’m not saying there are UFOs… but there are UFOs,” the entrepreneur tweeted yesterday.

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‘Elon, phone home – Mars!’ One commenter wrote, while others welcomed Mr Musk to #ufotwitter and shared photos of clouds allegedly of extraterrestrial origin.

Some social media users wanted to know whether the SpaceX program had captured their own evidence of alien intelligence – and whether they would release the ‘secret’.

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Mr Musk’s remarks come in the wake of plans by the US Congress to set up a dedicated government office to investigate UFO sightings by the military.

Back in March this year, the Pentagon released a report investigating 144 sightings of an ‘unknown aerial phenomenon’ between 2004 and 2021.

While investigators said they were convinced that the scenes were in fact physical objects, they were unable to prove or disprove extraterrestrial origins.

What is life, Alon, but not as we know it? This question is on Twitter’s lips in the wake of a post by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk (pictured) about the existence of alien spacecraft

The entrepreneur tweeted yesterday, 'I am not saying there are UFOs...

The entrepreneur tweeted yesterday, ‘I am not saying there are UFOs…

Some social media users wanted to know if the SpaceX program had captured their own evidence of alien intelligence – and if they would release the 'secret'

Some social media users wanted to know if the SpaceX program had captured their own evidence of alien intelligence – and if they would release the ‘secret’

'Elon, phone home - Mars!'  One commenter wrote, while others welcomed Mr Musk to #ufotwitter and shared photos of clouds allegedly of extraterrestrial origin

‘Elon, phone home – Mars!’ One commenter wrote, while others welcomed Mr Musk to #ufotwitter and shared photos of clouds allegedly of extraterrestrial origin

Do aliens exist?

For decades, scientists have wondered whether alien civilizations exist.

There are three major principles here:

Drake equation

Written by Frank Drake in 1961, it attempts to estimate the number of living and communicating alien civilizations in the Milky Way galaxy.

It takes into account factors including the rate of star formation, the number of planets they form with, and the fraction of planets that have developed life – but was intended to provoke thought rather than provide a definitive answer.

statistical drake equation

This update, developed by Italian astronomer Claudio McCone in 2010, is considered to be mathematically more complex and robust – and has predicted 4,590 alien civilizations.

Fermi paradox

Paradox asks why scientists are predicting so many extraterrestrial civilizations, yet humans have been unable to find evidence for any of them.

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Mr Musk’s remarks came in response to a thread about Tesla’s recently released version ten of its full self-driving (FSD) system and its ability to handle the current problem – recognizing the solid struts of the Seattle Monorail line.

Describing the success of the software upgrade, Mr. Musk wrote, “FSD predicts height directly from video pixels without classifying groups of 10 pixels into objects.”

“Theoretically, even if a UFO crashes into the road in front of you, it will still survive the wreckage,” he continued – quipped that they existed.

‘I know you’re an alien Elon!!’ Response thread creator ‘Glee’ (@Gfilche), who posted a video of himself driving through monorail pylons, tested the latest version of the FSD system.

In response to Mr Musk’s comment, Twitter user Optimus (@TeslaAIBot) posted: “Aliens exist, they hide in plain sight.

He said, ‘Don’t take it lightly, man.’

Ethan Orlander tweeted, ‘Another person among the highest level of the military to confirm UFO.

He added: ‘Why can’t the Pentagon confirm @elonmusk? Really asking.’

@michelocoralynx said, ‘I’ve collected some pictures of ET and UFOs over the years if anyone is interested.

‘At first, everyone was like: IT’S JUST THE CLOUDES, BUT THEY ARE BEING CLEAR LOWER!’ she added.

Image: Twitter users ask SpaceX CEO if they have seen evidence of UFOs

Image: Twitter users ask SpaceX CEO if they have seen evidence of UFOs

Mr Musk's remarks come in the wake of plans by the US Congress to set up a dedicated government office to investigate UFO sightings by the military.  Image: A meme posted in response to Mr Musk's tweet

Mr Musk’s remarks come in the wake of plans by the US Congress to set up a dedicated government office to investigate UFO sightings by the military. Image: A meme posted in response to Mr Musk’s tweet

In March this year, the Pentagon released a report investigating 144 sightings of an 'unknown aerial phenomenon' between 2004 and 2021.  Image: Twitter user @michelocoralynx offers up his own photos of UFOs and aliens

In March this year, the Pentagon released a report investigating 144 sightings of an ‘unknown aerial phenomenon’ between 2004 and 2021. Image: Twitter user @michelocoralynx offers up his own photos of UFOs and aliens

While US government investigators said they were convinced that the scenes were in fact physical objects, they were unable to prove or disprove a supernatural origin.  Image: One of the memes posted on Twitter in response to Mr Musk's comments

While US government investigators said they were convinced that the scenes were in fact physical objects, they were unable to prove or disprove a supernatural origin. Image: One of the memes posted on Twitter in response to Mr Musk’s comments

Yesterday's tweet was not Mr. Musk's first comment on the potential for the existence of UFOs and extraterrestrial life.  Image: Twitter users posted strange pictures of clouds

Yesterday’s tweet was not Mr. Musk’s first comment on the potential for the existence of UFOs and extraterrestrial life. Image: Twitter users posted strange pictures of clouds

Yesterday’s tweet was not Mr. Musk’s first comment on the potential for the existence of UFOs and extraterrestrial life.

In March this year, he posted a pair of graphs, which he dubbed ‘the strongest argument against aliens’.

They show that while cameras have enjoyed an almost exponential increase in resolution since the 19th century, UFO pictures have remained the same.

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