Mulder and Scully aren’t the only ones looking into mysterious UFO sightings.
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has published its 10 tips to follow when investigating a flying saucer (seriously), many of which are based on the methodology developed by the U.S. Air Force’s Project BLUE BOOK, which spent decades investigating UFO sightings. From 1947 until the program’s termination in 1969, the Air Force recorded 12,618 sightings of strange phenomena — 701 of which remain “unidentified" to this day (meaning they could not be reasonably explained).
It’s worth noting the CIA wasn’t directly involved in Project BLUE BOOK, though the agency did play a role in investigating many of the cases. Having spent 20+ years looking into these mysteries, the CIA and Air Force have developed some foolproof steps to follow when trying to prove the existence of an alien craft buzzing around the night sky. As they say: The Truth is Out There.
The CIA notes these reports are often viewed as a “quaint relic of the 1950s and 1960s” (pfft) in the modern era, but that doesn’t mean the research techniques aren’t solid.
Check out the 10 tips in full below, via the CIA: