The NASA partner has said that he is ‘absolutely convinced’ aliens are living among humans on Earth.
During an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes, he said:
“I’m absolutely convinced [that aliens exist],” he told reporter Lara Logan. “That’s all there is to it.”
“There has been and is an existing presence, an ET presence,” Mr. Bigelow said. “And I spent millions and millions and millions – I probably spent more as an individual than anybody else in the United States has ever spent on this subject.”
His company, Bigelow Aerospace, is developing expendable spacecraft for humans that can inflate and may provide much-needed shelter for future astronauts and colonists in space, and other planets.
When asked about the risks that this declaration could represent for his public image, Bigelow was blunt:
“I do not give a damn,” adding that nothing he thinks, nor what the rest of the world thinks, can change this reality.
He was also questioned about his intentions to travel to outer space to contact extraterrestrial civilizations, an opportunity he took advantage of to return to his first statements: “The aliens are right in front of our noses,” he reiterated.
Bigelow said he had close encounters, here on Earth, although he refused to provide further details.
The majority of Americans, 54 percent, are convinced there are intelligent aliens out there, capable of communicating with us, according to a survey done in 2015, by marketing research firm YouGov.
However, despite the fact that more than half of Americans are convinced that aliens are out there and visiting Earth, scientists like Seth Shostak — a senior astronomer at the SETI Institute reiterate there is no ‘solid evidence’ that these visitors exist.
Shostak said in an interview with Live Science, “Well, if you really do think they’re here, then why is it that the evidence is so poor; if the evidence was so good, we wouldn’t be arguing about it, we’d be investigating it,” Shostak said.
“We have satellites monitoring the Earth all the time. And they don’t see these guys, and yet they’re apparently so visible that a random guy like Bob Bigelow can see them.”
However, world-renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking disagrees with Shostak, at least partially, and says that not only are aliens out there, but that they could destroy humanity.
Professor Hawking is quoted saying: “To my mathematical brain, the numbers alone make thinking about aliens perfectly rational” (Source)
Several astronauts have also spoken out about Aliens and whether or not they are among us.
“…I’ve been asked (about UFOs) and I’ve said publicly I thought they (UFOs) were somebody else, some other civilization.” — Eugene Cernan, Commander of Apollo 17. The quote comes from a 1973 article in the Los Angeles Times.