Unknown flying objects continue to pose a mystery to secret services and scientists. Do they actually exist – or are they simply imaginary? Now there was a hearing in the US House of Representatives.

Numerous observations of unidentified flying objects in recent years continue to puzzle the US military.

This came out on Tuesday at the first hearing on “unidentified aerial phenomena” (UAP) – the term used by the US military for UFOs – in the US House of Representatives for more than 50 years.

Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence (ONI), Scott Bray, said there were a number of observations that were unresolved. However, the UAP task force in his agency has no evidence that the unidentified objects are of extraterrestrial origin.

House Counterintelligence Subcommittee Chairman Andre Carson said: “EAPs are inexplicable, that’s true. But they are real. You need to be examined.” Rep. Peter Welch noted: “No one knows if extraterrestrial life exists. It’s a big universe. And it would be quite presumptuous to draw a definite conclusion.” Senior Pentagon official Ronald Moultrie, who revealed himself to be a sci-fi fan at the hearing, said: “We are open to any hypotheses and conclusions we might come across.”

Only part of the hearing was public. Several questions from MPs to Bray and Moultrie were then to be discussed behind closed doors. In June last year, the US secret services presented a report on UAP. This showed that there were no explanations for around 140 celestial phenomena from the past two decades.