"UFOs: SEEING IS BELIEVING," ON "PRIMETIME," TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
For decades people around the world have claimed they've seen UFOs hovering in the skies. It's a mystery that science has been unable to solve. Much of the reporting on this subject holds those who claim to have seen UFOs up to ridicule. "UFOs� Seeing Is Believing" examines the phenomenon in today's world. The 90-minute special includes interviews with scientists searching for proof of life beyond earth and UFO witnesses who claim aliens are already here. Building on the original Peter Jennings special in 2005, David Muir reports on new sightings, and examines NASA's current search for life on Mars. "UFOs� Seeing Is Believing," to be broadcast in HD, airs on a special edition of "Primetime," TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 (9:31-11:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.
The program follows the entire scope of the UFO experience, from the first famous sighting by Kenneth Arnold in 1947 to the present. Muir reports on a recent sighting in Stephenville, TX, where multiple witnesses reported seeing enormous lights moving in strange configurations on the evening of January 8, 2008. He interviews some of the most credible witnesses of the sighting and a radar expert who evaluated their claims and found something surprising in the data. The special draws on interviews with police, pilots, military personnel, scientists and ordinary citizens who give extraordinary accounts of encounters with the unexplained. And professional skeptics speak out about UFOs.
The special also reports on the most recent advances in the search for life on other planets. This summer, NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander, which tests soil on the planet, found conclusive evidence of water ice on Mars. Viewers will hear from the scientists on the project about the possibility of finding life on Earth's next-door neighbor, and how that could change our understanding of the universe.
Among the many inexplicable UFO occurrences, ABC News explores the facts behind the mystery of the incident at Roswell, New Mexico, where in 1947 the U.S. government collected wreckage from what some say was a crashed flying saucer. Among the UFO cases presented:
� Minot Air Force Base, October 1968 -- Sixteen airmen on the ground and the crew of an airborne B-52 witness a massive unidentified object hovering near the base.
� Phoenix, Arizona, March 1997 -- Thousands witness what many believe was a huge triangular craft moving slowly over the city.
� St. Clair County, Illinois, January 2000 � Police officers in five adjoining towns all independently report witnessing a giant craft with multiple bright lights moving silently across the sky at a very low altitude.
Today, if you report a UFO to the U.S. government, you will be informed that the Air Force conducted a 22-year investigation which ended in 1969 and concluded that UFOs are not a threat to national security and are of no scientific interest. But as one of the world's leading theoretical physicists says, "You simply cannot dismiss the possibility that some of these UFO sightings are actually sightings from some object created by an advanced civilization, because � on the off-chance that there is something there, that could literally change the course of human history."
Rudy Bednar is the executive producer of "Primetime: UFOs� Seeing Is Believing."