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Chair of First UFO Hearing Since 1960s: ‘Someone Has to Do It’

  • Indiana’s Carson: public wants unexplained things explained
  • Lawmaker says closed session will follow public hearing
Rep. Andre Carson, a Democrat from Indiana.

Rep. Andre Carson, a Democrat from Indiana.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Congress last held a hearing on reports of UFOs -- unidentified flying objects synonymous with space aliens -- in the 1960s, and even in the realm of fiction, Scully and Mulder of “The X-Files” seem to have retired.

“Someone has to do it,” Representative Andre Carson, an Indiana Democrat, says of the need for a public examination of unexplained aerial phenomena. The seven-term lawmaker will oversee a hearing on the issue Tuesday.