Elon Musk Wants to Know Where All the Aliens Are

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has said he will be "the first to tweet about it" if he becomes aware of alien life.

Speaking at a summit hosted by podcast group All-In on Monday, Musk said he would make sure to let people know about extraterrestrials if they became known to him.

Speaking about the merits of becoming a more advanced space-faring civilization, Musk said: "We can go out there and find out what's out there in the universe, and what's the meaning of life, and, you know, where are the aliens and hopefully they're friendly, and that kind of thing.

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Elon Musk seen speaking during a Tesla factory tour near Berlin, Germany, in August, 2021. The SpaceX CEO has said he will let people know if he discovers aliens. Patrick Pleul/Pool/Getty

"It's interesting, I do get asked about the aliens question a lot and I've not seen any evidence of aliens. I'll be the first to tweet about it or whatever if I see something."

One of the summit hosts then asked: "I mean you'll tell us if you find 'em?"

Musk replied: "I will definitely tell you if there's aliens."

Aside from anything else, the U.S. multi-billionaire said SpaceX would get "a ton more revenue" if extraterrestrial life was identified due to investment in space exploration.

For now, finding alien life remains in the realm of science fiction.

Aliens have become a hot topic this week after the U.S. government held the first public congressional hearing on unidentified flying objects (UFOs) in decades.

But the hearing largely left more questions than answers. Military officials giving testimony said they still did not know exactly what UFOs—referred to as unidentified aerial phenomena, or UAPs, by the government—are.

UFOs are often associated with alien life in popular culture.

One fairly solid bit of information came from Scott Bray, deputy director of naval intelligence, who said the government's UAP Task Force had not come across any data on UAPs that would suggest that they are "anything non-terrestrial."

Aside from that, two highlights of the hearing were a couple of videos showing UAPs in action, though anyone hoping for proof of aliens would have been disappointed.

One was a night-time video recorded from a military plane showing triangular shapes hovering in the sky. This was quickly debunked by Bray, who said the shapes were actually drones and their light was appearing triangular because of night-vision equipment.

The other video, apparently taken from a military jet, showed what appeared to be a small metallic object zooming past the pilot's canopy for a fraction of a second. Those present at the meeting struggled to pause the video at the right moment, and even when they did it was not clear at all what the object was.

With that in mind, the government said it is taking the topic of UAPs seriously as it considers them to be potential national security threats. Efforts have been made to erase the stigma of reporting UAP sightings within the military and to streamline the process of reporting them.