The Pentagon has admitted that, up until 2012, it was running a long-secret investigation into unidentified flying objects, or UFOs.
The multi-million-dollar investigation was kept hush-hush from when it was established in 2007 up until 2012.
The program was allocated $US22 million in annual funding secretly tucked away in US Defence Department budgets worth hundreds of billions of dollars.
Its initial funding came largely at the request of former Democratic senator Harry Reid, the Nevada politician long known for his enthusiasm for space phenomena.
The New York Times reported most of the money went to a space research company run by the billionaire Robert Bigelow, who is convinced that aliens exist.
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