This detail from NASA photograph PIA11049 shows a building on Mars where water is falling from a pipe into a catch basin, around which human beings can be seen standing. Credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell/Andrew D. Basiago et al.
This detail from NASA photograph PIA10214 shows alive today on the surface of Mars a plesiosaur, a reptile species that did not survive the K-T extinction on Earth. Credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell/Andrew D. Basiago et al.
On January 21, 2009, Obama stated, "Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this Presidency." He issued a Memorandum on Transparency
that promised that "my Administration is committed to creating an
unprecedented level of openness in Government. We will work together to
ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public
participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our
democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government."
Obama directed all U.S. government departments to abide by the terms on
U.N. General Assembly Decision 33/426,
adopted December 18, 1978, "invites interested Member States to take
appropriate steps to coordinate on a national level scientific research
and investigation into extraterrestrial life, including unidentified
flying objects (UFOs), and to inform the Secretary-General of the
observations, research and evaluation of such activities."