By Published: Nov. 5, 2021

Very few official UFO studies have been conducted, but CU Boulder boasts one of these rare reports. In the 1960s, the U.S. Air Force commissioned Edward Condon, a former CU professor of physics and astrophysics, to conduct a scientific investigation into the possibility that UFOs may be of extraterrestrial origin. The “Condon Report” officially concluded UFOs did not warrant further investigation. 

However, other CU voices remain passionate that studying unexplainable phenomena is crucial to adding to our knowledge of the universe. Philosophy professor Carol Cleland, affiliate of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute, believes studying these anomalies could help lead to major scientific breakthroughs.

UFO research



pages long


UFO sighting case studies from 1947–1968


file boxes of documents, journals, research papers, international newsletters, film reels of suspected “sightings” and books 


scientists wrote chapters or parts of chapters for the report


Categories for Cases: 

1. Old UFO reports (from before 1966)
2. New reports
3. Photographic cases
4. Radar and visual cases
5. UFOs reported by astronauts

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Photos and scans courtesy of the Edward U. Condon Collection, Box 5, University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, Rare and Distinctive Collections