Dear Ambassador Griffith: I wanted to convey to you my views on our extraterrestrial visitors popularly referred to as “UFO’s”, and suggest what might be done to properly deal with them.
I believe that these extra-terrestrial vehicles and their crews are visiting this planet from other planets, which obviously are a little more technically advanced than we are here on earth. I feel that we need to have a top level, coordinated program to scientifically
collect and analyze data from all over the earth concerning any type of encounter, and to determine how best to interface with these visitors in a friendly fashion.
~ Col. Gordon Cooper USAF (Ret) Astronaut ~
(letter to Ambassador of the United Nations November 9th, 1978)