Why We’re Seeing More UFOs

What our alien obsession reveals about our hopes and fears for humanity.
Illustration by Arielle Duhaime-Ross
Illustration by Arielle Duhaime-Ross

With private companies launching rockets into space and plans for Mars colonization becoming more likely every day, countries around the world are in the middle of a new space race. With so many people paying attention to the sky, it seems that UFO sightings are also becoming more common. Reporter MJ Banias takes us on a ride through the new space race and what our alien obsession reveals about our hopes and fears for humanity. 




This episode was produced by Jen Kinney. 

VICE News Reports is produced by Jesse Alejandro Cottrell, Jen Kinney, Janice Llamoca, and Julia Nutter. Our senior producers are Ashley Cleek and Adizah Eghan. Our associate producers are Sam Eagan, Sophie Kazis, and Adreanna Rodriguez. Sound design and music composition by Steve Bone and Kyle Murdock. 

Our executive producer and VP of VICE Audio is Kate Osborn. Janet Lee is senior production manager for VICE Audio. Production coordination by Steph Brown. Fact-checking by Nicole Pasulka. 

Episode art by our host, Arielle Duhaime-Ross.