Chief Astronomer at The Franklin Institute and director of the Fels Planetarium stated the UFO mystery should be studied scientifically.
Derrick Pitts began working at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia in 1978, holding various positions at the institute, before eventually becoming the Chief Astronomer and Planetarium Director. He joined the Franklin Institute with the goal to promote science literacy and education. Throughout his career, he received numerous awards and honors for his work in public outreach and science education, including being named as one of the 50 most important African Americans in research science.
Pitts also participated in various NASA projects and was a Solar System Ambassador for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He was committed to inspiring the next generation of scientists and cultivating an appreciation for the wonders of the universe.
Derrick Pitts has expressed his views on extraterrestrial life and UFOs in various interviews and public appearances. He maintained a scientific approach to the topic, acknowledging the possibility of microbial life existing elsewhere in the universe due to its vastness and the number of potentially habitable planets.
When it comes to UFO sightings and encounters, Pitts has been cautious in jumping to extraterrestrial conclusions. He emphasized that many UFO sightings can be explained by natural phenomena, misidentifications, or human-made objects. He encouraged critical thinking and thorough investigation of such claims, suggesting that the majority of UFO sightings could likely be explained without resorting to the idea of alien visitation.