NASA will publish today the results of its long-awaited study of more than 800 UFO sightings over three decades.
The US space agency announced last year that it was reviewing evidence about unidentified anomalous phenomena (UAPs), more commonly known as unidentified flying objects (UFOs).
These are defined as sightings “that cannot be identified as aircraft or known natural phenomena from a scientific perspective.”
In May, NASA’s independent study team shared its preliminary observations: Up to 98 percent of reported UAP sightings can be explained.
Only 2 to 5 percent are considered “possibly truly anomalous,” the panel added, but a lack of high-quality data is hampering researchers’ ability to apply “rigorous scientific scrutiny” to solve the mystery.
Highly Anticipated: NASA will today publish the results of its long-awaited study on more than 800 UFO sightings over three decades.
Comments: In May, NASA’s independent study team (pictured) revealed its preliminary observations: Up to 98 percent of reported UAP sightings can be explained
These genuinely inexplicable UAPs are defined as “anything that is not easily understood by the operator or the sensor,” or “something that is doing something strange,” team member Nadia Drake said earlier this year.
Today’s report is unlikely to provide any new, ground-breaking information that was not revealed at the first public meeting in May. but it could eventually mark the beginning of a new mission for the US space agency.
While NASA probes and rovers currently scour the solar system for signs of extraterrestrial life, its historical stance has been to “debunk” sightings on our home planet.
However, the U.S. government has begun to take UAPs more seriously in recent years, in part because of concerns that some may be linked to foreign surveillance.
The Pentagon has received 350 UFO reports in the last two years and 171 of them remain unexplained.
The NASA study is separate from the Pentagon’s investigation into UAPs, in which US lawmakers heard first-hand accounts of UFO sightings from former members of the military earlier this year.
The US space agency panel is leading the civilian and unclassified side of the effort, while the US Department of Defense has convened a government body to examine UAPs in coordination with the military and intelligence communities.
NASA assembled an independent team of 16 scientific, aeronautical and data analysis experts with the objective of analyzing the UAP sightings from a logical and scientific perspective.
“We have access to a wide range of Earth observations from space, and that is the lifeblood of scientific research,” the space agency’s Thomas Zurbuchen said last year before the study began.
‘We have the tools and equipment that can help us improve our understanding of the unknown. That is the very definition of what science is. That’s what we do.’
Interesting: Earlier this year, the Department of Defense released a document revealing “UFO hotspots in the world.” Includes a map showing where the most sightings of unidentified objects have been recorded, based on reports between 1996 and 2023.
Classified report: NASA study is independent of Pentagon investigation into UAPs (pictured)
A flying object near Japan’s Senganmori Mountain, highlighted by the International UFO Laboratory
The report will be published today at 09:30 ET (14:30 BST).
This will be followed by a press conference at NASA headquarters in Washington starting at 10:00 ET (3:00 p.m.), where the panel will discuss its findings.
The press conference will be broadcast live on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website. here.
“We recognize that public interest in UAPs is high and that the demand for answers is strong,” Daniel Evans, the NASA official in charge of the study, said in May.
“It is now our collective responsibility to investigate these events with the rigorous scientific scrutiny they deserve.”
He added: “All NASA data is available to the public (we take that obligation seriously) and we make it easily accessible for anyone to view or study.”
A former intelligence official said the Defense Department is covering up alien-related evidence.
The US government has been forced to take the presence of unidentified flying objects more seriously in recent months.
Former intelligence official David Grusch testified under oath in July that the Pentagon had firsthand encounters or knowledge of secret government programs involving non-human technology.
‘My testimony is based on information provided to me by people with a long history of legitimacy… who have shared compelling evidence in the form of photographs, official documentation and classified oral testimonies with me and many colleagues,’ Grusch said, adding that he It encouraged sharing a ‘commitment to truth and transparency’.
Its release comes about a month after David Grusch claimed the Pentagon is covering up alien-related evidence in explosive testimony before Congress.
“I am calling on Congress to hold our government to this standard and fully investigate these claims,” he told lawmakers at the time. “But now that I am here under oath, I speak of the facts as they have been told to me.”
He told the committee that he and more than 30 crew members and veterans had experience with UAPs, unidentified anomalous phenomena, along with members of Congress who had confided in him.
He also claimed that the government has “intact and partially intact” extraterrestrial vehicles, although he did not provide any evidence to support that or any of his other claims.
Suggesting that the American people had been in the dark for almost a century, he claimed that the first UFO recovery was in Magenta, Italy, in 1933.
An artist’s impression of the alleged 1933 UFO crash outside Magenta, northern Italy, shows a saucer-shaped craft.
He said Mussolini’s Italian government maintained it until 1944 and 1945, when Pope Pius XII notified the United States about it.
Asked if he firmly believed the government had UAP, Grusch responded: “Absolutely.”
He said his opinion was based on interviews with at least 40 witnesses.
When asked where the vessels are, he said, “I know the exact locations and those locations were provided to the inspector general… In fact, I had people with firsthand knowledge provide a protected disclosure to the Inspector General.”
He further claimed that he had faced brutal retaliation after revealing his first-hand accounts of UFOs.
“I am aware of planned retaliatory activities against me and other colleagues,” Grusch said.
‘There were some colleagues of mine who were brutally attacked administratively. It bothers me a lot as a leader to see this happening to other co-workers and superiors of mine in the last three years.’