NASA gets serious about UFOs
NASA officially joins the hunt for UFOs.
The space agency Thursday announced a new study that will recruit leading scientists to investigate unidentified aerial phenomena — a topic that has long fascinated the public and recently received high-level attention from Congress.
The project will begin early this fall and will run for approximately nine months, focusing on identifying available data, how to collect more data in the future, and how NASA can analyze the findings to try to move the needle to scientific insight.
“In recent decades, NASA has heeded the call to tackle some of the most perplexing mysteries we know, and this is no different,” said Daniel Evans, the NASA scientist responsible for coordinating the research. , to reporters during a call.
As NASA probes and rovers scour the solar system for fossils of ancient microbes, and astronomers search for so-called “technosignatures” on distant planets for signs of intelligent civilizations, this marks the first time the agency will investigate unexplained phenomena in Earth’s skies. .
With its access to a wide variety of scientific resources, NASA is well placed to not only demystify UFOs and deepen scientific understanding, but also to find ways to mitigate the phenomena, an important part of its mission to improve aircraft safety. said the agency’s chief scientist, Thomas Zurbuchen.
The announcement comes as the field of UFO research, once a poorly regarded area of research, is gaining more mainstream.
Last month Congress held a public hearing on UFOs, while a US intelligence report last year listed 144 sightings it said could not be explained. It did not rule out a foreign origin.
NASA’s research will be independent of the Pentagon’s Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group, but the space agency “has coordinated broadly within government regarding the application of the scientific tools,” it said in a statement.
A lack of UFO sightings currently makes it difficult for the scientific community to draw conclusions.
Therefore, said astrophysicist David Spergel, who will lead the study, the group’s first task would be to identify the amount of data out there from sources, including citizens, government, nonprofits and businesses.
Another overarching goal of NASA is to increase credibility in this field.
“There is a lot of stigma associated with UAP among our naval aviators and aviation community,” Evans said.
“One of the things that we initially hope to do as part of this study, simply by talking about it publicly, is to remove some of the stigma associated with it, and that will obviously lead to more access to data, more reports, more observations.”
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