NASA joins UFO hunt — Analysis

NASA released a press release Thursday stating that the agency had officially requested a new study in order to examine all available evidence and to develop appropriate data-gathering techniques and tools to shed light onto the origins of unidentified air phenomena.

“We will be identifying what data – from civilians, government, non-profits, companies – exists, what else we should try to collect, and how to best analyze it,” said astrophysicist David Spergel, who will lead a team of experts in a study set to begin later this fall.

US Space Agency specifically stated that, so far, there’s not. “no evidence UAPs are extra-terrestrial in origin,”It is putting cold water on the possibility of finding alien technology. However, it admitted that they had discovered alien technology. “limited number of observations of UAPs currently makes it difficult to draw scientific conclusions about the nature of such events.”

NASA’s research is being “coordinated widely across the government,” but will be separate from the Pentagon’s more secretive Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group (AOIMSG), or its predecessor, the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF).

In recent years, a new acronym has been created to replace the term ‘UFO’ – Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) – in the hope that science, academia, and the media would be more open to investigating the subject. However, such is the manufactured stigma attached to this topic that it is still deemed too ‘taboo’ for many.

“One of the things we tangentially hope to do as part of this study, simply by talking about it in the open, is to help to remove some of the stigma associated with it, and that will yield obviously, increased access to data, more reports, more sightings,” assistant deputy associate administrator for research at NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Daniel Evans.

This project should take around nine months. And the agency has promised that all findings will be made public so they can be viewed. “Consistent with NASA’s principles of openness, transparency, and scientific integrity, this report will be shared publicly,” Evans added.

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Since 2017, the public discussion about UFOs/UAPs has grown since it was disclosed that the Pentagon operated an Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, (AATIP), charged with the identification (or at the very least trying to identificate) of such objects. Last year’s report released to Congress, while largely classified, hinted that the US military was involved in analyzing the “advanced technology”UFOs are largely responsible for the appearance of these objects. It has broken down into different categories and admitted in one section. “UAP Probably Lack a Single Explanation.”

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Spurring a renewal of public interest in the phenomena were three videos released shortly after the AATIP report – and officially confirmed by the Pentagon in 2020 – that showed recordings of unidentified objects performing bizarre maneuvers not believed to be possible with known human technology.

US Congress hosted the first UFO hearing in nearly 50 years. In it, top Pentagon officials said that UFO reports by military personnel increased from a mere 400 to more than 600 in recent years. Some of those sightings remain unsolved. Previous public hearings on UFOs were conducted in late 1960s, when the Air Force finished its Project Blue Book investigation, concluding that no UFO had ever been a threat to national security and that there was no evidence of their extraterrestrial origin.



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