NASA has announced plans to study UFOs in a scientifically rigorous manner before publishing the results in a public report.
Experts involved in the study will dig up relevant data from sightings of unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs); find out how best to record such UAPs in the future; and determine how NASA can use the new information to improve scientific understanding of the mysterious objects.
The announcement of the new initiative, which is expected to begin in early fall and last about nine months, comes just over three weeks after a landmark hearing in Congress Lawmakers grilled two senior intelligence and defense experts about multiple reports from military pilots of UAPs, Live Science previously reported. The hearing focused on a June 2021 Pentagon report on 144 documented UAP sightings by US Navy pilots since 2004, most of which the department concluded were “probably representing physical objects.”
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Of the 144 UAP sightings, 18 reported highly unusual flight behavior, with the unidentified objects “remaining stationary at altitude in windy conditions, moving downwind, maneuvering abruptly, or moving at considerable speed with no apparent means of propulsion.” “ seem to report. Published video clips allegedly point to at least some of these, in addition to eyewitness accounts from Navy pilots non-powered vehicles moving at supersonic speeds, Live Science previously reported; A video clip captured by the US Navy previously appeared to show a spherical UFO hovering in the air while hopping from side to side dive into the ocean.
NASA’s new study – which the agency says is not part of the Pentagon’s Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group (AOIMSG) or its predecessor, the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF) – is being led by astrophysicist David Spergel and orchestrated by an assistant assistant to Assistant Administrator for Research at NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Daniel Evans.
“Given the lack of observations, our first task is simply to collect data that is as robust as possible,” says Spergel said in a statement. “We will identify what data — civilian, government, nonprofit, corporate — exists, what else we should be trying to collect, and how best to analyze it.”
The last time there was a full government investigation into UAPs (the preferred official term for unidentified flying objects, commonly referred to as UFOs) was in 1969 when a US Air Force investigation called Project Blue Book ended with the assumption that no unexplained flying objects had been verified and that none had ever been classified as a threat to national security.
Then, almost 50 years later, in 2017, Politico and the New York Times dropped a series of bombastic whistleblower reports about the Pentagon’s secretive UFO research office. These reports included testimonies from Navy pilots and radar crews who had encountered the strange airborne objects on an almost “daily” basis.
In the wake of these reports, President Donald Trump included a requirement in the December 2020 Covid Relief Bill mandating that the director of national intelligence and the secretary of defense prepare a report on what the government knew about UAPs. Later, President Joe Biden also made a requirement in the new National Defense Authorization Act, this time requiring the military to establish a new bureau to investigate UAPs and produce an annual report and semi-annual briefings for Congress.
The subsequent nine-page report for 2021 and last month’s public hearing were poorly detailed. Neither drew any conclusions from the “largely inconclusive” UAP accounts, and the report was only able to explain one of the sightings (which turned out to be a large, deflating balloon) by saying that “we currently lack data to suggest this.” that UAP is part of a foreign collection program or indication of a major technological advance by a potential adversary.” The 2021 report also denied that the sightings were in any way related to classified US military testing.
NASA officials stressed that although they are of interest to the US government for reasons of national security and flight safety, there is no evidence that UAPs are of extraterrestrial origin. Defense expert testimony at the May hearing detailed how UAPs were involved in 11 near misses involving US military aircraft. The subcommittee also heard that some encounters are said to have even taken place over sensitive nuclear facilities, such as an alleged incident at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana in which 10 ICBMs were rendered inoperable after a bright red bullet was seen above.
Originally published on Live Science.
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