NASA assembles a team of UFO researchers to study “unidentified aerial phenomena”.

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NASA has announced the formation of a UFO or Unidentified Air Phenomena (UAP) Research Group as they have been renamed to get rid of their tinfoil stigma. But don’t expect some X-Files team to try to prove the existence of aliens.

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Beginning this fall, researchers will determine what UAP data already exists, determine how best to collect UAP data in the future, and develop methods for studying the nature of UAP for both scientific and aerospace defense purposes. The team will be led by astrophysicist David Spergel, president of the Simons Foundation in New York, along with Daniel Evans, assistant assistant administrator for research in NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.

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“For decades, NASA has answered the call to solve some of the most perplexing mysteries we know about, and this is no different,” Evans said in a press conference. “I want to emphasize that NASA is uniquely positioned to address the UAP problem, because who but us can use the power of data and science to see what’s going on in our skies? And honestly, that’s why we do what we do.”

This is not the first program dedicated to UAP research. Between 1952 and 1969, the United States Air Force (USAF) studied UAP as part of Project Blue Book. Most recently, in 2017 The New York Times revealed an underground Pentagon UAP research program called the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP), which ended in 2012 due to lack of funding. This report sparked an increased public interest in the UAP. Subsequently, the Department of Defense (DoD) formed Unidentified Air Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF)dedicated to investigating UAP reports, and its successor, Air Objects Identification and Control Synchronization Group (AOIMSG).

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So far, these programs have not explained most of the UAP sightings. And notably, they have not provided concrete evidence that the UAPs are extraterrestrial, as shown in Declassified Defense Department UAP Report from June 2021 and congressional hearings on UAP in May 2022.

NASA has also already stated that the UAP is most likely not an alien spacecraft. “There is no evidence that UAPs are of extraterrestrial origin,” the agency said in a statement. Press release. But this does not mean that aliens are completely excluded.

“Part of our mission at NASA, given to us by Congress, is not only to do basic research in the sky and so on, but also to look for life elsewhere,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA Associate Administrator for Science. “And that’s why we’ve created astrobiology programs across many disciplines in this composite field, which looks at both extinct life on Mars, for example, and models of life elsewhere, perhaps Europa or possibly Enceladus.”

Zurbuchen also acknowledged NASA’s ongoing research into “technosignatures” or signs of alien technology potentially created by intelligent life.

But in this study, NASA will not seek explanations for the UAP, extraterrestrial or otherwise. This is more of an information gathering mission, the results of which will be released to the public, as opposed to many of the findings of the Department of Defense, which could open the door for further UAP research and analysis. “Hopefully we’ll at least lay out some roadmaps for how we can make progress in the future,” Spergel said during a press conference.

Given NASA’s focus on methodical, scientific UAP research, we think Special Agent Dana Scully would be proud.


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