NASA is set to begin a major study of unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs) and says research is an important part of his work to ensure spacecraft safety Independently reports. The study, expected to take nine months to complete, will examine existing data and determine the best ways to collect data to improve understanding of unidentified flying objects.
Nasa said the research would be shared publicly upon completion – but stressed that there is “no evidence UAPs are extraterrestrial in origin”. It comes after years of speculation about bodies in the sky that cannot be identified as planes or natural phenomena.
Thomas Zurbuchen, deputy administrator for science at NASA, said: “Nasa believes that the tools of scientific discovery are powerful and apply here as well.
“We have access to a wide range of observations of the Earth from space – and that is the lifeblood of scientific inquiry. We have the tools and team that can help us improve our understanding of the unknown. That is the very definition of what science is. That’s what we do.”
US interest in UAPs has increased significantly recently – although the first congressional hearing on UFOs in decades, held last month, offered little new information about the origins of mysterious lights in the sky.
US Undersecretary for Intelligence and Security Ronald Moultrie, who oversees a new Pentagon program investigating UFOs, said: “We want to know what’s out there, just like you want to know what’s out there.”
“We don’t just get the questions from you; We get them from family members and we get them day and night, not just at committee hearings. So it’s important to find out what’s out there.”
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