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Are UFOs Not of Earth? NASA Creates Official Task Force to Find Out

An artistic rendering depicting a UFO and extraterrestrial on Earth. Depositphotos.

NASA has officially created a task force that will try and get to the bottom of whether UFOs -- UAP-- are spacecraft from other planets.

Unsurprisingly, NASA has finally and officially decided to create a task force whose goal is to find out whether UFOs –UAP– are indeed not of this world.

In what is a perhaps unsurprising admission from NASA, the American Space Agency has finally admitted it will commit resources to study UFO — UAP.

NASA plans to commission a study team that will begin its work early in the fall to examine unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) from a scientific perspective – that is, observations of sky phenomena –UFOs– that cannot be attributed to aircraft or known natural phenomena.

Study goals include identifying available data, understanding how to gather future data best, and how NASA can use that data to advance the scientific understanding of UAPs.

Currently, it is difficult to draw scientific conclusions about the nature of UAPs since there are so few observations. However, national security and aviation are concerned with such phenomena. Therefore, it is essential to determine which events are natural before attempting to identify or mitigate them, which aligns with NASA’s mission to ensure aircraft safety. And while NASA is committing resources to study the unexplained phenomena, the agency maintains that there is no evidence that UAPs are extraterrestrial in origin.

“NASA believes that the tools of scientific discovery are powerful and apply here as well,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, the associate administrator for science at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

“We have access to a broad range of observations of Earth from space – and that is the lifeblood of scientific inquiry. We have the tools and team who can help us improve our understanding of the unknown. That’s the very definition of what science is. That’s what we do.”

The agency noted that it wasn’t part of the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force or its successor, the Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group of the Department of Defense. However, NASA has coordinated extensively across the government to learn more about the causes and origins of unidentified aerial phenomena using the tools of science.

David Spergel, president of the Simons Foundation in New York City, and former chair of the astrophysics department at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey, will lead the independent study team. NASA official Daniel Evans will oversee the study as assistant deputy associate administrator for research of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.

“Given the paucity of observations, our first task is simply to gather the most robust set of data that we can,” said Spergel. “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.”

It is estimated that the study will take about nine months to complete. To gather the most accurate observations of UAPs, it will solicit the input of experts from the scientific, aeronautics, and data analytics communities.

“Consistent with NASA’s principles of openness, transparency, and scientific integrity, this report will be shared publicly,” said Evans. “All of NASA’s data is available to the public – we take that obligation seriously – and we make it easily accessible for anyone to see or study.”

Despite not being related to the new study, NASA’s active astrobiology program examines how and where life originated and spread beyond Earth. To find signs of life beyond Earth, NASA’s science missions are looking for water on Mars, Titan and Europa, and other promising “ocean worlds.”

NASA will also use missions like the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite and Hubble Space Telescope to search for habitable exoplanets. At the same time, the James Webb Space Telescope will see if it can spot biosignatures in the atmosphere of other worlds. If oxygen and carbon dioxide can be detected on other planets, this may indicate that something life-supporting exists in that particular world.

Besides space-based research, NASA also funds research focused on new technologies originating from another planet, otherwise known as technosignatures.

This is a big step for NASA, which has denied in the past it has ever or will ever study UFOs.

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