After attempts by US intelligence, and then the Pentagon, NASA, in turn, launched an investigation to understand unknown atmospheric phenomena. The study, which is supposed to begin in the fall and into the past nine months, will be conducted by leading scientists and aviation experts.
The possibility of extraterrestrial visits to Earth is surely being taken more and more seriously in the United States: NASA announced Thursday, June 9, the launch of a multi-month investigation into an unidentified atmospheric phenomenon – the famous UFO.
After attempts by US intelligence, and then by the Pentagon, it is NASA’s turn to consider the presence of these things, for example moving abnormally or very fast in our atmosphere, which cannot be explained by the current state of our knowledge.
The space agency immediately confirmed that there is no evidence that these phenomena have an extraterrestrial origin. But “if someone asked me if I thought there was compelling evidence for intelligent life in any of these phenomena, I would give a scientist a perfectly acceptable answer, which is I don’t know,” Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator at NASA, told a news conference.
However, the topic could not be more important, as it relates to both national security and air traffic security, the US agency said.
The study will be conducted by leading scientists and aviation experts. Set to begin in early fall, it is supposed to last nine months and lead to the publication of a report.
Three goals were declared: collecting data that already exists, determining what is missing and how best to collect it, and defining the tools with which it will be analyzed in the future.
“Today we have a very limited set of these observations,” declared during the same press conference David Spiergel, the astrophysicist who was put at the head of this work. This makes it difficult to draw conclusions.”
However, there are already mountains of data, according to NASA experts, who want to collect it from governments, private companies, associations, or even individuals. The allocated budget should not exceed $100,000.
The idea is to remove the stigma from the subject. “One of the results of this study for me is to make everyone understand (…) that the scientific process is valid for addressing all problems, including this one,” fired Thomas Zurbuchen, who said he himself decided to open this investigation.
In June 2021, US intelligence claimed in a long-awaited report that there was no evidence of extraterrestrials, while acknowledging that dozens of phenomena observed by military pilots could not be explained. And last month, for the first time in more than 50 years, the US Congress held a public hearing on the subject.
According to the Pentagon, an increasing number of unidentified objects have been reported in the sky over the past 20 years. And they inevitably raise the wildest speculation.
“I think new scientific mechanisms will be discovered,” said Thomas Zurbuchen. “There have been many cases where something almost magical has appeared and it has turned out to be a new scientific effect.” “Never underestimate what nature can do,” he added.
Experts emphasized the initiation of this project without preconceived ideas. But for David Spergel, it is possible that UFOs bring together different phenomena, which cannot be put under a single explanation. I acknowledge that the study may not immediately shed light on many aspects, but should instead provide a roadmap for moving toward this goal in the future.
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