Graves reported that he and other members of his F/A-18 fighter squadron detected what could be UFOs in the restricted airspace southeast of Virginia Beach nearly every day for two years beginning in 2015. The military refers to these crafts as unidentified aerial phenomena or UAP.
The Federal Aviation Administration has continuously dismissed such incidents, even though it can't always explain them. Now, it seems NASA is taking a stab at exploring UFOs or UAPs.
According to CNN, NASA's new chief is planning to further study unidentified flying objects within his first month in office. Bill Nelson, the former Florida senator and spaceflight veteran, said in an interview to CNN that no one knows what the high-speed objects observed by Navy pilots are but that he does not believe they are evidence of extraterrestrials visiting Earth.
"I think I would know" if that were the case, Nelson said.
"We don't know if it's extraterrestrial. We don't know if it's an enemy. We don't know if it's an optical phenomenon," he added. "We don't think [it's an optical phenomenon] because of the characteristics that those Navy jet pilots described ... And so the bottom line is, we want to know."
China also steps in with AI
In related news, Chinese military researchers have begun using artificial intelligence to track and analyze the increasing number of unknown objects in China’s airspace, according to the South China Morning Post. The People's Liberation army refers to these UFOs as “unidentified air conditions” and hopes to have some answers about their origins soon.
In the meantime, everyone is eagerly awaiting the new Pentagon report about UFOs expected to be released later this month. The report should answer many of the public's questions and either soothe their fears or give them cause for concern. However, according to some sources familiar with the matter, the sightings are not of an extraterrestrial nature, reported CNN.
The question then remains: what are these sightings? Will NASA be able to answer this long-standing question or will Chinese researchers have better luck? Time will tell.