UFO report: NASA reveals the results of 2022 UFO panel study

"We want to shift the conversation about UAPs from sensationalism to science," NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said during a press conference.
Chris Young
An artist's impression of a UFO.
An artist's impression of a UFO.

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Last year, NASA commissioned experts to study data related to unidentified anomalous phenomena (UAP), more popularly known as UFOs.

The investigation is part of a concerted effort to apply the scientific method to observations of abnormal objects in the sky, ocean, or space that are not easily identifiable.

Now, the team has released its first report, and during a press conference today, September 14, it acknowledged that it needs to improve its data collection method for UAP events. To do so, it will use AI, machine learning, and crowd-sourcing of footage.

During the conference, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said NASA is taking "concrete action for the first time" to look into UAP. However, he also noted that the panel found no evidence to suggest UAPs are extraterrestrial in origin.

NASA says it has "a lot more to learn" on UAPs

The independent study team convened by NASA seems to have uncovered more questions than answers with its report. According to NASA, the findings will help the space agency improve its methodology in cataloging and investigating these events.

To start with, NASA will appoint a new head of UAP research.

"The top takeaway from the study is that there is a lot more to learn," Nelson explained during the press conference, which is viewable via the embedded video below.

"The NASA independent study team found no evidence that UAP has an extraterrestrial origin, but we don't know what these UAP are," Nelson continued. "That's why I'm announcing that NASA has appointed a NASA director of UAP research."

Nelson said the director will develop and oversee the implementation of NASA's vision for UAP research. During the conference, NASA officials explained that the director had already been appointed but declined to name them.

The NASA Administrator also explained that he believes extraterrestrial intelligence must be out there, given that the "universe is so vast [that] it's difficult to comprehend how big it is." However, he stressed that NASA has no evidence of its existence.

Applying the "full focus of science" on UAP investigation

In a press statement before today's live event, NASA explained that the report is "not a review or assessment of previous unidentifiable observations."

Instead, the focus was on learning "how to apply the full focus of science and data to UAP," Nelson said, adding that NASA wants to "shift the conversation about UAPs from sensationalism to science."

To do this, it will aim to improve its data collection and investigation methodology by leveraging artificial intelligence and crowd-sourcing footage and images from the general public. The space agency will also NASA will work with other agencies to better understand UAP sightings.

During the conference, NASA officials also acknowledged that stigma has likely prevented pilots from reporting events and that it aims to fight this stigma to aid in its data collection efforts.

They also noted that most UAP events are explained as planes, drones, balloons, and weather events and that camera footage does not have the quality to study such events properly.

Nelson also addressed public concern that the government is not transparent about UAPs. "We are the government," he said, adding that they will disclose any findings, whether they are related to extraterrestrial life or not.

"You can blame the X-files for a lot of this," one of the other panel members at the conference, Nicola Fox, an associate administrator at NASA, pointed out.

NASA's new report comes at a time when scientists are increasingly trying to break the stigma of UAP investigation.

In 2021, for example, Harvard professor Avi Loeb founded the Galileo Project, which aims to provide evidence for alien technology by building a global network of telescopes, cameras, and computers to allow it to investigate UAPs. Loeb has famously stated he believes the interstellar object ‘Oumuamua might be part of an alien spacecraft.

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