UFO studies are a high priority for NASA, says official

NASA has announced that it will now officially open a proper and rigorous scientific study into the existence of UFOs.
Christopher McFadden
Artist's impression of a UFO.
Artist's impression of a UFO.

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When it comes to its upcoming UFO investigation, NASA is serious.

The organization declared in June that it would begin a scientific investigation into UFOs, also known as UAPs, or "unidentified flying objects," or "unidentified aerial phenomena").

UFO studies are a high priority for NASA, says official
Artist's impression of a UFO.

According to NASA officials at the time, the primary goals would be to identify and characterize existing UFO data, outline the best methods for future observational gathering, and decide how the agency could use such data to advance our understanding of these perplexing sky phenomena.

Astrophysicist David Spergel will be in charge of the study. He is the head of the Simons Foundation in New York City. It is anticipated to start this fall, cost a little more than $100,000, and endure for roughly nine months. During a "town hall meeting" on Wednesday (August 17) to address several programs of the agency's Science Mission Directorate, representatives from NASA said the agency is working hard to adhere to that schedule (SMD).

At the town hall on Wednesday, Daniel Evans, assistant deputy associate administrator for research at SMD, said that "We're going full force" on the UAP study preparations. "This is really important to us, and we're placing a high priority on it."

According to Evans, the study panel would be made up of 15–17 individuals. These people will include "some of the world's leading scientists, data practitioners, artificial intelligence practitioners, and aerospace safety experts, all with a specific charge, which is to tell us how to apply the full focus of science and data to UAP," he said.

After the town hall on Wednesday, Evans and his team intended to have NASA Administrator Bill Nelson interview their top picks for the panel. The process of officially appointing the panelists has now begun if Nelson has provided his approval.

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Regarding the appointments, Evans expressed his hope that they would be completed by October, however, he added, "I'll cross my fingers and say that we might be able to finish it sooner,"

Even people who don't believe in UFOs will be very interested in the upcoming NASA investigation. Indeed, agency representatives have stated that they hope the study contributes to the mainstreaming of rigorous, unbiased UAP research in the scientific community.

"NASA really is uniquely positioned to address UAP because we know how to use the tools of science and data to discern what might be happening out there in the skies," Evans said. "And, to be frank, no other agency is trusted as much by the public as us."

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