NASA on Monday kicked off a 9-month study designed to help scientists learn more about Unknown Phenomena (UAP) – commonly known as UFOs. Recent agency selected 16 individuals who will form an independent study groupincludes leading scientists, data and AI practitioners, aerospace safety experts, and other experts in their respective fields.
Astrophysicist David Spergel – president of the Simons Foundation in New York City and before that chair of the department of astrophysics at Princeton University – will lead the research team. The most prominent member involved is former NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, who has commanded the International Space Station on multiple missions and served as the pilot of Space Shuttle Discovery for the third Hubble Service Mission.
The study is really a rough look at UAP and will focus on finding valuable data – the team will look at data collected by government organizations, commercial data, learning outcomes and any other publicly available information to determine what is involved. The team will also look at how best to collect data in the future, and they’ll study how NASA can use that data to advance the scientific understanding of UAP.
After nine months, the team will share their findings in an independent, unclassified report. NASA is expected to release the full report to the public in mid-2023. Additionally, the agency is expected to hold a full public meeting of the UAP Independent Research Group later in the season. Spring 2023. The meeting will be broadcast to the public.
“NASA has brought together some of the world’s leading scientists, data and artificial intelligence researchers, aerospace safety experts, all with a specific responsibility, which is for them. I know how to apply the full focus of science and data to UAP,” said Daniel Evans, an official from NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, who is responsible for coordinating the research. “The findings will be made available to the public in accordance with NASA’s principles of transparency, openness, and scientific integrity.”
UAP research is important for aviation safety and national security, in line with one of the NASA’s goal for aircraft safety.
But more broadly, “the establishment of events, whether they are natural or need to be interpreted differently, is very consistent with NASA’s goals,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, director of science in Washington. NASA’s HQ, said to reporters earlier this year.
“Part of our mission at NASA,” he continued, “is not just to do basic research, but part of that mission is to look for life elsewhere.”
Although it is not related to this new study, NASA already has an astrobiology program that focuses on the origin, evolution, and distribution of life on the other side of the earth. The agency studies topics like water on Mars and “ocean worlds” like Titan and Europa. It also uses missions like the Hubble Space Telescope to look for habitable exoplanets. NASA also funds space-based research focusing on technological structures – signs of advanced technology in space – from other planets.
NASA has said it is not part of the US Department of Defense Unknown Aerial Phenomena Task Force or its successor, Aerial object recognition and management synchronization group. However, the agency has been working with other government agencies on how best to study UAPs scientifically. Defense Ministry official testified at a House subcommittee in May, in the first public hearing on UAP in more than 50 years.