NASA to Conduct Independent Investigation to Examine Unidentified Aerial Phenomena |  DW |  09.06.2022

An independent study team convened by NASA will begin examining Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) and make the results public within nine months, the space agency announced on Thursday (09.06.2022).

Under the name UAP are included observations of events in the sky that cannot be identified as known aircraft or natural phenomena, from a scientific point of view.

This commissioned research will focus on identifying what data is available, how best to collect future data, and how NASA can use this data to advance the scientific understanding of UAPs.

There is no evidence of extraterrestrial origin

According to an agency statement, the limited number of UAP sightings currently makes it difficult to draw scientific conclusions about the nature of such events.

“Unidentified phenomena in the atmosphere are of both national security and aviation safety interest,” the agency said in a statement.

“Establishing which events are natural is a key first step in identifying or mitigating these phenomena, which aligns with one of NASA’s goals to keep aircraft safe,” NASA added.

Similarly, the US space agency has pointed out that there is no evidence that UAPs are of extraterrestrial origin.

hard work compilation

The agency’s independent study team will be led by astrophysicist David Spergel, chairman of the Simons Foundation at New York University and former chairman of the department of astrophysics at Princeton University.

“Given the paucity of observations, our first task is simply to collect the strongest dataset possible,” Spergel said.

“We will identify what data (civilian, government, non-profit, corporate) exists, what else we should try to collect and how best to analyze it,” added the expert.

The results will be shared publicly

The study is expected to last approximately nine months. NASA will seek expert advice from the scientific, aviation, and data analysis communities to focus on how best to collect new data and improve UAP observations.

In addition, the organizers of the survey ensure that the results will be made public: “In accordance with the principles of openness, transparency and scientific integrity of NASA, this report will be shared publicly”, specified Daniel Evans, in charge of orchestrate the investigation. study.

“All NASA data is publicly available, and we take that obligation seriously and make it readily available for anyone to view or study,” he concluded.

JU (dpa, nasa.gov)

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