The possibility of extraterrestrial visits to Earth is being taken more and more seriously in the United States: the NASA announced Thursday that it has established a study group that will analyze Unidentified Aerial Phenomena starting this fall. (UAP) to advance “scientific understanding” of potential discoveries and future data collection and use.
After the intelligence agencieslast year, now it is NASA that has launched to investigate the issue.
The goal of this independent study on UAP, a concept that has displaced the name UFO (Unidentified Flying Object), for having become outdatedis based on “the observation of events in the sky that cannot be identified as aircraft or known natural phenomena from a scientific perspective”.
The limited number of UAP observations “make it difficult to draw scientific conclusions about the nature of such events”NASA noted in a statement, adding that these unidentified phenomena in the atmosphere “They are in the interest of both national security and aviation security.”
In that context, “establishing which events are natural provides a key first step in identify or mitigate such phenomena and ensure the safety of aircraft”.
In any case, the US government space agency said “There is no evidence that the UAPs are of extraterrestrial origin.”
“NASA believes that the tools of scientific discovery are powerful and apply here as well,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for science at NASA Headquarters in Washington.
Zurbuchen explained that there is access to a wide range of Earth observations from space, and that “that is the lifeblood of scientific research.”
“We have the tools and equipment that can help us improve our understanding of the unknown. That is the very definition of what Science is. That is what we do”, highlighted the scientist.
The agency recalled that “not part of the United States Department of Defense Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force”nor its successor, the Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group.
However, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, better known as NASA maintains a close relationship with the US Government regarding “how to apply the tools of Science to shed light on the nature and origin of unidentified aerial phenomena”.
The space agency’s independent study team will be led by astrophysicist David Spergel, president of the Simons Foundation in New York; and Daniel Evans, deputy administrator for research at NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.
“Given the paucity of observations, our first task is simply to collect the most robust set of data we can”Spergel said.
The study, which will include expert advice, is expected to take around nine months to complete.
In accordance with NASA’s principles of transparency and scientific integrity, this report will be shared publicly”added Evans, who assured that “All NASA data is available to the public.”
“We take that obligation seriously and make it (the data) easily accessible for anyone to view or study,” he insisted.
Although not related to this new studyNASA has an astrobiology program that focuses on the origins, evolution, and distribution of life beyond Earth.
From studying water on Mars to probing promising “ocean worlds” like Titan and Europa, NASA science missions are working together to find signs of life beyond Earth.
(With information from EFE)
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