The experts will examine “unidentified aerial phenomena,” or UFOs, as the latest sign of the seriousness with which the US government is addressing the problem.
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NASA, the space agency, assembles a team of scientists to investigate a “national security” problem.
They will be investigating “unidentified aerial phenomena” or NASA in the last sign of the seriousness with which the US government is addressing the issue.
The focus is on identifying available data, the best ways to collect it in the future, and how this information can be used to improve the scientific understanding of the problem.
NASA hired David Spergel, former head of Princeton University’s astrophysics department, to lead the scientific team and Daniel Evans, a senior researcher in NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, to orchestrate the study.
A team of scientists will convene in the fall and spend about nine months developing a public account of their findings, Evans said.
NASA will spend “between a few tens of thousands of dollars” and no more than £80,000 ($100,000) on the effort, Evans added.
The announcement comes a year after the US government released a report by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and a Navy-led task force detailing observations, mostly by Navy personnel, of “unidentified aerial phenomena,” or UAPs to be discribed.
Two Pentagon officials testified May 17 at the first congressional hearing on UFOs in half
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Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA’s chief of science, told reporters, “We’re looking at the Earth in a new way, and we’re also looking the other way, at the sky, in a new way.
“What we’re really trying to do here is launch an investigation with no outcome in mind.”
US officials have called UAPs, or UFOs, “a national security issue,” echoed by NASA.
“Unidentified phenomena in the atmosphere are of interest to both national security and aviation safety.
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“Determining which events are natural is an important first step in identifying or mitigating such phenomena, which aligns with one of NASA’s goals of keeping aircraft safe.”
Last year’s report said US defense and intelligence analysts lacked sufficient data to determine the type of UAPs observed by military pilots.
It has been questioned whether they are advanced terrestrial technologies, atmospheric or extraterrestrial in origin.
The two Pentagon officials acknowledged last month that many observations are beyond the government’s ability to explain.
NASA responded by saying, “There is no evidence that UAPs are of extraterrestrial origin.”
Zurbuchen said, “The agency’s involvement aims to provide more data to leverage NASA’s scientific talent, satellites and sensors otherwise tasked with monitoring Earth’s climate or observing atmospheric conditions.”
Evans added, “The first step is to figure out what data is available.”
NASA’s involvement in the Pentagon’s effort to characterize UAPs was previously acknowledged by US officials.
The Pentagon has released some videos of mysterious objects showing speed and maneuverability.
The footage also surpassed known aeronautical technology and lacked any visible means of propulsion.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/us-news/space-agency-nasa-assembles-team-27195524 The space agency NASA assembles a team of scientists to study the "national security problem".