A NASA panel recommended in a report released Thursday that the U.S. space agency increase its efforts to collect information about unidentified objects in the sky – what the government calls “unidentified anomalous phenomenon,” or UAP – and play a larger role to play with the support of the Pentagon discovered them.
In a statement accompanying the report, the agency said it was evaluating the independent study team’s findings and recommendations but still created a new role: director of UAP research. The NASA panel, made up of experts in scientific fields from physics to astrobiology, released the report after its first public meeting in June.
UAPs are better known to the public as unidentified flying objects or UFOs.
“NASA has a variety of existing and planned Earth and space observation facilities, as well as an extensive archive of historical and current datasets, that should be used directly to understand UAP,” the report said.
“Although NASA’s fleet of Earth observation satellites typically lack the spatial resolution to detect relatively small objects such as UAP, their state-of-the-art sensors can be directly used to study the state of the local Earth, oceanic and atmospheric conditions.” the spatial and coincide in time with UAPs originally discovered using other methods. Therefore, NASA resources can play a critical role in directly determining whether certain environmental factors are associated with particular reported UAP behaviors or events,” the report said.
In recent years, the U.S. government has repeatedly disclosed information gathered on a topic that was previously virtually official silence.
The new report called UAPs “one of our planet’s greatest mysteries.”
“Observations of objects in our skies that cannot be identified as balloons, airplanes or known natural phenomena have been spotted worldwide, yet there are limited high-quality observations. The nature of science is to explore the unknown, and data is the language scientists use to discover the secrets of our universe,” the report said.
“Despite numerous reports and images, the lack of consistent, detailed and curated observations means that we currently do not have the amount of data required to draw definitive, scientific conclusions about UAP,” it continued.
In 2021, it released a watershed report prepared by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in collaboration with a Navy-led task force, which included numerous observations – primarily from UAP military personnel.
The report included several UAP cases that had previously come to light through the Pentagon’s release of videos from naval aviators showing mysterious aircraft off the east and west coasts of the United States that had speeds and maneuverability beyond known aviation technologies and were invisible There was a lack of propulsion means or flight control surfaces. The report said defense and intelligence analysts lacked sufficient data to determine the nature of some objects.
An independent NASA panel studying UAPs held its first public meeting in June, made up of experts in scientific fields from physics to astrobiology. Challenges panel members cited in their work included a stigma associated with the topic and a lack of scientifically reliable methods for documenting UFOs.
Two senior U.S. defense intelligence officials said at a congressional hearing in 2022 that the Pentagon was determined to determine the origin of UAPs. Both officials vowed that the Pentagon would follow the evidence wherever it led, making clear that the primary interest was addressing potential threats to national security.
Both officials chose their words carefully in this hearing, including the question of possible extraterrestrial origins. One of the officials, Scott Bray, said during the hearing: “We have no material, we have not detected any emissions within the UAP working group that would indicate that it was something of non-terrestrial origin.” Since the Air Force in 1969 After discontinuing an inconclusive UFO program codenamed “Project Blue Book,” there had been no more public hearings in Congress on the issue.
Another congressional hearing was held in July, at which retired military personnel also testified, but government officials did not appear.
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