The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has made the decision to launch a study that specifically gathers information on unidentified flying objects, better known as UFOs. This decision comes amid harsh opinions from critics who put NASA’s credibility at risk with such topics.
NASA is launching an independent team led by David Spergel, an astrophysicist who is the president of the Simons Foundation. This team will be responsible for gathering open-source information to ascertain a new understanding of UFOs. The collection of information will then be categorized and analyzed to create a foundation for how to complete the understanding of unidentified flying objects.
UFOs are now considered unidentified aerial phenomena or UAPs. With a recent hearing involving the Department of Defense and other relevant military branches presenting their case for UAPs and their existence, it was decided to allocate $100,000 to form an investigative team. This was met with skepticism from the surrounding scientific and political communities, however.
This will be the first time that NASA will openly launch and be involved in a topic of study as conspiratorial sounding as the existence of unidentified flying phenomena. The mission chief for NASA, Thomas Zurbuchen acknowledged that there was a risk of reputation involved but disagrees that NASA is discreditable because of it.
During a National Academy of Sciences webcast, Zurbuchen said, “We are not shying away from reputational risk. Our strong belief is that the biggest challenge of these phenomena is that it’s a data-poor field.”
Not having enough information in a field as extensive as the realm of UFOs and UAPs is dangerous to the national security of the United States and other foreign countries across the world. NASA has agreed that there needs to be a complete picture of what is unidentified in our skies so as to keep our populations safe. Albeit, the rest of the science community will also benefit from the gathering of information as they can then create new hypotheses and theories as to what shares our Universe with us.
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The team will be launched sometime in the fall of 2022 and will last for nine months. It is expected that there will be many different explanations that will arise with the careful analysis of all of the available open-source information on the subject of UFOs and UAPs.