In early June, NASA announced an independent study on UFOs. With NASA in the race with multiple other scientific organizations, will we finally find evidence for alien life?
Ever since NASA announced conducting an independent study of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) in early June, the topic around these seemingly mythical flying objects has taken on a serious demeanor. NASA’s entry into this field has given more credibility to not only the scientists but this field of research as well, which was earlier mocked for being a conspiracy theory and “nut-job” science. And NASA has been offering its resources and scientific rigor to the community to together make scientific discoveries which would finally remove stigma attached to the field. And first steps for stigma-removal have already been taken by NASA. Instead of calling it the UFO study, the space agency is calling its study’s subject matter unidentified aerial phenomena or UAP. Now, it remains to be seen whether an alien will be discovered or not.
Issuing a statement, Thomas Zurbuchen, the associate administrator for science at NASA said, “NASA believes that the tools of scientific discovery are powerful and apply here also. We have access to a broad range of observations of Earth from space – and that is the lifeblood of scientific inquiry. We have the tools and team who can help us improve our understanding of the unknown. That’s the very definition of what science is. That’s what we do”.
NASA to study UFOs and make new discoveries in the field
NASA has revealed that the UAP study will be led by astrophysicist David Spergel, who is president of the Simons Foundation in New York City, and previously the chair of the astrophysics department at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey.
“Given the paucity of observations, our first task is simply to gather the most robust set of data that we can. We will be identifying what data – from civilians, government, non-profits, companies – exists, what else we should try to collect, and how to best analyze it,” said Spergel.
NASA believes that it will take the team around nine months to complete the study. In order to most efficiently collect data and analyze it, the space agency will seek the expert counsel of scientific, aeronautics, and data analytics communities.