NASA has announced the names of 16 people who will be part of its Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) research group, which begins work today.
The study of UAP, which NASA defines as sky-based events not attributable to aircraft or natural phenomena, will take about nine months.
While most people would know these beings as UFOs, US government officials have preferred the acronym UAP in recent years.
Regardless of what they’re called, NASA said the team studying them includes “some of the world’s leading scientists, data and artificial intelligence practitioners” and “aerospace security experts.”
These include NASA alumni like Mike Gold and former astronaut Scott Kelly; a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) person; Academics from the University of Delaware and George Mason University, the University of Rhode Island (URI), the University of California, San Diego and other institutions; Search for Affiliates of Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI); an oceanographer; CEOs; and freelance journalist and former ballerina with a PhD in genetics, Nadia Drake.
The aerospace organization says the team will lay the groundwork for future studies by identifying how data collected from civilian, government, commercial and other entities can shed light on UAP. The project will culminate in a recommended “Roadmap for potential UAP data analysis by the agency for the future”. The results are expected to be published in mid-2023.
“Understanding the data we have on unidentified aerial phenomena is critical to helping us make scientific conclusions about what’s happening in our skies,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, deputy administrator of the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, in a canned statement, the UAP categorized it as equally important to national security and aviation security.
The data used in the study are not classified. Luckily for researchers, Uncle Sam has declassified the CIA’s entire collection of UAP-related material. It has been online since 2021.
In August, it was revealed that NASA’s UAP research project has a $100,000 budget.
But NASA isn’t the only organization striving to understand what nobody rules out, but also doesn’t call aliens. In July 2021, the Pentagon said it would set up an office to track UAP reports, and Congress has considered a similar effort.
Professor Brian Cox said last week The registry He believes there is, on average, one civilization per galaxy. He contrasted this with physicist Sean Carroll’s prediction of zero and unnamed individuals at SETI, which he says could predict up to 10 instances of intelligent life in the universe. We want to believe. ®
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