NASA have announced they are officially preparing to examine and investigate UFOs in case they pose a ‘security risk’.
They will specifically be concentrating on unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs) that cannot be identified as aircraft or known natural phenomena.
The United States Congress recently held a briefing about UFOs for the first time in more than 50 years, where some footage of UAPs were shown, with one revealing a fast-moving spherical object and another displaying a green triangular entity in the sky.
This has been a common shape for many sightings over the years. It comes after a year in which US intelligence released a report detailing 144 cases of UAPs, of which only one could be explained.
Thomas Zurbuchen, the associate administrator for science at NASA Headquarters in Washington, feels they can gain a greater appreciation of the phenomena.
He 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.”
The agency is not part of the Department of Defence’s Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force or its successor, the Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronisation Group, but NASA has coordinated with the government in order to shed light on the nature and origin of UAPs.
Astrophysicist David Spergel will lead the study team and he added: “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 analyse it.”
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The $100,000 project is expected to last around nine months and they say the their report will be shared with the public, adding that “we take that obligation seriously.”
However, they were quick to stress that “no evidence UAPs are extraterrestrial in origin” exists.
UFO watchers on social media were quick to cast doubts on NASA’s plans, with one Twitter user writing: “NASA acting like they haven’t airbrushed UFOs out of satellite images for decades”, while another wrote: “If you want people to believe in science (like I do), you have to be more transparent and truthful. You are just now going to investigate? This hasn’t ever been an interest to your company?”
Another joked: “Start with the photo and video evidence in your hidden archives. All those video feeds you cut from the space station and shuttles and scrubbed photos. What a farce this is going to be!”