The concept of UFOs is one of the most divisive topics among space enthusiasts. While many scientists agree that the chances of life elsewhere in the universe are good, and groups like SETI have been hunting for proof of this for decades, astronomers are skeptical of aliens reaching Earth. Regardless, the public continues to believe in the existence of mystery alien spaceships in the sky.
With the new study, NASA will dive into the topic of UFOs
NASA is funding an independent study into UAPs which will be headed by an astrophysicist, David Spergel. The idea is to look at the limited data which does exist on UAPs and to consider how it would be best to collect data on similar phenomena in the future.
NASA has now stepped in to provide a “scientific perspective” on the topic of mysterious aerial occurrences (UAPs). Because, while the CIA states unequivocally that “there is no proof that UAPs are alien in origin,” there are certainly plenty of objects which are spotted in the atmosphere which aren’t easy to identify, from weather balloons to aircraft to light phenomena. The U.S. military has been studying this issue recently and NASA says it wants to join the study for similar reasons, to protect aircraft in particular.
The idea is bound to be a contentious one, from scientists who will scoff at the idea of spending time and money on fringey pseudoscience to UFO true believers who are unlikely to trust anything NASA says anyway.
The study is expected to take around nine months including consultations with scientists and experts in the fields of aeronautics and data analytics. After this, the report will be shared publicly.
But the associate administrator for science at NASA, Thomas Zurbuchen, pushed back on the view that this was not a topic worthy of investigation: “In a traditional type of science environment, talking about some of these issues may be considered kind of selling out or talking about things that are not actual science,” he said in a teleconference. “I just really vehemently oppose that. I really believe that the quality of science is not only measured by the outputs that come behind it but also the questions we’re willing to tackle with science.”
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