NASA announced Thursday it will have an independent and dedicated team to investigate unidentified aerial phenomena, popularly known as UFOs, using a scientific perspective. It typically involve strange objects zooming at high speeds across vast distances, with no apparent propulsion system.”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,” Thomas Zurbuchen, the associate administrator for science at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC, declared. The team will be led by astrophysicist David Spergel, who is president of the Simons Foundation in New York City and formerly chaired Princeton University’s astrophysics department.
A first step for the team would be to attempt to establish which UAPs are natural, NASA said. The initiative follows the interest manifested in the Congress to understand UFOs. It is believed that it will needed about nine months to reveal a report to the public on this matter. At this time “[t]here is no evidence UAPs are extra-terrestrial in origin.” “We don’t know if it’s extraterrestrial. We don’t know if it’s an enemy. We don’t know if it’s an optical phenomenon,” Bill Nelson, the former Florida senator and spaceflight veteran told media. However nothing is considered impossible and this is important. The number of reported encounters with UAPs has exploded in recent years as the military has encouraged pilots to document their experiences.