NASA announced that it has selected 16 individuals to be part of its independent study team on unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) or UFO. The panel brings together experts from various fields ranging from physics to astrobiology. The team is chaired by David Spergel of the Simons Foundation. The study began on October 24 and will last for a period of nine months, using data gathered from various different sources, civilian government and commercial sectors. The study will focus on unclassified data. A full report of the team’s findings will be released to the public in mid-2023.
At this time NASA said: “There is no evidence UAPs are extraterrestrial in origin.” “Exploring the unknown in space and the atmosphere is at the heart of who we are at NASA. Understanding the data we have surrounding unidentified aerial phenomena is critical to helping us draw scientific conclusions about what is happening in our skies. Data is the language of scientists and makes the unexplainable, explainable,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of the Science Mission Directorate, in a statement. A Pentagon report issued a year earlier likewise found insufficient data to determine the nature of more than 140 credible sightings documented by military observers since 2004. Among them are videos released by the Pentagon of enigmatic airborne objects exhibiting speed and maneuverability exceeding known aviation technology and lacking any visible means of propulsion or flight-control surfaces.