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NASA announces a team to study UFOs

On Thursday, June 9, NASA announced putting an independent research team to study UAPs, commonly called UFOs. While many have associated UFOs to aliens and extraterrestrial beings, the space agency says that that is not the purpose of this team.

Called unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs), the team’s focus will be on events in the sky that could be mistaken as ‘objects’ to the n***d eye. NASA describes them as ‘events in the sky that cannot be identified as aircraft or known natural phenomena.’

The common mistake is that unexplained object-like things in the sky are some sort of spacecraft or jets. However, with the behaviour of light and how it interacts with air, practically anything can look like anything if not studied properly.

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In a statement, NASA further stressed the importance of this study:

“The limited number of observations of UAPs currently makes it difficult to draw scientific conclusions about the nature of such events. Unidentified phenomena in the atmosphere are of interest for both national security and air safety.

“Establishing which events are natural provides a key first step to identifying or mitigating such phenomena, which aligns with one of NASA’s goals to ensure the safety of aircraft.”

At the end of the statement, it firmly asserted: There is no evidence UAPs are extra-terrestrial in origin.

Astrophysicist David Spergel will lead the team, which will have access to scientific research tools from the government and data from every source including civilians, non-profits and companies. The study has a duration of nine months.

In addition, NASA has a research program called astrobiology , which studies life beyond Earth as it relates to origin, evolution and distribution. However, this program is not related to the UAP research it just announced.

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