New NASA study focuses on unidentified flying objects

The US Department of Defense has reported more than 400 UFOs. (US Department of Defense)

Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs), or Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAPs) as they are now called, are finally getting the Warning they deserve. On June 9, 2022, NASA announced that it had commissioned a study to examine sightings of events that “cannot be identified as known aircraft or natural phenomena”.

The study, conducted by astrophysicist David Spergel, will begin in early fall 2022. Scheduled to last approximately nine months, it will focus on reviewing documented UFOs and determine the best way to collect data on future sightings. The research aims to add a scientific dimension perspective to the mysterious sightings that often seem challenge the laws of physics.

“NASA believes the tools of science discovery are powerful and apply here as well,” Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, said in a statement. “We have the tools and the team that can help us to improve our understanding of the unknown. It is the very definition of what science is. This is what we do.”

NASA’s announcement follows that of May 17, 2022, of the congress hearings on UFO sightings. Members of the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) UFO Task Force reported that they had collected 400 UFO reports, mostly from Navy pilots. But months of investigation had revealed no clue if they were atmospheric events, enemy aircraft or extraterrestrial objects.

However, the DOD is not giving up. On On July 21, 2022, the US government agency announced that it was expanding the scope of the UFO office to include both airborne and transmedium UFOs. Transmedium refers to the ability of an object to to cross through several environments. For example, anything that can fly through the Earth atmosphere as well as in space, or underwater, would be classified as transmedium.

Resources: NASA.gov, NPR.org, Space.com