NASA has announced its decision to launch a research project involving leading scientists to study unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs or commonly termed as UFOs). The organization will collect data on events in the sky that cannot scientifically be identified as aircraft or known natural phenomena.
To do this, the agency will put together a dedicated Unidentified Aerial Phenomena team. According to NASA, the study will begin in early fall and is expected to last about nine months. It will focus on identifying available UAP data, how best to collect future UAP data, and how NASA can use it to move the scientific understanding of UAPs forward.
The research team will be led by astrophysicist David Spergel, president of the Simons Foundation in New York City, and Daniel Evans, the assistant deputy associate administrator for research at NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.
NASA is committed to studying cases of UAP in order to ensure air safety. This is a direct responsibility of the agency, which in addition to astronautics, also oversees aviation flights. The space agency says there is no evidence that the UAPs are of extraterrestrial origin.
In accordance with NASA's principles of openness, transparency, and scientific integrity, the report will be made public.