Washington, DC —
NASA on Thursday (14/9) said it had appointed a new research director to research what the US government called an “unknown anomalous phenomenon” aka UAP, which laypeople usually call UFOs. The head of the US space agency said that a panel of experts urging more fact-finding on the matter had found no evidence to suggest the unidentified objects had an extraterrestrial origin.
NASA chief Bill Nelson announced the appointment of the new research director without revealing who he was. The announcement came after an independent expert panel recommended that NASA step up its efforts to gather information about UAPs and play a greater role in helping the Pentagon detect them.
In the press conference, Nelson also expressed his personal opinion that there is life outside planet Earth and promised that NASA would disclose all its findings.
“We, NASA, are dealing with this openly and we will be open about this issue. We also tried to answer the question that there was a lot of concern that something was being hidden, kept secret, and that the American government was not being forthcoming. Yes… we are the American government and we are open and will be open about this,” Nelson said.
The NASA panel, which includes experts in various scientific fields – from physics to atrobiology – published their report after holding an open meeting last June. Over the past few years, the U.S. government has disclosed information it collects on topics that officials previously responded to with silence.
NASA stated that UFO research required new scientific techniques, including advanced satellites and changes in the perception of UFOs themselves.
In the 33-page report, the independent team warned that negative perceptions surrounding UFOs were an obstacle to collecting data. But officials say NASA’s involvement should help reduce the stigma about UFOs.
Nelson said his agency wants to change the discourse about UAP “from sensationalism to science.”
At the only public meeting held earlier this year, an independent team selected by the space agency insisted that there was no convincing evidence that extraterrestrial life was directly related to UFOs. (rd/hour)