In response to a recommendation by an independent study team for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to play a more prominent role in understanding Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena (UAP), or what is popularly known as unidentified flying objects (UFO), the agency has announced it is appointing a director of UAP research.
NASA commissioned the independent study to better understand how the agency can contribute to ongoing government efforts to further the study observations of events in the sky that cannot be identified as balloons, aircraft, or as known natural phenomena from a scientific perspective.
The report was released at a time when two 'non-human' corpses were publicly unveiled in Mexico's Congress, an episode that triggered excitement among UFO enthusiasts and scientists.
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said the organisation's new Director of UAP Research will develop and oversee the implementation of NASA’s scientific vision for UAP research.
“At NASA, it's in our DNA to explore – and to ask why things are the way they are. I want to thank the Independent Study Team for providing insight on how NASA can better study and analyse UAP in the future,” Nelson said.
He added that NASA’s new director will look into working with other agencies to analyse UAP and applying artificial intelligence and machine learning to search the skies for anomalies.
"NASA will do this work transparently for the benefit of humanity," he said.
The report contains the external study team’s findings and recommendations which aim to inform NASA on what possible data is available to be collected and how the agency can help shed light on the origin and nature of future UAP. The report is not a review or assessment of previous UAP incidents.
While NASA still is evaluating the report and assessing the independent study team’s findings and recommendations, the agency is committed to contributing to the federal government’s unified UAP effort by appointing Mark McInerney director of UAP research.
McInerney previously served as NASA’s liaison to the Department of Defence covering limited UAP activities for the agency.
In the new role, he will centralise communications, resources, and data analytical capabilities to establish a robust database for the evaluation of future UAP. He also will leverage NASA’s expertise in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and space-based observation tools to support and enhance the broader government initiative on UAP.
Since 1996, McInerney has served in various positions at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre in Greenbelt, Maryland; the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and the National Hurricane Centre.
The independent study team’s overall recommendation for NASA from its report is that the agency can play a prominent role in the government’s effort to understand UAP by furthering the study and data collection of UAP.
The external study recommends that NASA use its open-source resources, extensive technological expertise, data analysis techniques, federal and commercial partnerships, and Earth-observing assets to curate a better and robust dataset for understanding future UAP.
NASA also will advance citizen reporting by engaging with the public and commercial pilots to build a broader, more reliable UAP dataset to use to identify future UAP incidents as well as destigmatise the study of UAP.
“Data is the critical lifeblood needed to advance scientific exploration, and we thank the independent study team members for lending NASA their expertise towards identifying what available data is possible to understand the nature and origin of future UAP,” said Nicola Fox, associate administrator, Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “The director of UAP Research is a pivotal addition to NASA’s team and will provide leadership, guidance and operational coordination for the agency and the federal government to use as a pipeline to help identify the seemingly unidentifiable.”
The independent study team set up outside of NASA, used unclassified data from civilian government entities, commercial data, and data from other sources to inform their findings and recommendations in the report. There are currently a limited number of high-quality observations of UAP, which currently makes it impossible to draw firm scientific conclusions about their nature.
“Using unclassified data was essential for our team’s fact-finding, open-communication collaboration, and for upholding scientific rigour to produce this report for NASA,” said David Spergel, president of the Simons Foundation and chair of the UAP independent study team. “The team wrote the report in conjunction with NASA’s pillars of transparency, openness and scientific integrity to help the agency shed light on the nature of future UAP incidents. We found that NASA can help the whole-of-government UAP effort through systematic data calibration, multiple measurements and ensuring thorough sensor metadata to create a data set that is both reliable and extensive for future UAP study.”
The UAP independent study team is a counsel of 16 community experts across diverse areas on matters relevant to potential methods of study for unidentified anomalous phenomena.
NASA commissioned the study to examine UAP from a scientific perspective and create a roadmap for how to use data and the tools of science to move our understanding of UAP forward.
Mexican Congress episode:
Triggering debate over the existence of extraterrestrial beings, the Mexico Congress recently hosted an unusual event in the country's capital city.
During the event, alleged “non-human” alien corpses were displayed to the politicians of the country at the country’s Congress.
The two small corpses, retrieved from Cusco, Peru, were presented in windowed boxes in Mexico City on Wednesday, stirring excitement within the UFO conspiracy theorist community, according to a report by The Independent.
The video of the event has gone viral on social media platforms.
Jaime Maussan, who has led investigations into alien phenomena for decades, stood with scientists to unveil two corpses in what he called a 'watershed' event in front of Mexican Congress on Tuesday, Daily Mail reported.
Carbon dating by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) found the bodies, pictured with three-fingered hands, no teeth and stereoscopic vision, were more than 1,000 years old, Maussan claimed as quoted by the newspaper.
What did NASA say on the issue?
When NASA officials were asked about the incident by BBC, they said they were not entertaining conjecture and need to learn more about these corpses before they can say any more.