What The NASA Administrator Said About UFOs Recently; And Why Exactly Was Pentagon Talking To A Punk Rocker About Them? – Swarajya

The Pentagon UFO Report

In December last year, US Congress asked the task force to submit a report on what is known about UAPs. On 25 June this year, the report was released. The unclassified version was made available to the public.

The report considered UFO reporting (144 cases) by the US military and the intelligence community between 2004 and 2021. “Most of the UAP reported probably do represent physical objects given that a majority of UAP were registered across multiple sensors, to include radar, infrared, electro-optical, weapon seekers, and visual observation,” the report said.

In some cases, “unusual flight characteristics” were observed, but the report didn’t rule out “sensor errors, spoofing, or observer misperception” and called for “additional rigorous analysis”. Suffice to say, uncertainty remains over the nature and origins of these reported UFOs, although one was attributed to an ordinary Earthly cause — “a large, deflating balloon” — with high confidence.

The task force believes that if and when these cases are resolved, they will fall into one of five potential categories: airborne clutter (birds, balloons, unmanned aerial vehicles), natural atmospheric phenomena (ice crystals, moisture, thermal fluctuations), USG or industry developmental programmes (classified programmes by US entities), foreign adversary systems (deployed by another nation like China or Russia), and a catchall “other” bin (not sure).

If a case of extraterrestrial life were to emerge, the “other” bin would be where it would be filed.

It needs to be said here, though, that the astronomy community, with their electromagnetic eyes turned to the skies at all times, are in a pretty good place to spot extraterrestrial activity if it were to occur.

However, despite decades-long efforts, there has been no evidence of extraterrestrial life so far.

At the risk of belabouring the Pentagon’s point, there is a need for greater and higher quality data. Thankfully, science sets the bar high for what is legitimate and what is not — that will prevent unwarranted leaps from flights of fancy to reality.

But in the present case of UFOs, even an openness to the idea of investigating them is a small victory — since often merely giving the idea a casual ear can earn one an unflattering label.

NASA administrator Nelson, though, is serious about looking into the matter of UFOs and extraterrestrial life. Earlier this year, he told CNN’s Rachel Crane: “Now that I’m here at NASA, I’ve turned to our scientists and I’ve said, ‘Would you, looking at it from a scientific standpoint, see if you can determine [what these objects are], so that we can have a better idea?’”

He said we don’t know what it (the unidentified objects) is, but “the bottom line is, we want to know and that’s what we’re trying to do”.

“This is a mission that we are constantly looking: who is out there, who are we, how did we get here, how did we become as we are, how did we develop, how did we civilise, and are those same conditions out there in a universe that has billions of other suns in billions of other galaxies,” Nelson said in the recent interview with the University of Virginia Center for Politics.

With the US government becoming more forthright about UFO sightings, and people like NASA administrator Nelson expressing a commitment to figuring this out, we may stand to learn more on this hot topic over the next couple of years.

However, any kind of a breakthrough conclusion is likely to elude us for a while.

Also Read: Beyond UFOs: The Alien Question



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