No evidence of ‘extraterrestrial origin’ for UAP sightings found: NASA UFO report

NASA’s UFO research team published its independent report on Thursday, September 14th. The report has ruled out any extraterrestrial involvement in the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) sightings, underlining the imperative for thorough scientific examination.

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson emphasized the report’s core message and said, “The top takeaway from the study is that there is a lot more to learn.”

“The NASA independent study team did not find any evidence that UAP have an extraterrestrial origin, but we don’t know what these UAP are,” Nelson said.

The report contends that one of the major hurdles in understanding UAP is the scarcity of reliable data. Most UAP sightings yield limited, inconsistent, and uncurated information, making it arduous to draw conclusive scientific inferences.

No evidence of 'extraterrestrial origin' for UAP sightings: NASA UFO report
A still from a U.S. Navy video reportedly showing an unidentified anomalous phenomena encountered in military airspace off America’s east coast in 2015. (Image credit: U.S. Navy/DOD)

“At present, analysis of UAP data is hampered by poor sensor calibration, the lack of multiple measurements, the lack of sensor metadata, and the lack of baseline data,” the report reads.

Nicola Fox, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, noted that despite numerous eyewitness accounts and visuals, these observations lack the detail and consistency required for strong scientific conclusions.

“UAP are one of our planet’s greatest mysteries,” Fox said.

“While there are many eyewitness accounts and visuals associated with UAP, they’re not consistent, they’re not detailed, and they’re not curated observations that can be used to make definitive scientific conclusions about the nature and the origin of UAP.”

To address these limitations, NASA plans to appoint a director of UAP research and leverage its Earth observation satellites for data collection.

“We will use NASA expertise to work with other agencies to investigate UAPs,” Nelson said.

The report underscores the importance of improving sensor calibration, obtaining multiple measurements, and including sensor metadata in the data acquisition strategy.

“Making a concerted effort to improve all aspects is vital, and NASA’s expertise should be comprehensively leveraged as part of a robust and systematic data acquisition strategy within the whole-of-government framework,” the report reads.

These steps, it argues, are essential to unraveling the UAP enigma systematically.

The report has also suggested collaboration with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the use of artificial intelligence to analyze extensive datasets for anomalous phenomena.

“Using unclassified data was essential for our team’s fact-finding, open-communication collaboration, and for upholding scientific rigor 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,” Spergel explained.

The report’s overarching message aligns with the scientific ethos: skepticism coupled with the pursuit of evidence-based inquiry. It stands as a rebuke to sensationalism and pseudoscience, acknowledging the compelling anecdotes surrounding UAP while highlighting the necessity of stringent scientific scrutiny.

The report has also included several images of alleged UAP, both those that have been identified and those that remain unexplained, including one that appears to show a metallic “orb-like” object flying without known methods of propulsion.

No evidence of 'extraterrestrial origin' for UAP sightings: NASA UFO report
Insets from NASA’s UAP independent study team’s report, detailing various UAP collected by U.S. government sensors and analyzed by the Pentagon’s All-Domain Anomaly Resolution Office. (Image credit: NASA)

“Due to limited data, the object remains unidentified,” the report notes.

The Pentagon’s All-Domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO) testified before the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services in April 2023, stating that it had found ‘no credible evidence thus far of extraterrestrial activity, off-world technology, or objects that defy the known laws of physics.’ This assertion underscores the need for intellectual discourse and collaborative scientific endeavors to unravel the mysteries surrounding these phenomena.

A former Pentagon intelligence officer and U.S. Air Force veteran testified before a congressional subcommittee in July 2023, asserting that the American government has concealed evidence of crashed UAP and indications of ‘non-human intelligence.

  • September 15, 2023
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