A Nasa panel recommended in a report issued on Thursday that the US space agency increase its efforts to gather information on unidentified objects in the sky — labeled “unidentified anomalous phenomenon,” or UAP, by the government — and play a larger role in helping the Pentagon detect them.
The agency, in a statement accompanying the report, said it was evaluating the independent study team’s findings and recommendations but nonetheless created a new role, director of UAP research.
The Nasa panel, comprising experts in scientific fields ranging from physics to astrobiology, issued the report after holding its first public meeting in June.
UAP are better known to the public as unidentified flying objects, or UFOs.
“Nasa has a variety of existing and planned Earth- and space-observing assets, together with an extensive archive of historic and current data sets, which should be directly leveraged to understand UAP,” the report said.
“Although Nasa’s fleet of Earth-observing satellites typically lack the spatial resolution to detect relatively small objects such as UAP, their state-of-the-art sensors can be directly utilized to probe the state of the local earth, oceanic, and atmospheric conditions that are spatially and temporally coincident with UAPs initially detected via other methods.
“Thus, Nasa’s assets can play a vital role by directly determining whether specific environmental factors are associated with certain reported UAP behaviors or occurrences,” the report said.
The US government in the past few years has made several disclosures of information it has gathered regarding a subject that once was met by virtual official silence.
The new report is called UAPs “one of our planet’s greatest mysteries”.
“Observations of objects in our skies that cannot be identified as balloons, aircraft, or natural known phenomena have been spotted worldwide, yet there are limited high-quality observations. The nature of science is to explore the unknown, and data is the language scientists use to discover our universe’s secrets,” the report stated.
“Despite numerous accounts and visuals, the absence of consistent, detailed, and curated observations means we do not presently have the body of data needed to make definitive, scientific conclusions about UAP,” it added.