In the wake of a Pentagon report, NASA’s chief directs researchers to investigate UFOs, saying, “We want to know.”
NASA’s top executive has announced that the space agency will begin investigating unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs).
Bill Nelson, who took over as NASA’s new administrator last month, said there is no evidence that extraterrestrials have visited Earth yet, but that it is too early to rule it out. The US space agency’s inquiry into the phenomenon comes as the Pentagon prepares to release a report listing all known US military UFO studies.
“We don’t know if it’s extraterrestrial,” Mr Nelson said of the recent UFO encounter captured by US Navy pilots. We don’t know if it’s a foe or not. We’re not sure if it’s an optical illusion.
“We don’t believe [it’s an optical phenomenon] based on the features mentioned by the Navy jet pilots… So, at the end of the day, we want to know.”
Mr Nelson has not established an official task force to study UFOs, according to NASA press secretary Jackie McGuinness.
She did say, though, that researchers could delve into the subject as they saw fit.
“There isn’t a lot of data and…,” she remarked. Scientists should be able to pursue these leads without fear of being stigmatized.
“This is a fascinating phenomenon, and Americans are certainly interested in learning more about it, therefore scientists should investigate.”
According to recent sources, the Pentagon is afraid that the enigmatic objects filmed during the latest US military encounter were Chinese or Russian “hypersonic” weapon tests.
The mystery objects’ ability to travel in ways that violate the laws of physics could be explained by experimental technology that can launch aircraft or missiles at speeds of up to 4,000 miles per hour.
According to The New York Times, a senior official informed on the imminent US intelligence report stated “without hesitation” that the items seen were not American technology.
If the UAPs were made in Russia or China, officials added, it would prove that the “two powers’ hypersonic research has far exceeded American military development.”
According to NBC Today’s Stephanie Gosk, such technology would have the ability to circumvent missile-defense equipment and would be a “major issue” for the US military.
In recent military parades in China, some hypersonic weaponry have been displayed.
The Pentagon report, which has been eagerly anticipated, is due to be revealed on June 25.