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NASA Panel on UFOs: No Evidence of Aliens Yet

A new panel of experts convened by NASA to study the phenomenon of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) or unidentified anomalous phenomena (UAPs) held its first public meeting on May 31, 2023.

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The panel, chaired by astrophysicist David Spergel and including former astronaut Scott Kelly, aims to examine the available data on UAPs and advance the scientific understanding of them.

UAPs are objects or events that appear in the sky, underwater or in space that cannot be easily explained by conventional means. They have been reported by military pilots, civilians and even astronauts for decades, but have often been dismissed as hoaxes, misidentifications or natural phenomena.

However, in recent years, the U.S. government has taken a more serious interest in UAPs, especially after the release of several videos and reports by the Pentagon and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) that confirmed the existence of unexplained aerial encounters.

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NASA’s independent study group is one of several initiatives to investigate UAPs, along with a new office created by the Department of Defense (DoD) in 2022 and a congressional mandate for a comprehensive report on UAPs by June 2023.

NASA’s panel is composed of 16 scientists and experts from various fields, such as physics, astronomy, engineering, journalism and psychology. The panel is only looking at unclassified data, mostly from NASA’s own missions and facilities, but also from other sources such as commercial satellites and amateur astronomers.

The panel’s first meeting was livestreamed online and featured presentations by NASA officials and panel members on the scope, goals and methods of the study. The panel also heard from public speakers who shared their views and experiences on UAPs.

The meeting was mostly informational and did not reveal any new findings or conclusions on UAPs. However, the panel members expressed their curiosity and openness to explore the unknown and to seek better data and evidence on UAPs.

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One of the main challenges that the panel faces is the lack of reliable and consistent data on UAPs. Many of the reports and videos that have been released are of low quality, incomplete or ambiguous.

The panel members stressed the need for more rigorous data collection and analysis, as well as improved sensors and instruments that can capture more details and characteristics of UAPs. They also emphasized the importance of collaboration and communication among different agencies and stakeholders that are involved in UAP research.

The panel members also acknowledged that UAPs are a complex and multidisciplinary topic that requires a holistic approach that considers not only the physical aspects of UAPs, but also the psychological, sociological and cultural factors that influence how people perceive and report them.

The panel members also recognized that UAPs are a matter of public interest and curiosity, and that they have a responsibility to inform and educate the public about their work and findings.

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The panel’s final report is expected to be released by August 2023, after several more meetings and consultations with experts and stakeholders. The report will summarize the current state of knowledge on UAPs, identify gaps and limitations in the data and methods, propose recommendations for future research directions and priorities, and suggest ways to enhance public engagement and awareness on UAPs.

The panel members made it clear that they do not have any preconceived notions or expectations about what UAPs are or where they come from. They said they are open to all possibilities, but they also cautioned against jumping to conclusions or speculating without sufficient evidence.

They said they are not looking for aliens or extraterrestrial life, but rather for natural or artificial phenomena that can be explained by science.

As Spergel said in his opening remarks: “We are not here to find aliens. We are here to do science.”

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Jake Carter

Jake Carter is a researcher and a prolific writer who has been fascinated by science and the unexplained since childhood.

He is not afraid to challenge the official narratives and expose the cover-ups and lies that keep us in the dark. He is always eager to share his findings and insights with the readers of, a website he created in 2013.

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