Unidentified anomalous phenomena (UAP), popularly known as UFOs, are probably just balloons, planes, or solar glints and not extraterrestrial life, as per a recent report by NASA, Business Insider reported.
NASA assembled an independent panel last year to study UAPs and compile data. The report, released Thursday, suggests new methods to study UAPs and confirms the lack of evidence for alien visitors on Earth.
According to David Spergel, the chair of the UAP Independent Study Team, unusual sightings can often be explained by planes, balloons, drones, weather phenomena, and instrument features. He cited a Chinese spy balloon mistaken for a UFO as an example.
The report also recommends the use of AI and machine learning to analyze data collected by NASA’s instruments, like the James Webb Space Telescope. Nicola Fox, head of the science directorate at NASA, affirmed that AI could help find patterns in complex data faster than humans.
NASA has also created a new position, Director of UAP Research, to lead these investigations. The appointed official, whose identity hasn’t been disclosed due to harassment concerns, will focus on determining the cause of these phenomena.
NASA still maintains the possibility of extraterrestrial life.
“If you ask me: Do I believe there’s life in a universe that is so vast… My personal answer is yes,” said Bill Nelson, NASA Administrator. He added that such life would have to belong to a highly advanced civilization due to the vast distances involved.
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