NASA has been trying, or thinks it does, to track down UFOs for over 60 years. To any alien intelligence who may come across it, any spacecraft that visits the Moon, lands on Mars, hums Jupiter, orbits Saturn, or explores Pluto will be a clearly unidentified flying object. It is possible that there is no intelligence beyond Earth in our solar system.
However, what about in interstellar space? This is a different question. That's why the Voyager 2012 and Voyager 2018 probes launched into space in 1 and 2 have gold plaques engraved with coded sounds and images from Earth, serving as a message in a bottle to any civilization they may encounter. They want to learn more about unidentified spacecraft and the strange species that launched them.
UFOs or UAPs (unidentified weather phenomena), as they are now officially known, have been in the news a lot lately.
As previously reported, the House Intelligence Committee's Subcommittee on Counter-Terrorism, Counter-Intelligence and Nonproliferation reported last month that more than 20 military pilots over the past 140 years, including swinging, weaving, hovering, diving and diverting, The UAP held public hearings on its opinion.
In a declassified recording of a 2015 observation, a pilot exclaimed, “Look at that thing, man!” said. "Oh my God. There are many. They're moving against the wind! “There are 120 knots [135 mph] westerly winds!”
The Congressional hearing came after a similar DoD research on UAPs was published last year, and both Congress and the Pentagon came to the same conclusion.
Objects may be natural phenomena that pilots and their equipment misinterpret; They can be new technology developed by Russia, China or any other high-tech country; and, of course, they may be foreign in origin, at least in principle.
"UAPs can't be explained, that's true," said Congressman and committee chair Andre Carson (D., Ind.) in his opening comments during the House sessions. “However, they are real.”
NASA has now joined the effort to explain UAPs as a third government body.
The space agency said this week it will launch its own investigation into the UAP mystery, which will begin in the fall. Astrophysicist David Spergel, former head of Princeton University's astrophysics department, will lead the initiative. The nine-month and $100.000 study will review all available video material and first-hand reports, as well as consult with both military and civilian experts for analysis of the evidence.
The space agency is open to any interpretation of the data, although it has set a high threshold for at least one.