UFOs are no longer the domain of conspiracy theorists

NASA and the US government are studying UFOs after years of denying their existence

September 03, 2022, 11:30 a.m.

Last modification: September 03, 2022, 11:41 a.m.

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According to a December 2017 report by The New York Times, the US Air Force had conducted an undercover investigation into a variety of unidentified flying objects that had been seen buzzing around US Navy ships off the coasts of the United States. -United. between the years 2004 and 2015.

There are three records in particular that have been collected by the US Navy that may be responsible for the skyrocketing interest in Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) [also known as unidentified aerial phenomenons or UAPs].

Evidence of the first two incidents was leaked to The New York Times, which published it on the front page of the newspaper’s print edition on December 17, 2017. The third was published a few months after the first.

The first of these encounters is called the “USS Nimitz” sighting. It is named after the supercarrier the takeoff of the UFO was observed by the pilot. This experience is considered the most important of all these encounters.

In November 2004, approximately one hundred miles off San Diego, Commander David Fravor and Lieutenant Commander Amy Dietrich claimed to have seen a “white ticking-like object” with the surface of an F/A- 18 aircraft without wings or other markings. The object was the size of an F/A-18 aircraft.

According to Frabor, he turned around abruptly and started to imitate him when he approached and eventually disappeared. He and his co-pilot Dietrich shared their whole experience with Bill Whitaker on the 60 Minutes show.

Seconds later and sixty miles away, the encounter was recorded again by the USS Princeton, a cruiser operating in the area which instructed Fravor and Dietrich to investigate unusual aircraft occurrences. and report their findings. Another flight crew used their forward looking infrared (FLIR) camera to take video of the object. This sequence, known as the “FLIR1 video”, has become very popular.

After decades of being considered fringe issues, serious discussions are taking place about UFOs by serious people. “There are images and recordings of objects in the sky that – we don’t know exactly what they are, we can’t explain how they moved, their trajectory,” former President Barack said. Obama to James Corden of CBS in May 2021.

Today’s UFO moment is quite similar to how UFO mythology developed in the 1950s. According to The Atlantic, one of the first widely discussed UFO contacts was made by an amateur pilot named Kenneth Arnold on June 24, 1947. The event then became a topic of conversation throughout the city of the United States.

Arnold said he saw nine unexplained objects moving at high speed in the Mount Rainier area that day. He added that the objects “flew like a saucer would if you jumped it over water.” The media covered the concept with gusto, coining the phrase “flying saucers”. And in no time, the whole nation was captivated.

A few months later that same year, a balloon-shaped military aircraft crashed and collapsed on land in Roswell. Although the device looks nothing like a flying saucer, the wreckage has apparently produced a string of stories filled with sci-fi drama. All of these quickly climaxed with stories like “alien bodies” or “reverse-engineered alien spacecraft.”

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As a direct result of Arnold’s revelation, people all over the United States were now reporting seeing unidentified flying objects on a daily basis. For example, in 1947 alone there were over 850 reports of aerial objects in the United States and Canada combined.

Growing concerns in the post-war world about atomic weapons and the Cold War with the Soviet Union helped bring the idea of ​​UFOs into the public consciousness. Many individuals caught up in hysteria believed that the appearance of flying saucers signaled the end of civilization as they knew it, whether it was brought about by aliens or the Russians.

For the past seven decades, governments, the media, and the military have ridiculed and condemned anyone who took UFOs seriously. Even so, numerous cover-up allegations have been made in the United States Congress in recent years.

However, in May this year, the US Congress convened for a hearing on NAPs for the first time in more than half a century. During the house hearing, numerous videos of strange aircraft sightings were shown, demanding proper explanation.

Pentagon officials have spoken out about the unexplained incidents, and lawmakers on both sides have agreed to make an investigation into the UAP allegations more open and accessible to the public. Senior US defense officials have testified before Congress saying that over the past two decades there has been an increase in the number of unexplained flying objects that have been seen in the sky.

In addition to this, the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) launched a new study in June this year with the intention of recruiting well-known specialists to explore unexplained events in the atmosphere.

The investigation will begin later this year. The goal of the study will be to locate the data already available, determine how to collect further informational data in the future, and determine how Nasa can analyze the results with the goal of advancing scientific knowledge in the domain.

Nasa staff at the time said the main goals would be to assess and define current UAP information, devise the most effective techniques for acquiring observations in the future, and determine how the agency might use this data to advance our understanding of these mysterious sky views. .

However, why should policymakers worry about NAPs? An interesting hypothesis is that UAPs are actually spacecraft from other worlds that have traveled to our planet. It’s a widely held belief that stems from decades of sci-fi movies, popular ideas about what’s going on in Area 51, and reports of supposed sightings.

Strange occurrences have been observed by individuals from all over the world for hundreds of years now. Nevertheless, the new UFO investigation by NASA and the Pentagon should not yet be taken as proof of extraterrestrial life. In fact, they are not looking for extraterrestrial objects at all. Truth be told, they’re not hunting extraterrestrial life so much as “explanations.”

A far more reality-based assumption is that the US government and Nasa are interested in inexplicable aerial events, particularly those occurring in their airspace, as these phenomena could reveal weaponry being developed by rival nations.

Indeed, since UAPs are the product of human ingenuity, much of the discussion that took place during the recent hearing focused on the potential risks posed by them. On the other hand, it is much more likely that the UAPs in question are the consequence of natural events that we do not yet fully understand.

Last year, for example, a US intelligence investigative report gave five potential explanations: “airline congestion, natural atmospheric phenomena, industry development programs, foreign adversary systems and an “other” tote bin.

According to the Washington Post, UAPs are also caused by “natural atmospheric phenomena,” which include “ice crystals, humidity, and thermal fluctuations that may register on some infrared and radar systems.”

For example, last year the US Intelligence Committee provided plausible causes of UAP sightings, including “air clutter”, “natural atmospheric phenomena”, “enemy alien systems”, etc. According to the Washington Post report, “natural atmospheric phenomena” are probably the most common explanations for UFO encounters which can include “ice crystals, humidity and temperature variations that can register on certain infrared and radar systems”.