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Aliens are making headlines, but there is still no hard evidence that they came to Earth. On May 31, NASA’s new Task Force on Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena (UAP) held its first public meeting. UAP is basically a bureaucratic term for a UFO, an object in the sky that cannot be readily traced to an aircraft or other known natural phenomenon.
NASA caused a stir when it announced the formation of the team last year. The majority of the public meetings were attended by team members, both from people who were convinced that aliens were real and had definitely visited Earth, and from people who thought it was silly for a government agency to do this. spent talking about being harassed online. It will investigate claims of alien spaceships. I have to say I lean towards the latter position, but obviously not enough to shout about it to anyone on the internet.
So far the UAP group has not proven me wrong. Of his over 800 reports on UAPs, almost all Radiation from microwave ovens. Investigation showed that less than 5 percent of them remained anomalous, but as far as anyone could tell, was not anomalous. because they are aliens.
In such cases, the problem is the data. “There are many cases where we assume something is wrong, and then the data is not enough to support the analysis to really understand how the object behaves,” he said. rice field. Federica Bianco At a post-conference press conference at the University of Delaware. “With better data, it’s very likely to match a known phenomenon.”
That doesn’t mean the group is useless as a leader. David Spargel, It pointed out. “If you want to find needles in a haystack, or if you don’t even know what you’re looking for, the first step is to learn about hay and become familiar with its characteristics.” I’ve looked at a lot of things that could be and found them to be hay, which is not unexpected.
What David Grinspoon of the Arizona Institute for Planetary Science said at the press call really resonated with me. – Well-understood phenomena can be very important clues to important mysteries that we want to understand. But if you were to give me limited resources right now to look for biosignatures and technosignatures, would I put some of those resources into researching his UAP? I don’t think so. No evidence has yet been found to suggest that UAPs have anything to do with extraterrestrial phenomena. ”
A former U.S. intelligence officer named David Grouch gave an interview to NewsNation claiming that the U.S. government recovered “vehicles of non-human alien origin that landed or crashed” and the actual aliens who piloted those vehicles. You may have also heard . Sure, it’s a big deal if this is true. But Mr. Grusch did not provide any physical evidence, so it will be interesting to see how it plays out, but for now I’m pretty skeptical on the subject. .
Personally, I have to admit that I am skeptical that we will ever find intelligent life in existence. Because we all know that space is big, but we rarely think about the length of time. The chances that intelligent aliens exist near us in space and time, and that we can discover, seem to me to be extremely small, beyond my imagination. Indeed, let NASA’s task force examine the characteristics of hay as much as you like. It’s a tiny footnote in NASA’s budget, and it won’t hurt anyone, and you might find something interesting. But when it comes to actually looking for extraterrestrial life, we probably will. It should have microbes.