A space agency probe into hundreds of UFO sightings found there was no evidence that alien beings were behind many reports of unexplained phenomena, but space agency experts said they also could not completely rule out that possibility.
If the truth is out there, this long-awaited report offers no conclusive evidence.
But it did outline how Nasa will investigate what it calls UAPs (Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena) with improved technology and artificial intelligence.
Nasa administrator Bill Nelson said the US space agency will not only take the lead in researching possible UAP incidents, but will share data with more transparency.
The very last page of the report said “there is no reason to conclude” that extra-terrestrial sources are behind the hundreds of UAP sightings Nasa has investigated.
“However, if we acknowledge that as one possibility, then those objects must have travelled through our solar system to get here,” the report said.
Although the report did not conclude extra-terrestrial life exists, Nasa didn’t deny the possibility of “potential unknown alien technology operating in Earth’s atmosphere”.
Nicola Fox, the associate administrator for Nasa’s Science Mission Directorate, said: “UAP are one of our planet’s greatest mysteries” and that is mainly because of the lack of high quality data.
Despite numerous reported UAP sightings, Ms Fox said there typically isn’t enough data that “can be used to make definitive scientific conclusions about the nature and origin of UAP”.
Ms Fox announced that Nasa has appointed a new director of UAP research to “establish a robust database for the evaluation of future data”.
The director will use AI and machine learning in the data gathering and analysis process.
BBC reporter Sam Cabral asked the Nasa panel about a series of photographs of purported extra-terrestrials that were presented to Mexican authorities earlier this week.
A self-proclaimed UFO expert, Jaime Maussan, brought to a congressional hearing what he presented as two ancient “non-human” alien corpses. He claimed the bodies had been found in Cusco, Peru, in 2017 and that radiocarbon testing dated the objects to be up to 1,800 years old.
The authenticity of the specimens has been greeted by heavy scepticism in scientific circles, and Mr Maussan himself has previously made claims of extra-terrestrial life that were debunked.
Nasa scientist Dr David Spergel told the BBC: “Make samples available to the world scientific community and we’ll see what’s there.”
There will be a new Nasa director of UAP research – but their identity remains a mystery.
Details of the role and how much they will be paid were left curiously vague during Thursday’s briefing, considering Nasa has pledged to be more transparent with its UAP research.
Dr Daniel Evans, Nasa’s Assistant Deputy Associate Administrator for Research, said members of the UAP research panel had received “actual threats”.
He said Nasa takes the security and safety of the team “extremely seriously” and that the threats had played a role in the decision not to publish the name of the UAP research director.
Source: BBC News, news agencies.