The UFO Phenomenon
Astronauts, scientists and engineers join NASA's new UFO study
By T.K. Randall
October 25, 2022 · 18 comments
Former astronaut Scott Kelly is one of the team's members. Image Credit: NASA / Robert Markowitz
The space agency has revealed the names of the people who will be on its independent UFO investigation team.
Back in June, NASA announced that it would be launching a new study which will focus on analyzing existing astronomical data for anomalies that cannot be scientifically explained.
Now, at last, the study has finally begun and NASA has since revealed more details - including the identities of the 16 individuals who will be undertaking the research.
"Exploring the unknown in space and the atmosphere is at the heart of who we are at NASA," said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of the agency's Science Mission Directorate.
"Understanding the data we have surrounding unidentified aerial phenomena is critical to helping us draw scientific conclusions about what is happening in our skies. Data is the language of scientists and makes the unexplainable, explainable."
The study, which will last 9 months, will - according to the press release - "lay the groundwork for future study on the nature of UAPs for NASA and other organizations."
The findings, whatever they may be, will be made available to the public mid-way through 2023.
The members of the study team are:
- Chairman David Spergel - president of the Simons Foundation.
- Anamaria Berea - an associate professor of Computational and Data Science at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
- Federica Bianco - a joint professor at the University of Delaware in the Department of Physics and Astrophysics.
- Paula Bontempi - a biological oceanographer.
- Reggie Brothers - an operating partner at AE Industrial Partners in Boca Raton, Florida.
- Jen Buss - the CEO of the Potomac Institute of Policy Studies in Arlington, Virginia.
- Nadia Drake - a freelance science journalist and contributing writer at National Geographic.
- Mike Gold - the executive vice president of Civil Space and External Affairs at Redwire in Jacksonville, Florida.
- David Grinspoon - a senior scientist at the Planetary Science Institute in Tuscon, Arizona.
- Scott Kelly - a former NASA astronaut, test pilot, fighter pilot, and retired U.S. Navy captain.
- Matt Mountain - the president of The Association of Universities for Research and Astronomy (AURA).
- Warren Randolph - the deputy executive director of the Federal Aviation Administration's Accident Investigation and Prevention for Aviation Safety department.
- Walter Scott - the executive vice president and chief technology officer of Maxar in Westminster, Colorado.
- Joshua Semeter - a professor of electrical and computer engineering as well as the director of the Center for Space Physics at Boston University.
- Karlin Toner - the acting executive director of the FAA's Office of Aviation Policy and Plans.
- Shelley Wright - an associate professor of physics at the University of California, San Diego's Center for Astrophysics and Space Studies.
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