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NASA confirms it’s officially joining search for alien life after spike in UFO sightings

The agency is ramping up its efforts to help the investigation government task force for tracking unidentified aerial phenomena, by ‘complementing’ its work and looking back at past reports

 

Part of an unclassified video taken by US Navy pilots showing interactions with ‘unidentified aerial phenomena’ (Image: DoD/AFP via Getty Images)

NASA has confirmed that it is officially looking into reports of UFOs after a rise in sightings inspired by a decline in stigma.

The decline in stigma came after the first public congressional hearing on ‘Unidentified Aerial Phenomena’ (UAP) in the US in 54 years this month.

The US also has a new task force for tracking unidentified aerial phenomena (or UAPs, commonly known as UFOs) working out of the Pentagon, meaning that reports – old and new – are now being looked at.

NASA is ramping up its efforts to help the new investigation team, the Daily Mail reported.


NASA’s work will complement the Department of Defense’s UAP task force (Image: AFP via Getty Images)

A spokesperson confirmed the body is “evaluating how to provide our expertise in space-based Earth observations to improve understanding of UAPs” and “has consulted with multiple government entities.”

The source added that NASA’s work will complement the Department of Defense’s UAP task force.

“‘It’s going to be some sort of working group that will help support the DoD,” the source said. “It’s looking to be complementary.”

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson speaks during a news conference following the announcement of new missions (Image: REUTERS)

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“I suspect it will be a combination of efforts that will include perhaps firsthand eyewitness testimony of NASA employees and astronauts, and then perhaps a review of old archival footage to assess if there are some findings within the NASA archives that can help AOIMSG,” the source added, referring to the Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group, the DoD’s official UFO task force.

The source revealed that the Pentagon’s UFO team has already requested footage from shuttle cameras on some of NASA’s space missions.

“There have been several alleged incidents involving NASA astronauts and NASA missions that involve UAP,” the source, who is familiar with NASA’s UAP investigations, said.

“Rather than ignoring it, I think NASA’s doing the right thing by actually taking this topic head on.”