This is not a script for a sci-fi movie, but the subject of an official NASA meeting. The US space agency is holding its first public meeting on the topic of UFOs and unidentified flying objects on Wednesday. These are known in scientific terms as “Unidentified Abnormal Events” or PAN.
The purpose of the meeting is to familiarize the public with this theme, which is considered the specialty of conspiracy theorists. “ There is a stigma among people reporting PAN sightings”David Spergel, head of the NASA team investigating the incidents quoted, condemned the incident. BBC. “ “One of our goals is to remove the stigma.”He says, “ Because answering important questions about NAPs requires high-quality data.”.
Over 800 cases were observed in 27 years
According to science journalist Nadia Drake, the US space agency noticed “About 800 events in about 27 years ». But only 2.5% of them “Show signatures that can be described as irregular”. Abnormal in this case can be defined as anything that is not easily understood “Operator or sensor”, “something different”, The journalist summarizes.
For NASA, the search for extraterrestrial life is a serious topic. On its website, the company says that is one of its priorities “The Search for Life Elsewhere in the Universe ». “NASA explores the solar system and beyond, helping to answer fundamental questions, including whether we are alone in the universe”As we read in a press release.
“We know there are a lot of planets out there now, so there’s a lot of potential for life.”David Spergel says. “We haven’t found life beyond Earth yet, but we’re looking”The scientist assures.