NASA wrapped up a year-long investigation into hundreds of sightings of Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena (UAP), and its independent study team released a 36-page report that was largely inconclusive. The space agency is not letting up, however, assigning a director of research into the unidentified phenomena and launching its own efforts into uncovering more events.
On Thursday, NASA held a press conference to announce the results of its study of UAP sightings (the term “UAP” has replaced the outdated “UFO”). This marks the “first time that NASA has taken concrete action to seriously look into UAP,” NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said during the press conference. “The top takeaway from this study is that there is a lot more to learn, the NASA independent study team did not find any evidence that UAP have an extraterrestrial origin but we don’t know what these UAP are.”
As a result, the space agency is officially throwing its hat in the ring. NASA announced the appointment of a director of UAP research to develop and oversee the agency’s work in not only analyzing sightings, but also using machine learning to search for anomalies in the skies. The agency named Mark McInerney for the position, who previously served as NASA’s liaison to the Department of Defense on issues related to UAP.