Op-Ed: NASA studying UFOs won’t prove alien life exists. They should do it anyway
Posted By Justin | Mon, May 26, 2014 at 5:08 AM
There’s a lot of hype, misinformation, and disinformation about our presence here on Earth. So it’s about time that NASA took the time to provide an honest assessment of what we’re up against. They’ve done it before through the classified Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC) and a declassified report (pdf) that came out earlier this month.
I recently asked NASA what the agency had learned about the UFOs (unidentified flying objects) that are reported by reputable news organizations, as well as some of the people that have been saying that these objects are the result of human-made spacecraft.
Here’s what NASA officials said:
“They’re almost always associated with radar,” says John Grunsfeld, Associate Administrator for Science at NASA Headquarters. “So even if we’re not looking for radar we know that we would see that signal. We would know that there was something that was moving, because radar is such a big part of our defense efforts and our ability to detect other threats.”
“We have to look at these objects in a broad fashion,” says George Diller, who manages NASA’s JSpOC. “And not just from an alien perspective, but from the perspective of those who are actually working in the field.”
This is an important distinction, because there’s a lot that the public can’t see in classified documents like this one. NASA has gone out of its way to tell the difference between unclassified and classified information, as well as between scientific studies and UFO reports. (There’s also a handy-dandy list here of everything that is and isn’t classified.)
But it’s clear that we do not have a single UFO on the face of