NASA’s UFO talking points

According to newly-released internal documents, NASA is keen on emphasizing its ongoing and impressive work searching for evidence of extraterrestrial life—but less keen on examining evidence brought to it by concerned citizens like the one who wanted NASA scientists to examine “a fascinating UFO UAP Alien cooking pot” the citizen proposed was evidence of alien life or interdimensional travel.

The documents, released under the Freedom of Information Act and posted by the transparency site Government Attic, contain all emails mentioning the term “unidentified aerial phenomena” sent to or from one of NASA’s top flacks between May and November of this year, a period surrounding the release of a highly-publicized government report on unidentified flying objects. They are heavily redacted, citing a deliberative-process privilege that allows the government to shield sensitive material from the public, but in internal communications, NASA administrators or scientists appear to be unaware of any evidence that UAPs have origins in the stars, and mostly concerned with crafting talking points emphasizing NASA’s impressive and ongoing work searching for evidence of life beyond our planet…

The questions and answers in the document, like much of the rest of it, are cloaked behind a veil of secrecy, leaving the question of whether NASA will ever be able to take advantage of public obsession with UFOs as frustratingly unclear as the answer to the question of what exactly UFOs are.

But, as always, worth a look!

10 thoughts on “NASA’s UFO talking points

  1. Cue Theremin says:

    “And we men, the creatures who inhabit this earth, must be to them at least as alien and lowly as are the monkeys and lemurs to us.” (H.G. Wells, The War of the Worlds)

  2. Uh-oh says:

    Dr. Garry Nolan is a Professor of Pathology at Stanford University. His research ranges from cancer to systems immunology. Dr. Nolan has also spent the last ten years working with a number of individual analyzing materials from alleged Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon.
    His robust resume—300 research articles, 40 US patents, founding of eight biotech companies, and honored as one of Stanford’s top 25 inventors—makes him, easily, one of the most accomplished scientists publicly studying UAPs.
    Motherboard sat down with Garry to discuss his work. It has been edited for length and clarity. https://www.vice.com/en/article/n7nzkq/stanford-professor-garry-nolan-analyzing-anomalous-materials-from-ufo-crashes

  3. Oscar Mike says:

    Obama’s Presidential Library Has Thousands of Files on UFOs
    A response to a FOIA request has revealed the library is sitting on a possible treasure trove of documents about UFOs. https://www.vice.com/en/article/jgmnqd/obamas-presidential-library-has-thousands-of-files-on-ufos
    (Dec 7, 2021): “Teams of Pentagon and intelligence community experts would rapidly respond to military UFO sightings and conduct field investigations under newly unveiled defense legislation set to pass Congress.
    Lawmakers also want scientific and technical experts to analyze data about the objects, or what the military calls unidentified aerial phenomena, or UAP, as well as any recovered materials or medical effects, according to the text of the annual defense authorization bill released Tuesday.” https://www.military.com/daily-news/2021/12/07/pentagon-ufo-rapid-response-teams-ordered-congress.html
    “In addition to the rapid response field investigators, Congress also wants the Pentagon and intelligence community to create a science plan to understand UAP that exceed the “known state of the art in science or technology.”
    The bill says the information could be used to justify requests for funding in the future to “replicate any such advanced characteristics and performance” — or reverse-engineer the UAPs.
    Incidents around nuclear facilities are also noted for special attention.”

  4. Update says:

    (August 18, 2022): NASA Will Now Go ‘Full Force’ Investigating UFOs, Agency Says : The agency is convening a team to examine unidentified flying objects from a scientific perspective. https://www.vice.com/en/article/5d39x8/nasa-will-now-go-full-force-investigating-ufos-agency-says
    Also in the sidebar: [July 20, 2022] “Read NASA’s Internal Discussions of UFOs in Newly Released Documents : A FOIA request revealed internal NASA emails about UAPs/UFOs, including an invite to an event called, “Extreme Acceleration by UAPs”

    • Update says:

      (NASA press release October 21, 2022): “NASA has selected 16 individuals to participate in its independent study team on unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP). Observations of events in the sky that cannot be identified as aircraft or as known natural phenomena are categorized as UAPs.
      The independent study will begin on Monday, Oct. 24. Over the course of nine months, the independent study team will lay the groundwork for future study on the nature of UAPs for NASA and other organizations. To do this, the team will identify how data gathered by civilian government entities, commercial data, and data from other sources can potentially be analyzed to shed light on UAPs. It will then recommend a roadmap for potential UAP data analysis by the agency going forward.
      The study will focus solely on unclassified data. A full report containing the team’s findings will be released to the public in mid-2023. https://www.nasa.gov/feature/nasa-announces-unidentified-aerial-phenomena-study-team-members/
      Release identifies the members of NASA’s independent study team, who are described as “some of the world’s leading scientists, data and artificial intelligence practitioners, aerospace safety experts.

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