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Scientists Call for Evidence of Potential UFOs

There's currently no concrete evidence that points to them as being "extra-terrestrial."

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Scientists are emphasizing the need to study "unidentified aerial phenomena" to assemble "reliable evidence" of their existence.

According to Space.com, researchers are keen to observe unidentified aerial phenomena scientifically, as "rapid advances in information and communication technologies" have provided new ways to possibly detect and capture these types of events, which could, in turn, give them a means of delivering "objective and high-quality data" on the phenomena.
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Scientific research in this domain has previously presented its challenges, especially because no one knows where and when a UAP could potentially appear, however, researchers have identified Earth-observation civilian satellites and Earth-scanning spacecrafts as useful tools to collect data.

"The location over our heads of satellites is the perfect chance to potentially detect something," said Philippe Ailleris, the primary force behind the UAP reporting scheme. "The evolution of [more Earth-scanning spacecrafts] will stimulate forward-thinking ideas across different domains, including controversial topics. And why not the UAP research field?"

Kevin Knuth, a former scientist with NASA's Ames Research Center, is teaming up with Ailleris to employ satellite imagery to detect and monitor UAPs. Next year, Knuth will lead an expedition to monitor the region of ocean south of Catalina Island after UAP sightings were reported there back in 2004.

A website page set up for the project states that the primary aim of the team's research is to hopefully "provide unassailable scientific evidence that UAP objects are real, UAP objects are findable and UAP objects are knowable," however, some scientists are wary of using the term "extra-terrestrial" in correlation with UAP sightings.
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"There is absolutely no concrete evidence that I know of that points to the [UAPs] being extra-terrestrial," said Ravi Kopparapu, a planetary scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, who views UAPs as a scientifically interesting problem. "I think people immediately think about 'aliens' when they hear UFOs/UAPs, and I want scientists to not fall for that."

Kopparapu suggested that scientists should be "strictly agnostic" and have "an open mind" in their studies of UAPs. He reinforced this by saying that they should "let the data lead us to what they are."

Scientific studies have turned up some interesting discoveries over the years. NASA previously found a galaxy that was shaped like an imperial TIE fighter, while a former Pentagon UFO program scientist reportedly retrieved "off-world vehicles not made on this Earth." Plus, it was recently reported that scientists may have detected possible signs of life on Venus as far back as 1978.

Adele Ankers is a Freelance Entertainment Journalist. You can reach her on Twitter.