NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT today – Thursday, June 9 –  to discuss a new study team the agency is commissioning to examine unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs). The purpose of the study is to examine UAPs – observations of events in the sky that cannot be identified as aircraft or known natural phenomena – from a scientific perspective.

Unidentified phenomena in the atmosphere are of interest for both national security and air safety. Establishing which events are natural provides a key first step to identifying or mitigating such phenomena, which aligns with one of NASA’s goals to ensure the safety of aircraft. There is no evidence UAPs are extra-terrestrial in origin.

Teleconference participants include:

  • Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of the agency’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD)
  • Daniel Evans, SMD assistant deputy associate administrator for research
  • David Spergel, study lead and president of the Simons Foundation

Media interested in participating in the call should send their full name, media affiliation, email address, and phone number to Joshua Handal at: by noon today.

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