Oops, NASA's 16-Person UFO Panel Includes No Scholars of the Paranormal

At www.inverse.com we have a news story entitled “NASA ANNOUNCES ITS UNIDENTIFIED AERIAL PHENOMENA RESEARCH TEAM TO EXAMINE MYSTERIOUS SIGHTINGS.” We read a list of 16 people who will be on some NASA-funded committee that will investigate UFO’s.  Unfortunately, there are some shortfalls regarding the list of people on the investigation committee.The committee will be led by an astronomer, and consists largely of astronomers. The panel will have five astronomers (counting two so-called “astrobiologists” as astronomers), and one person identified as a “telescope scientist.” Why should there be so many astronomers on such a panel? Astronomers nowadays spend most of their time analyzing data from space observatories and space probes.  Astronomers spend almost of their time studying things outside of our planet. Relatively few astronomers actually spend time peering through telescopes. People almost never report seeing UFOs looking through telescopes. So it is not clear that expertise in astronomy wold be a good qualification for analyzing mysterious things seen in the atmosphere. About the only obvious case you can think of in which astronomical expertise would be helpful in analyzing UFO reports would be a case of someone reporting a dim point-like light acting like a “shooting star” (crossing the sky…

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Oops, NASA’s 16-Person UFO Panel Includes No Scholars of the Paranormal

Updated: October 26, 2022 — 10:26 am