The question of “Alien Visitations to Earth,” is now considered valid and is worthy of further scientific study, according to Kevin Knuth, Associate Professor of Physics, University at Albany, State University of New York. He recently published a June 28,2018 article on The Conversation about this very topic.
This query of alien visitation stems from a broader question that asks whether we humans are alone in the universe.
An answer in the affirmative presents a sad and rather depressing thought, not to mention the utter loneliness of being the only life in this vast universe.
If the answer is that we are definitely not alone, and that we are just a small part of a vast intergalactic neighborhood teaming with life, then our reaction would range from absolute glee to extreme horror.
Let’s talk about alien visitations…
Is it impossible for extraterrestrials to visit us here on Earth? We are relatively new to the game of space travel, so we tend to equate our current lack of ability to other possible alien civilizations… ” if we can’t do it, then it’s impossible for them too.”
Possible alien response to that statement would probably be with eye rolls, “Primitive amateurs!”
Since the dawn of civilization, people reported to have seen something odd in the sky at one time or another. From the Romans seeing a burning shield, to Ezekiel’s observation of a craft that had the characteristics of a wheel, in the middle of a wheel, or the sighting of mysterious airships floating over 19th Century San Francisco. All of those early accounts of unknowns in the skies could be easily explained away as a misunderstanding of normal meteorological or celestial occurrence. But, there’s possibly no logical explanation as well.
In the post-World War 2 years, there was a sudden technological boom in aerospace and computers due to a competition with our new enemy, the Soviets. Sightings of unknown objects in the sky were on the rise, and a new term was coined by a businessman and pilot, Kenneth Arnold, “Flying Saucers,” because he reported spotting a group of unknown craft zooming over Mt. Rainer in Washington state which resembled saucers skipping across water.
In 1953, the United States Air Force (USAF) decided to coin the term UFO as a catch-all for any report of unknown aerial objects performing any maneuver, including, standing stock-still in the sky.
When someone mentions the term, UFO, most people automatically think of alien space pilots on sight-seeing tours, hovering over our cities, and abducting earthlings to study.
UFO means Unidentified Flying Object, which is a far cry from alien spacecraft.
During those early years, the USAF officially began investigating UFOs through various studies starting with Project Sign in 1948, and ending with Project Blue Book which ceased operations in December 1969, stating that UFOs were not a Treat to National Security and there was no correlation to an extraterrestrial intelligence.
Although there are governments in other nations who are officially investigating UFOs, like France, Germany and the UK. Project Blue Book was the last official US government study investigating UFOs. Since then, investigation of the UFO phenomenon was handled through civilian organizations like NICAP, APRO, and MUFON.
Was 1969 the last time our United States Government officially investigated UFOs? Well, no.
In late 2017, it was reported in the New York Times that back in 2007, the Department of Defense had revealed that $22 million out of their $600 million budget was spent on the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program was formed to study UFOs. It was run by a Pentagon official, Luis Elizondo, who eventually quit his leader role in the program due to lack of funding and to also protest the extreme secrecy that was placed on the investigations.
Also, in late 2017, three videos were released by the Pentagon of UFO encounters captured with forward-looking infrared cameras mounted on F-18 Super Hornet fighter jets.
Such disclosures energizes those of us who believe that there should more scrutiny to such claims, especially when it involves professionals in aviation. But is it enough to prove the existence of extraterrestrials?
The late Carl Sagan once said this about the possibility of extraterrestrials visiting Earth, “extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.”
What that statement means to me is that you as an eyewitness can claim to see a UFO, that ultimately turns out to be an actual alien spacecraft. You could actually meet an extraterrestrial, and have an exchange of ideas and you filled them in on Game of Thrones. Then you end the meeting with a few selfies with your new Alien BFFLs, would not be enough to ultimately prove the ETs are visiting Earth.
If we can’t rely on the government for the answers or the proof, then it’s time for a change. Who will tackle this issue? Who will find the answers to a subject that has been perplexing us for generations?
After his resignation from the AATI, Luis Elizondo joined the To the Stars Academy of Arts & Science, a study of UFOs and space travel with was founded by former Blink-182 band member Tom DeLonge, a group of scientists, aerospace engineers and others who will explore the outer edge of science” and technology.
Hopefully, there will be some serious scientific study, soon.
NASA Report: No Evidence of Extraterrestrial Origin for UFOs
NASA’s recent report debunks extraterrestrial claims, finding no evidence linking UFOs to aliens. Discover the scientific findings.
With AI as their companion, the NASA study team intends to develop advanced algorithms capable of discerning patterns, identifying anomalies, and separating genuine UAP sightings from misidentifications or mundane phenomena. These algorithms will be trained on a wealth of data, including sensor data from aircraft, satellites, and ground-based observatories, aiming to unveil the secrets hidden within the cosmic tapestry.
Additionally, the team plans to collaborate with international partners and engage the scientific community, encouraging the rigorous examination of UAP sightings through a multi-disciplinary approach. By fostering collaboration and sharing data, NASA aspires to cultivate a comprehensive understanding of these enigmatic aerial phenomena.
What does this report mean for the public’s perception of UFOs/UAPs?
The unveiling of NASA’s report serves as a beacon of scientific scrutiny amidst the sea of conjecture that often surrounds UFOs and UAPs. It offers a nuanced perspective, grounded in empirical evidence and systematic investigation. While the report does not present evidence of extraterrestrial origins for these phenomena, it does advocate for a serious and rational examination of UAP sightings.
This newfound transparency from NASA can potentially shift the public’s perception of UFOs/UAPs from sensationalism and speculation toward a more measured and evidence-based discourse. The report encourages open dialogue, scientific inquiry, and the exploration of alternative explanations, ultimately fostering a greater understanding of the mysteries that reside in our celestial realm.
As humanity continues its relentless quest for knowledge and understanding of the universe, NASA’s report stands as a testament to the power of science, reminding us that even in the face of cosmic enigmas, rational investigation remains our most potent tool.
Summary: An independent study team appointed by NASA has not found evidence of extraterrestrial unidentified anomalous phenomena (UAPs), nor have they found any terrestrial explanations.
NASA Takes a Bold Step Forward in UAP Research
NASA embraces UAP research, appoints director, and commits to data-driven exploration for a transparent understanding of the unexplained phenomena.
In a significant development, NASA has announced its commitment to studying Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena (UAP) by appointing a director of UAP research. This decision follows the recommendations made by an independent study team, urging NASA to play a more prominent role in understanding these mysterious occurrences. The agency’s move highlights its dedication to scientific exploration and its willingness to collaborate with other agencies and the public to unravel the secrets of the skies.
Expanding NASA’s Role:
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson expressed gratitude to the Independent Study Team for their insights and emphasized NASA’s inherent curiosity and commitment to exploration. The newly appointed Director of UAP Research will be responsible for developing and implementing NASA’s scientific vision for UAP research. This includes utilizing NASA’s expertise in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and space-based observation tools to analyze UAP data alongside other agencies. Importantly, NASA aims to conduct this work transparently for the benefit of humanity.
The Independent Study Report:
The full report by the external study team, available on NASA’s website, provides findings and recommendations to inform NASA’s future UAP research. It focuses on identifying potential data sources and outlining how NASA can contribute to understanding the origin and nature of UAP. It is essential to note that the report is not a review or assessment of previous UAP incidents but rather a roadmap for future exploration.
Mark McInerney’s Appointment:
Mark McInerney, previously NASA’s liaison to the Department of Defense for limited UAP activities, has been appointed as the Director of UAP Research. In this role, McInerney will centralize communications, resources, and data analytical capabilities to establish a robust database for evaluating future UAP. Leveraging NASA’s expertise and partnerships, he will support the broader government initiative on UAP, utilizing advanced technologies and observational tools.
NASA’s Contribution and Collaboration:
The independent study team’s overarching recommendation is that NASA can play a vital role in furthering the study and data collection of UAP. NASA will use its open-source resources, technological expertise, data analysis techniques, and federal and commercial partnerships to curate a reliable dataset for understanding future UAP. Moreover, NASA plans to engage the public and commercial pilots to enhance citizen reporting, destigmatize UAP study, and build a broader and more reliable dataset.
The Importance of Data:
NASA acknowledges that data is the lifeblood of scientific exploration. The independent study team, operating outside of NASA, used unclassified data from various sources to inform their findings and recommendations. While the current number of high-quality UAP observations is limited, the report emphasizes the importance of systematic data calibration, multiple measurements, and thorough sensor metadata to create a reliable and extensive dataset for future UAP study.
NASA’s decision to appoint a director of UAP research and embrace a more active role in studying UAP reflects a significant step forward in unraveling the mysteries of the skies. With its scientific expertise, commitment to transparency, and collaboration with other agencies and the public, NASA aims to contribute to the unified government effort on UAP. By utilizing advanced technologies, data analysis techniques, and citizen reporting, NASA aspires to shed light on the nature and origin of future UAP incidents, ultimately benefiting humanity’s understanding of our universe.
LAWA’s Sustainability Progress: Achieving Carbon Neutrality by 2045
LAWA’s latest annual report showcases sustainable progress towards carbon neutrality by 2045.
Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) has released its 2022 Sustainability Report, showcasing its ongoing commitment to sustainability and its progress towards achieving ambitious environmental goals. With a focus on transparency and accountability, LAWA’s report highlights the success of various initiatives that have generated sustainable and economic benefits for the airports and their surrounding communities. Spearheaded by the leadership of Mayor Bass and supported by partnerships with local agencies, organizations, and business partners, LAWA is determined to be a frontrunner in sustainable aviation, ultimately achieving carbon neutrality by 2045.
Building a Sustainable Future:
LAWA’s sustainability journey began in 2007 with the establishment of its Sustainability Vision and Principles. These values were further reinforced in 2017 with the adoption of the Sustainable Design and Construction Policy, which mandated LEED Silver or higher certification for new building construction. Additionally, in 2019, LAWA launched its Sustainability Action Plan, aligning with the City of Los Angeles’s objectives. The plan aims to achieve net zero in key areas by 2045, including 100% renewable electricity use, zero potable water for non-potable uses, and carbon neutrality for LAWA operations.
Notable Achievements in 2022:
The 2022 Sustainability Report highlights several key accomplishments that demonstrate LAWA’s commitment to sustainability and progress towards its goals. Some noteworthy achievements include:
- Early achievement of the 2025 goal of a 15% reduction in energy use per passenger.
- Increased usage of Sustainable Aviation Fuel at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
- Meeting the 2023 goal of a 20% zero-emissions bus fleet.
- Achieving the 2025 goal of 25% waste diversion.
- Introducing unleaded aviation fuel for general aviation aircraft at Van Nuys Airport (VNY).
- Incorporating fully recyclable aluminum shells in the train cars for the Automated People Mover (APM).
- Updating the Electric Vehicle (EV) Purchasing Policy to require a 25% EV sedan fleet by 2023 and 100% by December 2031.
- Obtaining Envision Gold certification for the APM.
- Launching the LAX Residential Sound Insulation Program (RSIP) to provide sound insulation for nearby communities.
- Expanding the use of reclaimed water for irrigation to 66.8% of all landscaped areas at LAX.
- Receiving awards for the innovative and sustainable design of LAX’s Economy Parking Facility.
- Hosting and sponsoring 65 community and employee engagement events.
Focus Areas and Partnerships:
While LAWA’s sustainability program encompasses various aspects, the report emphasizes specific topics of importance to LAWA, partner organizations, and stakeholders. These areas include energy management, water management, air emissions reduction, material resources management, noise management, natural resources conservation, and corporate responsibility. By addressing these issues proactively, LAWA aims to ensure a well-rounded approach to sustainability that benefits the environment, the community, and the airport’s operations.
LAWA’s 2022 Sustainability Report signifies its unwavering commitment to sustainability and showcases the remarkable progress made towards achieving its long-term environmental goals. With a focus on accountability, transparency, and collaboration with partners, LAWA is leading the way in sustainable aviation practices. By exceeding milestones and consistently meeting targets, LAWA is well on track to achieving carbon neutrality by 2045. As the organization continues to prioritize sustainable practices, it sets an example for the aviation industry and demonstrates the potential for large-scale environmental transformation
For more information about LAX, its transformation and its environmental, social and local workforce commitments, please visit flylax.com. Follow LAX on X (formally Twitter), Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube.
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