Pentagon UFO study led by researcher who believes in the supernatural


In 2015 a U.S. Navy aviator took what is known as the Gimbal photo of a UFO. Last year, a federal report said it couldn’t explain the image, but others have concluded it is a camera lens artifact.DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE VIA AP
In 2015 a U.S. Navy aviator took what is known as the Gimbal photo of a UFO. Last year, a federal report said it couldn’t explain the image, but others have concluded it is a camera lens artifact.DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE VIA AP

Pentagon UFO study led by researcher who believes in the supernatural


When the U.S. government released a much-anticipated report on UFOs a year ago, many were perplexed that it couldn’t explain 143 of the 144 sightings it examined. (In the single closed case, the report concluded the mystery object was a large, deflating balloon.) "Where are the aliens?" cracked one headline.


The truth was still out there. So was any sense of who had conducted the analysis, because the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which released the study, provided no details about who had investigated the cases. Last week, however, a former Department of Defense (DOD) astrophysicist and reality TV personality named Travis Taylor asserted that he was the ‘chief scientist’ for the congressionally mandated study.

Travis Taylor spoke at the Ancient Aliens Live tour last month in Newark, New Jersey.MICHAEL LOCCISANO/GETTY IMAGES FOR HISTORY
Travis Taylor spoke at the Ancient Aliens Live tour last month in Newark, New Jersey.MICHAEL LOCCISANO/GETTY IMAGES FOR HISTORY

Taylor’s critics are simply astonished by what they call his antiscientific embrace of the supernatural—and the Pentagon’s willingness to work with him. "I'm starting to see why [the government's] task force was so unsuccessful in identifying its UAPs!" wrote Robert Sheaffer, a UFO skeptic and author, on his blog. The news comes amid a surge of institutional interest in UFOs. Last month, NASA said it would fund a UFO pilot study, months after Congress ordered the Pentagon to stand up a UFO office and produce annual reports. Meanwhile, Avi Loeb, a well-regarded Harvard University astrophysicist, has raised millions of dollars for the Galileo Project, which will scan the skies for UFOs. (Loeb has drawn criticism for his willingness to work with zealous UFO believers.) Last month, both Loeb and Taylor appeared together at a “UFO Disclosure symposium” in Utah, where they reviewed and discussed various UFO videos. ARTICLE FROM: https://www.science.org/content/article/pentagon-ufo-study-led-researcher-who-believes-supernatural

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