UFOs have always fascinated people. Now Nasa is commissioning a new study to unravel the mystery behind the mysterious flying objects – and there are quite a few of them.

The US space agency Nasa has commissioned a new study on unidentified flying objects.

The study, led by astrophysicist David Spergel, should identify existing data from autumn, find out how data can best be collected in the future and how NASA can use this data to better understand unidentified flying objects scientifically in the future, the authority said on Thursday.

First step: «Robust data set»

“Given the lack of observations, our first task is simply to collect the most robust data set we can collect,” Spergel said. The researchers wanted to identify what data exists – from civilians, the government, non-governmental organizations and companies.

The study is expected to last around nine months and all results will be made public. There is no evidence that unidentified flying objects are of extraterrestrial origin, NASA said.

More than 100 celestial phenomena

The investigation was agreed with the US government, but not part of their own investigation. Last year, the US Department of Defense published an eagerly awaited report by the “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force” on the subject, according to which there are at least no explanations for around 140 celestial phenomena from the past two decades.

At the same time, it was determined that these phenomena posed a security risk to air travel and could also potentially pose a national security risk to the United States. Therefore, a plan should now be drawn up as to how they could be better examined and understood. In May there was the first hearing in the US House of Representatives on the subject in more than 50 years.