Washington – AFP
A team of researchers from several nationalities announced a new initiative through which they seek to search for evidence of extraterrestrial technologies, which is based on the creation of a global network of medium-sized telescopes, video cameras, photographic equipment and computers to investigate unidentified flying objects..
Professor Avi Loeb said during a press conference that «Based on recent research showing the presence of many Earth-like planets in our galaxy, we can no longer ignore the possibility that technological civilizations existed before our own.».
He added that «The impact that any discovery of extraterrestrial technology could have on science, our technology, and our perception of the world as a whole would be enormous.».
The project received private funding of $1.75 million, and it includes researchers from universities «Harvard» And«Princeton» Your agency is in the United States, in addition to my university «Cambridge» British and«Stockholm» Swedish.
This announcement comes a month after the Pentagon published a report on UFOs that counted incidents that occurred between 2004 and 2021, in which the US intelligence services admitted that there was no explanation for more than 140 phenomena. But it concluded that all the information collected is still «Very indecisive».
Professor Loeb, who hopes to double the funding for his project, said: «It is not the politicians or the military who should explain what we see in the sky, because they are not scientists. Rather, the scientific community must understand».
In addition to UFOs, the project «Galileo» To study interstellar objects that pass through our solar system, and search for possible extraterrestrial satellites that monitor our planet..
And Avi Loeb sees in this a new branch of astronomy called «space archeology», in completion of a project «City» The one who searches for forms of extraterrestrial intelligence and seeks to discover radio signals that originate from extraterrestrials.
The 59-year-old researcher, who has published hundreds of groundbreaking reports and collaborated with the late Stephen Hawking, is the author of a controversial science article suggesting that an interstellar body that briefly passed through our solar system in 2017 could be a solar-powered space probe..
The new project is named after the Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei, who was punished in the 17th century for proving that the Earth was not the center of the universe..
The project’s co-founder was introduced by Frank Laukyan, a researcher in chemistry and biology at «Harvard», same as «Service skeptic».
He noted that instead of rejecting ideas in advance, it is necessary to «Recording and interpreting data independently, according to scientific methods».