(Washington) An international team of researchers led by a Harvard astronomer announced on Monday a new initiative to search for evidence of extraterrestrial technologies.
This initiative, called “Project Galileo” and which provides for the creation of a global network of telescopes, cameras, cameras and medium-sized computers to investigate unidentified flying objects (UFOs), has already received $1.75 million in private funding.
Vu les recherches récentes montrant l’existence dans notre galaxie de nombreuses planètes similaires à la Terre, « nous ne pouvons plus ignorer la possibilité que des civilisations technologiques ont existé avant la nôtre », au eur con le profesré déebrés’ release.
“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,” he added in a statement.
The project includes researchers from Harvard, Princeton and Caltech in the US, as well as the University of Cambridge in the UK and Stockholm University.
The announcement comes a month after the Pentagon released a UFO report, which concluded that the dozens of weather phenomena seen by military pilots could not be explained.
It is not the politicians or the military who have to explain what we see in the sky, because they are not scientists. “It is up to the scientific community to understand,” said Professor Loeb, who hopes to increase funding for his project tenfold.
In addition to UFOs, the Galileo project aims to study interstellar objects passing through our solar system, and search for potential extraterrestrial satellites that observe Earth.
Avi Loeb sees in it a new branch of astronomy, called “space archaeology,” complementing the SETI Extraterrestrial Intelligence Research Project, which seeks to discover radio signals of extraterrestrial origin.
The 59-year-old Israeli-American researcher, who published hundreds of groundbreaking reports and collaborated with the late Stephen Hawking, is the author of a controversial science article suggesting that an interstellar object that briefly passed through our 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 17NS century to prove that the Earth was not at the center of the universe.
Project co-founder Frank Lucian, a Harvard chemistry and biology researcher, presented himself as a “service skeptic.”
He noted that instead of rejecting ideas up front, we should “independently record and interpret data, according to scientific methods.”
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