Recently, the head of the Pentagon’s unidentified aerial phenomena research office, Sean Kirkpatrick, shared a draft report that suggests the possibility of extraterrestrial motherships and smaller probes visiting planets in our solar system. The report, co-authored by Abraham Loeb, chairman of Harvard University’s astronomy department, explains how an artificial interstellar object could potentially release many small probes during its close passage to Earth, similar to NASA missions.
The authors offer the example of Oumuamua, a mysterious object detected in October 2017 by the PanSTARRS telescope in Hawaii. Scientists named it “scout” in Hawaiian and suggested it might have originated outside our solar system. Oumuamua’s orbit hinted at other forces besides the sun’s gravitational pull influencing its movement, leading some to speculate that it might be a mothership with probe capabilities.
According to the report, with proper design, these tiny probes could reach Earth or other solar system planets for exploration as the parent craft passes by within a fraction of the Earth-Sun separation. The authors suggest that astronomers would not be able to notice the spray of mini-probes as they do not reflect enough sunlight for existing survey telescopes to detect them.
The research paper titled “Physical Constraints on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena” comes after a month of intense scrutiny of unidentified flying objects following the sighting of a Chinese spy balloon drifting across U.S. airspace. Three additional unidentified objects were subsequently found. This sparked a trend and prompted Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and 12 other senators to send a letter to Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks and Deputy Director of National Intelligence Stacey Dixon calling for full funding for the AARO.
The report highlights the need for increased funding to integrate and resolve threats and hazards to the U.S., while also offering increased transparency to the American people and reducing the stigma. AARO’s success will depend on robust funding for its activities and cooperation between the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community.
The possibility of extraterrestrial motherships and smaller probes visiting planets in our solar system raises many questions about the nature of life beyond Earth. While the idea of exploring other planets and finding life forms may be exciting, it is important to approach such possibilities with caution and skepticism until they are confirmed with scientific evidence. (Source)
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