Without engaging in any fundraising, Loeb has already secured enough seed money to launch the Galileo project, and he has put together a research team that includes scientists (currently working on a voluntary basis) from Caltech, Cambridge University. , Harvard, Princeton, Stockholm University, University of Tokyo and other institutions.
One of the main goals of Project Galileo will be to examine UFOs, also known as Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAPs) in a June 25, 2021 report from the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which concluded that “a handful of ‘UAP seems to demonstrate cutting edge technology “and that” the limited data leaves most UAPs unexplained “.
“It was a new admission,” Loeb commented, “a government report that concluded that there are objects in the sky that we don’t know the nature of. I say, let’s move this debate to the realm of science so that we can finally clear up the issue using standard research procedures.
“You wouldn’t ask a plumber to bake a cake,” he added. “Likewise, the military or politicians are not trained as scientists and should not be asked to interpret what they see in the sky.” As a result, the Galileo team is already designing an array of small ground-based telescopes, about 10 inches in diameter, which will be connected to cameras and computer systems. “We’ll use these telescopes and process the data the same way astronomers always do,” Loeb explained, “but instead of looking at distant objects, we’ll be looking at nearby, fast-moving objects in the sky.” Within a year, he and his colleague hope to start collecting data that will be open to the public and the scientific community so that anyone can analyze it.
A Harvard official recently asked Loeb if this research fell within his job description. “I analyze and interpret the data from the telescopes,” he replied. “That’s what astrophysicists do.
Another goal of the Galileo project is to develop software and algorithms capable of detecting other interstellar objects like ‘Oumuamua from data collected by the Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) telescope, which is due to begin operations in 2023. If an object is detected early enough, on its way through the solar system, a space mission could be launched to get close enough to the visitor AND to get a high-resolution image that would be worth over 1,000 words, according to Loeb’s estimate. And nowadays, he wouldn’t necessarily have to convince a giant bureaucracy like NASA to support such a mission. “Instead, we might just have to convince Elon Musk or Jeff Bezos.”
Dare to look
There is a major stigma associated with UFOs, Loeb noted, which makes many scientists think they’re not worth studying – or even watching. He is not sympathetic from this point of view, as it reminds him of the treatment Galileo Galilei received from the philosophers of his day who, in the early 1600s, disputed his findings of the moons around Jupiter, or the rings around. of Saturn, and even refused to look through Galileo’s Telescopes to see for themselves.
The same type of resistance arises whenever we discuss the possibility that certain things we see in the sky may have been done by other intelligent beings. Some skeptics subscribe to the saying, first formulated by Carl Sagan, that “extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence”, going even further by insisting that extraordinary evidence is required before even starting to study UFOs or consider the prospect that the strange ‘Oumuamua -Similar objects may be artificial. Such attitudes prompted Loeb to change Sagan’s statement into a sort of heart cry for the Galileo project: “Extraordinary conservatism leads to extraordinary ignorance. “