NASA created a new division to study unidentified flying objects (UFOs), now known as Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP). NASA administrator Bill Nelson announced the new task force on Thursday without dropping the name of the inaugural head.
Mark McInerney, a former meteorologist and liaison to the Pentagon, has been selected as the inaugural director of NASA's newly established UAP research division. After refusing to reveal McInerney's identity out of concern that he might be harassed, NASA officials eventually changed their minds.
After releasing the organization's much-awaited research of more than 800 UAP sightings, NASA's associate administrator Nicola Fox addressed the media. He told the new UFO boss they have been working for a while now.
Fox said they would not disclose the name when asked if she could identify the official. Hours later, however, everything changed when NASA issued a press release dropping McInerney's character and revealing he had previously served as the organization's liaison to the Pentagon.
Why McInerney's identity was made public after NASA first declined to do so has not been explained. However, it was revealed at the briefing last night that a number of the independent research group members had received death threats, hate mail, and online teasing.
Some individuals may have even been advised not to conduct UFO studies to protect their scientific reputation.
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