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Tucson-based scientist chosen for NASA study on unidentified aerial phenomena

NASA has chosen 16 people to join its independent study team looking at unidentified aerial phenomena. UAPs are events in the sky that can’t be identified as aircraft or known natural phenomena.

One of the people chosen for the team is David Grinspoon, a senior scientist at the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson.

Grinspoon and the rest of the team will look at how unclassified UAP data could be effectively analyzed, laying the groundwork for future studies on their nature. 

In a statement about the study, NASA's Thomas Zurbuchen said “Understanding the data we have surrounding unidentified aerial phenomena is critical to helping us draw scientific conclusions about what is happening in our skies.”

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Senior field correspondent Bridget Dowd has a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.