NASA UFO study team includes former astronaut, scientists and more

The long-awaited NASA UFO research is ready to start, and we now know who will lead it.

UFOs, or as they have since been renamed, "unidentified aerial phenomena," were the subject of an investigation panel that the space agency announced it had commissioned in June (UAP).

According to NASA officials at the time, the independent study will start in the fall, cost less than $100,000, and take roughly nine months to complete.

The start date of the study has nearly arrived with fall. The panel will start working on Monday (Oct. 24), according to a statement from NASA today (Oct. 21).

The research does not purport to be the final word on UFOs. In order to throw additional light on enigmatic sky sights, it will examine previously gathered UAP observations (the unclassified ones only, leaving out sensitive military data).

In today's update, Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of the Science Mission Directorate (SMD) at NASA headquarters, stated that "exploring the unknown in space and the atmosphere is at the core of who we are at NASA."