NASA to study UFOs: Why the search for extraterrestrial life is heating up

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By , NewsRadio 1080 KRLD

Last month, NASA announced it would commission a study on unidentified aerial phenomenon, or UAPs (otherwise known as UFOs). Earlier this year, the agency also said that we should dig deeper for evidence of life on Mars.

Why now? Does the new study signal that an alien visit could be imminent?

Dr. Avi Loeb, a Harvard professor and bestselling author of “Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth,” joined us this week on the “Something Offbeat” podcast to dive into the question.

Though he isn’t involved in the NASA study, Loeb has been working on his own study into alien life as the head of the Galileo Project, and explained what the public might get out of this work.

“I think it's interesting that you use the word invest, because that's really that's what this is,” Loeb told host Mike Rogers. “This is an investment, isn’t it? Yeah – because the benefit could be great, it will change the future of humanity.”

Each week, “Something Offbeat” checks out unusual, eye-catching headlines. Listen in this week for a whole new perspective on the sky above us.

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