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In June this year, NASA announced its plans to study UFOs – for the first time. This move was a response to mounting public interest in unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP). The general belief in life beyond our planet has grown dramatically in the last few years. In fact, we’ve even heard reports that the US Congress is also studying UFOs. Congress recently held a public hearing into 400 UFO sightings over the last 40 years.

NASA’s study is completely separate from Pentagon’s Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group. However, NASA still needs to cooperate with the government to organize the deployment of their scientific equipment for this mission.

Why has interest in UFOs recently increased?

Our fascination with flying saucers, eerie glowing objects, and otherworldly creatures is nothing new. In fact, humans have passed their obsession with UFOs from one generation to the next for centuries. The earliest modern-era sighting of a UFO was reported in 1947 when a private pilot named Kenneth Arnold spotted 9 objects that he claimed were flying at supersonic speeds. He described these objects as having a saucer, disk-like, or pie-plate shape. In retelling the story, a journalist described them as “flying saucers,” a term that has ignited public imagination for centuries now. While Arnold seemed like a credible and stable witness, the public was doubtful of his witness account.

This is only one of many similar stories. Witnesses of UAPs have faced ridicule and derision across history. Needless to say, this kind of disbelief has made people hesitant to tell others about their UFO sightings.

However, today, there is less pointing of fingers and laughing when someone describes a UFO sighting. Why is that?

UFOs are seen as a security threat

For starters, the US government is actually leading some of the studies on UFOs as a matter of national security. UAPs are viewed as a security threat that the government needs to protect its borders and the people within them from. Institutions like NASA have cited protecting aircraft from unidentified aerial phenomena as their reason to study UFOs. Ever since the study of UFOs was linked to concern for national security, the subject has seemed a lot less ridiculous.

UFOs have inspired powerful storytelling

UFOs inspire the creation of the kind of movies and stories that enthrall us and keep our attention. As UFOs have become a normal part of popular culture as well as our everyday conversations, the stigma around the subject has decreased. Moreover, we’ve learned that the term UFO doesn’t only apply to aliens. In fact, there are a wide variety of unidentified flying objects, many of which seem convincingly devoid of life.

UFO sightings have inspired lots of fascinating stories over the years. For example, in 1634, Johannes Kepler wrote “Somnium” – a story about a boy named Duracotus who was abducted by a demon and taken to the moon, where he met otherworldly creatures. With movies like “Communion”, “Independence Day” and “The Vast of Night”, we’re seeing a whole lot more UFOs on our screen. Or at least we’re seeing our interpretation of UFOs.

More recently, in the X-Files we’ve seen two FBI agents (Scully and Mulder) get into trouble for their obsession with a government conspiracy to hide the supernatural world from humanity. When they reopen a condemned investigation known as the X-Files – an investigation into extraterrestrial creatures – one of them is arrested and thrown in prison. In a show that kept thousands of viewers glued to their screens, Scully and Mulder uncovered an intricate government plot to keep extraterrestrial life hidden from civilians.

Speaking of stories inspired by UFO sightings, have you heard of Hyperion?

Who is Hyperion?

Hyperion is a space explorer, the mythical father of heavenly light, and the descendant of a mythical titan god. Hyperion’s ancestors have always held the universe in place. He showers the entire cosmos with his light. It is thanks to this heavenly light that humans began to see exoplanets.

NASA defines exoplanets as “any planet beyond our solar system.” To date, NASA has discovered and identified 5,090 exoplanets, with 8,933 more under research. While most exoplanets orbit other stars, some are free-floating exoplanets known as rogue planets.

There are four different types of exoplanets:

  • Gas giant
  • Neptunian
  • Super-earth
  • Terrestrial

Ever wanted to own your own slice of outer space? With the discovery of exoplanets, anyone can purchase real estate beyond our planet. Hyperion has made it possible for humans to affordably own a planet of their own or gift a planet to a loved one.

How can you own a piece of outer space?

Inspired by the discovery and identification of exoplanets, Nola Labs has decided to share these planets with the rest of the world in NFT form. To this end, they’re unveiling a new NFT collection on September 28. This breathtakingly beautiful collection of XOplanets is the trademarked NFT version of NASA’s exoplanets. These XOplanets can be purchased via credit card or Ether (ETH) currency at approximately $680 USD for the first 24 hours, with price increases thereafter.

Each XOplanet is modeled after a discovered and confirmed planet and developed in accordance with NASA’s exoplanet metadata.

By owning an XOplanet, you can own full global licensing rights to this heavenly world among the stars. You will also have access to community-exclusive information about outer space and exoplanets. This includes information about the rarities and traits of each exoplanet.

Owning an XOplanet will also earn you a slot on the whitelist for future NFT purchase incentives and give you opportunities for positions as community council leaders. As the community of XOplanet holders grows, you will also be able to purchase a Milky Way Galaxy poster that highlights the position of your XOplanet in the cosmos. As an XOplanet holder, you will also earn a 10% royalty income on a future NFT from the same collection.

NASA’s study of exoplanets

The first exoplanet was discovered in 1992. Since then, NASA has continued to discover more every month. NASA has used a combination of equipment and techniques to locate and study these exoplanets. We’ve heard reports of planets discovered using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, ground-based telescopes, and – most recently – the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).

JWST was launched in 2021 and is currently in orbit around the Sun, one million miles from earth, collecting exoplanet metadata and visual reference.

On March 21, 2022, the number of identified exoplanets passed 5,000 in the NASA Exoplanet Archive. To celebrate this milestone, NASA produced an animation and sonification video to map out their discovery of these exoplanets over the years. In this animated map, a new circle appears to represent each exoplanet that NASA has identified as well as its relative position in the sky. A new note plays along with the appearance of each circle, and the pitch of this note represents the orbital period of each new planet in relation to the rest. Planets that orbit their stars quickly are represented by higher notes, whereas planets that take a longer time to orbit their stars are represented by lower notes. 

What is the most valuable XOplanet?

The first XOplanet NFT collection from Nola Labs will feature 5,090 beautiful spinnings, circling, and turning planets. As NASA discovers more XOplanets, Nola Labs will add more XOplanets to their collection. NASA has identified and detailed over 100 categories of metadata for each planet. The Nola Labs XOplanet gallery features 9 total categories of metadata to help NFT buyers choose the best NFT, either for themselves or a loved one. These categories are planet type, year of discovery, discovery facility, orbital days, discovery method, planet radius, habitable zone, distance from earth, and host stars visible with the naked eye.

With this library of metadata, each NFT buyer will have many traits to filter through and choose from while looking for valuable NFTs. At the same time, the most valuable planet is relative to each person and will depend on their individual preferences. There are probably as many reasons to purchase a specific XOplanet as there are XOplanets.

This NFT collection is unlike any other, featuring incredibly beautiful planets that are animated to spin, circle, and turn just like they would if you were standing in front of them. These XOplanet NFTs are valuable art-in-motion and are bound to increase in value over time. While that’s usually good news for NFT enthusiasts who want to sell their NFTs for a profit later on, with an NFT this enthralling, we wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to keep it for yourself.

Thanks to the Nola Labs team, anyone can now own a piece of outer space in just a few clicks. You can peruse the entire collection of XOplanets here.

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