A statement on “Ground Rules” for the Galileo Project

November 2, 2021
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The Galileo Project has drawn a remarkable base of expert volunteers, from astrophysicists and other scientific researchers, to hardware and software engineers, to non-science investigators and generalists who volunteer their time and effort to the project in various ways. We value the input of many different voices, and the progress we are making on our efforts is a testament to our open approach.

As different as the perspectives of the researchers and affiliates may be, however, every contributor to the Galileo Project is bound by three ground rules, which we have firmly upheld since the launch of the project:

  1. The Galileo Project  is only interested in openly available scientific data and a transparent analysis of it.  Thus, classified (government-owned) information, which can not be shared with all scientists, can not be used. Such information would compromise the scope of our scientific research program, which is designed to acquire valid scientific data and provide transparent (open to peer review) analysis of this data. Indeed, the Galileo Project will work only with new data, collected from its own telescope systems, which are under the full and exclusive control of Galileo research team members.
  2. The analysis of the data will be based solely on known physics and will not entertain fringe ideas about extensions to the standard model of physics. The data will be freely published and available for peer review as well as to the public, when such information is ready to be made available, but the scope of the research efforts will always remain in the realm of scientific hypotheses, tested through rigorous data collection and sound analysis.
  3. To protect the quality of its scientific research, the Galileo research team will not publicize the details of its internal discussions or share the specifications of its experimental hardware or software before the work is finalized. The data or its analysis will be released through traditional, scientifically-accepted channels of publication, validated through the traditional peer-review process.

Our expectation is that all members of the Galileo Project team, including researchers, advisors and affiliates, share these values and uphold the principles of open and rigorous science upon which the Galileo Project is founded.

Avi Loeb, Head of the Galileo Project
Frank B. Baird Jr. Professor of Science
Harvard University