Wil je een videoclip bekijken en stoort het X-files-deuntje jou daarbij. Schakel het deuntje gewoon uit door in deze kolon, helemaal beneden op de 2 witte balkjes in het blauwe cirkeltje te klikken, tot een pijltje verschijnt. Veel kijk- en luisterplezier en bedankt voor jouw bezoek.
The purpose of this blog is the creation of an open, international, independent and free forum, where every UFO-researcher can publish the results of his/her research. The languagues, used for this blog, are Dutch, English and French.You can find the articles of a collegue by selecting his category. Each author stays resposable for the continue of his articles. As blogmaster I have the right to refuse an addition or an article, when it attacks other collegues or UFO-groupes.
Deze blog is opgedragen aan mijn overleden echtgenote Lucienne.
In 2012 verloor ze haar moedige strijd tegen kanker!
In 2011 startte ik deze blog, omdat ik niet mocht stoppen met mijn UFO-onderzoek.
UFO'S - MET HET LAATSTE NIEUWS OVER UFO'S BOVEN BELGIË EN IN ANDERE LANDEN...
UFO's in België en de rest van de wereld In België heb je vooral BUFON of het Belgisch UFO-Netwerk, dat zich met UFO's bezighoudt. BEZOEK DUS ZEKER VOOR ALLE OBJECTIEVE INFORMATIE ww.ufo.be.
Verder heb je ook het Belgisch-Ufo-meldpunt en Caelestia, die prachtig, doch ZEER kritisch werk leveren, ja soms zelfs héél sceptisch...
Voor Nederland kan je de mooie site www.ufowijzer.nl bezoeken van Paul Harmans. Een mooie site met veel informatie en artikels.
MUFON of het Mutual UFO Network Inc is een Amerikaanse UFO-vereniging met afdelingen in alle USA-staten en diverse landen.
MUFON's mission is the analytical and scientific investigation of the UFO- Phenomenon for the benefit of humanity...
Je kan ook hun site bekijken onder www.mufon.com.
Ze geven een maandelijks tijdschrift uit, namelijk The MUFON UFO-Journal.
Since 02/01/2013 is Pieter not only president (=voorzitter) of BUFON, but also National Director MUFON / Flanders and the Netherlands. We work together with the French MUFON Reseau MUFON/EUROP.
Weird ufo caught by iss
Weird ufo caught by iss
This may be an anti climax to the title to some, but it’s ufo none the less. To save you time, it’s in the last 40 seconds of the video
for a moment I thought it may be a snow covered mountain top but the white is crossing the sea. So the object is floating or flying above the clouds doesnt look like a plane to me? So must be a alien space ship
OVNI LUMINEUX ROUGE ET VERT QUI VOLE BAS EN ARGENTINE (VIDÉO)
OVNI LUMINEUX ROUGE ET VERT QUI VOLE BAS EN ARGENTINE (VIDÉO)
Date de l’observation: 25 nov. 2018 Lieu de l’observation:Argentine
Scott C. Waring: Cette vidéo a été tournée par une conductrice la fin de semaine dernière sur la Route Nationale 9, en route pour Le Résevoir de La Cienaga. La femme se déplaçait la nuit avec sa famille lorsqu’ils ont vu les lumières rougeoyantes des OVNI le long de la route. La vidéo complète dure 47 secondes. La femme déclare que l’OVNI, “n’avait pas de roues, de jambes ou quoi que ce soit, et flottait dans les airs.”
L’Argentine est un lieu de prédilection pour les observations d’OVNI. Beaucoup de chercheurs d’OVNI comme moi croient que les extraterrestres ont des entrées de base dans la Cordillère des Andes qui se trouve à la frontière occidentale de l’Argentine. Les Andes ont plus d’une douzaine de volcans que les extraterrestres pourraient utiliser comme porte d’entrée. Vous vous rappelez comment la police de Denver, dans le Colorado, a filmé des boules blanches de lumière rougeoyante qui bourdonnaient autour des Rocheuses du Colorado ? Même chose….les extraterrestres ont choisi ces bases il y a longtemps pour éviter les contacts humains, mais la civilisation moderne a rendu la plupart de ces endroits accessibles.
Recording reveals details of UFO sighting where 300 children saw ‘alien’ craft landing
Recording reveals details of UFO sighting where 300 children saw ‘alien’ craft landing
It’s one of the most mysterious and widely witnessed UFO sightings of all time – when 300 Australian children and teachers all saw a strange saucer-shaped object landing near them.
Now a new recording has surfaced, more than 50 years on – seemingly from one of the teachers who witnessed the strange, silent object in Westall, Australia in 1966.
Teacher Andrew Greenwood says in the recording that he initially refused to come out of his classroom when a girl rushed in saying there was a UFO outside.
But when he came out, he says he saw an object shaped like a ‘plate with a bulge in the middle’ – and watched it play ‘cat and mouse’ with planes.
Other witnessses (who have held reunions in the 50 years since the incidents) have described a similar, strange object.
Sceptics have suggested that the object was a weather balloon.
The new recording was published by a UFO site and is believed to be an interview between Greenwood and American physicist, Dr James E McDonald).
News.com reveals that Mr Greenwood said, ‘I observed the object everyone was looking at. It was grey against a blue grey sky so I didn’t see it immediately.
‘The only thing I’ve got to compare it against is some smaller sized cessna aircraft and it was approximately two thirds the length of one of those.’
‘It did hover at times, it seemed to be able to accelerate and disappear out of sight and then someone would see it over in another part of the sky.
'It moved a considerable distance away very rapidly and then moved back again.’
‘It came towards us, not that we could see it actually coming towards us, but we could see that it was closer now than it was before. It would go up and down. It could move slowly, but generally it seemed to hover or move really fast.’
Westall High School, as it looks today in Clayton South, Victoria, Australia
Greenwood describes how the object seemed to play ‘cat and mouse’ with an aircraft, saying ‘it moved over to another part of the sky very rapidly. The plane followed it over and it moved back again.’
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We have dedicated many articles to UFOs incidents and conspiracies of the old Soviet Union. And we will very likely continue to do so as there is such a plethora of accounts to examine. And given that many of these were hidden away from the “prying eyes” of the West for decades during the Cold War, only in the last quarter of a century have such reports ventured out into the wider world of the UFO community. There are, very likely, many other such reports residing within long-lost government files of the sixties and seventies, just waiting for public release, or for an adventurous person to discreetly pass them on to those who will filter such reports to a wider audience, whether for money or a sense of duty to a cause.
Much like their Cold War Superpower rival, the United States, the Soviet Union had a very real interest in the UFO phenomena. They would, however, keep their interest under a much tighter vest than even the American government. They regularly informed their citizens that such UFO sightings were secret weapons tests of “the evil West and the United States”. Behind closed doors, though, even to their own people, their knowledge and general stance on UFO activity was much different. As you might imagine, then, if the several accounts of UFO crashes are credible, then it is likely the Soviet government and the feared KGB would have made efforts to retrieve and conceal such crafts. According to several accounts, that’s exactly what they did. And, it would appear, on more than one occasion.
Before we look at some of those earlier cases, check out the video below. It is from an incident in 1969, and one we will examine in detail later. It makes for Interesting viewing.
UFO Accounts From The Early 1960s
Some of the earliest accounts of recovered alien crafts in the Soviet Union date back to the early 1960s. In 1962, for example, rumors exist that UFOs crashed in two separate locations in the former communist state. The first was recovered by Soviet troops in the town of Semipalatinsk. According to local reports, the ruins were transferred to a base in nearby Zhitkur where attempts went ahead to reverse engineer it.
The second craft had come down somewhere in the upper northern and largely uninhabited areas of the country. Once again, though, the wreckage was soon in Soviet possession. This time, it was transferred straight to an underground facility in Moscow, although the exact location remains a mystery.
The following year, in 1963, hundreds of witnesses would report a “silver disc” that crashed into Lake Balkash. Rather than mere rumor, the incident came to light to the wider world through a declassified KGB document. Within hours, Soviet troops arrived to secure the location. And the craft, which would reside in a secure bunker in Slepnogorsk. Once again, the finest Soviet scientists and engineered would look to reverse engineer the vehicle.
While there is little information regarding any occupants of these crashed and recovered UFOs in the Soviet Union in the early 1960s, many high-ranking military and intelligence officers would speak more openly about the incidents throughout the 1990s, particularly the one over Lake Balkash, with the fall of the Soviet Union. It would appear, then, there is a most-definite amount of truth to the reports of UFOs in the possession of the Soviet regime. An incident three years later would apparently provide them with another such craft. And this time there were several witnesses to the events.
The 1966 Topolovka Forest Incident – A Geological Mission Witnesses UFO Crash!
Geologist, Oleg Ivanovich was leading a small team of scientists on a geological trip into the Topolovka Forest in 1966. This particular evening after one of the team’s horses had become temporarily stuck in the swampy mud of the area, they decided to make camp for the evening and then set out again in the morning. However, not long after falling asleep an unearthly explosion dragged them from awake. Bizarrely all around them were intense flames and thick, black smoke. Not sure what had caused the apparent forest fire, the team’s only escape was into a river that ran nearby.
The following morning the flames had largely died down, although small pockets of fires still burned here and there. When they tested their radios at the river bank, none of them would work. Nor would their compasses, whose needles would simply spin around and around with no direction. Despite this, the small team ventured back into the forests in an attempt to locate the cause of the explosion. They soon came across a site of a crippled craft which they would describe as “two washbasins set face to face”. They could also make out several flashing lights among the thick, black smoke that was still emerging from an open doorway. Perhaps more ominously, they could also see what looked like “a tentacle” protruding loosely from this doorway.
They took several pictures. However, none of them would develop properly. Ivanovich would suggest this was likely due to increased radiation. As they set out away from the craft, they noticed several military helicopters flying overhead. Suspecting they were looking for the downed craft, Ivanovich returned to the site the following day. The craft was indeed gone. However, there were substantial marks in the muddy ground suggesting recent activity in the area.
The Prohlandnyi Encounter – A Final Soviet Recovery Of The Cold War?
Before we look at one of the most interesting crashed UFO accounts to come out of the Cold War Soviet Union, we will examine an alleged crash that occurred in the final days of the regime. According to apparently leaked accounts, shortly after 1 am on the 10thAugust 1989, just outside the city of Prohlandnyi, the Soviet military began tracking an unidentified object. After attempts to communicate went without a response, authorization came to scramble several Mig-25 jets. Further attempts at communication received a similar non-response. Now classing this mystery vehicle as “hostile” the Migs opened fire on the disc-shaped craft. It was a direct hit, and the aerial vehicle began descending erratically to the ground, eventually crashing somewhere in the nearby mountain range.
The area around the crippled craft was under Soviet military control shortly after. The craft itself had sustained obvious damage, both from the attack by the Migs and the subsequent crash landing. According to the report, the UFO was taken, lifted by military helicopters, to Mozdok Air Base. A quickly arranged engineering and scientist team would journey to the base to begin work on reverse engineering the cosmic vehicle.
Perhaps even more remarkable, though, was the discovery of three alien crew members. One of which was clearly still alive. However, it would die shortly after its discovery, despite attempts by Soviet doctors to save it. One of the most ominous and intriguing details of this encounter, though, is descriptions of these alien crew. Although they would appear like the standard “grey alien” it appeared the crash had torn this “skin” which was, in fact, an armor of some kind. Underneath this apparent armor, was a distinct “reptilian” skin of a strange blue-green color. The whereabouts of the crew and craft is currently unknown.
The “Secret” KGB Files – Monetary Opportunism? Or Genuine Proof Of Extraterrestrial Visitation?
Perhaps the most intriguing of these KGB documents and the incidents they describe come from an apparent “leaking” of secret files, smuggled illegally out of the country. In them, is the alleged UFO crash and recovery mission in the state of Sverdlovsky at some time in early 1969. Many reports claim the encounter occurred in March of that year. However, on this occasion, photographs and video footage exist and so preserve the incident. And what’s more, these were part of the leaked files.
According to a report that aired on the TNT network in the United States, ‘The Secret UFO Files of the KGB’, an anonymous buyer paid $10,000 for this particular information. According to the files, as well as the craft, the dead remains of an alien occupant were also part of the recovery. Both would go to a top-secret location (thought to be Kasputin Yar). Not only did the file contain photographs from the apparent crash site, but it also contained video footage from the alleged autopsy of the alien remains. What is interesting, is only the torso and one arm are present. You can check out that video below.
To say this footage and the account splits opinion of many in the UFO community is a huge understatement. As tempting as it is to dismiss this as the work of an opportunistic organization looking to make fast and easy money, many of the details, in the apparent recovery operation and autopsy are remarkably authentic. For example, the truck in the footage was a 1950 ZIS151, which by the 1990s was decades out of operation. While not impossible, it would have been difficult to obtain a working model.
Check out that documentary below. The presentation style is cliché at times but is still worth watching.
What makes this account even more interesting is the destination of the ship the officer was on – Guam. And from there, missions with connections to the Korean War. As we and numerous other UFO researchers have examined before, wars, any wars, are apparent fertile grounds for UFO activity. And the Korean War was no different.
Perhaps, then, this was a reconnaissance mission by visitors from another world. Maybe already weary of the nuclear weapons detonated only years earlier, and eager to see exactly what similarly gathering forces were planning.
A “Single White Light” Out Of The Misty Sky!
The Canadian Destroyer H.M.C.S. Iroquois left Pearl Harbor shortly after 6 pm one evening in May 1952 en route to Guam. It was midnight that same evening when MacFarlane took over the post of Officer on the bridge. An hour later, just after 1 am, a “single white light” began to penetrate out of the “thin layer of mist” in the air. MacFarlane estimated the light was around a mile away from the ship. However, it was moving at a “rapid rate” with the mist causing a “halo” to appear around it as it moved.
MacFarlane would request confirmation of the sighting on radar. However, no object appeared on their screens. According to the radar operator, there was nothing there. He checked the logs to see if any military activity was in the area. There was none. And they were seemingly too far away from the coast – around 100 miles – for it to realistically be a small plane at this time of night.
As MacFarlane continued to watch this mysterious craft, another light appeared in the sky. It traveled from the same direction as the first craft, although appeared to move much faster. Like the first object, the radar operator failed to confirm anything on their screens. He continued to watch the aerial display for nearly an hour. The mist was now almost gone and above them was a clear dome of black.
Then, came another sighting by the unnerved but curious naval officer.
Sketch of the incident by MacFarlane
A Disc-Shaped Metallic Craft With Black Windows!
Shortly after 2 am, a series of lights began appearing in the skies overhead. MacFarlane remained at his post, perhaps unintentionally ideally placed to witness the events. Many of the lights “were in formation”, and all of them seemed to come from a destination to the south of their location. The lights were in sets of three, five, or six. They would also appear and disappear in a second, “at the same speed a computer screen operates”. At one stage there were as many as thirty lights in the sky at one time. MacFarlane began to become so overwhelmed with counting them that he could no longer keep up. Then, one of the lights came close up to the ship. The closer it got, it was no longer just a light. It was a solid object.
It had a disc-shape with a glowing metallic appearance to it. Around the edge were several “black windows”. It simply remained, motionless and silent, hovering over the ship for nearly fifteen minutes. Through binoculars, he managed to count around 24 separate windows, although he couldn’t see any activity beyond them. Interestingly, MacFarlane would state that although the object “glowed brightly” it didn’t prevent him from “looking directly at it”. In fact, he didn’t even need to squint. This suggests some kind of advanced illumination, a detail that resides in several other similar close contact events.
As he continued to watch, the object suddenly vanished. By 3 am, almost all of the lights had vanished from view. Although he had requested information from the radar operator, he hadn’t yet informed the captain of the ship. Or anyone else for that matter. Realizing the bizarre nature of his potential claims, he opted against saying anything at all.
“Many Meteorites” Visible Through The Night
After having already decided against reporting the incident, he would still have to enter something into the official log. And it would have to correspond to his requests of the radar operator and the log he would keep. With this in mind, he would enter into the log that “many meteorites” were visible during the night. At 4 am, he switched with another officer (Lieutenant Doug Tutte), ending his watch. He didn’t mention anything of the sighting at all.
However, when Tutte met up with MacFarlane in the ship’s canteen for breakfast, obviously having read his comments in the log as he wrote his own, he asked why he hadn’t mentioned anything to him of the “meteor” sightings when they switched over. MacFarlane eventually relented and gave his reasons for keeping tight-lipped about the incident. Then, safe in MacFarlane’s confession, Tutte revealed he had seen similar things. And he too had decided against reporting his sighting to the captain. And for exactly the same reasons.
However, as the two officers spoke discreetly and compared their experiences, both would agree they had feelings of being under some kind of strange “hypnotic control”. Almost as if their decision, as much as they understood it, was influenced by a higher understanding. Ultimately, each would agree to keep these most mysterious events to themselves. Neither would mention the incident again until MacFarlane, several years after Tutte’s death and decades after the events, would make his report to UFO investigators.
Incidentally, and as a side-note, perhaps we should examine again, as laborious a task as it might be, other reports of “meteorites” in similar naval and military logs.
Continued Sightings Connected To The Korean War?
According to MacFarlane, there were others on board who witnessed these strange lights. General “lookouts” would often report “funny lights”, although they would never elaborate on these statements, likely for similar reasons to MacFarlane and Tutte. These sightings would continue throughout their journey. The lookouts would continue not to report them because they “were neither ships nor aircraft”.
Ultimately, as to his reasons for finally reporting the incident, MacFarlane would write, “A feeling of guilt or a sense of duty? Probably because I think it is important that it be recorded. And now, I am old enough not to worry about being ridiculed”. He would further state that these crafts “acted in a non-threatening manner”. And that “they were just inquisitive”. Furthermore, since the incident, he had not witnessed another such sighting. Perhaps this lends the one-time naval officer and his intriguing account just a little bit more credibility than it surely already owns.
A similar sighting occurred only months earlier, in roughly the same stretch of water, in late-March/early-April (there is discrepancy as to the exact date). The incident, however, is in the Project Blue Book files, so there is little doubt about its authenticity. And given the location, the high-ranking identity of one of the passengers involved in the sightings, and the upcoming Korean conflict that the US forces were so obviously maneuvering their military pieces into attack positions in anticipation of, you could make a strong argument of a connection between the two events.
The “Kimball-Radford” Incident
The incident involved another Navy Secretary, Dan Kimball, who was flying to Pearl Harbor in Hawaii when two “disc-shaped craft” came out of nowhere and approached the Navy executive airplane. He would describe their speed as simply “amazing” and would estimate them to move at a pace of between 1,500 and 2,000 miles per hour.
As well as the plane Kimball was in, another Navy plane was on the same route but behind them, at an approximate distance of around fifty miles This one carried Admiral Arthur Radford and they too saw the bizarre events unfold in their entirety. The objects began to move in a circular motion around both of the planes. Kimball would later state they “covered fifty miles in less than two minutes”. The shining silver discs would circle both planes twice in total before disappearing into the early-evening sky as quickly as they had arrived.
Upon landing at Pearl Harbor, Kimball would make a report to the US Air Force, as they were officially in charge of investigating such sightings. However, despite several attempts by Kimball to follow up his report, the US Air Force flatly refused to cooperate. When he went to check Navy records, he would find all were now under the control of the Air Force as part of their “investigation”.
Whatever happened that afternoon, it is likely the intelligence behind these discs are one and the same with those MacFarlane witnessed several weeks later.
Check out the short video below, it looks at a recent UFO sighting over Pearl Harbor.
UFOs Are Real: Ex Air Force Officer Claims He Chased A ‘8000mph’ Craft
UFOs Are Real: Ex Air Force Officer Claims He Chased A ‘8000mph’ Craft
A retired Air Force officer came clean saying that the UK government hides extraterrestrial life as a top-secret, further describing his own UFO confrontation.
George Filer III is 82 years old and currently serves as the New Jersey director of MUFON, which is an American based non-profit association that studies the UFO phenomena. He is one of the many ex-military and NASA veterans to speak openly about UFOs.
However, he also happens to have 20 years of experience as an Air Force officer. He revealed that some of the events he experienced in the air are rather inexplicable.
Namely, during the Cold War, Filer was placed in Scotland. He remembers piloting a military aircraft that tried to intercept a weird object that was as big as a bridge on the radar.
As they were getting nearer, they were able to see lights off in the distance. He described the lights looked something like a cruise ship at night. There were multiple all over the object.
“As we got, I don’t know, about 5 miles from it – it went up into space. We were doing over 400mph and I would say it was doing 10, 20 times our speed and it was this huge object,” Filer stated.
In the end, they were convinced the object was not something common. In his opinion, however, it looked like a really long cylinder.
Ever since Filer spilled the beans with the American Asbury Park Press, his story went viral online. Now, of course, it’s one of the most favorite topics of the conspiracy theorists.
UFO IN TURKEY THE ALIENS ARE CLEARLY VISIBLE (VIDEO) November 28, 2018 MTK A video of a UFO sighting in the skies of Turkey in the shape of a flying saucer has been recorded, which is considered the most important record of the phenomenon of flying sauce
UFO IN TURKEY THE ALIENS ARE CLEARLY VISIBLE (VIDEO)
A video of a UFO sighting in the skies of Turkey in the shape of a flying saucer has been recorded, which is considered the most important record of the phenomenon of flying saucers or so-called UFO so far.
“I do not know what these things are, we have filmed them a number of times but have remained totally unknown to us, I was very happy to see them and I want to assure the whole world that the flying saucer are already there,” Yalsen Yalman said. “He said.
The two-and-a-half-hour footage in the summer of 2008 includes a variety of exotic objects, ranging from the bodies of a disk-shaped UFO to clusters of lights Orbs hovering in the night sky. “The physical shape of these objects and their metal structures were clearly visible, especially in the close-ups of this recording. The researcher studied the analysis and analyzed it and reached the result that it was 100%,” researcher Haktan Akdugan of the Cyrus Center for Space Science and UFOs in Turkey said. Was unique and found that the body structures shown in the picture were not the result of a natural phenomenon, astronomical objects or known aircraft full After doing a video check by specialists showing what is incredible:
Real extra terrestrial alien space creatures, clearly visible from the windows of the alien spaceship, do not resemble any human beings on Earth, asserting that there is a clever life for extraterrestrial creatures.
WE HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS BEFORE.. (2018-2019)
WE HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS BEFORE.. (2018-2019)
50 miles away from Dulce, New Mexico we find the San Luis Valley; a mysterious region described as the playground of the paranormal. Geophysical formations within this valley provide ideal conditions for portals to form, connecting our world with parallel realities. Sometimes, something crosses over giving rise to reports of unexplainable phenomena such as UFOs, Bigfoot, and aliens.
Thus, counterintelligence operatives actively work to destroy the legitimacy of eyewitness accounts, through decoy operations. It is the pervasiveness of Native American traditions, which tell of an ancient extraterrestrial presence living deep underground known as the Ant people, which may provide the best explanation for the unexplainable activity in this valley of portals.
GOVERNMENTS ARE MAKING SURE THAT RESEARCHERS DON’T GET THEIR HANDS ON CLASSIFIED UFO FILES BY USING ALTERNATIVE ACRONYMS.
The Freedom of Information Act is a pain in the government’s backside, former prime minister and leader of the labour party Tony Blair was at the forefront of implementing the Information Act into UK Law. It was one of Blair’s top policies in his manifesto at the time, several years on and Blair has said that the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act was one of his biggest regrets. There is no doubt that the freedom of information laws both in the UK, USA and other western countries, has opened the floodgates for journalists and researchers alike. What government workers once thought was private or would not be seen in our lifetime, is now open for the whole world to see.
Now the floodgates are open, behind the scenes governments are working on sneaky ways to keep sensitive information from prying eyes.
For decades governments have been telling their citizens that they have little to no interest in UFO’s, not only have they said they have no interest in the subject but they have gone to great extents to ridicule anyone or anything that has an interest in the subject.
For this reason, it came as a great surprise when freedom of information requests was put in for any documents relating to UFO’s and the likes of Project Bluebook and the British MOD’s investigations into UFO’s came to light. For governments that said they had little to no interest in UFO’s there certainly were a lot of files released under the freedom of information act!
The freedom of information laws has no doubt caused a stir behind the scenes and governments are now left trying to find loopholes and creative ways to keep sensitive information private.
One way they are doing this was revealed by Hillary Clinton during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel.
During this interview, Hillary told Kimmel that there was a new name for UFO’s and that government officials now referred to UFOs and Unexplained Aerial Phenomena.
Nick Pope, who worked for the UK’s ministry of defence, recently explained why the government use alternative and new acronyms for UFOs. During a talk at the Awakening Conference in Manchester, he explained that government used these lesser known acronyms to throw a spanner in the works for those putting in freedom of information requests.
While the public now knows about the alternative phrase for UFO’s used by the government (UAP), you can bet that there are still a dozen more freedom of information requests for files on UFO’s than there are on UAP’s.
But that’s not the only way that governments are trying to throw a spanner in the works for researchers and journalists. There are far too many sensitive issues that they don’t want to be revealed to the public. One way they ensure certain issues stay secret is by putting certain projects in charge of the private sector.
Many people would have heard of billionaire Robert Bigelow, Bigelow is the CEO and founder of Bigelow Aerospace, a company that has taken on many government projects and contracts, due to Bigelow Aerospace being a private company, they are not subject to freedom of information request laws, which is probably much to the delight of government agencies working with Bigelow.
A rather telling interview with Robert Bigelow took place on 60 Minutes. Bigelow told the reporter who was interviewing him that he is ‘absolutely convinced’ aliens exist and that ‘there is and has been’ an ET presence on Earth. Bigelow was also asked whether or not he thought that we’d find intelligent life in the galaxy, to which he replied “you don’t need to go anywhere” the reporter then asked if he meant that you can find ET life here on Earth to which Bigelow replied “yes”.
For a man that has, as he puts it, “spent millions and more than anyone else” on this subject and works on secret government projects, it’s rather telling that he states, with such conviction, that he is certain aliens exist and that we needn’t look further than our own planet to find them as they are right under our nose.
As an old saying goes, sometimes the best place to hide a secret is in plain sight, which does draw many questions when you look at the logo Bigelow has on the side of his Bigelow Aerospace unit.
Long before Dave Grohl copped the name for his excellent band, Foo Fighters were the mysterious UFOs and strange aerial phenomena that bedeviled Allied aircraft pilots (and reportedly Japanese and German pilots as well) during World War II. While most of the reported sightings occurred during that war, there were some seen in the aerial battlesduring the Vietnam War. However, most references to Foo Fighters since then are about the band, which is why a recent sighting over an Air Force base in San Antonio, with pictures of UFOs amongst US aircraft and a connection to Foo Fighters, is worthy of attention.
“My residence is located under one of the flight paths for Kelly AFB in San Antonio. I regularly take photographs with a Nikkon camera of military airplanes flying over and around my residence in daylight and at night. On November 26, 2018 I was doing yard work in the morning and witnessed two Air Force Fighter jets with full after burners flying very low, and loudly, over my residence. I had heard them taking off from Kelly AFB a few minutes before I saw them. They were flying toward the southwest.”
That MUFON report, case 96768, was picked up by the TexasUFOs website which posted the photographs under the headline “Unidentified objects escorting Air Force Fighter Airplanes” and made the “foo fighters” connection. To their credit, they also point out that the unnamed witness didn’t see the UFOs in the air during the two different times, 2 pm and 2:04 pm, that the photographs were taken and didn’t notice them in the pictures until a few days later. TexasUFOs also says that they obviously could be specs of dust or a lens anomaly. (See the photos here.)
The witness didn’t notice anything unusual about the flight patterns which would indicate the pilots saw anything in their airspace or on their radar screens. There haven’t been any military reports or videos of UFOs around Kelly AFB … no flying Tic-Tacs. That’s why “foo fighters” is really a misnomer for the San Antonio sighting. Most World War II pilots who saw them described them as ball of light or fireballs following their planes but never actually catching up, flying past or showing any unusual maneuvers. And, since there are no reports of them attacking, the term “fighter” shouldn’t have been used in either case. Since they were close, meteors can be ruled out as well (the probable cause of UFOs seen recently by Canadian pilots over Baffin Island). A luminous electrostatic phenomena like St. Elmo’s fire or reflections of light on ice crystals, combined with the stress and intensity of aerial warfare, still seem to be more likely causes.
As for the San Antonio “foo fighters” … the needle at the moment is pointing to foo on the lens. You can have your band name back Dave.
In a recent article here on Bob Lazar, UFOs, Area 51 and Russian spies, I noted how the whole UFO angle of Area 51 might be a big game; an operation chiefly designed to try and reel in Russian spies.In my new book, Area 51, which will be published on January 1, I tell the story of another man who found himself in a very similar situation to Lazar, but close to two decades before Lazar was on the scene. The entire story is way too long to tell here, but here’s a summary: To demonstrate that the connection between Area 51 and UFOs goes back a significant number of years – and long before Bob Lazar almost became a household name – we have to go back to the dawning of the 1970s. The story comes from a man I’ll call John, and who I met back in the mid-2000s. It’s a story of incredible proportions and which clearly demonstrates that when it comes to the matter of aliens and the legendary secret base, nothing is as it seems to be. In fact, it’s much weirder.
From the latter part of the 1940s to around the end of the fifties, John was employed by the New York Police Department. The work was exactly what one would expect in a packed, bustling city like the Big Apple. There was, however, one unusual aspect to John’s career. It was in late 1957 that John and a couple of his colleagues were brought into a program to assist the FBI in uncovering a Russian spy-ring which was afoot in the city. The belief was that the Soviets were trying to infiltrate a certain company that worked in the field of weapons-development for the U.S. Government. By all accounts, the operation ran as smoothly as these things can: two Soviet operatives were rounded up and arrested, as were a couple of Americans, too.
In 1970, John was contacted by an old friend in the police who said that a prestigious job was coming up that John might find of interest. Intrigued, John asked his friend what the gig was. The response was a job with what was then called the Wackenhut Corporation. Today, it’s G4S Secure Solutions (USA). It’s a company that was established back in 1954 and which provided security to numerous companies that undertake contract work for the U.S. military, government and the intelligence community. Wackenhut also had the contract, in 1964, to provide all of the security for NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Wackenhut was involved in matters relative to national security on a daily basis. And, John would have a significant position in the field of security – if, of course, he chose to take the job.
According to John’s friend, the jb that was coming up would be at a highly sensitive facility in the Nevada desert. You know the one. John’s friend informed him that the pay would be very good, that the job would guarantee John a lot of new contacts in his working career, and that it was definitely not an opportunity to be missed. John was sold on the idea. Little did he know at the time just how strange his life and world were about to become. John continued his work out at the facility for a pre-planned period, after which he moved into the world of private security, specifically doing background checks on people who were seen as useful for working on highly classified programs at Area 51 and within NASA. John continued with such work until 1981, when he retired.
It turns out that while at Area 51, John was exposed to a wealth of allegedly top secret files that told incredible stories of what the U.S. Government really knew about UFOs: crashed saucers, dead aliens; the usual stuff. Rather notably, despite being shown an astonishing wealth of material out at Area 51, John began to wonder if his whole time spent there was nothing but a cover for something else. After all, John wondered, given that he worked specifically – and only – in the field of security, why on earth was he given access to controversial and jaw-dropping data on the supposed history of aliens on our planet? What would have been the point? The whole situation completely defied logic. John clearly recognized this and speculated on the possibility that it was all some sort of intricate mind-game: to flood John’s mind with bizarre tales and documents relative to dead extraterrestrials, alien autopsies, and spacecraft from other worlds. Maybe, John suggested, it was a loyalty test: to see if he ran to the Washington Post or to the New York Times. John did neither. Rather, he stayed quiet (at least until the 2000s, when he was well into his old age), and as a result of his silence he was offered further, prestigious positions.
John also speculated on another possibility; it was a possibility which involved the Soviets. Although he was somewhat reluctant to address the matter in-depth – which is intriguing – John said he heard a few snippets of data suggesting that there was a small program at Area 51 which was trying to convince the Russians that the United States Government had not just alien bodies, but extraterrestrial technology; even highly advanced, powerful alien weaponry. John wondered if all of this was a mind-game – one designed to scare the Russians into thinking we had something that we never really did, but which the staff at Area 51 were hoping the Russians would come to believe. And come to fear, too. John died in 2013. His widow stated that in his final years John came to believe even more that what he saw and read out at Area 51 in the early 1970s was connected to a project of mind-blowing proportions; a highly detailed and intricate fabrication designed to have the Russians running around like headless chickens, wasting their time on disinformation dressed up as incredible truths and ultimately getting arrested. Ingenious Cold War-era disinformation of a very strange kind, in other words.
Le rapport COMETA est un document français remis en 1999 à Jacques Chirac et Lionel Jospin traitant du phénomène OVNI. Il a été rédigé par l'association française COMETA (COMité d'ÉTudes Approfondies) pour sensibiliser les pouvoirs publics français aux ovnis. D'après ce rapport, l'hypothèse d'une origine extraterrestre de certains Ovnis observés ne peut plus être écartée.
La COMETA est une association composée de spécialistes des sciences physiques, des sciences de la vie, des sciences humaines, ainsi que d'officiers supérieurs de l'armée et d'ingénieurs. En juillet 1999 le COMETA publie un rapport très complet sur le phénomène ovni qui fut transmis au président de la république ainsi qu'au premier ministre. Le rapport de 90 pages sera publié ensuite par le magazine VSD (voir ici) à destination du grand public. Le rapport, qualifié par VSD de "rapport confidentiel remis au Présent de la République et au Premier Ministre", émane essentiellement des sphères militaires. Il est d'ailleurs possible que ce texte ne constitue qu'une partie d'un rapport plus étayé, et que ce serait ce rapport-là qui ait été déposé sur le bureau du Premier Ministre et du Président de la République. Un rapport qui contiendrait assez d'éléments pour les convaincre de la réalité matérielle des ovnis et de la très forte présomption de leur origine extraterrestre.
Un rapport confidentiel sur les OVNI a été remis au Président de la République et au Premier Ministre.
Par ce rapport un premier pas en France concernant la vérité sur les OVNI vient d'être franchi.
Dans sa conclusion, le COMETA affirme que la réalité physique des OVNIS, sous le contrôle d'êtres intelligents, est "quasi-certaine." Seule une hypothèse tient compte des données disponibles: l'hypothèse des visiteurs extraterrestres. Cette hypothèse est naturellement improuvée, mais a des conséquences de grande envergure. Les buts de ces visiteurs allégués demeurent inconnus mais doivent être le sujet de nos préoccupations.
La préface du rapport est signée par le Général Bernard Norlain de l'Armée de l'Air, ancien directeur de l'IHEDN, et il commence par un préambule par André Lebeau, ancien président du centre national pour les études de l'espace , le CNES, l'équivalent français de la NASA. Le groupe lui-même, auteur collectif du rapport, est une association d'experts, dont beaucoup sont ou ont été des auditeurs de l'IHEDN, et ils sont de plus présidés par le Général Denis Letty de l'Armée de l'Air, l'ancien auditeur à l'IHEDN. Le sigle "COMETA" se veut signifier "COMité pour des ETudes Approfondies."
Une liste non-exhaustive de ses membres est donnée au début, elle inclut: Le Général Bruno Lemoine, de l'Armée de l'Air (FA de l'IHEDN), L'Amiral Marc Merlo, (FA de l'IHEDN), Michel Algrin, Docteur en Sciences Politiques, Avocat à la Cour (FA de l'IHEDN), Le Général Pierre Bescond, ingénieur en armements (FA de l'IHEDN), Denis Blancher, Chef de la Police Nationale au Ministère de l'Intérieur, Christian Marchal, ingénieur en Chef au Corps des Mines et Directeur de Recherche à l'Office National de la Recherche Aéronautique (ONERA), le Général Alain Orszag, Ph.D. en physique, ingénieur en armements. Le comité exprime également sa gratitude aux contribuants extérieurs comprenant Jean-Jacques Vélasco, dirigeant le SEPRA du CNES, François Louange, président de Fleximage, spécialiste en analyse de photo, et Général Joseph Domange, de l'Armée de l'Air, délégué général de l'association des auditeurs à IHEDN.
Conclusions du rapport
Considérant tout ce que nous avons appris sur les ovnis depuis 1947, le rapport conclut à « la réalité physique quasi-certaine d'objets volants totalement inconnus ». Il conclut, par ailleurs, qu'au vu des prouesses que manifestent les ovnis, l'hypothèse extraterrestre est la plus probable pour expliquer le phénomène OVNI : « Une seule hypothèse rend suffisamment compte des faits et ne fait appel, pour l'essentiel, qu'à la science d'aujourd'hui ; c'est celle de visiteurs extraterrestres »....« Les buts de ces éventuels visiteurs restent inconnus, mais doivent faire l'objet d'indispensables spéculations et de mises au point de scénarios prospectifs. »....« L'hypothèse extraterrestre est de loin la meilleure hypothèse scientifique ; elle n'est certes pas prouvée de façon catégorique, mais il existe en sa faveur de fortes présomptions, et si elle est exacte, elle est lourde de conséquences. » Enfin, le rapport prend position en faveur d'une meilleure étude scientifique du phénomène.
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Un astronaute de la NASA a repéré “la preuve formelle” qu’un OVNI gigantesque a foncé non loin de l’ISS
Un astronaute de la NASA a repéré “la preuve formelle” qu’un OVNI gigantesque a foncé non loin de l’ISS
Un astronaute de la NASA a été stupéfait lorsqu’un énorme “objet non identifié” est passé devant lui alors qu’il travaillait à bord de la Station spatiale internationale.
Des extraits vidéo montrent le moment où Chris Cassidy a contacté par radio le centre de contrôle de la mission pour signaler le passage de l’OVNI. On peut voir un petit objet rond qui se dirige vers le satellite artificiel comme une traînée de lumière orange. Un autre angle révèle comment l’objet semble se déplacer vers le haut, avant de disparaître complètement de l’angle de vue.
Une femme, à l’autre bout de la radio, s’empresse de remettre les pendules à l’heure, révélant à Cassidy que ce n’est pas un OVNI.
“Il s’agit d’un couvercle d’antenne, qui a été identifié par les contrôleurs des mission russes”, explique-t-elle.
Cependant, l’incident bizarre qui s’est produit le 19 août 2013 fait encore l’objet de discussions aujourd’hui.
Le clip a maintenant cumulé plus de 100 000 vues, et beaucoup pensent que c’est la meilleure preuve que des extraterrestres seraient en train d’observer l’ISS.
“Regardez la façon dont les lumières sont allumées – c’est un vrai OVNI”, a déclaré un téléspectateur.
Un autre a ajouté : “La NASA ment.”
Et un troisième a revendiqué : “L’une des preuves les plus évidentes, mais bien sûr, ce n’est qu’un ‘couvercle d’antenne’.”
Aujourd’hui, 20 ans se sont écoulés depuis que les premiers astronautes sont montés à bord de l’ISS en 1998.
Depuis lors, elle est habitée en permanence et devrait l’être jusqu’en 2028.
L’ISS est le plus grand engin spatial humain en orbite terrestre basse et on peut souvent la voir à l’œil nu depuis la Terre.
It’s been almost a year since the New York Timesdropped a bombshelllast December, which detailed the existence of a secretive UFO study program overseen by the Pentagon.
The news was shocking for many, as it was the first public confirmation of taxpayer-funded UFO studies undertaken by a U.S. Government agency since the conclusion of Project Bluebook, the United States Air Force study that ended in 1968 (although there are whispers of other, smaller-scale studies that may have occurred since that time).
Few details were given about the program, apart from its name–The Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program–and confirmation of its existence by the likes of Luis Elizondo, the former head of the program, as well as politicians like Harry Reid who helped secure funding for it. It was also revealed that much of the funding allocated for the program–a meager $22 million, according to the NYT–was funneled to aerospace entrepreneur Robert Bigelow, who used it to outsource UFO research to the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON). Some of the funding may have also been put toward the furtherance of scientific studies of alleged paranormal activity at a ranch southeast of Ballard, Utah, known as Skinwalker Ranch.
Plenty of questions remain about all of this, of course. Despite Elizondo’s entry into the private sector (he now works for Tom DeLonge’s To the Stars Academy, along with a number of other scientists with similar backgrounds in the unexplained), few additional details have been forthcoming about the Pentagon’s UFO interests. There were a few videos that were released, however, reportedly made with Raytheon’s Advanced Targeting Forward Looking Infrared (ATFLIR) system; but as with most UFO videos, these leave much to the imagination, and remain far from being satisfactory “proof” capable of resting the doubts of the more skeptical among us. In other words, nothing conclusive about UFOs themselves–video or otherwise–has emerged with the knowledge of the Pentagon’s ongoing UFO studies.
Nothing akin to further evidence for their existence was even needed, of course, in order to stir the proverbial pot of public interest. A recent article at The Daily Beast, commenting on a summary of the original New York Times piece that appeared in The New Yorker, quoted the latter as saying that, “The internet went slightly more bananas than usual last weekend over The New York Times’ story implying that extraterrestrials are real and the U.S. government has been tracking them for years.” As The Daily Beast notes, “The [New York Times’s] reporting was long-awaited validation for anyone who has ever claimed a UFO sighting, or an inexplicable encounter with the beyond.
Not so fast.
Did the New York Times really imply, as TheNew Yorker suggests, “that extraterrestrials are real?” In short, the answer is no: the New York Times article never even used the term “extraterrestrial” (nor it’s acronym form, E.T.)… not even once. This was by design, of course: one of the article’s co-authors, Leslie Kean, has long championed the case for renewed interest in the UFO phenomenon by scientific and government organizations. She has also warned against conflating the terms “UFO” and “extraterrestrial,” and even addressed this specifically in the introduction of her 2010 book UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go On the Record, where she noted:
It’s extremely important to establish at the very beginning that neither I nor the other writers are claiming that there are alien spacecraft in our skies, simply because we do not deny data showing a physical presence of something there. The term “UFO” has been misused and has become so much a part of popular culture that its original (and accurate) definition has been nearly completely lost. Almost everyone equates the term “UFO” with extraterrestrial spacecraft, and thus, in a perverse twist of meaning, the acronym has been transformed to mean something identified rather than something unidentified. The false but widespread assumption that a UFO is, of necessity, an alien spaceship is usually the reason the term generates such an exaggerated and confusing range of emotional responses. A recognition of the extraterrestrial hypothesis as being a valid, although unproved, possible explanation worthy of further scientific scrutiny is something entirely different from approaching the subject of UFOs as if this discovery had already been made.
I doubt that Leslie Kean would call the conflation of terms like UFO and extraterrestrial a “perverse twist of meaning” if she secretly meant “extraterrestrial spacecraft” every time she talked about UFOs. Hence, why it’s all the more important to address the problem she brings to light in the passage above.
No matter how carefully we attempt to frame discussions on the UFO subject, it is often difficult to escape the insinuation that UFOs are synonymous with extraterrestrials. In my own experience, there have been occasions where I have proposed ideas like time travel, interdimensional, or psychosocial phenomenon as alternative hypotheses to explain aspects of the UFO situation (these are speculative ideas, of course, and in my opinion, some are even less likely than the ever-popular “extraterrestrial hypothesis” or ETH. Nonetheless, I have at least been willing to entertain and write about these ideas, though never committing to them in the absence of solid evidence). In such cases, the conversations have often tended to come back around to something like, “so you’re saying that aliens are time travelers from the future?” In essence, the “extraterrestrial” stereotype prevails, even in cases where other theories are on the table.
Even when proposing alternatives like advanced “black budget” or military programs and experimental aircraft as possible sources for some UFO sightings (an idea that should seem entirely plausible, and perhaps even most likely in several cases), the stigma seems to remain. All too often, the idea that our government could have built some of these aircraft becomes attached to shadowy stories of “crash retrievals” and other similar things. In other words, we might be building them… but we couldn’t have learned to do something like that on our own: we must have stolen our ideas from the aliens!
Note the similarity here between the “back-engineered crash retrieval” theories, and the myriad ancient astronaut ideas that have emerged over the years. Whether it’s UFOs we see buzzing around in our skies today or ancient monuments that seem impossible to build even with modern engineering knowledge, the intellectual black hole that is the ET hypothesis remains ever-present.
Of course, the very fact that there are several competing “theories” about what UFOs are points to the bigger problem: that despite the popularity of the “extraterrestrial” idea, rational-minded thinkers who have looked at the subject all realize that there simply isn’t enough evidence to support this idea, or any other theory about them, for that matter. We literally do not yet have enough evidence to tip the scales in favor of any single theory about what UFOs are, despite the accumulation of anecdotal evidence suggesting that they might exist… whatever “they” might be.
The best we seem to be able to do is acknowledge that some theories appear to be more likely than others. Arguably, the ETH could be seen as being more likely than fantastic alternatives like time travel, interdimensional gateways, or notions that UFOs are “quantum-topological” points of intersection between our perceived reality and the “Matrix” exterior to the simulation in which we operate, to paraphrase something cool that David Bowie once supposedly said about a UFO he saw.
Humans like to deal in absolutes, and nobody ever said that getting to the bottom of something like UFOs would be easy. At least on the civilian level, we appear to still be in the mode of trying to determine if there actually is a phenomenon, apart from all the anecdotal data that implies it. If… and that’s a big if… there is a provable phenomenon here worthy of study (as many have argued over the decades), then perhaps some of it could be of extraterrestrial origin. It’s not impossible, but it remains unproven.
We have a ways to go before we can make any firm conclusions about what UFOs are… and that’s why making presumptions about them in the meantime becomes a real problem.
Duke Universityin North Carolina is known for its excellent academic programs, high number of Rhodes Scholar graduates and outstanding basketball teams. All of that pales in comparison to the recent announcement that Duke will now offer a course in UFOs taught by a religious studies professor who is also a well-known UFO researcher. Is that enough to convince your parents not to cut off your tuition money when they find out you’ve changed majors to UFOlogy?
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“It’s not the first time I’ve taught a course on UFOs. In the spring semester of 1996, when I was a professor in UNC-Chapel Hill’s Department of Religious Studies, I gave a seminar called “Special Topics in Mysticism: Heavenly Ascensions and UFO Abductions.” One of my colleagues indulgently labeled it “a funny course.” He didn’t understand. Whatever UFOs are, they aren’t funny.”
David J. Halperin, Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, offers this bit of his own history on his website as an introduction and an aid for students wondering of a course entitled “UFOs – Encounter, Mystery, Myth” is a good elective. Professor Halperin is no slouch in either of his fields. After receiving his Ph.D. from Berkeley he taught Judaic studies in UNC’s Department of Religious Studies and had a special interest in religious traditions of heavenly ascensions and otherworldly journeys, resulting in five books on Jewish mysticism and messianism. He’s also the author of a novel, “Journal of a UFO Investigator,” and has a non-fiction book, “Intimate Alien: The Hidden Story of the UFO,” coming out in 2020.
Halperin’s 1996 course covered the abduction story of Barney and Betty Hill, a class assignment to read and discuss Whitley Strieber’s Communion, and student research and presentations on, among other topics, the “X-Files” TV series, alien contact and different aspects of the UFOs’ impact on African-American culture. Halperin retired in 2000 and never taught the UFO course again … until now. Why resurrect it?
“UFOs are still with us, however, enjoying a surprising new respectability in the world that’s emerged from the 2016 Presidential election.”
He’s referring to when candidate Hillary Clinton said she would reopen the real X-files if she were elected president. Halperin’s new course will update his old one, then cover the alleged 1966 UFO landing at Westall High School in Melbourne, Australia; the “Men in Black”; the experience of alien abduction’ and a look at what happened in 1947 near Roswell, New Mexico. He’ll finish with more on what has happened since the 2016 election and conclude by discussing the same question about UFOs he attempted to answer in 1996: “What do they mean?”
What DOES it mean? It means one of the top universities in the country is offering a course in UFO studies, thus providing a little more legitimacy to a subject begging for it. “UFOs – Encounter, Mystery, Myth” will be offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Duke from January 7 to March 25, 2019. You can learn more and sign up here.
NASA Shows The Wreck of a ‘Flying Saucer’, But The Real Story Is Even More Amazing
NASA Shows The Wreck of a ‘Flying Saucer’, But The Real Story Is Even More Amazing
Any species reaching for the stars is bound to have its fingertips singed. Probably more than once.
One of NASA’s latest posts on the Astronomy Picture of the Day website is an iconic reminder of the mishaps in our spacefaring history.
“A flying saucer from outer space crash-landed in the Utah desert after being tracked by radar and chased by helicopters,” states the photo description, although NASA is not hinting at an alien visit here.
The banged-up dish, half-buried in the desert sand, was actually the return capsule of the Genesis spacecraft. And it wasn’t supposed to touch down in such a brutal way.
Launched on 8 August 2001, the Genesis mission was the space agency’s ambitious effort to send a spacecraft into our home star’s solar wind, gather samples, and return them to Earth.
By gathering data on the composition of the charged particles streaming from the Sun’s corona, researchers hoped to precisely determine the composition of the star, and learn more about the elements that were around when the Solar System’s planets were formed.
To bring us solar wind samples, the Genesis craft was equipped with a sample return capsule holding a canister of solar wind materials, gathered when the craft spent two years orbiting Lagrange point 1 – one of the spots in space where the gravity from Earth and Sun are precisely balanced.
The craft captured the solar wind by folding out a series of collector arrays, each loaded with high-purity materials such as aluminium, sapphire, silicon, and even gold.
“The materials we used in the Genesis collector arrays had to be physically strong enough to be launched without breaking; retain the sample while being heated by the Sun during collection; and be pure enough that we could analyse the solar wind elements after Earth-return,” project scientist Amy Jurewicz explained on 3 September 2004.
Five days later, that sample capsule and its precious arrays smashed into the ground in Utah, at an estimated speed of 310 km/h (193 mph).
What was supposed to happen was rather different – 127 seconds after re-entering the atmosphere, a mortar aboard the capsule would blow, releasing a preliminary parachute for slowing and stabilising the descent.
Then, a main parachute was to inflate, providing the capsule with a gentle descent into the Utah Test and Training Range.
In the crash photo, you can see helicopters – they were hovering nearby, ready to snag the capsule mid-air and ferry it directly to a cleanroom to avoid contamination of the samples.
Neither of those parachutes deployed.
After a thorough investigation, the error was traced back to a set of sensors, barely the size of the metallic end of a pencil. They had been installed backwards.
These tiny devices were supposed to detect the increasing g-forces as the capsule plummeted towards the ground, and trigger the deployment of the parachutes.
As you can imagine, the crash led to severe damage, breaking several of the arrays and contaminating the precious cargo within.
Once the sample capsule was retrieved from the heart-sinking site of its demise, the project team set about to retrieve anything that could still be recovered and studied.
Thankfully, the Genesis mission wasn’t completely ruined, even after such a dramatic arrival of the sample capsule. Some of the sturdy collector materials survived, and researchers managed to clean the surfaces without disturbing the solar material embedded within.
Within three years, a series of papers were published on the Genesis findings. Thanks to the daring mission, we learned unprecedented details about the composition of the Sun and the elemental differences between our star and the inner planets of the Solar System.
“The Sun houses more than 99 percent of the material currently in our Solar System, so it’s a good idea to get to know it better,” Genesis principal investigator Don Burnett from California Institute of Technology said in 2011.
“While it was more challenging than expected, we have answered some important questions, and like all successful missions, generated plenty more.”
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The case of mysterious lights in the sky above Kelowna has been solved.
Carol McGowan, Kelowna Golf and Country Club Food and Beverage Manager called Castanet this morning after they saw our story.
"There was a Coldwell Banker Christmas party at Kelowna Golf and Country club Friday night with a "Great Gatsby" theme and we had the lights going all night," says McGowan.
Nico Boesten, the manager with New Horizon Productions in Kelowna was responsible for setting up the lights. "We call them the Batman or Hollywood lights. We just got them and we've been using them a lot at different galas and rock concerts and the like."
Boesten tells Castanet, "I love that somebody called in, this is crazy!"
ORIGINAL 6:58 a.m.
A faithful Castanet reader has sent us a video of what he describes as strange lights in the sky above Kelowna.
Brett Wade says he saw the lights on Friday night when he stepped outside while at work.
"First of all, I'm not really one of those UFO guys, I don't wear aluminum hats or anything," Wade says.
Wade says he walked out of work and looked up to see what he describes a formation of two lights spiraling around each other in a consistent pattern. "I thought at first it must be spotlights because I've seen that before but I couldn't see a lights source below so I ruled that out."
The first thing he did after recording the strange sight was to check Castanet to see if there were any other reports of the strange phenomenon. "I didn't see anything, the next day still nothing, so I thought I'd send this video to you guys to see if there is an explanation."
Wade says he and his co-worker watched the lights for a total of ten minutes before moving on and that the lights seemed to be drifting in a northwest direction.
"We were both wanting to write this off as nothing," Wade says and at this point, it remains an Okanagan mystery.
NASA White Paper calls for investigation of UFO sightings
NASA White Paper calls for investigation of UFO sightings
Moffet Field (USA) - In a so-called white paper, a scientist from NASA's Ames Research Center proposes new "radical approaches" to Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence (SETI).
In addition to turning away from previous dogmas about the ideas of extraterrestrial life and intelligence, the NASA scientist also proposes to re-evaluate and examine UFO sightings through the perspective of interpreting extraterrestrial visits to Earth.
In his paper entitled "New Assumptions to Guide SETI Research", which was officially published on the NASA Technical Reports Server, author Silvano P. Colombano of NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffet Field explains some of the most fundamental assumptions of previous SETI research, before making final suggestions for a new, more "aggressive" approach.
1. physicists should become much more involved in "speculative physics", which is still based on proven and solid theories, but still has the will to expand the possibilities of the nature of space, time and energy.
2 (Scientists) and technicians should ask themselves questions about how technologies - such as artificial intelligence and evolvable robot systems - could develop in a symbiosis of biology and machines.
3. sociologists should be concerned with speculations about which societies we expect to develop on the basis of the above and whether and how we could communicate with them.
4. The UFO phenomenon should at least be considered worth exploring in the sense of the described "search for a very weak signal in noise" and in view of potential new possibilities and ways of communication and discovery.
Colombano recommends to rethink and challenge four assumptions that have dominated SETI's strategy over the past decades.
The fourth point directly addresses the UFO phenomenon:
1. Interstellar travel is impossible or highly unlikely 2. Radio waves continue to be the major form of communication (...) 3. Intelligent civilizations would be based on carbon life 4. We have not been, and are not being... visited
NASA-wetenschapper: “Perfect mogelijk dat aliens onze aarde al bezochten”
NASA-wetenschapper: “Perfect mogelijk dat aliens onze aarde al bezochten”
Volgens een professor en NASA-wetenschapper kan het best zijn dat onze aarde al bezocht is door buitenaards leven. Volgens de man hebben we de aankomst van deze ‘aliens’ op aarde mogelijk niet eens opgemerkt, omdat ze voor ons mogelijk onherkenbaar zijn.
Silvano P Colombano is professor en computerwetenschapper bij de Amerikaanse ruimtevaartorganisatie NASA en meent dat aliens of buitenaardse wezens net zo goed kunnen voorkomen in de vorm van een niet op koolstof gebaseerd organisme - in tegenstelling tot al het leven op aarde. Daardoor zouden ze ondetecteerbaar zijn voor de mens.
“Ik wil enkel aanstippen dat de intelligentie die we zouden kunnen aantreffen of die zou kiezen om ons op te zoeken - als het al niet gebeurd is - misschien niet allemaal voortkomt uit op koolstof gebaseerde organismen zoals wij”, schrijft hij in een onderzoekspaper.
Volgens Colombano moeten wetenschappers in hun zoektocht naar buitenaards leven durven “hun meest gekoesterde assumpties te herbekijken”. Buitenaardse wezens kunnen technologie hebben ontwikkeld die de mens niet eens kan begrijpen en kunnen zo mogelijk zelfs interstellair reizen.
“Het zou om een extreem kleine, superintelligente soort ‘verkenner’ kunnen gaan”, stelt de man hypothetisch. “Als we uitgaan van een nieuwe reeks veronderstellingen over welke vormen van hogere intelligentie en technologie we zouden kunnen vinden, zouden sommige verschijnselen er misschien perfect mee overeenstemmen, en zouden we een serieus onderzoek kunnen beginnen.”
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