From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Andromeda.net- Anderson, Jared) Date: Tue, 18 Nov 1997 20:23:46 -0700 Fwd Date: Wed, 19 Nov 1997 07:29:20 -0500 Subject: Space Shuttle Reports Near Miss With UFO? The following is posted at ISUR at: http://www.isur.com./public_board/messages/7973.html I would say this story is very likely a hoax or just some joker's confabulation but just in case here's the post, better safe than sorry. Was Endeavor even flying in September?? Jared. SIGHTINGS ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Space Shuttle Reports Near Miss With UFO? >From Eric Howarth 11-17-97 =A0Note: We are trying to establish contact with author Kliner to determine if he has in his possession the tape of the alleged incident. In the meantime, as it is circulating around the internet, we post it for your information only. This story reads like a tabloid piece and is in serious need of corroboration. =A0 WASHINGTON - The Space Shuttle Endeavor narrowly avoided a collision with a gigantic UFO during its 12-day mission in September and a top-secret NASA audio tape proves it. =A0 That's the word from author William Kliner, who claims to have obtained a copy of the tape from highly placed NASA sources and flatly calls the incident "the most dramatic close encounter in history." =A0 In the 23-second tape, which was recorded off one of several secret radio frequencies that NASA reserves for classified conversations with space shuttle astronauts, Commander David Walker is heard to say: =A0 "Bogey at 3 o'clock . . . God . . . what is it? My God - it's coming right at us." =A0 NASA: What's there? =A0 Walker: THERE'S NO WAY! Oh God! Get back. MOVE!" =A0 NASA: Endeavor! Endeavor! What . . . explain . . . =A0 Walker: What the . . . where are we? Where is it? Where . . . it's gone. IT'S GONE. Not (unintelligible) . . . UFO. Spacecraft . . . huge . . . intelligent . . . OVER THERE! =A0 NASA: Endeavor. Switch . . . NOW! =A0 The tape ends abruptly with what would appear to be a NASA order for Walker to change radio frequency. =A0 And while nobody other than Walker, his crew and a handful of NASA officials knows exactly what happened next, the Endeavor returned to Earth safely on Sept. 18, indicating that the close encounter ended without further incident. =A0 =A0 "This is dazzling proof that UFOs not only exist, they are piloted by extraterrestrials who are interested in our technology and possibly even mankind's ventures into space," declared Kliner, who has published hundreds of articles on America's space program over the past 25 years. =A0 "Until now, I didn't believe in the existence of UFOs and I certainly didn't believe that extraterrestrials were visiting our planet. =A0 "But now I know better. Space aliens actually observed our shuttle astronauts as they orbited Earth - and NASA's own tape proves it." =A0 NASA spokesmen declined to comment on the author's report pending the outcome of what one official called "an investigation into the source of unauthorized information that might or might not have basis in fact." =A0 Like NASA, Commander Walker and his crew - Pilot Ken Cockrell and Mission Specialists James Voss, James Newman and Michael Gernhardt - aren't talking. =A0 But Kliner's sources say the Endeavor and crew did, in fact, avert an in-orbit collision with "a massive, walnut-shaped spacecraft of unknown origin." =A0 "From what I understand, the spacecraft was the size of a small city and glowed bright green as it approached the shuttle," he continued. =A0 "At some point during the encounter, the UFO veered off course to avoid a collision. =A0 "As far as I know," he continued, "there was no contact between the UFO and the shuttle. If there was contact, my sources are unaware of it."
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