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Re: Roswell Incident Not Noteworthy To UFO Panel

From: Stig_Agermose@online.pol.dk
Date: Thu, 2 Jul 1998 02:21:26 +0200
Fwd Date: Thu, 02 Jul 1998 00:43:08 -0400
Subject: Re: Roswell Incident Not Noteworthy To UFO Panel

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'Roswell Incident' not noteworthy to UFO panel

Copyright =A91998 Nando.net
Copyright =A91998 Scripps-McClatchy Western

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (July 1, 1998 09:39 a.m. EDT
http://www.nandotimes.com) - The Roswell incident - perhaps the
most famous, or infamous, UFO case - was not considered formally
by a scientific panel that just said some UFO reports merit
scientific inquiry.

The panel, organized and supported by the Society for Scientific
Exploration, issued an extensive report Monday concluding that
some UFO sightings have physical evidence worthy of scientific

But the panel of highly regarded scientists stopped considerably
short of saying "we are not alone."

Nothing it had reviewed during a weeklong inquiry into several
UFO cases last year was sufficient to suggest extraterrestrial
intelligence was involved or that any natural laws were
violated, the panel reported.

"I was a bit surprised it (Roswell) didn't come up," said Von R.
Eshleman, a Stanford University electrical engineer and
planetary scientist who was a member of the panel.

"They were told to take their best shots," Eshleman said,
referring to UFO investigators who presented cases to the panel
that they felt had the strongest physical evidence.

"There was no Roswell stuff and no abductions," Eshleman said.
"There was physical evidence, I believe, that came out of
Roswell, but I think we had a more sober group (of UFO
investigators) presenting to us."

The Roswell incident, as it has come to be known and popularized
in the hit television series the "X-Files," occurred in 1947
when a Roswell rancher discovered unusual debris on his land.
After a quick inspection, Air Force officials issued a press
release claiming to have recovered material from the crash site
of a flying saucer. Almost immediately, the Air Force retracted
the press release.

Over the years the incident has fueled claims of a cover-up that
included the alleged recovery of alien bodies and
extraterrestrial materials.

In 1995, New Mexico physicist Charlie Moore said he was
virtually certain that the recovered Roswell debris was from a
huge secret government balloon he helped launch. It was to test
whether high-altitude balloons could detect an atomic-bomb
explosion in the then-Soviet Union.

An 800-page Air Force investigative report the same year
concluded that the balloon test program, code-named Project
Mogul, was the source of the Roswell ranch debris. A later Air
Force report suggested that Roswell folklore was fueled by later
Air Force tests in the same area using parachute dummies.

"We didn't actually review any evidence connected with Roswell,
so we couldn't say whether anything there needs to be looked
at," said Thomas Holzer, a Colorado atmospheric scientist and
member of the UFO review panel.

"But obviously, the Roswell incident came up," he said. "It did
come up in dinner-time conversation, and some of the UFO
investigators thought the Air Force's most recent explanation
(citing the crash dummies) just blew it."

Holzer, who works at the National Center for Atmospheric
Research in Boulder, Colo., said most of the cases presented to
the panel raised significant scientific questions. These include
medical concerns, such as whether so-called UFO encounters could
pose real health hazards from natural or man-made phenomena such
as electrical storms or radar.

Eshleman said recent research at Los Alamos National Laboratory
that revealed colorful electrical activity, called elves and
sprites, above thunderstorms may explain some UFO claims of
weird, fast-moving lights. He noted that such phenomena occur
nearly at the edge of the atmosphere and can be seen over a
horizon, even though the storm itself is blocked by the
curvature of the Earth.

The nine-member panel was organized and directed by Peter
Sturrock, a Stanford professor of applied physics.

Holzer, like several scientists who served on the panel, said he
was reluctant to become involved for fear of criticism from his
colleagues. But he said the evidence he saw convinced him that
some UFO claims present scientific problems that need to be
dealt with for the benefit of society.

Holzer said the public is certainly interested in the matter and
suggested that scientists might actually enhance their own
status with the public by tackling the problem. He said he's not
saying he believes they might prove ultimately that
extraterrestrial life has been visiting Earth, but that science
can provide an objective forum for evaluating the evidence of
such claims.

By LAWRENCE SPOHN, The Albuquerque Tribune. Scripps-McClatchy Western

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