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CNN Interactive/AP - UFO Panel Report

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 23:24:00 -0400
Fwd Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 23:24:00 -0400
Subject: CNN Interactive/AP - UFO Panel Report

From: CNN Interactive


Panel suggests scientific review of
reported UFO evidence

June 29, 1998
Web posted at: 10:35 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Are we alone?

An international panel of scientists that convened to ponder the
possibility of extraterrestrial visitors was not about to answer
that question, but they said the physical evidence in some UFO
sightings merits further serious scientific review.

The nine-member group, the first independent review of UFO
phenomena since 1966, found no convincing evidence that
extraterrestrial intelligence was responsible for the physical
evidence. But some findings remained unexplained.

"If there is an interest in trying to get serious answers to the
UFO problem, it would be sensible for scientists to focus on the
physical evidence as opposed to witness testimony," Stanford
University physicist and panel director Peter Sturrock said in a
telephone interview Sunday.

The study, which brought together astronomers, physicists and
experts in other scientific disciplines, was launched by
philanthropist Laurance S. Rockefeller. Sturrock said the field
of UFO study "is in a very unsatisfactory state of ignorance and

The panel's 50-page report appears in the summer issue of
Journal of Scientific Exploration.

The panel was impressed by analysis of a 1981 photograph taken
by a family on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The picture
shows a silvery oval-shaped object that has a glow and
brightness consistent with a reflecting metal object. But the
scientists were unable to rule out a photographic hoax.

The panel examined another sighting, near Paris in January 1994.
An airline captain, co-pilot and flight attendant all reported
seeing an object resembling a gigantic disk with slightly fuzzy
edges. Swiss radar detected the object for 50 seconds.

The panel said radar reports require very specialized analysis
and an official UFO research organization would need access to
raw radar data with military approval for further study. "It is
a puzzle," Sturrock added. "The only way to get real answers is
to get scientists involved in the problem."

The group reviewed reports of unusual damage to vegetation,
ground traces of soil disturbance and physiological effects on
purported witnesses, such as marks and burns on the skin, memory
loss and double vision. The panel felt most of those reports
were weakened by the absence of an unaffected independent

Panel member Tom Holzer, a physicist with the National Center
for Atmospheric Research, said the study stopped well short of
making any conclusions that Earth is being visited by
extraterrestrial craft. "We require a bit more rigor in the
acquiring and analysis (of evidence)," Holzer said.

The last comprehensive review was when the U.S. Air Force
commissioned the Colorado Project, which issued the Condon
Report. It found no conclusive evidence of extraterrestrial

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