From: Stig Agermose <email@example.com> Date: Sat, 30 Jan 1999 00:04:15 +0100 (MET) Fwd Date: Sat, 30 Jan 1999 17:46:04 -0500 Subject: UFO TV Program On Channel 4 (UK) Next Monday Forwarded from the newsgroup "uk.rec.ufo". Stig *** From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Mike Hubbard) Newsgroups: uk.rec.ufo Subject: UFO TV programme on Channel 4 next Monday. Date: Fri, 29 Jan 1999 17:42:53 GMT From: www.channel4.co.uk website: Monday 1st February. 20.00 RIDDLE OF THE SKIES Is There Anybody Out There? The idea that unidentified flying objects may be craft from another world is considered by many to be the fantasy of a lunatic fringe - it's a subject that sharply divides sceptics from believers. And yet, there are thousands of UFO witnesses world wide - including pilots, air traffic controllers and military personnel - who are convinced it is the most likely explanation of a strange phenomenon. How absurd is this belief? What kind of evidence underpins it? Is it worthy of serious study? Following a close encounter with a UFO in 1990 the Royal Belgian Air Force thinks it is. Featuring some fascinating footage including that of unidentified flashing lights outside a NASA shuttle, in Is There Anybody Out There? scientists, astronomers, astronauts and cosmonauts acknowledge that we are most probably not alone in the universe, while two reputable physicists and an Air Force general think it highly likely that ET is already here and there are strange happenings in space that remain unexplained. Riddle of the Skies combines tantalisingly ambiguous footage with the eyewitness accounts of distinguished scientists and astronauts, all braving the stigma of confessing belief in life elsewhere. Boston University professor and former NASA scientist FAROUK EL BAZ describes unexplained events on the moon observed by one Apollo astronaut. In another bizarre incident, astronauts witnessed flashes of light outside their shuttle. Their tense radio conversation reveals nervous uncertainty - "Who'd be taking pictures?" asks one. In Puerto Rico, astronomer SETH SHOSTAK scours deep space using the world's largest radio telescope. As part of the NASA initiated programme SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) Shostak and his team may be our best chance of making contact. "The vastness of the cosmos," he says "is a lot of real estate and this isn't the only galaxy where anything interesting is happening." And there are over 50 billion other galaxies. Astronaut STORY MUSGRAVE spent 30years with NASA and has been on six missions. Though he is adamant that he has never found any proof, he's open to the idea of advanced civilisations out there. "I believe that they are so advanced that they are even doing interstellar travel." Colonel ANDRE AMOND of the Belgian army recounts the extraordinary events of 1990 when hundreds of separate UFO sightings were recorded. He and his wife witnessed a UFO hovering over his car one night. "There were three triangular yellow lights and a pulsing central light," says Amond, "The object flew away very fast." Recorded on film and tracked on radar, these unidentified flying objects even evaded Air Force jet fighters. The conclusions made then were that these were not meteorological phenomenon or experimental aircraft. In this case at least, extraterrestrial activity cannot be entirely excluded. Since rumours of alien spacecraft emerged from Roswell, New Mexico in 1947, UFOs have increasingly been the subject matter of grainy, hand-held, out-of-focus 'proof'. The proliferation of video cameras has multiplied the often absurd evidence. Riddle of the Skies however presents footage of a far more convincing nature. The accounts of Soviet cosmonauts and NASA astronauts describing strange objects seen in space are accompanied by mission footage, showing some extraordinary and inexplicable formations around the Earth. Next week's programme The Evidence on Earth features pilots, air traffic controller and high ranking military officers talking openly about their experiences with UFOs. -- <*> Mike Hubbard. Hulme Community Computing, Manchester UK. 0161-226 5088 "Snooker is not the most exciting of sports. Robot snooker, on the other hand, is right up there with nude power boat racing". - The voice of desperation, or it might have been Jeremy Clarkson.
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