Saturday, 10 August 2013

Spacing Out! Ep.56 - Skeptic blown away by UFO sighting over England

Published on 9 Aug 2013 By openmindstv
We discuss a UFO sighting in England that left a skeptic searching for an explanation. Alejandro Rojas also discusses his ongoing investigation into the case of Paul Bennewitz. Those and other UFO stories on this episode of Spacing Out!

UFO Planet - Ep 52 - UFO Sightings over Mexico, USA, UK, Feature Interview David Lee

Published on 7 Aug 2013 By Darin Crapo
Take a journey into the unknown with Darin Crapo and examine UFO Sightings over San Antonio, Texas, USA; Ocean City, California, USA; West Yorkshire, Leeds, UK; Mayan Ruins in Tulum, Mexico; Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, USA; Solar flares set to destroy the works:; Feature interview with David Lee from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA including two clips from Las Vegas.

Topic UFO: Greg Valdez - Dulce Base: The Truth and Evidence from the files of Gabe Valdez

Published on 6 Aug 2013 By Topic UFO
Rick is joined by Greg Valdez (Son of Gabe Valdez), for an eye opening look into the facts behind the Dulce Base stories, which have been circulating throughout the halls of Ufology for many, many years....

Interview with former NASA space station director on Elysium and UFOs

Elysium, a new sci-fi adventure movie starring Matt Damon and Jody Foster, opens this weekend. It is about a gigantic fancy space station that is reserved for the rich, while the poor are left to struggle for survival on a trashed out Earth. Max (Matt Damon) may be Earth’s last hope to bring equality to humanity, that is, if Elysium’s Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) and her henchmen don’t stop him first.
To get some insight into space station technology, space tourism, and what it takes to live in space, I was able to interview Mark Uhran, who worked for NASA in the International Space Station division for 28 years, the last seven as the division director. Of course, I also had to ask him about alleged UFO videos taken from the ISS.

Mark Uhran NASA
Mark Uhran, former director of NASA’s International Space Station Division. (Credit: NASA) 

Rojas: Are you excited to see the movie?
Uhran: Oh yeah it is a wonderful movie. The premise is terrific. I think both the social premise and the technological premise are plausible premises, you know, hundreds of years in the future.
R: Have you seen the movie yet?
U: No. I have watched the trailers on it, so I am familiar with the movie. I am familiar with the Elysium space station that they have included in the movie. It is incredibly large, so in order to someday in the future actually be able to achieve a space station that large, there are two breakthroughs that would be necessary. One is in propulsion. All of our rockets today are chemical rockets, and Elysium is so large and so much mass would have to be lifted from Earth to space or gathered from asteroids and moons to create a spacecraft that big, that you would need a next generation propulsion system, probably a nuclear system. So that is one breakthrough that would definitely be necessary.
The second breakthrough is not that big of a breakthrough. You would need to recycle your air and water and grow food and so on, and I think NASA is already demonstrating today with the International Space Station that all of that is technically feasible in space.
So it is a matter in time. I think Elysium is set about one hundred and fifty years in the future, which is a little bit aggressive, but I certainly believe that within this millennium these technologies will be available to us, as long as we don’t toast the planet to a cinder beforehand.
R: How realistic do you think it would be that humans would create an environment off-planet to live in?
U: Does humankind have a future in space? I think it is a human destiny to explore and go further. In fact, at the very beginning of the space age the founders of the space age were all pursuing interplanetary space flight. If you go all the way back to the 1950s and look at the concepts that were being promoted at the time, it is all about human evolution and a destiny in space, and I do believe that with enough time those things are possible.
One aspect of the space station that people really don’t know about is the robotics systems that were provided by Canada are just incredible robots. Nothing like anything we have on Earth, and they were used to assemble the space station in orbit and they worked very well. I think that is one of the most impressive technological advances to me, the remotely manipulated robotics that Canada contributed.
R: Which is another aspect of the movie, these robot suits they are wearing.
U: Yes, well that is certainly a technology that will be available at some point in the future. Movies, of course, as fiction, always push the outer limits of what is possible, and fifty to one hundred years later it can amaze us that those technologies become real.

Matt Damon as Max on Elysium. (Credit: Sony Pictures)

The other thing about the International Space Station that is so unique is that it is a partnership of five different areas of the world, and what it showed us is how much we can accomplish when we work through international partnerships in science and technology.
R: How do you feel about the move to the commercialization of the space industry?
U: Well, the best thing NASA can do is to set its sights on the horizon and turn low earth orbit over to the development of the private sector. I think that is the path they are on, so I encourage it.
R: So when it comes to the scenario in the movie Elysium, when you look at some of the privates space efforts out there like Virgin Galactic, it is pretty expensive. Do you think space may become something just for the rich?
U: It could go either way, but if we look back in history we see that commodities that started out only available to the rich, as the standard of living went up in industrialized countries, they became available to more and more people at large. I think the same thing applies to space. Initially it is going to be very expensive and only accessible to the rich, but I would hope over the longer term it will be accessible to everyone.
Jodie Elysium
Jodie Foster as Elysium’s Secretary Delacourt, (Credit: Sony Pictures) 

R: When Russia began taking space tourists to the space station, what was your position on that?
U: Well, they started out with the first non-professional space traveler. It broke the ice, and we learned how to develop approaches that allowed us to train those people and prepare them for space flight. I think the Russians brought up maybe, Russians and an American company working together, brought up maybe half a dozen people to the space station. I think it broadens the human experience. In fact, the president of Cirque Du Soleil, [Guy Laliberté], he was up on the space station and it was a wonderful experience for him and the public.
R: Are there things that the space industry needs to be careful of as they develop space tourism?
U: You have to put a lot of time and effort, as I understand they do, into preparing people for space flight. It is not like the aviation industry where you just show up at the gate with your ticket in hand and take your fist flight. Micro-gravity is a very unique experience and not all people adapt well to it because it can affect your sense of balance and orientation, but most people can adapt and they just need to be prepared ahead of time for the experience so they enjoy it.
R: Extended stays in space can be pretty traumatic to the human body. Is this a concern when it comes to allowing just anybody to go out there and spend time in space?
U: Well the crews on the ISS typically do a six month rotation, and we have found over the entire history of space flight that you do see bone decalcification from loss in strength in the bones and you can see muscular atrophy from extended periods of space flight, so what we do is require our professional crews to train for a minimum of 2 hours a day on exercise equipment.
Your neuro-vestibular system, you know your sense of balance, is a little bit more tricky. Some people adapt very well and some people don’t and of course you don’t want to spend a long time in space with if you are going to suffer from motion sickness.
R: It appears in the movie that on Elysium they developed a false gravity technology that might help mitigate some of these issues.
U: Right, it has long been an option to develop space ships that rotate, and by rotating, a circular space station, as is the case with the Elysium station in the movie, you induce gravity, a false gravity. Then it is very similar to being on the ground.

Elysium Space Station
Elysium Space Station (Credit: Sony Pictures)
R: How long does it take for the astronauts to recover from these effects?
U: Well, the ones that adapt quickly to the environment are really quite healthy immediately upon their return. The only part that is a little bit tricky is the neuro-vestibular system and the sense of balance. Some people are affected in terms of their spatial orientation. In fact we find that the people who have a highly developed sense of balance, like an acrobat or a ballerina, those are the people that are most susceptible to space sickness, whereas those of us who do not have a highly developed sense of balance, we tend to adapt very quickly.
R: That is very interesting.
U: Yes, it is counter intuitive.
R: And it varies from person to person?
U: Definitely.
R: Does the space industry need more regulation than other industries?
U: No. I am not a proponent of heavy government regulation. Now there is a certain danger that goes with the kinds of opportunities that those folks are offering. They need to be responsible and that is why I say they need to train people. They need to have the highest level of quality assurance in their systems that they use. I don’t think the government is going to do anything to really improve that situation. Those folks in that industry know that if there is an accident, that industry will suffer very quickly, and I think they are very conscientious about trying to prevent an accident.
Now on the other hand, just like mountain climbing, how many people have died trying to scale Mount Everest? It is not a risk free environment, and I think they are careful to let people know that there are risks.
R: Along those lines, there has been decent success with Space X, safety thus far for commercial space projects have a good record.
U: Yeah, safety is in their own best interest, so they are going to do everything they can to keep it safe.

International Space Station
International Space Station (Credit: NASA) 

R: With the space station there are a lot of technological advancements that can be made. Some of them may be unexpected. Has there been advancement in a field that has been particularly unexpected to you?
U: I think that over the coming decade we are definitely going to see that happen, and I will give you a specific example. Retrospectively, the last ten years, during the construction phase, you really didn’t expect to see any major scientific discoveries because the laboratories were under construction. But now that the laboratories are complete, and the transportation is in place, and the research is starting to ramp up, I think there will be unexpected discoveries.
If I were to tell people a particular payload to watch, it would be the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, which is an international partnership led by a physicist from MIT and CERN, Sam Ting. He is searching for the presence of anti-matter and dark matter, and I believe he will begin publishing some of his early results, possible before the year is out, and I think that could become pretty exciting.
R: Wow, so you think this may be a better way to search for dark-matter or some of these other particles than the supercollider?
U: Oh, by putting the platform outside the Earth’s atmosphere, it definitely provides advantages for detecting the types of particles he is looking for.
R: Wow. That is exciting.
U: Yeah, stay tuned to that one.
R: One of the things we hear a lot about are anomalous videos or sightings from the space station. Do you put any credence into any of these, or have you heard of any weird sightings that any astronauts have had on the space station?
U: (Chuckle) You know that’s probably the most common question people ask me, and honest to God, absolutely the truth is no. Not a single thing that was not explainable.
R: What are people misinterpreting? Why do you think people believe these videos are more strange than they actually are?
U: I think it is a human desire. We all, or many of us, would like to believe that we are not alone in the universe, and we are all looking for clues, even NASA. But the fact of the matter is most of the objects that you see are either reflection of light off of perfectly innocent objects, or they are aberrations in lenses or they are particle events, which are quite common, that have different phenomenological ways in which they manifest themselves. In terms of UFOs, we have seen no evidence whatsoever of a UFO.
R: What is a particle event?
U: When you take a very high energy particle, a galactic ray, and it hits the atmosphere. That particle hits all the particles that are in the atmosphere. It is like throwing a baseball into a bucket of paint, the paint splashes up everywhere, and that is all the result of that particle hitting the atmosphere. It can create unusual colors, unusual displays, traces; I mean there are all kinds of visual effects. There is a lot of stuff running around in our universe and every once in awhile some of it comes whizzin’ by.
R: Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me today.
U: Sure enough, I hope you enjoy the movie.

UFO TV: The Secret Nasa Transmissions 2 / Ancient Illuminati - Riddles In Stone

The Secret Nasa Transmissions 2
This FREE MOVIE is the sequel to the Legendary MOVIE - "The Secret NASA Transmissions #1 The Smoking Gun" - - and presents further details about UFO VIDEOS taken by NASA Space Shuttle Cameras and the facts around a secret independent study to monitor the digital video cameras on all NASA Space Shuttle missions which has yielded startling results.

Martyn Stubbs recorded over 2,500 hours of live NASA video transmissions over a period of five years. Some of this footage shows what appears to be intelligently controlled UFOs caught on NASA's own video cameras. This "historic" video footage and the story that lay behind its discovery can now be revealed.

The independent surveillance of NASA video cameras and ensuing research by Martyn Stubbs revolutionized UFO research with NASA Space Shuttle cameras. This film remains today an important source of UFO research history.

Ancient Illuminati - Riddles In Stone

Explore the fascinating history behind the Masonic and Rosicrucian influence so prevalent amongst the ILLUMANATI's Founding Fathers as they planned the layout of America's Capitol. For years, extreme controversy has abounded as to the exact meaning of the occult symbols found within the street layout, the buildings, and the monuments of Washington, D.C. Was this city laid out to reflect the vision of a Masonic Christ foreseen by Sir Francis Bacon? Is it true that America's capitol was laid out according to the astrological shapes of certain planets and stars so revered by occultists? Does this occult "wisdom" represent the interests of America, or a hidden agenda? What can these realities mean for the unfolding destiny of America and the world? Now you will know that, when President Bush said he was fulfilling the "Ancient Hope" of the "New Order of the Ages" he was merely acting out the plan reflected in the street layout and in the architecture of Washington, D.C.

UFO over Trindade Island, Brazil January 16, 1958

The Trindade Island incident is one of ufology's most famous photographic cases because of its circumstances and the official interest it received from Brazilian authorities.

In the Open Minds archives, which were passed on by Lt Col. Wendell Stevens, There are several photographs and other items that document this event.

These photos' all have this "APRO" copyright stamp on the back and this envelope looks as if it is what the original images were sent in.

Well-known civilian photographer, Almiro Barauna, took the pictures. He took the photo while onboard the Brazilian Navy training ship Almirante Saldanha, which was conducting research for the International Geophysical Year at the island of Trindade in the South Atlantic Ocean. Many officers, sailors, and civilians on the ship confirmed the sighting of a UFO, and while the navy investigated the case, it was initially kept secret. But when the dossier reached Brazil's President Juscelino Kubitschek, he released it to the press and the photos made worldwide headlines.

Did A 'UFO' Hover Over Florida Pool? (VIDEO)

By Huffpost Miami

Surveillance video captured mysterious lights over a Naples, Fla. condo pool this week, and the footage is currently being investigated by MUFON, an organization that looks into UFO sightings.
Watch the ABC Action News video report above for the "UFO" footage from Monday night.
The saucer-shaped orb reportedly hovered over the pool for 30 minutes. MUFON officials told NBC 2 the footage is "one of the most fascinating videos they have seen in a while."
"It was down on the ground, but some of that webbing was longer and it made a funnel down into pool, whatever it was doing in pool I don't know, " security officer Debralee Thomas told the news station.
Back in February, other mysterious lights spotted over Cape Coral, Fla. inspired spooked residents to contact their local NBC news affiliates.
Although some said the Cape Coral lights could have been sky lanterns, other attest that the pattern of movement disqualified that theory.
Meanwhile UFO sightings experts say UFO claims will increase as use of camera drones becomes more prevalent around the world. One such drone in Brazil recently sparked UFO fears.

Does It Really All Rest On Roswell? No!

By Nick Redfern
Over the past few days I have had a couple of online debates with friends and colleagues in Ufology on the matter of the merits (or lack of) of the notorious, New Mexico-based events of July 1947. I’m talking, of course, about Roswell. One of the issues that surfaced was: what does the Roswell affair mean to the field of Ufology and to those that dig into, observe, or ponder upon the matter? Well, I’ll tell you: for many saucer-loving souls, Roswell means absolutely everything.
I understand why that is, even if I don’t agree with the approach. After all, the official line on what happened (or on what didn’t happen) has changed more times than my socks. First it was a flying disc, then it was a weather balloon, and now it’s
a Mogul balloon.
Once there were no bodies, said officialdom, but now, lo and behold, there are
crash-test dummies. On top of that, there’s a lot of circumstantial data (but, certainly no proof) suggesting that corpses or body-parts - alien, human, animal or something else of a weirdly Fortean nature, such as Mac Tonnies’ cryptoterrestrials - were found at the scene.
Add to that, death-bed confessions, the controversial words of old-timers wanting to clear the decks before they die, tales of witnesses being silenced, files going missing, and stories of cryogenically-preserved corpses and secret studies of alien debris, and you have very good reasons why Roswell is considered to be the ufological equivalent of an A-list actor. But, the problem is that Ufology’s very own “A” has eclipsed most of the other “A’s” of the field. And, make no mistake, there are actually far more than plenty of them.

Alien and a Taco Shop SIgn
For those who do believe that E.T. is a truly crap pilot and really did slammed into the ground on the Foster Ranch, Lincoln County, New Mexico all those years ago, I don’t mind them, or blame them, for championing the matter. After all, most UFO cases are very much of a near-ghostly “here one minute and gone the next” nature.
Roswell, if it occurred in the fashion that many believe it did, offers the hope that somewhere, deeply buried in the official world, there is hard, solid evidence of UFO/extraterrestrial reality. And I understand, too, why that hope makes researchers think the physical evidence of Roswell will one day surface, if they keep on pushing.
But, I see – from my perspective, at least – a new situation developing. Today, the classic cases of yesteryear are long-gone. After all, when did you last hear of a report of small, uniformed aliens leaping out of a shiny silver saucer and grabbing a few “soil samples”? When did you last see a story of a UFO landing and then leaving behind undeniable tripod-landing-marks? Even those pesky Grays seem to have significantly cut back on the “alien abduction” front.

The result is that Ufology – as both a subject and as a body of individuals – is facing a situation where the days of yore are being rapidly replaced by the days of yawn. I detect distinct signs of a growing crisis (particularly so among the old-guard), borne out of the fact that today, to put it bluntly, not much is going on that’s worth talking about. Lights in the sky? So the fxxx what? Crop Circles? So the fxxx what? They’re made by people and they are dwindling in numbers, too. I could go on and on, but suffice to say, today’s UFO encounters largely amount, once again, to those four words: so the fxxx what?
Thus, with the current trend of close encounters of the ever-shrinking variety, certain ufologists simply cannot move forward – because, well, there’s not much on the horizon that they perceive as worth seeing. So, those same certain ufologists take the other option: they keep their feet, their theories, and their brains, firmly in the past. Bless ‘em.
And while there’s nothing, at all, wrong with looking at old cases, it is a problem when the focus becomes obsessive and is more and more on just Roswell and at the expense of certain other cases that – while they may not contain tales of dead aliens, strange memory metal, and secret autopsies of extraterrestrials – could be used to make an equally strong case that we are being visited (or have been visited) by something from somewhere.

Take, for example, the Topcliffe case from England, September 1952. Here is a case involving a gleaming, saucer-shaped craft seen over a British military base, by highly-trained observers, which dropped from 15,000 to 500 feet, before streaking away at high speed. Then there’s the alien-aircraft “dogfight” in the skies of Iran in 1976 – an event that resulted in the disabling of the aircraft’s weapon-system. Or how about the Belgian “Flying Triangle” wave of 1989/1990? And that’s just the tip of the matter.
In their own unique ways, these cases – and many others – are equally as important as Roswell, albeit from very different perspectives. Today, Ufology is far less about finding out the truth by addressing current cases and far more about finding answers in the 1940s and the 1950s. With that in mind, I say let’s not allow that ever-growing, ever-mutating, ever-attracting, giant, Cthulhu-esque beast known as Roswell to prevent us from remembering that the very same era that spawned the controversial crash also gave rise to countless other cases.
Focusing near-exclusively on one saucer-themed event, to make a case for UFO reality, is not the worst thing a ufologist can do, but it’s pretty damn close and pretty damn stupid, too - particularly so if that same case is, one day, shown not to have been a UFO event, after all. So, in finality, I say this to certain ufologists: If you have to stay in the past, then at least broaden your bloody horizons, and stop just waving a big, old flag displaying an equally large capital “R”.