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Nasa UFO Tape

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                                      C U F O N
                                Computer UFO Network
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                SYSOP - Jim Klotz  Information Director - Dale Goudie
                        UFO Reporting and Information Service
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                      P.O.Box 832, Mercer Island, WA 98040, USA
            This the first in a series of CUFON editorials: 07-JULY-1992
        The most talked-about material in UFOlogy so far this year has to be
        the "NASA Tape"  first  introduced to most of us by Mr. Don Ecker on
        the June 5, 1992 Hard Copy Show, and  again  later on the Larry King
        Show, June 26, 1992.
        In fact, this tape has completely taken over most discussions on the
        Many theories have  been  put  forward  to  explain  the  apparently
        anomalous change of  an  object's trajectory in the featured portion
        of the tape. Put simply, the explanations fall into two groups:
             (1) the event is normal and  can  be  explained conventionally,
             (2) a truly anomalous event is shown.
        Mr. Dale Goudie of the UFO Reporting and Information  Service points
        out what is  perhaps  the most important part, certainly a neglected
        part of the event, which can be seen  if  one continues to track the
        object as it apparently moves out into space.  Note  that it * AGAIN
        * changes direction,   back   towards   the  Earth  on  yet  another
        trajectory!  (This is visible on the Hard Copy segment 3 minutes, 9
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        seconds after the  start of the segment on NASA tape, when Don makes
        the remark "... propulsion system not made in Detroit.")
        If the first change of direction  and  speed  are  the result of the
        shuttle's maneuvering thrusters as some have theorized,  what caused
        the SECOND change  of  trajectory?   We  believe  that  this  second
        direction change makes the "maneuvering jets" explanation untenable.
        We do not  understand  why this part  of  the  event  has  not  been
        discussed.  Mr. Dale   Goudie   mentioned  the  second   change   of
        trajectory prior to  the  Larry King Show. during the Laura Lee Show
        (a Seattle radio call-in show),  June  20,  1992,  on  which Mr. Don
        Ecker was the featured guest.
        Mr. James Oberg was positioned opposite Mr. Ecker on the Larry king
        broadcast.  Much was  made  by  all  participants   of  Mr.  Oberg's
        association with NASA,  but no mention was made of his connection to
        CSCIOP.  Mr.  Oberg is a principal member of the UFO Subcommittee of
        the Committee on  the Scientific  Investigation  of  Claims  of  the
        Paranormal.  He has been described as "(Phillip) Klass'  right  hand
        man."  His Air  Force  career  and position at NASA's Johnson Manned
        Spacecraft Center in  Houston aside,  the  close  relationship  with
        CSCIOP establishes his position re. UFO.
        Also mentioned as  being an anomalous object on a different  portion
        of the same  NASA  tape,  is  the  so  called  "domed  disk",  which
        supposedly appeared under digital  video  enhancement.  If this is a
        truly anomalous object showing structure, why has this  part  of the
        tape not been  center stage?  Perhaps speculation about 'space wars'
        is more entertaining than mere existence  of  anomalous  objects  in
        near earth space?
        We believe that  speculation  about  'interplanetary  wars'  or  SDI
        technology being brought to bear on 'aliens,' is harmful and futile.
        There is no  frame  of  reference  to  judge  the true velocities or
        object sizes in the NASA tape, much  less  any information which can
        support such speculations.   We  think  that speculation,  of  which
        there is a  great  deal  in  the  UFO  literature and press, diverts
        attention into areas which do nothing  to  advance  understanding of
        the phenomena.
        It is not wrong to speculate (or better to hypothesize and then test
        the hypothesis.)  What is wrong, is to present speculations as fact.
        The UFO literature is abounds with unverified, unprovable assertions
        accepted and promulgated  as  fact.   Many UFO books  are  primarily
        composed of previously   published  material  rehashed.   Hence  the
        speculations of others are perpetuated as "fact."
        In this case, such a rush of people  hungry  for  any  UFO event has
        produced a storm of wide-ranging discussion and controversy in which
        this tape is now mired.  It's value as documentation (or "proof", if
        you like) has been reduced to virtually nothing;  it  has  become  a
        Interested people, in these latter days of UFO popularity, rush onto
        any apparently interesting    case    en    masse.     Reports    of
        "investigators" and the  merely  interested   overrunning   supposed
        "landing sites" and   persons  brave  enough  to  report   a   close
        encounter, spark little concern or comment.  Many good cases are
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        damaged in this manner.  It seems that this kind of thing happens in
        many "good" UFO  cases;  those  in  which  there is valuable factual
        information to be had.
        The tape does,   however,  remain   interesting,   and   should   be
        investigated and whatever   provable  information   which   can   be
        developed from it be carefully documented.
         Jim Klotz   - CUFON SYSOP
         Dale Goudie - CUFON Information Director
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