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Press Release SSE/UFOs

From: Patricia Mason <pmason@ee.net>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 1997 08:35:06 -0400
Fwd Date: Sat, 11 Oct 1997 10:27:31 -0400
Subject: Press Release SSE/UFOs

Sorry, I don't have a date for this. It was sent to me courtesy
of Robert Collins <fidelio@ix.netcom.com>.

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Press Release

There may be more to UFO evidence than just verbal reports of
what people see in the sky.

Some UFO evidence may be worthy of scientific investigation.

This is the tentative conclusion of a panel of scientists
convened by the Society for Scientific Exploration to examine
this matter.

The panel of nine scientists met at a conference center near New
York from September 29 to October 3.

The panel reviewed evidence presented by eight UFO investigators,
and will issue a report within a few months that summarizes the
workshop activities and makes recommendations for further
research.

The panelists were drawn from France, Germany and the United
States.

The investigators came from France, Germany, Norway and the
United States.

The strong representation from France is due to the fact that
France is the only country that has an unclassified on-going
official investigation into UFO reports.  This program, at CNES
the French Space Agency in Toulouse,  is headed by Jean-Jacques
Velasco who was a participant in the workshop.

Velasco described damage to soil and vegetation associated with a
strange object that was seen to land at a farm in
Trans-en-Provence in France, departing within about one minute.
This evidence has been analyzed by scientists in France on behalf
of CNES.

Other evidence presented and critically reviewed at the workshop
included photographs, video records, spectroscopic data, radar
records, reports of malfunctions of automobile and aircraft
equipment, material specimens, and radiation-type injuries to
witnesses.

"We made no effort to solve the UFO problem," said Von Eshleman
of Stanford University and Thomas Holzer of the High Altitude
Observatory, Co-Chairs of the Review Panel. "We had a far more
modest goal.  We were here only to inform ourselves about claimed
evidence, and to try to decide if further scientific study of
such evidence is likely to significantly advance the resolution
of the UFO problem."

The "UFO problem" was defined by Peter Sturrock of Stanford
University, direct or of the workshop, as the problem of
understanding the cause or causes of UFO reports.

"Honest people report strange observations.  Not all reports have
obvious explanations. So what are the not-so-obvious
explanations? I would like to see scientists play a more active
role in helping to unravel this 50-year old mystery.  I see the
workshop as a small step in this direction."

Other members of the panel were Randy Jokipii of the University
of Arizona, Francois Louange from France, Jay Melosh of the
University of Arizona, James  Papike of the University of New
Mexico, Guenther Reitz from Germany, Charles Tolbert from the
University of Virginia, and Bernard Veyret from France.

For further information, contact Peter Sturrock, Stanford
University, 650-723-1438.



SSE web site:

	http://www.jse.com/index.html



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