From: Stig Agermose <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2002 06:48:38 +0200 Fwd Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2002 12:42:08 -0400 Subject: UFO in Lanka? Clarke Says No Way Source: The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow.asp?art_id=3D13242179 Go the site for reader's comments! Stig *** UFO in Lanka? Clarke says no way FARAH MIHLAR AHAMED TIMES NEWS NETWORK [ MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2002 10:09:03 AM ] ** COLOMBO: Sri Lanka is abuzz over aliens after some villagers and a journalist spotted an unidentified flying object (UFO) in the north central town of Polonnaruwa, but visionary space scientist Sir Arthur C Clarke has played down the local X File episode. The unusually glimmering flying object was first spotted by a farmer in Polonnaruwa, but its presence was also confirmed by several others in the area including a television journalist, local media reports said on Sunday. The object had been seen over Sri Lankan skies for nearly a week and eventually prompted the Sri Lankan Air Force to investigate the matter, the reports added. Polonnaruwa is an ancient Sri Lankan capital and is a popular tourist attraction because it houses many rare historical ruins dating back to the first century AD. A team of astrophysicists - led by Dr Chandana Jayaratne of the University of Colombo - has also started studying the Sri Lankan sky to determine what the object is. But for the internationally renowned author of several books on this subject, Arthur Clarke, all the hype appears to be largely unwarranted. "I wish I would one day be able to meet a visiting alien, but I don't for a moment agree that aliens are visiting the Earth in UFOs making secret appearance of contacting a handful of human beings," Clarke said in a statement. "We need to discern enthralling science fiction from science fact," he added. According to Clarke, despite several investigations by NASA and the US Air Force, no credible evidence has been found anywhere in the world of aliens visiting the earth. Clarke also warned that people were spending far too much attention on investigating UFOs rather than studying NEOs or Near Earth Objects like asteroids and comets that could crash on earth and destroy life. ** Copyright =A9 2002 Times Internet Limited. All rights reserved.
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