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Italian UFO Newsflash No. 368

From: Edoardo Russo <edoardo.russo@libero.it>
Date: Fri, 04 Oct 2002 12:11:59 +0200
Fwd Date: Fri, 04 Oct 2002 10:31:28 -0400
Subject: Italian UFO Newsflash No. 368


ISSUE NO. 368 - 25 SEPTEMBER 2002

by the Italian Center for UFO Studies
(Centro Italiano Studi Ufologici, CISU)


- "Flap" Over Northern Italy
- New Issue of the European UFO Journal
- Back In Newsstands: Bongiovanni's UFO magazine
- Alexander Kazantsev Dies


We have got a new "flap" of sightings to report, this one
taking place over various regions of Northern Italy, at two
separate times on the evening of Friday the 20th and on the
morning of Saturday the 21st, in this month of September.

The Italian Center for UFO Studies has gathered numerous
testimonies from Piedmont, Liguria, Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna
and Marche, all of these highly coinciding in their description of
the phenomenon: a roughly triangular object with the point facing
down, or otherwise oblong in shape, which reflected the sun=92s light
and appeared to be stationary or move very slowly, while
remaining visible for dozens of minutes.

The reports of Friday came from the Lower Piedmont, Liguria and
Lombardy, between 6 pm and 9 pm. Those of Saturday occurred
over Romagna and Marche from 7:30 am until towards 9:30 am;
these proved to be more sensational, involving air pilots in
flight and airport personnel on the ground. On both the 20th and
the 21st, various witnesses succeeded at photographing or
filming the object at various locations.

The testimonial data corroborated with investigations by the
CISU, which led to the identification of the object with a huge
stratospheric balloon (350,000 cu. m.) launched for scientific
purposes on the previous evening from the well-known launching
facility of CNES at Aire-sur-Adour, in France, by the European
Space Agency. Instead of exploding after the disengagement of
its useful load (a French CNR spectrometric instrumentation for
detecting atmospheric aerosols), the balloon escaped control
  and, being still filled with gas, it was propelled by the high-
altitude air currents over Provence, then over Northern Italy to
an altitude of more than 25,000 meters. Thereafter, it descended
in altitude during the overnight hours and flew over the
Adriatic and the former Yugoslavia the following morning, before
finally coming down to earth on the night of Saturday the 21st,
in Romania.

This type of launch has often resulted, over the years, in
similar "flaps" involving tens or hundreds of UFO sightings over
Northern Italy, almost always during the autumn months, going
back to 1954: among the more sensational ones, there were those
(all occurring in September) of 1966, 1970, 1979 and 1985 (the
last notably involving aerial pursuit and the filming of
sequences by RAI-TV over Aosta).

[Ansa, 21 September; La Stampa, Alessandria edition, 21
September; La Nazione, Spezia edition, 21 September; La Stampa,
Savona edition, 22 September; Il Resto del Carlino, Romagna and
Le Marche editions, 22 September; UFO-Italia, 21-24 September;
Chucara2000, 21-23 September; actual witness testimony provided
to the CISU; collaboration by Renzo Cabassi, Roberto Labanti,
Matteo Leone, Gildo Person=E8 and Paolo Toselli]


The new issue (the seventh in the series) has arrived of the
"European Journal of UFO and Abduction Studies", published
by Totton College in England for the purpose of providing a
common tool to ufology of scientific guidance on the old continent.

Among the articles by English, Spanish, Romanian and USA authors
which passed referees' control (making this publication somewhat
unique) there are: search engines on the Internet and ufology;
the new petition to the United Nations; a debate on
"hypercivility and the extraterrestrial hypothesis"; the
analysis of a sighting in Daghestan; and still more questions
concerning Roswell.

Meanwhile, the 2003 Membership Campaign has begun. Discounts are
available for subscribers to the CISU and to other affiliate

[UFO-Italia, 19 September; www.cisu.org/ejufoas.htm.]


Following a silence of some months leading to speculation about
the umpteenth folding of a UFO publication, the UFO magazine of
contactee and visionnaire Giorgio Bongiovanni has returned to
newsstands: "UFO - La visita extraterrestre" ("UFO: the
  Extraterrestrial Visit").

In this issue: a photo service covering the most recent crop-
circles in English corn fields over this past summer; some UFO
reports from Campania and Sardinia; news from abroad; messages
from the cosmos, and a bit of "new age" mystery fodder. It
totals 36 pages in color, sells for 4 Euro, and places the
magazine midway in ranking between "Ufo Notiziario" by Roberto
Pinotti and "Stargate Magazine" from Maurizio Baiata.


Writer Aleksandr Kazantsev, one of the fathers of "space
archaeology", has died in Moscow at the age of 96.

Army officer, engineering graduate, teacher and author of ten or
so science-fiction novels, and decorated recipient of various
Soviet medals, Kazantsev gained fame the world over in 1959,
when the Western mass media disseminated his theory (advanced in
a 1946 novel of his) that the devastating explosion which rocked
the Siberian region of Tunguska in 1908, rather than being the
result of a meteorite or a comet, was instead caused by the
nuclear explosion of an extraterrestrial spacecraft.

[Itar-Tass, 14 September; Televideo RAI and Il Nuovo, 14
September; La Provincia Pavese and other Italian dailies, 15
September; UFO-Italia, 16 September; collaboration by Antonio
Rampulla and Gildo Person=E8]

Collaborators on this edition were:
Renzo Cabassi, Roberto Labanti, Matteo Leone,
Gildo Person=E8, Antonio Rampulla and Paolo Toselli.

- - -

This is the English translation of UFOTEL, a free phone/Internet
information service on UFOs edited weekly by Edoardo Russo for
the Italian Center for UFO Studies (Centro Italiano Studi
Ufologici), available in Italian by calling +39-011-545294, or
by e-mail subscription, or on CISU website at:


UFOTEL is a supplement to "UFO - Rivista di informazione
ufologica", published by the Italian Center for UFO Studies,
registered at Tribunale
di Torino, No. 3670, on 19 June 1986.
Director: Giovanni Settimo.
Publisher: Cooperativa UPIAR, Corso Vittorio
Emanuele 108, 10121 Turin, Italy

Translated from Italian to English by:
Gary J. Presto, Freelance IT-EN Translator/Proofreader
1123 Revere Beach Pky., # 12
Revere, MA 02151 USA
Tel.: ++ 1.781.485.1683, Fax: ++ 1.781.485.1684
ICQ: 110502923, E-mail: gjpresto@mediaone.net
Webpage: http://profiles.yahoo.com/italoman9

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(c) 2002 by: CISU,
Corso Vittorio Emanuele 108, 10121 Torino, Italia

This newsletter (as a whole or in part) may be freely copied,
photocopied, reproduced, stored, distributed and retrieved, at
the only condition that Centro Italiano Studi Ufologici is
reported as the source.

You may get it directly via e-mail by subscribing (just send a
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The CISU is a no-profit association whose aims are:
- to promote the scientific study of UFO phenomena in Italy;
- to help circulate information about UFO phenomena and studies;
- to coordinate national activities of data collecting and studying.

You may reach Centro Italiano Studi Ufologici:
- by mail: CISU, Corso Vittorio Emanuele 108, 10121 Torino, Italia
- by phone: +39 (011) 30.78.63 (24 hours UFO Hotline)
- by fax: +39 (011) 54.50.33
- by Internet e-mail: cisu@ufo.it
- at the World Wide Web URL: http://www.cisu.org

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