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UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 9 Number 7

From: John Hayes <webmaster.nul>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2004 15:26:47 +0000
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Subject: UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 9 Number 7

Posted on behalf of Joseph Trainor.


Volume 9, Number 7
February 18, 2004
Editor: Joseph Trainor

E-mail: Masinaigan.nul
Website: http://www.ufoinfo.com/roundup/


      On Sunday, January 11, 2004, at 4:45 p.m., hundreds
of people in Parma, a large city 140 kilometers (84 miles)
southeast of Milano, watched as a lone airplane spread
chemtrails through the southwestern sky.
      The chemtrails were also seen in nearby Fornovo di
       According to an eyewitness, "We noticed a lot of
contrails in the southwest corner of the sky, over the
Appennine Mountains.  One airplane was travelling from
east to west, and the contrails were neat and straight.
Suddenly, a lot lower, there appeared a bright orange
spot, apparently flying in formation with the plane as the
plane was making the contrails.  This object was moving
with the plane but did not make any contrails itself."
      Fabrizio, another witness, reported, "I reached to
grab my binoculars and, when I looked, the UFO was a bit
ahead of the plane.  My binoculars were 12X, and I clearly
saw the plane.  But when I brought the binoculars to focus
on the UFO, the object disappeared."
      Unfamiliar with chemtrails--the long-lasting, puffy
contrails often seen in the USA--the Italian witnesses
commented that "while the plane was in motion, the
contrail made a point-like fold, and this way the contrail
remained for a long period of time and then gradually
vanished.  Do you have any explanation for this?"
(Editor's Comment:  Your best bet is to visit Google and type in
      Also on January 11, 2004, a couple in Fossacesia, a
town 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Pescara, spotted a
UFO at 5:55 p.m.  "I was with my girl friend Carlotta,"
the witness reported, "We parked the car on the side of
the road, the side opposite to the entry gate.  We got out
and crossed the road to visit her grandmother's apartment.
That's when I saw a bright light turning on a horizontal
angle for about five seconds.  I pointed it out to
Carlotta, but she had already seen it.  We both followed
it with our gazes.  The object moved along in a horizontal
line.  Then it disappeared, like an explosion or
disintegration.  It seemed like a comet, horizontal
course, no visible contrail, like a phenomenon maybe known
but for us inexplicable."
      On Thursday, January 1, 2004, "two 18-year-old women
left a New Year's Eve party at 2:10 a.m." in Thiene, a
small city in the foothills of the Dolomite Mountains
about 150 kilometers (90 miles) west-northwest of Venezia
(Venice) and had a UFO encounter.
      According to Italian ufologist Carmelo Scuderi, the
women "saw in the sky, above the house of one of them, a
silent multicolored sphere emitting light rays.  The
object was described by one of the women as 'like the
bright turning disco sphere they used to have in the 1970s
and 1980s.'  The sphere rotated on its own axis while
simultaneously swinging like a pendulum.  One girl tried
to snap a photo of it.  The girls then went inside the
house, but when they came out, they found that the sphere
had disappeared."  (Grazie a Carmelo Scuderi per questi


      On Sunday, February 8, 2004, just after midnight, Tim
Lock was outdoors in the woods at Wraxall and Failand in
Bristol, UK when "approaching from the northwest came a
white light with a red tinge piloting above the trees,
moving sharply about but hovering over the same area, as
if it had lost something.  It moved up, down, forward,
backward, up, down, forward and so on.  We also saw three
smaller shooting-star objects shoot about under it from
the left at about 15 minute intervals."
      Tim and his companions kept the strange object in
view until 2 a.m.  "I filmed it on my camcorder, and my
mother and girl friend also observed it.  I watched it
until I fell asleep at 2 a.m.  I then awoke around 3:30
a.m., and it was gone.  It was real white with a halo
around it that was fuzzy.  We tried to think logically
about what it was" but couldn't come up with any ideas.
      On Tuesday, February 10, 2004, Raymond Mulhall, 17,
"spotted a UFO over Meanwood in Leeds," UK.  "This
sighting was witnessed by 8 people, two of whom were
policemen.  The object was about 50 feet (15 meters)
across and 20 feet (6 meters) high.  It moved across the
sky without a single noise.  It appeared to land in an
area nicknamed the Witches Quarry."
      "An hour later," Ray reported, "I arrived at the
Witches Quarry and found damaged trees and three
triangular depressions in the ground.  These were 25 feet
(7.7 meters) apart and depressed into the ground to a
depth of 8 inches (20 centimeters).  There was a strange
heat emanating from the ground that I found rather creepy,
so I left and returned home."  (Email Form Reports)


      "The Russian-United States crew aboard the
International Space Station (ISS) has reported an
unidentified object outside their orbiting craft, said
space officials on Tuesday," February 10, 2004.
      "U.S. astronaut Michael Foale and his Russian
colleague Alexander Kaleri last week observed 'a 20-
centimeter (8-inch) long strange object of soft material,'
which was floating in space, said a NASA representative in
Russia, Sergei Puzanov."
      "'For the moment, it's not clear what it is.  U.S.
and Russian experts are studying photos sent by the (ISS)
crew to Earth to try and determine its origin,' he said,
adding that it posed 'no danger to the station or its
      "It could be a piece of the station's insulation or a
strap used to attach some technical equipment to the
outside of the station, according to Russian experts
quoted by the Interfax news agency."
      "'It is possible we will never manage to find out
what it was,' said a spokesman for Russian mission control
in Moscow, Valery Lyndin."
      "According to Lyndin, there was a similar incident on
the now-scrapped Russian space station Mir."
      "The cosmonauts saw 'a shining object' which they
filmed, but experts who studied these images 'were unable
to establish what the object was,' he added."  (See the
Interfax report for February 10, 2004, "Something's out
there."  Many thanks to Jim Hickman for this news story.
And don't forget to visit Jim's Web site, The Hickman
Report, at http://www.thehickmanreport.com)


      On Monday, February 9, 2004, at 8:25 p.m., Sam S. was
outdoors at his home in Fresno, California (population
427,652), a large city located 182 miles (267 kilometers)
southeast of San Francisco, when he saw a UFO approaching
from the north.
      The object, Sam reported, consisted of "alternate red
flashing lights in close proximity, all of them blinking.
Looked like random red sparkles in a group.  I sent an
email to our local news station, KSEE-TV, Channel 24," but
received no reply.  (Email Form Report)


      With Spirit operational once again, it was a busy
week on Mars for both of the Mars rovers.
      On Monday, February 9, 2004, Opportunity took "up-
close images of the crater wall" in Meridani Planum,
showing "wavy rock layers eaten away by Martian dust and
embedded with small, dark 'spherules,'" which have
geologists puzzled.
      Opportunity's images "suggest the crater's bedrock
wall is made up of layers of either fine volcanic ash or
ancient Martian dust compacted over time.  The origins of
the darker 'spherules' are still a mystery."
      Also on Monday, "Opportunity's twin rover, Spirit,
has started riving itself to a larger crater on the other
side of Mars."
      On Tuesday, February 10, 2004, "the Spirit rover
rolled across the surface of Mars, shattering a one-day
distance record on the planet, NASA said.  The drive
covered more than three times the greatest distance that
NASA's Sojourner rover traveled in one day on its 1997
mission to Mars, mission manager Jim Erickson said."
      Spirit is "on its way to investigate a crater
nicknamed 'Bonneville,'" which is about 800 feet (240
meters) from where the rover landed in Gusev Crater.
      But progress on Spirit's journey was hampered
Wednesday, February 11, 2004, "when frigid temperatures on
Mars" prevented NASA "from sending commands to the Spirit
rover for a planned drive" to Bonneville Crater.  "The
cold prevented the rover from rotating an antenna."
      Opportunity finished up the week by taking close-up
images of the exposed bedrock at its landing site.  (See
USA Today for February 10, 2004, "Rover zeroes in on
crater wall," page 7D; USA Today for February 11, 2004,
"Spirit sets Mars distance record," page 3A; and USA Today
for February 12, 2004, page 14D.)


      "European scientists officially ended their hunt for
the missing Beagle 2 Mars lander" on Wednesday, February
11, 2004 "by announcing an investigation into the
disappearance of the spacecraft in December (2003)."
      "The investigation, to be conducted jointly by the
British government and the European Space Agency (ESA), is
routine following the loss of any spacecraft."
      "Beagle 2, part of the European Space Agency's Mars
Express mission, was scheduled to land on the Red Planet
on December 25 (2003).  It has not been heard from since
it separated from the mother ship in mid-December."  (See
USA Today for February 12, 2004, "Agency gives up on lost
Beagle 2 lander," page 14D)



      Concerning the rumors of a secret underground FEMA
base off Highway 160 just west of South Fork, Colorado
(See UFO Roundup, Volume 9, Number 6 for February 11,
2004, "Underground base stirs fears in Colorado," page 9),
ufologist Christopher O'Brien writes, "I have a feeling I
should respond to this post in your current UFO Roundup
      "As you know, I have been investigating the San Luis
Valley for over ten years.  I have investigated rumors of
underground facilities on the Colorado/New Mexico border
and (to my knowledge) this construction project located
just west of South Fork, Colorado--where the road snakes
its way up toward Wolf Creek Pass--is simply a mundane
expansion of State Highway 160 from a two-lane to a four-
lane highway."
      "I don't know who Rose King is, but I think she is
mistaken and maybe even a bit alarmist in her report.
They've been doing obvious road work in the canyon and
constructing an obvious passenger car tunnel as anyone
from the area can attest."
      "By the way, Masonic Park is a summer home/retirement
community for Masons and has never had anything strange
associated with the location.  Several really good UFO
sightings have occurred between there and Creede,
Colorado, but that's about it."
      "Also, it's not the 'San Juan Valley' but the San
Luis Valley."

      Well, that's it for this week.  Join us in seven days
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