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Crew members who were aboard a Navy warship during a freak encounter with unidentified flying objects in 2004 have come forward with new details about the mysterious episode, offering captivating first-hand accounts.

On a training mission with the Nimitz carrier group in November 2004 about 100 miles off the coast of Southern California, technicians on the USS Princeton began to notice anomalous “ghost tracks” and “clutter” on the ship’s radars.

Concerned the Princeton’s brand new AN/SPY-1B radar system was acting up, the crew recalibrated the high tech gear to clear the errors, but the ostensibly “false” radar tracks only amplified and became stronger, the first sign something rather strange was happening.

“Once we finished all the recalibration and brought it back up, the tracks were actually sharper and clearer,” former Petty Officer 3rd Class and Princeton radar technician Gary Voorhis told Popular Mechanics. “Sometimes they’d be at an altitude of 80,000 or 60,000 feet. Other times they’d be around 30,000 feet, going like 100 knots.”

Their radar cross sections didn’t match any known aircraft; they were 100 percent red … no IFF [Identification Friend or Foe].

Kevin Day, a Senior Chief Operations Specialist tasked with monitoring the airspace around the Princeton, also noticed the bizarre radar artifacts from the ship’s Combat Information Center, which continued for several days.

“The reason why I say they’re weird [is] because they were appearing in groups of five to 10 at a time and they were pretty closely spaced to each other,” Day said in the documentary ‘The Nimitz Encounters,’ describing the radar tracks.

As the crew kept tabs on the mysterious signals, Voorhis became convinced this was no typical radar error, and attempted to put eyes on whatever was causing the anomaly. Using the ship’s systems to pinpoint the signal and then peering through heavily-magnified binoculars, he finally caught a glimpse. While the objects were too far away to clearly discern, Voorhis is sure he saw something zipping around in the distance.

“I couldn’t make out details, but they’d just be hovering there, then all of a sudden, in an instant, they’d dart off to another direction and stop again,” Voorhis said.

After nearly a week of hide-and-seek with the objects, Day persuaded his superiors to allow an intercept attempt, dispatching two F/A-18s to investigate. Making visual contact from about a mile away, the fighter pilots said they spotted an “elongated egg”-like object, “solid white, smooth, with no edges,” according to an executive summary from an “unofficial” military investigation into the incident obtained by journalist George Knapp. The objects proved too elusive for the fighter jets, however, and they were eventually forced to abandon the effort.

A second attempt would produce the now-infamous infrared footage, leaked to the media in 2017, featuring a pill-shaped object hovering in the sky, and audio of bewildered fighter pilots struggling to identify the craft. While the footage was first released by the military for use in an internal database in 2017, the Pentagon only confirmed its authenticity in September, and maintains it was never cleared for release to the general public.

Cover-up or screw-up?

Over a decade on from the mysterious encounter, Princeton crew members are still scratching their heads about what happened that week in November of 2004, as well as the events that followed.

Soon after the F/A-18 intercept, Voorhis says two men arrived on the Princeton in search of the data recordings captured during the run-in, which he was ordered to turn over immediately. Other recording devices on the ship had also been wiped clean. “They even told me to erase everything that’s in the shop – even the blank tapes,” he said.

“What really made this incident alarming was when a Blackhawk helicopter landed on our ship and took all our information from the top secret rooms,” another sailor aboard the Princeton told Popular Mechanics under condition of anonymity.

“We were all pretty shocked and it was an unspoken rule not to talk about it because we had secret clearances and didn’t want to jeopardize our careers,” he added.

Skeptical about a cover-up, however, one of the F/A-18 pilots present for the intercept, Commander David Fravor, believes the data was simply lost or recorded over on accident, though he acknowledges the disappearance of data records on the ship.

“I think Cmdr. Fravor’s opinion on how the tapes went missing is the most plausible explanation,” Vincent Aiello, another retired fighter pilot familiar with Fravor’s account, told Popular Mechanics. “However, a lot of squadron personnel have access to those materials, so it leaves the door open that someone could have intentionally taken them.”

Despite the disagreement among some of the crew about whether the Pentagon sought to bury the event under the rug, several witnesses remain convinced something bigger than a radar error was at work and stand by their stories.

“This thing, it was so much more than what you see in [the 2017] video,” said former Petty Officer 3rd Class and Princeton crew member Jason Turner.

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A spectacular video shows a “cylindrical object that expels a puff of smoke” on the moon

The images presented in the August 2003 issue of Electric Space Craft, a scientific journal, have aroused enormous interest. The publication contained an extraordinary series of frames taken from NASA images included in the TV program, NOVA: To the Moon. The meaning of the images had only recently been noticed.

While Apollo 8 orbited 70 miles (113 km) above the lunar surface, with the Earth in the background, it took pictures of the ground below. At some point in the NOVA program, a small black object, tall and cylindrical, seems to protrude from the moon.

in a frame of the Apollo 8 video visible in the NOVA documentary below, you can see a small dark object on the lunar surface

In fact, just as it seems that the Apollo 8 camera is about to pass, the strange object seems to release a cloud in the form of a jet. It can be described as a funnel that expels a puff of smoke. The “cloud” moves to the right and then dissipates. Although the black object appears small on the screen, it should be hundreds or thousands of feet tall if it were actually seen from such a high altitude.

From the still images taken from the Apollo 8 video, you can see the anomaly that appears first near the center of the frame, then descends towards the lower left corner while the camera moves forward. Additional color images have been sent to us from the scientific publication.

Electric Space Craft has increased the sharpness and contrast of black and white images to clarify the scene for printing (however, you can see for yourself the real movie if you watch the documentary NOVA: To the Moon, on YouTube, (or DVD). The executive director of the magazine (and former engineer Apollo), Charles A. Yost, said that the anomaly is clearer on the VHS version due to digital compression for the DVD.

When enlarging the images, or rather the frames of the APOLLO 8 video that last 3 – 4 seconds, you can notice a puff of black smoke coming out of the cylindrical black object. Is it a funnel of a mining facility?

The object appears on the screen for two seconds (at minute 47.50) but was not mentioned in the NOVA program. Apparently it was not noticed until it was identified by the Electric Space Craft staff. At first glance, the anomaly does not seem to be dirt (dust) on the film because it can be seen in many frames, it changes when the perspective of the camera is changed and produces the inexplicable cloud-like shape that drift and vanishes. (see video below Nova: To the Moon- minute 47.50)

According to NASA, they did not have a color camera with a zoom on the Apollo 8 mission. The image in question shows clear evidence of a zoom. Therefore, unless there was an integrated camera that NASA kept secret, this zoom effect should not be seen. There are people who claim that NASA had a lot of secret cameras on board, but if so, then why did this “secret” footage fall into NOVA’s hands? It is curious that zooming on a photograph would create such a strange anomaly and we would like to hear thoughts about what the anomaly could be.

In the Kepler Crater, mysterious structures are visible that suggest mining activities

The strange thing is that the Russians have noticed this anomaly by declaring that they had seen smoke coming out of the lunar surface during the Apollo 8 orbital journey. But then NASA had denied it. The chimney visible in the NOVA video is more than 300 meters high. The UFO researchers are wondering if this structure is part of an extraterrestrial mining industrial complex located in the Kepler Crater.

Below is the documentary Aliens On The Moon, where from minute 35.02, the images of this mysterious alien structure appear like a real “chimney”. 

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A Private UFO Enthusiast Donated Thousands of Government UFO Reports to the General Public

A collection of 30,000 documents was donated to the University of Manitoba in Canada by a private UFO enthusiast.

The skies of northern Canada are UFO hotspots, with many mysterious phenomena being reported. Now, alien truth seekers may have a busy winter ahead of them at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, thanks to the recent donation of over 30,000 UFO-related files to the school’s archives, courtesy of Chris Rutkowski.

Rutkowski is a Canadian science writer and prolific ufologist. His collection includes over 20,000 UFO reports documented over the past 30 years and over 10,000 UFO-related files from the Canadian government. Several of these files concern an infamous Falcon Lake incident, a UFO encounter that Rutkowski considers Canada’s best-documented UFO case.

For Rutkowski, the Falcon Lake incident even beats Roswell because the U.S. still does not recognize that anything happened over New Mexico. Meanwhile, the Falcon Lake incident struck both Canadian and U.S. officials as unexplainable and unusual.

The incident happened on May 20, 1967, when amateur geologist Stefan Michalak was looking for quartz near Falcon Lake in Manitoba, a Canadian province that starts over above North Dakota and stretches almost 800 miles into the frigid north. A flock of agitated geese swopping past him startled Michalak. The geese were reportedly fleeing from two glowing, cigar-shaped objects flying in the sky. One of the objects eventually flew off, and the other landed nearby on a rocky terrace.

Michalak’s sketch

Michalak decided to spend some time sketching the strange craft, and those sketches are now part of the University of Manitoba’s collection. After drawing, Michalak came closer to it. He felt the warm air and smelled sulfur and heard the whirrs and hisses of the craft. Michalak then touched the craft, but it was so hot that it burned the tips of his gloves. He seemed to hear voices coming from within.

Michalak looked into the craft through an open door, expecting to see a team of American military pilots. However, he saw little more than a panel of blinking lights before the door closed. The craft then rotated, and a grid-like pattern of small holes in the exterior of the ship sprayed his abdomen with scorching-hot gas.

Michalak’s shirt and hat were on fire because of the attack, which left him with first-degree burns on his stomach that looked similar to the ship’s grid-like pattern. His injuries were treated in a hospital in Winnipeg. They were later rose into welts, and he experienced headaches, blackouts, and diarrhea for a couple of weeks. Michalak reported the incident to both Canadian and U.S. authorities and eventually completed a psychological and physical evaluation at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, which determined him to be of sound mind and not hallucinating.

Years after the incident, a twisted piece of metal was reportedly recovered from the Falcon Lake landing site. The metal was found to be highly radioactive in several tests. Until today, neither the U.S. nor the Canadian military has been able to explain the event.

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‘Area 51’ among 2019’s most searched terms

Area 51 generated a great deal of interest this year.

Google has revealed the events, people and things that were searched for the most over the last 12 months.

As the year draws to a close, search giant Google has released a breakdown of its most searched terms – some of which being relatively predictable and others not so much.

Interestingly, the infamous ‘Storm Area 51’ event from back in September managed to attract so much attention that the term ‘Area 51 raid’ made it to 4th place on Google’s news search service.

The search phrase ‘what is Area 51 ?’ also managed to rank #1 for ‘what is’ questions, while the phrase ‘where is Area 51?’ ranked #3 for ‘where is’ questions.

It’s interesting that what started out as something distinctly tongue-in-cheek ended up generating one of the most talked about subjects of the year and thrust the secretive base firmly into the limelight.

Overall, Google’s top 10 general search terms for 2019 were as follows:

  1. Disney Plus
  2. Cameron Boyce
  3. Nipsey Hussle
  4. Hurricane Dorian
  5. Antonio Brown
  6. Luke Perry
  7. Avengers: Endgame
  8. Game of Thrones
  9. iPhone 11
  10. Jussie Smollett

Source: ABC news

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