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Original Subject: Italian UFO Newsflash No. 368
Original Date: Fri, 04 Oct 2002 12:11:59 +0200
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ITALIAN UFO NEWSFLASH
ISSUE NO. 367 - 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
FLAP OVER NORTHERN ITALY
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 suns 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
air currents over Provence, then over Northern Italy to an altitude of more
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,
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 Personè and
NEW ISSUE OF THE EUROPEAN UFO JOURNAL
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 associations.
[UFO-Italia, 19 September; www.cisu.org/ejufoas.htm.]
BACK IN NEWSSTANDS: BONGIOVANNI'S UFO MAGAZINE
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
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.
ALEXANDER KAZANTSEV DIES
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 Personè]
Collaborators on this edition were:
Renzo Cabassi, Roberto Labanti, Matteo Leone,
Gildo Personè, Antonio Rampulla and Paolo Toselli.
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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
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
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