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    Forwarded by: fwestra@hetnet.nl (Frits Westra) Originally from: Edoardo Russo Original Subject: Italian UFO Newsflash No. 368
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      Forwarded by: fwestra@... (Frits Westra)
      Originally from: Edoardo Russo <edoardo.russo@...>
      Original Subject: Italian UFO Newsflash No. 368
      Original Date: Fri, 04 Oct 2002 12:11:59 +0200

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      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


      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’s 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,
      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 Personè 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 associations.

      [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

      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 Personè]

      Collaborators on this edition were:
      Renzo Cabassi, Roberto Labanti, Matteo Leone,
      Gildo Personè, 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 http://www.arpnet.it/ufo/ultime.htm

      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@...
      Webpage: http://profiles.yahoo.com/italoman9

      - - -

      (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 blank message to:

      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@...
      - at the World Wide Web URL: http://www.cisu.org

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