2 November 2009
Roswell in New Mexico has made itself into the tourism mecca for those who believe we have been/are being visited by aliens. Thousands attend the annual UFO festival and just look at the artwork on the chamber of commerce web site!
Countless TV shows with eyewitnesses and so called experts have looked into the reports that a flying saucer crashed into the desert near Roswell in July of 1947. It was bad enough before the Internet, but now every conspiracy buff can put their message out to the masses. My personal favourite is roswellufocrash.com. See the snippet from this website below!
They almost got me to click on the Nazi UFO page, but I was able to resist.
Just to be clear here, there is NO scientific evidence that we have been visited by people from another star system. NONE. It would be impossible for the government to keep such an incident secret in any event.
If there really were bodies kept in storage somewhere, a picture would get out. I am an avowed skeptic in these matters. Show me some real evidence. Tangible and scientific to prove your cases. No one ever has in regard to this.
While I’m on the subject, there is NO scientific evidence that copper bracelets, telepathy, horoscopes, mind reading, or psychics are real either. Yes, I know police departments sometimes use psychics, and they are throwing away taxpayer money if they pay for it.
So what really happened in Roswell?
The answer is known. It was a top secret test to detect Russian nuclear weapon tests. In the days before satellites, we had no easy way to know if the Soviets had set off a nuclear device.
Enter Dr. Maurice Ewing. Back in the war, he had discovered something very interesting regarding sound in the oceans. He found that if you make noise at a certain level, it will be trapped in a layer, and travel extremely long distances. This has been confirmed numerous times in experiments.
It even led to the idea to give flyer’s special metal spheres. Flyers would be told that if they were shot down, to drop the sphere in the ocean. The spheres would crush at just the right depth to make a loud noise in the sound channel. The idea was called SOFAR for SOund Fixing And Ranging.
After the war, Ewing had the idea to see if such a channel existed in the atmospheric fluid that surrounds us. IT DOES! These channels are caused by temperature and density layers that tend to bend sound waves back to the center of a layer as the travel. So if the sound heads upward it gets bent back down and the opposite for sound waves trying to escape downward!
So Project Mogul is born. Put weather balloons, with sensitive microphones, high into the air at just the right level. If a nuclear weapon explodes, we should hear it!
This was all top secret and the military bases around Roswell were the perfect place. The atom bomb had been tested there and it was, and still is, among the nations most heavily guarded and secret military installations.
So when one of these balloons with test equipment crashed with those strange discs (microphones) with wires, it didn’t take much to kick start a legend. Some horrible reporting by the local newspaper, and the military’s obsessive secrecy about Project Mogul did the trick. That’s it. All there is to it!
The government came clean on it a decade ago. You can read the official report here.
I had never paid any attention to the Roswell stuff, until it was mentioned in an excellent book by Richard Muller. He is one of the nations top physicists. His class called Physics For Future Presidents is one of the top undergrad courses at U.Cal. Berkeley. More on this HERE.
Below is a clip of him explaining what happened to his class. He starts by talking about those spheres that would be given to flyers.