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Mars One announced that it will begin searching for its first Mars colonists in July 2013.
The company plans to establish the first colony on Mars in 2023. Mars One will televise a two-year search for the initial four astronauts. According to Space.com, Mars One “will begin accepting application videos in July, charging a fee to weed out folks who aren’t serious about their candidacy.” The maximum fee will reportedly be , but will vary by country.
Mars One co-founder and chief executive officer Bas Lansdorp told Space.com that he expects “a million applications with 1-minute videos, and hopefully some of those videos will go viral.” The company reports that, although applications are not being accepted yet, 10,000 people have already expressed interest in becoming a Mars One astronaut.
The number of astronaut candidates will be narrowed to twenty-four by July 2015. These individuals will be grouped into six teams of four people. These teams will then go through seven years of training. And once Mars One selects the final candidates, a global audience will select the four astronauts who will go to Mars. The entire process from astronaut selection to colonization will be televised as an interplanetary reality show. The company hopes that television revenues will help fund the billion required to send the first four colonists to Mars.
Anyone at least eighteen years of age from any country is invited to submit a video to Mars One explaining why he or she would make a good Mars colonist. But applicants should keep in mind that this is a one-way mission. The colonists are moving to Mars permanently.
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Three “orbs” spotted on July 4th in Phoenix by Jeff Woolwine. “Jeff Woolwine ( www.petroglyphsinthesky.com ) and his family were watching the skies over Phoenix Arizona on July 4, 2006 when three lights popped into view. What took place next is very strange indeed. Jeff grabbed his video camera and began to film the event. What, at first glance, appears to be perhaps a couple of afterburners from some fighter jets from the Air Force base near Phoenix, is actually a optical illusion. The …
UFOs – Phoenix Lights 2 – July 4 2006
Closed triangle UFO cases: July 2012 yields 16 reports
Coverage of 2012 triangle UFO cases closed out as Unknowns continues today with 16 pieces of edited witness statements from July 2012, according to December 29, 2012, testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.
UFO travels through Black Hole over Guelph, Ontario
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Coverage of 2012 triangle UFO cases closed out as Unknowns continues today with 16 pieces of edited witness statements from July 2012, according to December 29, 2012, testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.The…
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This is the third and final post in a series about events reported by a Victorian woman, Maureen Puddy.
The RAAF file refers to media appearances. Investigators Garry Little and Bill Stapleton’s report advises that on the 26 Jul 1972 Maureen telephoned three television stations and one interviewed her. Radio station 3AW had her speak on an open-line program, during which two other callers confirmed having seen something in the area at the time. The first, the wife of a man leading a cow, called to say that her husband had seen a blue light, but didn’t go back to have a look. The second was one of a couple who reported having seen a blue light in the sky.
On or about 22 Feb 1973 Maureen says she heard the voice again, as it called out all night long. In the morning, she felt an eerie presence following her around. She received some type of “flash” telling her to go back to the place of contact. She rang Little and Stapleton but could get neither of them. She then contacted another UFO group and two of their investigators arranged to meet her at the spot.
While she was driving to the place of contact, a “man” appeared in the passenger seat of her vehicle, right beside her. The “man” had long, blonde hair and wore a ski suit of a fabric looking like white satin, tucked in at the arms. The trousers went over his feet and were baggy. He was sitting there looking straight ahead, legs together and hands placed on his knees. Maureen says she nearly ran the car off the road and almost crashed out of sheer shock. She noted that the headlights of oncoming cars shone “through him.” After a while he just wasn’t there any longer.
She arrived at the spot where she was to meet the two investigators and found they were already there. One of them got into her car on the front passenger’s side and stated that there seemed to be a “presence” in the car. Their hair stood on end. Maureen then related what had happened to her on the way there.
All three sat in her car. The “man” appeared again on the side of the road, but only Maureen could see him. She thought that the “man” was motioning for her to get out of the car but she refused to do so.
The “man” came over and stood right by the car. One of the investigators got out of the car and walked to where the “man” stood, but the “man” moved away from him. Maureen was asked to see whether she could make the “man” appear to them as well. She did this but the “man” shook his head.
Suddenly, Maureen went into a trance-like state, holding on to an investigator’s hand. Maureen related that she was no longer in the car but instead was in a “round room.The 1.6m tall “man” was also there. There was a strange “thing” in the room with them. The man suddenly disappeared. The “thing” was described as mushroom stemmed, with a flat top and a dome on top of this. There was a half-sphere inside, apparently floating around in fluid. Roman numerals, with what looked like Egyptian hieroglyphics were on it. This “machine” was swaying from side to side.
The “man” appeared again, telling Maureen to describe what she saw, which she did. The two investigators, sitting in the car, heard her describe where she was. Then Maureen became upset because she could not see any doors out of the room, nor any windows. There were visible sources of illumination, yet the room was well lit. She started to panic and began to cry, then woke up from the trance-like state.
Maureen told the two investigators that she could not remember anything she had just said to them. The investigators recalled what she had just told them. They all then went back to Maureen’s house for a cup of tea. While at home, Maureen again found herself in the mysterious “room.” However, on this occasion Maureen was simultaneously aware of being both in this room, and at home. This duality lasted only a short time.
A week later:
About a week later, on a rainy day, Maureen was out driving with her son, who by this time was out of hospital. The “man” from the “room” suddenly appeared, sitting between Maureen and her son, on the front bench seat of Maureen’s car. The “man” then simply disappeared. They were on the Mooraduc Road at the time, this time in broad daylight. While the “man” had been there the rain seemed to stop and visibility was good. As soon as he had gone the rain returned. In somewhat of an understatement, Maureen, said that “This was not a normal event.”
Here is an event which started off along similar line to that of Yerecoin and Boyup Brook, but then became very complex. It remains one of the oddest Australian cases of its type. We have two encounters with an unsual aerial phenomenon; odd voices speaking to Maureen; a being appearing on a number of occasions, and several other reports from the night of one of the encounters.
3 Jul 1972 – Initial encounter with an object.
25 Jul 1972 – Second encounter. Vehicle reportedly stopped itself. “Message” given to Maureen.
Ca 22 Feb 1973 – Eerie presence at home. Called back to the location. “Man” appears in her car. “Man” appears while she is in presence of two investigators who cannot see him. Maureen lapses into an altered state of consciousness and describes being in a “room” somewhere.
Ca 29 Feb 1973 – “Man” again appears in her car.
According to the sources I consulted there were multiple witnesses to other events on the 25 Jul 1972.
1. Main Ridge – 38.4S 144.97E. Ca10km S of Dromana. Mr and Mrs Beale. Ca 10pm. Light travelling W to E at high speed. Whirring/humming noise. 2 minutes. Marked fluctuation in electric power.
2. Montrose – 38.8S 145.35E. Ca40km NNE of Frankston. Mr and Mrs Toal. After 8pm. 50 secs. Glow in sky to SSW. 5 deg elevation. Blue white object. No sound.
3. Knoxville – Mr and Mrs Davis. Between 2100-2200hrs. Object travelling NW to NW. High speed. 3 seconds. Blue/red/yellow lights.
4. Mooraduc Road -Man with cow. Saw blue light.
Only 4. ties in closely with Maureen’s report. Unfortunately, no one interviewed this witness. It is said his wife called in to the ‘talk back’ show.
A check of the night sky for the 25 Jul 1972 at around 2115hrs confims that the Moon was full, and some 64 degrees above the ENE sky.
All in all, this is a perplexing example of the “core” phenomenon.
I’d be pleased to hear from anyone who can suggest any explanation for this series of events.
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This post continues the intriguing story of a Victorian woman who reported two close encounters over a short period of time in July 1972, as told to me by investigators Bill Stapleton and Garry Little who conducted several interviews with the witness at the time. In addition, for the first time, the RAAF’s account of these events is also discussed, with their perspective taken from now available RAAF files.
A voice calls her name:
Maureen Puddy visited her son in hospital every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The first encounter with the unusual object had been on Monday 3 Jul 1972. She continued this sequence of visits to her son, until the week beginning Monday 24 Jul 1972. In this week there was a petrol shortage, and she altered her schedule that week, intending to visit her son on Tuesday, and Thursday to conserve petrol.
Therefore, she was home on the evening of Monday 24 Jul, with her husband and daughter. At approximately 8pm, she thought she heard someone calling her name. She checked with both her daughter and her husband but it was neither of them. They had heard nothing to account for the voice. At 11.30pm Maureen went to bed, but throughout the night she was unable to sleep properly, because of a female voice calling her name slowly. It was definitely not her daughter.
Thinking it might be an old lady she knew from down the road, Maureen went outside to look, but no-one was there. Upon reflection, she believed that the voice may have been in her head, not coming from outside, like normal audio input. This voice sounded human, not mechanical.
The second encounter:
On Tuesday 25 Jul 1972 Maureen was again travelling home from the hospital, when, at the same location and about the same time as the event on 3 Jul 1972, another incident happened.
At the railway crossing she had stopped her car to let a man leading a cow cross first, then accelerated away. This placed her a few hundred metres from the crossing when the road was again lit up by a blue light. She recalls thinking “My God, it’s back,” then deciding she wouldn’t stop for anything, and accelerated away from the location.
Suddenly, the vehicle’s engine cut out, as it would if the ignition key had been turned to the off position. Maureen tried turning the key off, then on again, but this had no effect. The car glided to the side of the road and stopped, all by itself. During this brief period when it was gliding, its direction could not be changed by turning the steering wheel; pumping the brake was to no avail, and putting the gears through various positions did nothing. However, the vehicle’s lights remained on all the time.
Maureen maintains that there was no usual road bumps as the car came to a stop. In fact, there was no sensation of the road being under the wheels. Naturally, by this time, Maureen was terrified. All sound “drained out of the air” and there was an eerie silence. She felt as though she was “sitting in a tube – a completely closed, vacuum tube.” Next, she felt she was receiving some audio impressions, but could not understand them. She then heard the impressions in “perfect English,” making them perfectly understandable.
She later stated that this voice or impressions sounded too perfect, just like a mechanical recording. It seemed to be inside her head. The voice said “All your tests will be negative,” then there was a 2-3 second pause, then “Tell the media. Do not panic. We mean no harm.” Then another pause estimated as a minute long, and finally the voice said “You now have control.”
During this entire period, which lasted an estimated minute and a half, Maureen had sat with her two hands clutching the steering wheel. She believed she could have moved if she had wanted but decided to remain still. As the audio impressions finished, the car’s engine started by itself, the blue light went away and the object was gone. It was no longer visible through the top of the windscreen. At this moment another motor vehicle approached along the road.
Report to the police:
Maureen put the car into gear and once more drove to the Rosebud police station to report seeing the object. The police took her statement. When she reached home she called the RAAF and they sent her out another form to complete and return.
We now have access to the RAAF files, which were not available in 1972. I located this second report form on National Archives of Australia file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 Part 7.
Page 91 of the file is a memo from Headquarters Support Command to Directorate of Air Force Intelligence dated 21 Aug 1972. “Attached are questionnaire forms completed by Mesdames Puddy, Beale and Toal, giving their impressions of unusual aerial sightings on 25 Jul 1972. The three reports have been treated as one and the C Intel’s remarks appear as part 2 of the pro-forma” This memo was signed by Wing Commander W C Keitz.
File pages 91-93 are Maureen’s report. The date of the event is 25 Jul 1972. Time 9.15pm (within 10 minutes). The duration “Approx 5 minutes.” Location “Mooraduc.” Weather “Fine.” Object was “Above car.” A “Blue light” attracted her attention. “Irredescent (sic) blue light.” No obvious method of propulsion. No sound. 100ft up. “It did not move.” Duration of stationary phase “5 minutes.” Last observed “Above car.” “Just vanished.”
To the question “How many witnesses to the sighting?” she wrote “1 man said he saw the light, other reports of light being seen.” A sketch was drawn and shows an oval object “70ft approx” high and width “60-70ft” compared to the “24ft macadam strip of roadway.” The report was signed M Puddy and dated 28 Jul 1972.
Pages 96-98 are a report by a William Beale, aged 63, and Mary Beale of Browns Road, Main Ridge, Vic. At about 10pm 25 Jul 1972 they observed, for two minutes, as they went outside the house; then from inside with window open, in perfect weather conditions, an unusual aerial object.
It was first observed to the West of their property. Their attention was drawn by the “fact that this object seemed to appear suddenly over tree-tops.” “The object seemed surrounded by light.” “Pinkish glow.”
To a question about “any method of propulsion obvious?” the answer was “Rapid movement but not jet-like.” Any noise “Sort of hum. No engine noise.” It was never stationary and was last seen heading east,” rising steadily.” There was a final handwritten comment “Sorry this is so brief, but so was our sighting, but we are both quite sure of what we did see.” The form was dated 31 Jul 1972.
Page 99-101 are a report by Florence May Toal, 53, of Montrose, Vic. After 8pm on 25 Jul 1972 (within 30 minutes) for 50 seconds, at home she saw, on a clear moonlit night, a glow in the sky. It was first seen in the sky, direction south-south-west at an angle of 5 degrees, “What first attracted observer’s attention?” “A glow against the dark Dandenongs.” It was a “Blue white glow.” Its brightness was said to be a “Blue light headlight at 300 yards.” There was no sound. There were two other witnesses, her husband and daughter. At the end of the form was a handwritten statement.
“I saw the light through my back window and called my husband and daughter to look because we are always conscious of the likelihood of a plane crash in the dark. I walked out in the yard to hear what it was but there was no sound at all. My daughter and I stayed and watched then turned to go inside as we did not see it travel at all. The reflection of the filament inside a 60 watt fixture of globe was approximately the size of the light. If it was at the Frankston area at the time it would be 15 miles from here sot it would have been quite a size.” The report form was dated 1 Aug 1972.
Page 102 is “Page 4 -Part 2 – Unit evaluation.” The observer’s location is given as 3814S and 14510E. Wind was calm. No temperature invesrions.
Page 103 is page 5 Q40 “The cause (or likely cause) of this sighting cannot be determined.” Q41 “The object reported probably was/may have been…” “Unknown.”
There is then a lengthy handwritten note by the RAAF investigating officer, which continues on pages 104-105. “The information supplied by Mrs Puddy on the attached proforma differs markedly from that reported to the Duty Officer on the evening…On that occasion Mrs Puddy reported as follows:
She said that the object, like two saucers together, silvery blue in colour, appeared above the road emitting blue lights. The object “Took control of the car” so that Mrs P pulled over to the roadside but could not open the doors, nor could she restart the engine. She reported that she “sensed” but did not hear the following message. “All your tests will be negative. Tell the media not to panic. We mean no harm. You now have control.” The UFO then vanished and a very scared Mrs P started the car and headed home via the Rye police station. It subsequently transpired that she had reported the incident to the Rosebud police station. Senior Constable Cox of Rosebud told me that Mrs P was known to him, and appeared to be a rational woman not given to great flights of fancy. He was somewhat amazed when Mrs P asked him the meaning of the word “media.” She said she had never heard it before. Senior Constable Cox also advised that a Mr and Mrs Beale of Brown’s Road, Main Ridge had advised him that while watching TV at about 2200 the same night there was a marked fluctuation in the electrical power which caused him to leave the house and check the emergency power in his poultry shed.
While outdoors (the Constable continues) Mr Beale said he saw an object over the hills which illuminated the whole area with a blue light. Const Cox said the B described the appearance of the object in similar terms to those used by Mrs P.
I telephoned Mrs Beale who stated that her husband, while doing a check of the temperatures in his poultry sheds at about 2200, saw a peculiar light travelling from west to east at high speed, emitting a whinning/humming sound. He rushed indoors, switched off all lights and tried to focus on the object with binoculars. The object disappeared before it could be focussed on. Mrs Beale said she would have put the matter out of her mind had she not heard Mrs Puddy talking on a radio “talk back” show.
The “talk back” show also prompted Mrs Toal to phone on Wednesday 26th to say that ” Some time after 8pm” she had seen a blue light through gap in the lower Dandenongs to the south of Montrose. She said she would have ignored it had she not heard Mrs P on the radio “talk back” show.
A Mrs Davis of 61 Kathryn Street Knoxville ( who has not so far returned a proforma sent to her) also phoned to say that on the night in question between 2100 and 2200 while outdoors with her husband they saw an object travelling at “enormous speed” from NE to NW. The object was visible for about 3 seconds and appeared to have blue, red and yellow lights. Conditions were cloudless sky with bright moonlight, or in Mrs Davis’ words “a (unreadable word) Moon.” Her report was prompted by hearing a news item on the radio referring to an unexplained light in the Rye/Rosebud area.
On the previous occasion when Mrs Puddy reported sighting a UFO she showed reluctance to become involved with any investigation at official level; however on this occasion she talked freely with the announcer conducting the “talk back” show. Efforts to contact Mrs Puddy by telephone on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday following the alleged sighting were unsuccessful, however I believe she also talked to representatives from the press.
This report has been delayed awaiting the part 1 report, which was not received until 17 Aug 72.”
Dated 21 Aug 1972.
(To be continued.)
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My last couple of cold case investigations have both involved single witnesses in a motor vehicle, when an unusual object has approached them, as opposed to cases where a witness comes across a landed object.
In the 15 Nov 1967 Yerecoin, WA event, Alan Pool was in his land rover when a grey, 3.6m diameter, 1.5m high object rapidly approached him and hovered close by his vehicle. It left vertically, at speed. There was no effect on the vehicle and Pool reported his encounter to police.
The 30 Oct 1967 Boyup Brook, WA event involved a man on his own, in a motor vehicle. His vehicle suddenly stopped and all electrical systems failed. A tube of light shone on him, from a 9m diameter, oval shaped object, some 30m above the car. The object left at speed. The witness told the police about the encounter.
When researching these two cases I immediately thought back to a similar event which happened in the state of Victoria in 1972. Here, the witness in this case reported two encounters and some really unusual side events. She reported the incidents to the police and to the RAAF. However, at the time of the events no researcher had ever seen the material which lay in the RAAF files until many years later. In this post I report on the case; including the RAAF material, which will be new to most readers.
The first encounter:
On 3 Jul 1972, 37 year old Maureen Puddy, a resident of Rye, in Victoria, Australia, was driving her station wagon near a railway crossing on the Mooraduc Road, between Frankston and Dromana, when an unusual event occurred.
The following details were provided to me by investigators Garry Little (now deceased) and Bill Stapleton of Melbourne who conducted a number of interviews with Mrs Puddy at the time the events were happening to her.
At 9.15pm local time (GMT plus 9hrs) Maureen was driving home alone in her 1963 Holden station wagon, after visiting her son who was in hospital in the Melbourne suburb of Heidelberg.
Just after she had passed the railway crossing, a blue light lit up the road. At first, she thought the light was coming from a helicopter, of the sort which had airlifted her son to hospital. So, she didn’t take too much notice of it, though later, she recalled that she had heard no noise which was strange if it had been a helicopter. Even so, it was too low for a normal flight, so she became alarmed and accelerated trying to get ahead of the light. This didn’t work, so she tried slowing down thinking that the light would be lost in this way. Instead, the light stayed with her.
Eventually she stopped the vehicle, reasoning that the helicopter pilot might have been trying to attract her attention for some reason. Maureen later said that stopping in the isolated locality is something she would not have normally done.
Shielding her eyes against the light, she looked up to see an object in the sky which was not a helicopter. She panicked, for it was shaped like “two saucers placed lip to lip.” It appeared stationary, some 20-30m behind the car, at an estimated height of about 20-30 metres, thus making it at a 45 degree angular elevation in the sky.
At this location, the road is some 8m wide. Using this as an estimate, she thought the object was 32-40m across and 5-6m high. It had no seams, windows, aerials or other protruberances of any kind. A silver-blue iridescent light radiated from it and it was this that had lit up the road. When Maureen got out of the car she said she heard a low volume, humming noise, which she likened to a moving elevator (lift.)
Her immediate reaction was to get away from it as fast as she could, so she got in her car and drove off at high speed. As she was driving away, she noted that the object was visible through the driver’s window and also through the top of the windscreen. In fact, the object appeared to be keeping station over the car. This situation continued on for 12 kilometres, after which the object moved backwards; there was a “streak” of light, and the object was lost to view.
As the Rosebud police station was nearby, Maureen drove there and reported seeing the object. The next day she called the RAAF and reported the encounter to them. They sent out a report form to her which she completed and returned.
The form which Maureen completed can now be found in the National Archives of Australia on file series A703 control symbol 580/1/1 Part 7 pages 26-28. I have never seen this detail published before so it is well worth recording here.
The form identified the witness as Maureen Puddy, age 37 of Rye, Victoria. She gave her occupation as “housewife.” The date is shown as 3 Jul 1972, and the time as 9pm. To the question “How accurate is the time of start?” she wrote “10 mins either side.” The duration is given as “15 to 20 minutes.” The location is stated as “Mooraduc level crossing (train).” Maureen wrote she had an “excellent” familiarity with that location.
The weather at the time is described as “Very good. Weather clear.” The object was first sighted “Above car, 20ft forward.” “Approx 45 deg angle.” Her attention had been first attracted by “Irrodescent (sic) blue light.” The object had been “Light blue” in colour. It was “exceptionally bright.” Apparent size at closest approach is given as “Approx 100ft up. Size 2 stories high. Wide than the road.” “No” was the answer ro “16. Was any method of propulsion obvious.?”
Asked about sound, she wrote “Light sound. Similar to elevator.” It was “Approx 100ft off the ground.” “Hovering.” To “Give duration of any stationary phase” she wrote “2 minutes.” Then “followed car.” There was no trail, exhaust, vapour, or light seen. It was last observed at “Junction Mooraduc & Nepean Highway.”
The form asked “What natural phenomenon…would be nearest to explaining your observation?” Maureen wrote “Nothing.” “Nothing known like it or seen like it.” A sketch is then provided showing an oval object – height “Approx 20ft.” The form was signed M Puddy and dated 7 Jul 1972.
Page 29 of the RAAF file is a handwritten note by Maureen, which reads:
“First indication was blue light across road. Thought it was helicopter landing speeded to pass out of light. Kept up with me. I then slowed to approximately 20mph. It slowed down too. I speed up again light followed. I then pulled to the side of the road thinking helicopter was in trouble. Got out and there it was approx two light poles high off the ground and the only noise was a light purring sound like a lift.
I froze for about 2 minutes then got into the car and took off at high speed to escape. It followed me approx 8 miles according to the police at Rosebud to whom I reported it at aprox 9.15pm Monday 3rd July 1972.
Enclosed is a drawing I did on arriving home while it was still very clear in my mind. No portholes or windows only a very bright light.”
Page 25 of the file is a sketch. Its shows an oval shaped object, 16-20ft high. There are hand written notes which say “Noise sound like moving lift. Not loud.” Also, “static blue light. No smoke. No flashing lights. No portholes or windows.”
Page 30 is Part 2 of the form headed “Unit evaluation.” This is for the RAAF’s investigating officer to complete. It shows there were no military or civilian aircraft in the area at the time. The observer’s locations is given as about 38.13S, 145.04 long E. A meteorological balloon had been launched from RAAF Laverton at 2300hrs. Wind profile is shown as ‘ N6000 W1000 – WSW 10000. Maximum height tracked 10,000ft at 2300+.”
Page 31 is a hand written note by Flt Officer R O Gibbs dated 11 Jul 1972. HQSC which reads “No military helicopter operating. Checked with DCA and local helicopter operators. Only traceable IFR helicopter based at Sale. When Mrs Puddy made initial sighting report by phone she expressed a wish not to be interviewed.”
Page 23 is a memo dated 11 Jul 1972 from HQSC to DAFI which reads:
” Attached is a report received from Mrs M Puddy of Rye, giving her impressions of an alleged object sighted in the Mooraduc (Vic) area on 3rd July 1972.
2. This headquarters has no further comments to add to the information ssupplied at part 2 of the questionnaire.” The memo was signed by Wing Commander W C Keritz.
(To be continued.)
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