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From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Glenn Campbell, Las Vegas) Date: Mon, 27 Jan 1997 22:46:49 -0800 Subject: Mystery Sphere in Texas - Like Those Near Groom? Steve Douglass reports on his site that a "space ball" was found in a Texas field. See http://users.arn.net/~webbfeat/PROJECT%20BLACK/INN.html "MILITARY OFFICIALS HAVE TAKEN POSSESION OF A METAL SPHERE THAT WAS FOUND IN THE MIDDLE OF A SOUTH TEXAS FIELD, A GUADALUPE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTY SAID. DEPUTY TODD FRIESENHAHN SAID FRIDAY NIGHT THAT OFFICIALS FROM RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE IN SAN ANTONIO CONFISCATED THE OBJECT, WHICH IS ABOUT 2 (1/2) FEET IN DIAMETER , SCORCHED AND PITTED ON ONE SIDE AND WITH WHAT APPEARED TO BE THE REMAINS OF A VALVE." There is a picture on the web page, which shows a metal sphere about two feet wide. It looks just like a "space ball" I have in the front yard of the Research Center in Rachel. My ball is identical to the silver balls that are on the tops of metal posts marking the military border. However, my ball doesn't have a hole for the post. It is a perfectly sealed aluminum ball, very light, with a dent on one side. All of the balls on posts are similarly dented, with a hole punched in the middle of the dent so they can be placed on the pole. My best theory is that these metal balls are dropped from planes to calibrate radar for very sensitive tests, like in testing the radar profiles of stealth aircraft. A sphere would always give a known radar return. Once they hit the ground, they dent and can't be used again, so they are reused as border markers. (I found mine about a mile outside the border.) The Texas ball apparently isn't the same. There would be no reason for a valve on my ball, because that would disrupt the radar return. I also don't know why a space ball would be scorched or pitted; mine isn't. Other than that, the size and appearance in the photo matches my own space ball. Steve also writes: "According to witnesses at the scene. The ball weighed aprox 65-70 lbs, took two men to lift and left a crater ten feet across and 3 feet deep." Okay, so it's not my spaceball. My spaceball is so light that given stormy weather, it might be carried miles from its target. There is no way that my spaceball would be responsible for a lights in the sky however. The dropping of a space ball in the field is obviously an error, one the Air Force might not want to own up to, even if it was one of my spaceballs. My own space ball is innocuous enough (probably $1000 each through military procurement, $29.50 at Wal-Mart.) but the fact that space balls are being dropped might suggests that very sensitive radar tests are being conducted nearby. These tests themselves could be classified and could involve aircraft the Air Force does not want to talk about. I'll reserve judgment and wait to see what the Weekly World News has to say. Glenn +------ U F O M I N D -------+ | Glenn Campbell email@example.com | | AREA 51 RESEARCH CENTER - Las Vegas & Rachel, Nevada | | UFOs - Gov't Secrets - Philosophy - Psychology | | http://www.ufomind.com Box 448, Rachel, NV 89001 | +------------------------------------------------------+
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