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China to blast rockets for rain free games.

In 2008, amazing story, asia, Beijing 2008 Olympics, China, Communism, crazy, Crazy news, Odd News, olympics, People, science, Society, space, sport, stunt, World News on July 7, 2007 at 2:42 am

 

They really are going all out to impress to world. A little too far perhaps.

Authorities in China have reavealed plans to fire rockets into the atmosphere to seed clouds and create a rain free 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Local scientists have come up with an ambitious plan to force the heavens to open by firing dozens of chemical-infused rockets at threatening storm clouds, forcing them to let the water pour before the set-piece spectacle gets underway.

“We will use catalytic agents to force the rain clouds over the National Stadium to fall down prior to the opening ceremony,” Zhang Qiang told the state-run China Daily.

However, the plan depends on accurate weather forecasts or spectators in the spectacular – but uncovered – National Stadium may get wet on August 8 next year after all.

“We are still in the experimental stage,” Zhang said.

“The lack of rain so far this summer is making it difficult to conduct more experiments and collect enough data. We need more rain.”

Wang Yubin, a Beijing meteorologist, said the weather bureau would use “catalytic agents to force rain clouds to burst, should there be any, hours before the (opening) ceremony”, to ensure good weather.

But he added: “The forecast will have to be fairly accurate or we will not be able to fulfil our mission … Cloud dispersal is more difficult than seeding, and we are working on it,” the paper quoted Wang as saying.

A more pressing problem facing the authorities is the poor air quality in Beijing and the smog which often blankets the rapidly-growing city.

Beijing has plans to shut down its factories and prohibit traffic during the Olympics in a bid to keep the air clean.

Looking foward to it.

Alien mystery deepens, 60 years on.

In 2007, 21st century, Air travel, Aliens, amazing story, American News, civilisation, crazy, Crazy news, green blood, Humans, ID4, mexico, New Mexico, Odd News, People, Places, politics, Roswell, science, space, space video, study, stunt, technology, time travel, UFO, United States, USA, Whitehouse, World News on July 5, 2007 at 2:12 am

 

It is 60 years ago this week since the Roswell Army Air Field released a press statment that said it had recovered a crashed “flying disc” from a ranch near Roswell, New Mexico, a statement quickly retracted a few hours after.

With a 60th Anniversary festival planned for the town reliant on the UFO tourist dollar, the mystery, which has inspired movies, TV shows and documentaries has deepened, with witness testimony shining light about what happend at the old air base just south of the site of the first ever atomic bomb test.

A sworn affidavit from the deceased 1947 Roswell Army Air Field public relations officer.

News.com.au reports the story:

Last week came an astonishing new twist to the Roswell mystery.

Lieutenant Walter Haut was the public relations officer at the base in 1947 and was the man who issued the original and subsequent press releases after the crash on the orders of the base commander, Colonel William Blanchard.

Haut died last year but left a sworn affidavit to be opened only after his death.

Last week, the text was released and asserts that the weather balloon claim was a cover story and that the real object had been recovered by the military and stored in a hangar.

He described seeing not just the craft, but alien bodies.

He wasn’t the first Roswell witness to talk about alien bodies.

Local undertaker Glenn Dennis had long claimed that he was contacted by authorities at Roswell shortly after the crash and asked to provide a number of child-sized coffins.

When he arrived at the base, he was apparently told by a nurse (who later disappeared) that a UFO had crashed and that small humanoid extraterrestrials had been recovered.

But Haut is the only one of the original participants to claim to have seen alien bodies.

UFO pieces handed around

Haut’s affidavit talks about a high-level meeting he attended with base commander Col William Blanchard and the Commander of the Eighth Army Air Force, General Roger Ramey.

Haut states that at this meeting, pieces of wreckage were handed around for participants to touch, with nobody able to identify the material.

He says the press release was issued because locals were already aware of the crash site, but in fact there had been a second crash site, where more debris from the craft had fallen.

The plan was that an announcement acknowledging the first site, which had been discovered by a farmer, would divert attention from the second and more important location.

The clean-up operation

Haut also spoke about a clean-up operation, where for months afterwards military personnel scoured both crash sites searching for all remaining pieces of debris, removing them and erasing all signs that anything unusual had occurred.

This ties in with claims made by locals that debris collected as souvenirs was seized by the military.

Haut then tells how Colonel Blanchard took him to “Building 84” – one of the hangars at Roswell – and showed him the craft itself.

He describes a metallic egg-shaped object around 3.6m-4.5m in length and around 1.8m wide.

He said he saw no windows, wings, tail, landing gear or any other feature.

Haug ‘saw the alien bodies’

He saw two bodies on the floor, partially covered by a tarpaulin.

They are described in his statement as about 1.2m tall, with disproportionately large heads.

Towards the end of the affidavit, Haut concludes: “I am convinced that what I personally observed was some kind of craft and its crew from outer space”.

What’s particularly interesting about Walter Haut is that in the many interviews he gave before his death, he played down his role and made no such claims.

Had he been seeking publicity, he would surely have spoken about the craft and the bodies.

Did he fear ridicule, or was the affidavit a sort of deathbed confession from someone who had been part of a cover-up, but who had stayed loyal to the end?

The US government came under huge pressure on Roswell in the ’90s.

In July 1994, in response to an inquiry from the General Accounting Office, the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force published a report, The Roswell Report: Fact Versus Fiction In The New Mexico Desert.

Weather balloon ‘cover story’

The report concluded that the Roswell incident had been attributable to something called Project Mogul, a top secret project using high-altitude balloons to carry sensor equipment into the upper atmosphere, listening forevidence of Soviet nuclear tests.

The statements concerning a crashed weather balloon had been a cover story, they admitted, but not to hide the truth about extraterrestrials.

A second US Air Force report concluded claims bodies were recovered were generated by people having seen crash test dummies that were dropped from the balloons.

Sceptics, of course, will dismiss the testimony left by Haut.

After all, fascinating though it is, it’s just a story. There’s no proof.

But if nothing else, this latest revelation shows that, 60 years on, this mystery endures.

Amazing Space Shuttle Atlantis Video.

In Atlantis, Florida, Humans, International, lift off, science, space, space video, UFO, United States, USA, World News on June 9, 2007 at 6:37 pm

The U.S. space shuttle Atlantis blasted off on a construction mission to the International Space Station on Friday, ending a three-month grounding to repair the ship’s hail-battered fuel tank.

The launch bolstered NASA’s hopes of finishing work on the slightly more than half-built $100 billion orbital research outpost before the aging shuttles are retired in three years.

Bathed in golden light from the setting sun, Atlantis and its seven-man crew lifted off at 7:38 p.m. EDT (2338 GMT) from a newly refurbished launch pad at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center.

The shuttle is carrying the heaviest payload ever flown to the space station — a 45-foot-(14-metre) long, 35,678-pound (16,183 kg) aluminum structure that will become part of the station’s structural backbone.

It includes a pair of solar wings that will generate additional electricity needed as the station is expanded in the years ahead.