Our main local paper, the Chronicle-Herald / Mail Star, ran The Sunday Times article by Jack Grimston regarding the MOD UAP report on the front page Monday, under the headline "Relax, it's just gas, not a UFO".
My response, in a letter to the editor follows (who knows if they'll run it?).
"To the Editor:
With regard to the front page article "Relax, it's just gas, not a UFO" (Monday, May 8), a couple of critical points need to be made.
The first is that the MOD report states unequivocally “that UAP exist is indisputable...[they] clearly can exhibit aerodynamic characteristics well beyond those of any known aircraft or missile – either manned or unmanned.” (note that UAP mean Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, a more scientific way of saying UFO).
The second is that while their explanations undoubtedly explain some UFO cases, which comes as no surprise to anyone familiar with the phenomenon and the evidence, they do not explain all UFO cases. I am working on a documentary for Space right now, titled Best Evidence: The Top 10 UFO Cases, and I can guarantee you that "plasma" does not explain the top 10 cases (which does not mean, of course, that they are alien spacecraft).
Most important, however, is the fact that the report indicates that there is something "up there" which is worthy of serious scientific study "down here". Some people think UFOs are alien spacecraft, others think they are extra-dimensional travelers, and others think that they are unknown or not completely understood atmospheric phenomena.
Regardless, the message to science should be to take the subject seriously, and to begin legitimate, sustained study of the phenomenon.
As a scientific review panel chaired by renowned Stanford physicist Dr. Peter Sturrock stated in 1997, "The UFO problem is not a simple one, and it is unlikely that there is any simple universal answer. Whenever there are unexplained observations, there is the possibility that scientists will learn something new by studying those observations."
The UK MOD report merely confirms the panel's conclusion.
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