- I see the James Oberg evaluation of the STS-75 footage
we featured in The Secret NASA Transmissions 'smoking gun' video was posted
on your site recently. We at UFO magazine along with thousands of other
researchers and UFO enthusiasts might not agree with all the James says
but we respect his views. I would be extremely grateful if you could
post the attachment from Lexx Systemes.
- Some of the critics/debunkers/sceptics who have seen
the video have responded to the 'Second Space Phenomena' has described
by Martyn Stubbs have come up with 'Cosmic Rays' having been responsible
for the images on the video. Well this was refuted by several leading
researchers but endorsed by Mr Oberg and Ms Williams. Thanks to an alert
enthusiast working around CCD technology he was able to get a response
from the manufacturer of theses electronic sensors. Their reaction to
the claims that 'Cosmic Rays' are the culprits will make interesting reading
to those following the NASA debate on our website www.ufomag.co.uk
- SECRET NASA TRANSMISSIONS - UPDATE
- Space Phenomena Two "cannot be attributed to a
CCD being affected by 'cosmic rays' or anything else."
- During our filmed interview with Martyn Stubbs, the former
Cable TV station manager who for a period of some five years recorded
over 2,500 hours of space shuttle footage from NASA's own downlink, he
makes it clear that while the 'First Space Phenomena' (anomalous spheres,
such as those seen in and around STS-75, STS-48, STS-80 and STS-84) are
"absolutely unimpeachable, in a preponderance sense", it is
the 'Second Space Phenomena' that "intrigues me much more".
- On 27 April 2000, America's FOX TV included a brief
segment from the controversial STS-75 'Tether' sequence in a nationwide
broadcast titled <http://www.ufomag.co.uk/FOX01.htmUFOs: The Best Evidence
Ever (Caught on Tape) #2. The footage, supplied by a one-time colleague
of Martyn Stubbs, David Sereda, was among a couple of dozen or so UFO clips
hastily assembled by the producers.
- The programme, while serving to heighten interest in
the STS-75 sequence, failed to make so much as a passing reference to
the 'Second Space Phenomena'.
- And while sceptics and debunkers continue to try and
explain away all anomalous sphere-like activity captured on countless
space shuttle missions (stretching back to 1991) as merely 'ice crystals',
space debris', 'satellites', 'stars', 'Airy disks' and 'optical illusions',
the movement of the aptly named 'Swarm' from mission STS-75 has yet to
be definitely explained.
- But while the debate still rages on this, and countless
further examples of 'Space Phenomena One', the point of emphasis must
now turn to 'Space Phenomena Two'.
- This phenomena, captured on only one of two split fields
through use of an SVHS machine (30 frames per second-60 scan fields per
second ) has been dismissed as 'cosmic rays', caught on the CCD (Charged
Coupled Device) of the on-board shuttle cameras.
- That claim, raised by Clare Williams, manager and head
astronomer at the Canberra (Australia) Space Dome & Planetarium, was
dismissed as "bunk" by Flt. Lt. (RAAF Ret.) John Auchettl, Director
of Phenomena Research Australia (PRA). Mr. Auchettl expanded on his reasoning
by citing several NASA web sites. Despite Mr. Auchettl's intervention,
Clare and others were not persuaded to concur. Hence, the 'cosmic rays'
theory has been allowed to fester - until now.
- The following correspondence (on a letter-headed transmission)
was received by Mike Murray, of the UK-based Polaris Group. Mr. Murray
had independently approached Lexx Systemes sa based in Belgium, to analyse
'Space Phenomena Two'.
- Lexx Systemes sa are CCD manufacturers and suppliers
to the Polaris Group. _____
- RESPONSE FROM LEXX SYSTEMES sa (BELGIUM)
- Dated: 2 May 2000
- Dear Mike,
- Further to our telecon this morning, Jan and myself
have accessed the footage on the web and I can confirm to you that in our
opinion this (the 'Second Space Phenomena') cannot be attributed to a
CCD being affected by 'cosmic rays' or anything else for the following
- Although we are no experts in 'Cosmic Rays', I hope
you agree we do know our stuff when it comes to charge coupled devices.
So we feel absolutely sure that the objects are not (their emphasis) caused
by any interference with the camera CCDs.
- Any magnetic or similar electronic field introduced
in the vicinity would cause an effect similar to inserting a sheet of
glass between the object being scanned or filmed and then projecting a
weak non-specific image onto it.
- This gives an effect of a weak series of coloured beams
of light running vertically down the image.
- These colours would be RGB (red, green and blue) as
the CCDs converted the light into an electrical signal suitable for a scanner
- There is obviously a lot more to it than that, but basically
- We then considered whether any known possible CCD defect
could cause the observed effects and all six (our emphasis) of us agreed
this could not be the case.
- If the CCD array were defective in any way it would
exhibit the following faults: First the CCD element or elements that were
faulty would not transmit the light to the converting sensor and the image
therefore would exhibit black dots or lines, which would remain stationary
in relation to the camera or scanner frame.
- The result would be the same as you saw on the faulty
RT5 scanner heads Boston sent you last year.
- The objects seen on the video move independently within
the frame so this is not a CCD fault.
- In short, what is on the image frame was actually there
- What they are of course is another question.
- Also, none of the objects could have been 'created'
by a faulty CCD as they appear as white or luminous - not black, as they
would be with any type of array failure.
- In short, whatever is on the video tape was therefore
not manufactured by the CCD system (our emphasis). _____
- Some years ago, Martyn Stubbs was told by scientists
at his local university that if the 'Second Space Phenomena' turns out
to be either 'cosmic rays' or 'gamma rays' then he would be in line for
a Nobel Prize.
- Yes, the 'cosmic rays' theory was first touted years
ago and summarily dismissed by scientists in the know.
- Our problem has been twofold:
- 1. To persuade these and other scientists to publicly
reiterate their views
- 2. To persuade scientists in general to take a long hard
look at the 'Second Space Phenomena' (not withstanding the merits of the
'First Space Phenomena').
- However, the expert comment and analysis conducted by
six leading CCD experts at Lexx Systemes sa cannot be ignored.
- They have completely buried the 'cosmic rays' argument
cited by Clare Williams and others in respect of the 'Second Space Phenomena'.
- When Professor Weinberg and other scientists at Simon
Fraser University first saw the 'Second Space Phenomena' it "blew
- Professor Weinberg also said: "It had to be there,
doing exactly what it was..."
- Compare that profound statement, uttered several years
ago with that made by Jon Loeb of Lexx Systemes sa on 2 May 2000: "In
short, what is on the image frame was actually there...."
- We are extremely indebted to Mike Murray of the Polaris
Group (UK) and Jon Loeb and his team at Lexx Systemes sa (Belgium) for
taking time out to analyse the footage and make public their comprehensive
- This is a major step towards encouraging others in the
scientific community to look seriously at what is contained within the
- For captured within his statement, Jon Loeb has uttered
the precise words which we and others have been expressing all along:
- "What they are of course is another question."
- Please feel free to post this as widely as possible.
- I have included the text within this e-mail and not as
an attachment. We have had a problem with the KAK virus and it's a nasty
little bugger to say the least but lovebug missed us and our system is
clean after 4 days of serious re installing and formatting.
- Best regards and thanks to all,
- Russel Callaghan UFO Magazine UK.
- SIGHTINGS HOMEPAGE
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