A Brief History
On January 8, 1981, a close encounter with a UFO left actual physical evidence!
Digging deeper, we find what Popular Mechanic’s magazine (May 2001) called “…the most completely and carefully documented sighting of all time.”
A French farmer working outside on his farm near Trans-en-Provence, France was alerted by a loud whistling noise and watched in amazement as a UFO landed on his field about 150 feet away. He later described the UFO as looking like two saucers on top of each other and being a bit over 2 meters in diameter.
Police examined the scene, took samples and also notified government space authorities.
The remarkable thing about this incident was the rare physical evidence left behind. Burn marks on the ground and compacting of the soil were verified by GEIPAN, an investigative unit of the French space agency, as were trace elements not expected to be found there.
It was determined that the burn marks were caused by a temperature of 300 to 600 degrees Celsius and that the ground was compacted by at least 4 tons of force.
As with virtually all UFO reports, this one has its champions and its skeptics. A major fault critics see with this incident is that only the farmer witnessed the event. The farmer himself thinks the object was some sort of military secret device, as a military installation was located near the scene. But there is the physical evidence! As a question for my students, what do you think really happened?
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