NEWSLETTER NINE JAN 2004
Combining the resources of all
Auspiced by the Australian UFO Research Network
PO Box 738, Jimboomba Queensland 4280
Tel 07 55487205
Secretariat: the Australian UFO Research Association
PO Box 786, North Adelaide, South Australia 5006
Moon Dust & Mystery Spheres:
A number of “mystery spheres” were found in
As far back as 1964, the English UFO magazine, “Flying Saucer Review” [10(1):5] related the finding of such objects in New South Wales and South Australia, between April and July 1963. In that article, Mr Allen Fairhall, then Federal Minister of Supply, is quoted as stating that inquiries to the relevant American and Russian space agencies had failed to determine the origin of these spheres, thus raising speculation in some quarters.
Jumping thirty two years forward. In his 1996 document: “UFOs Sub Rosa Down Under-The Australian Military & Government Role in the UFO Controversy” Bill Chalker wrote:
The Joint Intelligence Organisation (the reorganised JIB) maintains a secret BOLIDE file. It still seems to be anchored to the premise that “UFOs” could involve the chance of retrieval of Soviet hardware and therefore contribute some useful intelligence. It appears JIO have a “rapid intervention” capability as they have been able to instigate prompt widespread ground searches in suspected “hardware” crashes. They do this through “special access” channels. This operation may be similar to
What was Project Moondust?
A check with the authoritative “The UFO Encyclopaedia” written by US Researcher Jerry Clark, [Clark, J. 1996. “The UFO Encyclopaedia” Volume 3. Omnigraphics.
In 1961 the
We recently uncovered a file (full details later on in this Newsletter) which seemingly indicates that yes we did.
Department of Supply file SA 5644/2/1 contains a 1962 memo from the Controller WEA to the Superintendent Woomera. In it, it stated that “the United States Embassy” informally sought WRE’s assistance to obtain information about sightings, or of downed fragments of space vehicles. This location and recovery of fragments was exactly the role of the USAF Project Moon Dust, and the request to
Listing of known falls of space vehicle fragments
A check of various sources available to us, lead to the compilation of the following list of nine such objects, found in
“Sphere” files located
In December 2003, as a result of our examination of paper file listings at the
The first file was a Department of Supply file SA5644/3/1 titled “Joint Intelligence Bureau requests for an examination of a sphere found at
The ball reached WRE on
A memo dated
· A memo dated 10 August 1966 from the Chief Scientist to the WRE asked that the ball be forwarded to Defence R & D Attaché in Washington for handing on to NASA
· A later report stated that the ball had been found on 10 September 1965 and that NASA determined it “…was a fragment from the Gemini 5 spaceflight” specifically a Gemini 20 inch OAMS fuel tank used as a water tank.
The second file, was again a Department of Supply file, number SA 5644/3/2 Part 1. Here appeared the story of the first three spheres listed in table 1.
A 14 inch diameter, 10lbs in weight, sphere was discovered on the
Another sphere turned up on Mount Sturt Station (29deg 32mins S; 141 deg 34 mins E), near Broken Hill on
Later analysis, documented on the file, indicated that both of these two balls were from a US Agena rocket used to launch test satellites.
The following table lists explanations which have been put forward for these objects:
If something fell today who would respond?
An Internet search reveals that Australian has a plan titled “The Australian Contingency Plan for Space Re-entry debris.” According to http://www.arpansa.gov.au this plan “…has been prepared to coordinate the activities of Commonwealth, State and Territory Departments/Authorities involved in recovering and neutralizing any radiological threat arising from the re-entry of space debris over
Department of Supply file SA5644/2/1:
We have uncovered and examined, another previously unknown Government file dealing with UFOs. File number SA 5644/2/1, located at the
Items of interest to us on this file are as follows:
Space vehicle fragments
The file refers in a number of places to “space vehicle fragments.” However, unfortunately for us, there is no evidence on this file of any “crashed saucer” retrievals.
In August 1962 a procedure was put into place by the WRE regarding “Identification of space vehicle fragments.” A memo dated
“A letter has been received from the Department of External Affairs stating that the
There followed a listing of information of use, such as date/time/location/description etc etc. WRE staff at Woomera were asked to report any such occurrences. The concluding sentence of the memo was: “No special effort is justified in order to obtain these reports.”
A memo dated
Principal Officer/Ranges to Superintendent/Trials to DD/Trials to Regional Security Officer Adelaide, to Chief Security Officer, to the Department of Air
Superintendent/American Projects Division, to Head Office, to Department of External Affairs, to US Embassy.
The file contains discussions about a “UFO club” at Woomera in the mid 60’s. Apparently, a number of staff initiated a group called “Scientific, Technical and Astronomical Research Society,” STARS for short, in May 1966. The Superintendent Woomera set out a number of conditions before it was formed, including:
Minutes of STARS meetings were sent to the Superintendent Woomera, and then on to the Security Officer. STARS designed its own UFO report forms, but the Superintendent closed down the distribution of these forms and the reports system was discontinued.
In August 1967 it was reported that: “…STARS has become somewhat moribund of late and as the activities of the organisation are closely scrutinised I consider that there is no need to feel that any security risk exists at present.”
There are a number of UFO reports on the file. A list of these case follows:
RAAF file summaries & catalogues:
A summary of RAAF file A703 580/1/1 Part 7 has now been completed and posted to the project website at http://disclosure.freewebpage.org. The site now contains summaries of Parts 1-4,7,9 &10; and catalogues of sightings from Parts 1-10.
Other Department of Supply files examined:
In order to undertake as thorough a search for Government documents as possible, we have inspected a wide range of files which might be relevant. Three examples of the types of files examined are given below in table 3. None of these three contained material useful to our search.
On the NAA web-site we located “Series notes for series D897 Unknown Objects-DSTO WRE[A-K 1948-1957]-Australian Archives.”
The notes state that the “…series contains approximately 4800 colour and black & white slides. Controlling records for this series (D896) indicate there were some 6220 slides registered between 1947 and 1971. The whereabouts of the missing 1400 slides is currently unknown…There are slides of Skylark launchers, Jindivik trials, Blue Streak movements and some unidentified objects…”
We located a register for some of these slides in the Adelaide Office of the NAA. NAA staff produced two bound volumes which contained dates, reference numbers and details of the photographs. A close examination of the hundreds of picture listed there revealed none of an unidentified or unknown nature.
RAAF Freedom of Information request:
We have submitted a request to the RAAF for access to a substantial number of files, under the Federal FOI Act (1982). Initially, we are seeking to physically view the files in
Contacting the Secretariat:
We welcome information which would assist the Project. Our details are:
Contacting the Project