TV Viewing Alert: NASA’s Unexplained Files

by Nancy Atkinson on March 27, 2012

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Countless mysterious objects have been caught by NASA’s cameras, and usually the events can be explained logically. The Science Channel has a show premiering tonight (10 PM EDT and PDT) called NASA’s Unexplained Files, which is part of the channel’s “Are We Alone” features for the month of March. In this broadcast, NASA’s top ten unexplained encounters are discussed, with original footage and special interviews with astronauts and scientists.

A few of the astronauts and scientists who will be on the show include Story Musgrave, astronaut; Dr. Jack Kasher, Professor of Physics and Astronomy and ET researcher; Jim Oberg, space flight operations specialist; Alan Bean, the fourth man to visit the moon; Franklin Chang Diaz, Astronaut; Bruce Maccabee, Optical analyst and former Navy member; and Edgar Mitchell, Apollo astronaut.

See the Science Channel website for more about this show and also to find out when it will air in your location.

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Chris Langan-Fox March 28, 2012 at 3:59 AM

There is a chasm between ‘cannot be explained’, and, ‘has not yet been explained’. yet the first phrase seems to underpin most such scaretainment.

the one March 28, 2012 at 5:32 AM

Take me to your leader,”OBAMA”?Never-mind!

StockportJambo March 28, 2012 at 7:01 PM

I was initially interested in this, and then I watched the trailer and my heart sank. It’s another one of those American “documentaries” where they insist on fast cuts, sound bites, and repeating themselves over and over. Honestly, if this was what you go on, you’d think that the average American has the attention span of a… oh look, a squirrel!

StockportJambo March 28, 2012 at 7:01 PM

I was initially interested in this, and then I watched the trailer and my heart sank. It’s another one of those American “documentaries” where they insist on fast cuts, sound bites, and repeating themselves over and over. Honestly, if this was what you go on, you’d think that the average American has the attention span of a… oh look, a squirrel!

Jake59 March 28, 2012 at 7:05 PM

I haven’t seen the episodes yet, but I am willing to conjecture that it will try to explain away some of the best anomalous phenomena as reflections, ice crystals, space junk, natural phenomena and unidentified human built objects. In other words a program by skeptics to discredit some of the best sightings.

Paul Cook March 28, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Hey, Jake59,
You’re right. I saw the episode, and sure enough, the last expert they’d interview always had the “last word” and they would always debunk what was seen. Always. These shows always do that. James Oberg is the worst. He always errs on the side of science and NASA.

Paul Cook March 28, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Hey, Jake59,
You’re right. I saw the episode, and sure enough, the last expert they’d interview always had the “last word” and they would always debunk what was seen. Always. These shows always do that. James Oberg is the worst. He always errs on the side of science and NASA.

Jake59 March 28, 2012 at 7:05 PM

I haven’t seen the episodes yet, but I am willing to conjecture that it will try to explain away some of the best anomalous phenomena as reflections, ice crystals, space junk, natural phenomena and unidentified human built objects. In other words a program by skeptics to discredit some of the best sightings.

Paul Cook March 28, 2012 at 7:10 PM

I saw the episode and sure enough they eventually get to the “experts” (mostly James Oberg) who always debunk what was seen or video taped. These shows always err on the side of science and “what is known”. There was nothing new here.

Jake59 March 28, 2012 at 7:16 PM

I’ll restrain my criticism and try to watch the program.

Jake59 March 28, 2012 at 7:16 PM

I’ll restrain my criticism and try to watch the program.

Paul Cook March 28, 2012 at 7:10 PM

I saw the episode and sure enough they eventually get to the “experts” (mostly James Oberg) who always debunk what was seen or video taped. These shows always err on the side of science and “what is known”. There was nothing new here.

Jake59 March 28, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Project Blue Book Special Report 14 (a scientific study of UFO by the US government) indicated that of all the UFO cases they studied about 22% were unexplained AND the more information they received of those 22% the LESS they were able to be explained.

A scientific study of UFOs by the French, released in 1999, named COMETA concluded that 5% of the UFOs they studied could not be explained. Furthermore they concluded that the ET Hypothesis fit best.

July 29, 1952 USAF orders pilots to “shoot down” flying saucers over white house:

http://www.roswellproof.com/ShootDown_INS_72952.html

AA guns placed around US airports in response to shoot down order:

http://www.roswellproof.com/ShootDown_LATimes_80152.html

July 28, 1952 USAF admits that they have detected what appear to be “flying saucers” on radar and that they might be spacecraft from other planets.

http://tinyurl.com/7jl8e23

April 7, 1952 LIFE magazine in cooperation with the USAF makes the case for ET visitation:

http://tinyurl.com/7df8hcw

Note conclusions 3 and 4

Conclusion 3: These objects cannot be explained by present science as natural phenomena-but soley as artificial devices, created and operated by a high intelligence.

Conclusion 4: Finally, no power plant known or projected on earth could account for the performance of these devices.

Ken Plant April 1, 2012 at 4:22 AM

People that laugh off ufo’s are just butt hurt they haven’t seen one or several. Must be the lack of sensory perception or missing body parts or mental capacity?

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