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[ Form has two dates on it, Sept. 25(23?)1967 and Jan. 26, 1968.
It should be noted that Kecksburg is also referred to as KLECKSBURG, "Klecksburg Incident" or "ACME and...
I. NASA’s FOIA Searches
This action arises from plaintiff’s request for historical
documents concerning an object that allegedly fell from the sky
and crashed in Kecksburg, Pennsylvania in 1965. On January 31,
2003, plaintiff submitted a FOIA request to NASA seeking
documents related or referring to Kecksburg, the December 9, 1965
incident, the “Fragology Files” for 1962 to 1967, Richard M.
Schulherr, Project Moon Dust, and “Cosmos 96.” NASA has conducted
four searches pursuant to this FOIA request, which plaintiff
argues have been insufficient.
NASA Lawsuit conclusions (pdf).
It’s worth noting that NASA sent no news articles or clippings about this fireball that was seen over at least four states; was noted by astronomers; and was considered to be a spectacular meteor when it occurred. Seen by thousands, it was covered in major papers all over North America - in Boston, Toronto, Ohio, San Jose, for example - and of course throughout Pennsylvania. NASA did send newspaper stories about other meteors and fireballs and related events around this time, but not this one. Yet, I suspect this was a bigger, more widely reported story than the ones I was sent. The story of the brilliant orange fireball was widely distributed through UPI and the Associated Press – even picked up by the New York Times – and also made it into the Times of London. Why were none of these news stories in NASA’s files, even though clippings of much lesser, but similar, events were?