posted on Apr, 26 2009 @ 06:41 AM
Google STS-75 and my name for some skeptical comments and analysis, and I can post more if you want it, here. Seems to me the 'UFO interpretation'
of these scenes is based on folks without any experience in how space images look naturally, and for their own make-believe thrills have conjured up
this vast (well, maybe not so big -- only half vast) conspiracy theory that makes relatives and friends snicker. Maybe your relatives and friends are
right on this. If you can live with that, follow the steps above.
-- Jim Oberg
Here's a review by George Earley in 'UFO Magazine' :
UFOMAG.COM: UFO Magazine Online
Evidence: The Case for NASA UFOs
Three hours, VHS. Los Angeles: Terra Entertainment, $24.95. (800) 723-9479
Ever since John Glenn reported "fireflies" drifting outside his orbiting space capsule, undereducated space enthusiasts have been fantasizing
about some form of "space life" tracking our manned and unmanned space flights. David Sereda is the latest of such enthusiasts.
In his lecture, Mr. Sereda-whose background, as spelled out on his website (www.nasaufos.com), shows no particular qualifications for anything
resembling scientific analysis of space shuttle activity-gives us his interpretation of some NASA shuttle video footage, asks a lot of rhetorical
questions, mixes in some scientific-sounding jargon, infers a lot, but presents nothing in the way of solid, scientifically testable evidence.
According to the introduction by Dan Ackroyd, whose scientific background includes playing both a ghostbuster and a coneheaded alien, the evidence
Sereda unveils in this video is "irrefutable and undeniable." It will further, Mr. Ackroyd intones dramatically, prepare us for the vital revelation
that "we are not alone in the multi-verse." Oh! for a dollar every time I was promised that proof during the past 50 years! I suspect younger
readers will wait another 50 years and still not see that revelation fulfilled. Certainly there is nothing in this video to warrant any enthusiasm
about forthcoming alien-human contact.
Much of Mr. Sereda's "evidence" revolves around his interpretation of video footage, shown with yawning repetitiveness, taken during the STS-75
space shuttle mission some years ago.
Basically, what we see are a lot of spots of light of different sizes, moving about on the screen-some fast, some slow, some bright, some dim.
Frankly, I was reminded of one-celled critters in a drop of water, filmed through a microscope. If these are alien ships, not only are there an awful
lot of them, but also they seem to have no greater purpose in mind than to move randomly about. Not once did one of these two- to
three-miles-in-diameter (by Sereda's reckoning) alien ships cruise up close to exchange a friendly wave with shuttle mission commander Andy Allen.
In fact, writing back in early 2001, Allen flatly stated that "As far as the question about floating objects that we see, it is mostly debris and
Orbiter-induced particulates. We see a lot of dust, ice, and other debris collected in the vehicle during ground processing (it's very clean, but not
perfectly clean) that will dislodge or float up in zero gravity. We also see a lot of crystals and particulates as remnants from water dumps, RCS
firings, OMS [thruster] firings, etc." But what does Allen know, eh? He's only on the scene. He's only been trained for years for the job of
mission commander. He is merely trusted with the task of taking a multi-million-dollar ship up into orbit and safely returning it and its crew to
earth. How can that job compare with Sereda's six years of watching anonymous blobs float about on a television screen while intuiting his own
truths? After all, mission commander Allen is paid by the government! He's taking money from the same government Mr. Sereda is convinced is
orchestrating a massive cover-up of visiting space life. Why, he is as untrustworthy as this reviewer, whose social security check is seen by many
conspiracists as the means to pay me off for being skeptical about Mr. Sereda and others of that ilk and their wild speculations.
Sereda knows about the conventional explanations for what is shown on those videos. People with far greater technical knowledge than he possesses
have explained it to him over the years. He remains unconvinced . . . perhaps because making money from this video, and the book of the same title
from which it was adapted, is quicker and easier than acquiring the scientific knowledge to truly understand what they are telling him.
The video degenerates badly during the last half of the second cassette as Sereda drags in crop circles, the Dogon tribe of Africa and their
alleged astronomical knowledge, visiting aliens (half fish and half human) who allegedly brought civilization to the ancient peoples of what is now
the Middle East, and a great deal more wild speculation.
It's the Procrustes effect at work here: establish a frame of belief and then trim or stretch your "evidence" to fit the frame.
In fairness, I must note the video is a grand soporific . . . insomniacs might find it more effective than counting sheep. Caveat emptor, you
George W. Earley George W. Earley has spent over 50 years studying and assessing the varying and often contradictory claims of ufologists. His home
sits on an old glacial moraine of Mount Hood, overlooking a large meadow that UFOs continue to avoid.
[edit on 26-4-2009 by JimOberg]