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So what was Marcel actually photographed with in the famous picture? The real debris from the actual crash site?
After Marcel got on the plane with his box of debris from the crash, a car pulled up alongside the plane. Some packages wrapped in brown paper were handed over and loaded onto the plane, one of these packages was a triangle shape.
When Marcel arrived at General Ramey's office, Ramey took him into another room to look at a map of where the crash had happened. When they came back into Ramey's office, Marcel's box of debris was gone and the weather balloon was there in its place.
That part about switching the real debris for the weather balloon doesn't make any sense to me if they are going to go ahead and photograph him with the real debris.
Stan Friedman got Marcel to sit down in front of the cameras for a documentary and Marcel, in that documentary, says the same thing. If he’s in the picture, it’s the real debris. If it is anyone else, then it is not.
I don't think the book said why Marcel went public, most things I've seen suggest he wanted to know the truth. I'm not buying that because he already knew what happened, I think he just wanted to let the world know he wasn't so stupid that he couldn't identify a balloon.
I'm not really interested in the metal but I know some of you are. All I can tell you is that there was a consensus among the scientists who tested it, that it was not from this planet. Some of it could be easily ripped and changed, other pieces were very thin but strong and flexible, it couldn't be dented. Some of it was flimsy but really tough and some was almost like foil but strong. The military couldn't identify it and the analysts were puzzled by it, it was unknown to them.
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I did say I wasn't really interested in the metal, but here are three names you could have found yourself at the Amazon link I posted.
C. M. Craighead, F. Fawn and L. W. Eastwood.
Although scientists have known about and experimented with SMA's since 1932, it wasn't until 1962 that the materials came out of the laboratory. William Beuhler, working at the US Naval labs, discovered the SMA effect in an alloy of nickel and titanium. At the time the scientific team were trying to develop a heat and corrosive resistant alloy. In the process of creating a corrosive resistant alloy, they created a Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) made of 55% nickel and 45% titanium. This new material was relatively inexpensive and much safer (non-toxic) than previous SMA's.
The team named their new alloy Nitinol (pronounced night-in-all). The name represents its elemental components and place of origin. The "Ni" and "Ti" are the atomic symbols for nickel and titanium. The "NOL" stands for the Naval Ordinance Laboratory where it was discovered.
Although the mixture of nickel to titanium in nitinol is about equal, the smallest change in the ratio of the two compounds has a dramatic effect on the transition temperature of the resulting alloy. For instances, a 1% difference in the ratio varies the transition temperature from -100 to +100 C. Every company manufacturing nitinol products today must hold the ratio of the components to a precise level to insure a stable and repeatable transition temperature. The nitinol alloy we are experimenting with has a transition temperature of 70C (158F).
What makes you think there's a difference?
This is the man that they would have you believe could not tell the difference between tin foil, balsa wood, neoprene and something that came from another planet.
The description in the newspaper article of the debris found seems to match a balloon perfectly, just like the description in the FBI memo, and frankly those newspaper reports are some of the most unbiased evidence we have. They were written before so many people tried to twist and distort events to sell books.
The next day he first heard about the flying disks, and he wondered if what he had found might be the remnants of one of these.
When the debris was gathered up the tinfoil, paper, tape, and sticks made a bundle about 18 or 20 inches long and about 5 inches thick. In all, he estimated, the entire lot would have weighed maybe five pounds
Considerable scotch tape and some tape with flowers printed upon it had been used in the construction.