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By: John Powell Re: Secrecy THE SCIENCE AND POLITICS OF UFO RESEARCH A Symposium, October 28 and 29, 1995, at the Radisson Hotel St. Paul, Minnesota. Presented by The Science Museum of Minnesota in cooperation with UFO Magazine. The American government holds more than a trillion classified documents and there is a growing trend towards conducting science in secret. Increasingly, scientists sign away their freedoms to work on government-funded research. By choosing what kind of research to fund, the government can (and sometimes does) control the direction of scientific progress, often keeping the knowledge gained to itself. As a result, we now have good reason to doubt what we are told about the world by both government authorities and many of those in the scientific community. The 1995 Science and Politics of UFO Research Symposium will use the UFO phenomenon as a vehicle with which to explore the closed and cloistered world of government research, the process of scientific discovery, and the strange and often uncomfortable relationship between science and politics. Regardless of what you think or believe about UFOs, the phenomenon provides a unique living classroom in which we can explore how science works in the real world. All sessions will take place in the Minnesota Ballroom of the Radisson Hotel, 11 East Kellogg Boulevard, St. Paul, Minnesota. Early registration discount before August 31! See information below. *** Scheduled To Speak *** -- Terry Hansen, science journalist, symposium moderator. -- Glenn Campbell is a former computer software developer turned anti-secrecy activist who has successfully called the attention of the national news media to strange goings on at Area 51, a highly secret desert research facility that some have claimed is involved in government UFO research. -- Don C. Donderi, associate professor, is a research psychologist who has an interest in the UFO abduction phenomenon. He participated in a conference on the subject held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in June 1992. He has studied the UFO phenomenon since 1966. -- Ann Druffel is a long-time UFO researcher and author of several books and many articles on the subject. She is just completing a biography of the late University of Arizona atmospheric physicist James McDonald, who courageously defended the cause of UFO research in the 1960s. -- Richard Haines, Ph.D., is a physiological psychologist retired from NASA Ames Research Center, where he did extensive research on various aspects of the U.S. space program. He has a special interest in pilot reports of UFOs, analysis of UFO films and photos, and CE-IV (abduction) reports. He is the author of several books about UFOs. -- David M. Jacobs, professor, teaches a college-level course in UFO research at Temple University. He received one of the first doctorates awarded for research on a UFO-related subject, and is author of The UFO Controversy in America and Secret Life, a study of UFO abduction reports. -- George Knapp is an investigative journalist and video producer best known for breaking the story of Bob Lazar, a self- professed government scientist who claims to have back- engineered UFO technology at Area 51. Knapp has more recently traveled to the former Soviet Union where he interviewed Russian scientists about UFO research there. -- Bruce Maccabee, Ph.D., is an optical physicist for the Naval Surface Weapons Research Lab. He has a special interest in UFO photos and films and has published several scientific papers on the subject. -- Jeffrey W. Sainio is a broadcast technician and videotape analyst for the Mutual UFO Network. He has analyzed many videotapes alleged to be of UFOs, some of which he has concluded are genuine. -- Michael Swords, professor, is a former editor of the Journal of UFO Studies for the J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies. He has a special interest in the government's behind-the- scenes relationship with the controversial University of Colorado UFO research project headed by Dr. Edward Condon. *** Symposium Schedule *** -Saturday, October 28 8:30 a.m. Conference check-in St. Paul Radisson Hotel Minnesota Ballroom foyer 9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introduction to the UFO Controversy (Terry Hansen, science journalist, symposium moderator) 9:20 a.m. UFO Evidence From Motion-Picture Films and Photographs (Richard Haines, Ph.D., physiological psychologist, NASA Ames Research Center, retired) 10:20 a.m. Questions from audience and discussion 10:50 a.m. Break 11:05 a.m. Analysis of UFO Evidence From Videotape Records (Jeffrey W. Sainio, broadcast technician, MUFON videotape analyst) 12:05 p.m. Questions from the audience and discussion 12:35 p.m. Break for lunch 2:00 p.m. Analysis of UFO Evidence From Videotapes and Films (Bruce Maccabee, Ph.D., optical physicist, Naval Surface Weapons Lab) 3:00 p.m. Questions from audience and discussion 3:30 p.m. Break 3:45 p.m. UFO Research in the Former Soviet Union (George Knapp, investigative journalist, video producer) 4:45 p.m. Questions from audience and discussion 5:15 p.m. Break for dinner 7:15 p.m. The University of Colorado "Condon" UFO Study and the U.S. Government (Michael Swords, Ph.D., Western Michigan University, former editor JUFOS, Center for UFO Studies) 8:15 p.m. Questions from audience and discussion 8:45 p.m. Panel discussion: Media Coverage of the UFO Controversy; Publishing UFO Research Results; The Politics of Science and Technology in the Post Cold-War Era; Conflicts of Interest Between Science and Weapons Development Participants: Terry Hansen (moderator) Jeffrey Sainio Bruce Maccabee George Knapp Michael Swords Glenn Campbell -Sunday, October 29 8:30 a.m. Conference check-in St. Paul Radisson Hotel Minnesota Ballroom foyer 9 a.m. Welcome back (Terry Hansen) 9:15 a.m. Tales of the Test Site: Area 51 and the Human Circus (Glenn Campbell, anti-secrecy activist, Area 51 Research Center) 10:15 a.m. Questions from audience and discussion 10:45 a.m. Break 11 a.m. A Scientist versus the System: Dr. James E. McDonald's Fight for UFO Knowledge (Ann Druffel, long-time UFO investigator and author of many books and articles on the subject) 12:00 Noon Questions from audience and discussion 12:30 p.m. Break for lunch 2 p.m. The History of UFO Abduction Research and Current Issues(David M. Jacobs, Ph.D., Department of History, Temple University) 3:00 p.m. Questions from audience and discussion 3:30 p.m. Break 3:45 p.m. The Scientific Context of Abduction Research (Don C. Donderi, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Psychology, McGill University) 4:45 p.m. Questions from audience and discussion 5:15 p.m. Break for dinner. 7:15 p.m. Panel discussion: UFO Abduction Experience Hypotheses; Limitations of the Scientific Method; Current Research Handicaps Participants: Terry Hansen (moderator) Ann Druffel David Jacobs Don Donderi Richard Haines 8:45 p.m. Closing comments and adjourn. * E-mail address for content questions: Note: The above schedule may need to be revised as conference date approaches. *** Registration Information *** - Two-day, single-day, or half-day rates are available. See rates below. - Preregistration is recommended. Early-bird discounts are available for those who register before August 31, 1995. - Please allow two to three weeks for registration processing. You will receive a written confirmation in the mail. *** Fees *** Before August 31 After September 1 Full two days: $90 $120 One day: $50 $70 Half day: $30 $50 Student rate: 15% discount (high school and university students with i.d.) Group Discount: 15% discount for groups of 10 or more (must register together as a group). Note: If you are registering for the one-day or half-day option, there is no need to specify which day or half day you wish to attend. Cancellations/Refunds: All cancellations must be in writing. Cancellations received before September 29, 1995, will receive a refund less a $25 processing charge. Cancellations received after September 30 will be subject to a $50 cancellation fee. No refunds will be made after October 13. For additional information: Call The Science Museum of Minnesota at (612) 221-4742. Or E-mail *** Accommodations *** The Radisson Hotel is offering special rates for conference attendees. Some other nearby hotels are listed below as well. Plan to make reservations well in advance of conference dates. Radisson Hotel 11 East Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55101 Special Conference Rate. $80 per night single or double. Airport Express service: $8 one way, $11.50 round-trip, shuttles every half hour. When you call for reservations, make sure to mention that you are registered for the Science Museum of Minnesota's UFO conference. Call 1-800-333-3333 or 612-292-1900 (call early to ensure space availability). Crown Sterling Suites 175 East 10th Street, St. Paul, MN 55101 Two-room suites. Regular suites: $139/night for single or double. Executive suites: $167/night for single or double. Free parking. Free airport shuttle. Call 1-800-433-4600. Kelly Inn Best Western 161 St. Anthony Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55101 $84/night for double room. $74/night for single room. Free parking. Call 612-227-8711. *** Registration *** Complete this form and return to: Science Museum of Minnesota Continuing Education 30 East 10th Street St. Paul, MN 55101 Fax: (612) 221-4528 Name(s)__________________________________________________ Address__________________________________________________ City_____________________________State_____Zip___________ Phone Number (day) (____)______-__________ (eve) (____)______-__________ Registrations on or before August 31 Two-days: (No. Attending) x $90 per person = $__________ One-day: (No. Attending) x $50 per person = $__________ Half-day: (No. Attending) x $30 per person = $__________ Check here if you are a student (15% discount) Enclose a copy of ID card or fee statement. (___) If registering for a group of 10 or more take 15% discount. TOTAL DUE:$__________ Registrations on or after September 1 Two-days: (No. Attending) x$120 per person = $__________ One-day: (No. Attending) x $70 per person = $__________ Half-day: (No. Attending) x $50 per person = $__________ Check here if you are a student (15% discount) Enclose a copy of ID card or fee statement. (___) If registering for a group of 10 or more take 15% discount. TOTAL DUE:$__________ ***** DO NOT E-MAIL YOUR CREDIT CARD NUMBER ***** Payment ( ) Check or Money-order enclosed (Make payable to "Science Museum of Minnesota") Credit card: ( ) Visa ( ) MasterCard ( ) Discover Credit Card #____________________________Exp date_______ Signature_______________________________________________ Questions?: Call the Science Museum of Minnesota (612) 221-4742 Or E-mail ----------------------------------------------------------------- PRELIMINARY CONFERENCE DETAILS by Julian Hiscox. COSPAR The international Committee on Space Research, COSPAR 1996 commission F assembly will be held in Birmingham (England!) between the 14th and 20th July, 1996. So far, MARSBUGS has learned that there will be a symposium on planetary engineering-- Implanting Life on Mars--organized by Prof. Robert H. Haynes (President of the Royal Society of Canada). IAF Congress The 46th IAF Congress of the international Astronautical Federation will be held in Oslo, Norway, between the 2nd and 6th October, 1996. The conference is entitled, ,,Benefits of Space for Humanity.% The Case for Mars International Conference for the Exploration and Colonization of Mars will be held at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA, July 17th-20th, 1996. Further details may be found on: Further details on the above conferences will be published when available. ----------------------------------------------------------------- JOURNAL REVIEW: JBIS by Julian Hiscox. JBIS is short for the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, which is devoted to the science and technology of space. It is published by the British Interplanetary Society ( a British pro-space society based in --- FMail/386 1.02 * Origin: Absence of Evidence is not Evidence of Absence BBS (1:261/1201) SEEN-BY: 102/2 138 747 752 835 852 890 943 270/101 280/1 26 31 52 66 101 103 SEEN-BY: 280/113 122 333 @PATH: 261/1201 1087 1096 270/101 280/1 102/2 835 943 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ (35) Thu 21 Sep 95 21:49 By: John Powell To: All Re: 2 Secrecy St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:e1e0 1f35ae20 @SPLIT: 21 Sep 95 23:51:54 @261/1201 15 02/02 +++++++++++ @PID: BWRA 3.02 [Eval] London. Back issues are available from them at a modest cost (about $10 including postage). The past several issues may be of interest to MARSBUGS readers as they detail Mars Exploration in three special issues edited by Dr. Robert Zubrin. In this issue of MARSBUGS we will briefly review the first issue of this series. Author addresses are provided so that reprints may be more easily obtained. JBIS Vol.48, No. 7. Mars Exploration (Part 1). Practical methods for near-term human exploration of Mars. Authors: Robert M. Zubrin, Martin Marietta Astronautics, PO Box 179, Denver, CO 80201, USA. David B. Weaver, Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas 77058, USA. The paper describes a mechanism by which human exploration of Mars may be realized using near-term technology. The key focus of the article is in situ propellant production utilizing Martian resources, specifically the production of CH4/O2 and H2O on the Martian surface. The authors also discuss a variety of missions, habitats, consumable and crew composition. Also, presented is how this technology may be applied for a return to the Moon. The article is well written and although it contains some technical detail, it is easily understood. Exploration of the future habitability of Mars. Author: Martyn J. Fogg, Probability Research Group, c/o 44 Hogarth Court, Fountain Drive, London, SE19 1UY, U.K. This paper is essentially a review article concerning the materials on Mars required for planetary engineering, specifically terraforming (the creation of a human habitable biosphere). The paper is well written and Fogg briefly reviews what is required to terraform Mars and then describes the ancient climate of Mars, making the point that Mars was once more clement for life. Fogg then describes what is known about the current volatile inventory, concentrating specifically of the location and quantity of CO2 and H2O. Concepts for in situ resource utilization on Mars--a personal historical perspective. Author: J.R. French, JRF Engineering Services, 2111 Selby Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90025, USA. This is a short article essentially summed up by the title. It is written by a previous Manager of Advanced Studies at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and presents a non-technical history of in situ propellant production (ISPP). The author makes the excellent point that during exploration of the Earth, materials such as food and fuel were obtained along the way, rather than taken for both forward and return journeys. The article argues that ISPP is a logical step in space exploration. Mars multi-sample return mission. Authors: Evgeny Y.A. Shafirovich and Udo I. Goldshleger, Institute of Structural Macrokinetics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Chernogolovka, Moscow 142432, Russia. The paper describes a Mars sample return mission, with a single assent/ decent vehicle. The mission calls for either a direct return to Earth or a rendezvous in low Martian orbit; three hops on Mars are planned. In situ resources are utilized with Martian CO2 acting as an oxidizer. The paper goes into detail on the performance characteristics of a CO2/metal rocket engine and the authors estimate that an improved Proton or Ariane-5 launcher is sufficient for the mission. Terraforming Mars with four war-surplus bombs. Author: Robert A. Mole, 1441 Mariposa Avenue, Boulder, Co. 80302. USA. Mole presents a scenario, similar to Sagan's, in which nuclear devices would be used to generate dust, which would cover and darken the Martian South Polar Cap. This, he suggests, would cause the CO2 to sublime (via solar heating) and trigger the runaway greenhouse affect described by McKay, Toon, Kasting and McKay and Zubrin. Mole bases his estimates on the eruption of Mount St. Helens and the amount of dust released from that explosion, although precise calculations are absent. ----------------------------------------------------------------- End Marsbugs Vol. 2, No. 11.


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