An Astrophysicist Reports on the UFO Enigma
The UFO Enigma by Peter Sturrock
About the Author
PETER STURROCK is emeritus professor of applied physics and
emeritus director of the Center for Space Science and Astrophysics
at Stanford University. He has received numerous awards including
prizes from the American Astronomical Society; The American
Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; Cambridge University;
The Gravity Foundation; and the National Academy of Sciences. His
other publications include five edited volumes, two monographs,
and over two hundred scientific articles.
One of the major mysteries of our time, it continues to evoke
intense public interest but has received scant scientific
scrutiny-until now... THE UFO ENIGMA.
For over fifty years, the modern UFO controversy has raged
between believers and debunkers, with very little input from the
scientific community. The only unclassified, government-sponsored
scientific study in the United States was the Colorado Project,
which led to the 1967 Condon Report advising the Air Force that
further examination of UFOs was useless. Official U.S.
investigation came to a grinding halt-while other countries, most
notably France, continued with research programs that found
dramatic new evidence.
Now, in a major report commissioned by Laurance S. Rockefeller,
world-renowned scientists debate the physical evidence in puzzling
cases presented by UFO investigators. THE UFO ENIGMA overrides the
Condon Report and concludes that there is much we could learn from
further study of the phenomenon-if the evidence is carefully
collected and scientifically analyzed.
An international panel of scientists grilled UFO researchers
and examined dozens of cases including: Paris, 1984: Military
radar confirms a commercial airline pilot's report of a gigantic
disk, more than a half mile in diameter. Mansfield, Ohio, 1978:
Four crew members of an Army Reserve helicopter give vivid
accounts of an encounter with an unknown cylindrical object,
during which their flight control system malfunctioned. Southern
France, 1981: Police and scientific investigators find physical
traces in the soil and biochemical changes in vegetation at the
location of a reported landing of an ovoid object. Dayton, Texas,
1980: Three witnesses who observe a large, flaming object
subsequently suffer debilitating radiation-type injuries.
A report on the conference findings along with supporting case
material, THE UFO ENIGMA is not about alleged abductions or
government cover-ups, nor about purported hoaxes or "shared
illusions." With its focused scope and sober assessment by a
distinguished scientific panel, its findings may be even more
challenging-and more disturbing-than any of us dared to imagine.