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Sonntag, 16. September 2012 - 19:16 Uhr

Mars-Curiosity-Chroniken - Curiosity sieht Mini-SoFi durch Deimos Sol-37-Sol-40

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This image was taken by Mastcam: Left (MAST_LEFT) onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 37 (2012-09-13 05:15:28 UTC) .

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems

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NASA's Curiosity rover has caught sight of its first solar eclipse from the surface of Mars — a slight bite taken out of the sun by the Martian moon Phobos, as seen from the rover's vantage point in Gale Crater on Thursday.

Curiosity's Mastcam imaging system captured this image of the partial mini-eclipse through a neutral density filter that reduced the sunlight to a thousandth of its natural intensity. After all, you wouldn't want Curiosity to blow out its camera on Mars, any more than you would want to damage your own eyes by staring at the sun without eclipse-viewing glasses. The bright spots in the darkness surrounding the sun may look like stars, but Keri Bean, a member of Curiosity's team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, told me they're just "hot pixels" — flaws in the raw image data.

The rover was programmed to take hundreds of high-resolution images during the transit, and eventually they could be transmitted and assembled into Curiosity's first eclipse movie. But that may take a while, due to the limited data-transmission bandwidth and the $2.5 billion mission's other priorities. Meanwhile, Curiosity has two more opportunities over the next couple of days to watch solar transits by Phobos and Mars' smaller moon, Deimos.

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Aufnahmen von Sol 38

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This image was taken by Navcam: Left A (NAV_LEFT_A) onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 38 (2012-09-14 05:15:28 UTC) .

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32 Meters of Open Martian Road

Sol 38 (Sept. 13, 2012) was destined to be a driving day for NASA's latest edition to the Martian landscape. Curiosity perambulated over 105 feet (32 meters) of unpaved Gale Crater during yesterday's drive. The rover's odometer now clocks in at 466 feet (142 meters) covered since the landing on Aug. 5.

The sol's activities also included pre- and post-drive imaging of the road ahead by both Mastcam and Hazcam, and science measurements from the DAN and REMS instruments.

In addition, Curiosity's science instruments performed observations and measurements, including Mastcam observations of the Martian moon Phobos passing in front of the sun.

Curiosity continues to work in good health. Sol 38, in Mars local mean solar time at Gale Crater, ended at 8:34 a.m. on Sept. 14, PDT.

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Aufnahmen von Sol 39

This image was taken by Rear Hazcam: Right A (RHAZ_RIGHT_A) onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 39 (2012-09-15 05:25:43 UTC) .

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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This image was taken by Mastcam: Right (MAST_RIGHT) onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 39 (2012-09-15 03:25:15 UTC) .

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Aufnahmen von Sol 40

This image was taken by Navcam: Right A (NAV_RIGHT_A) onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 40 (2012-09-16 07:08:22 UTC) .

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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This image was taken by Navcam: Right A (NAV_RIGHT_A) onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 40 (2012-09-16 07:18:17 UTC) .

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This image was taken by Navcam: Left A (NAV_LEFT_A) onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 40 (2012-09-16 07:10:21 UTC) .

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This image was taken by Front Hazcam: Right A (FHAZ_RIGHT_A) onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 40 (2012-09-16 07:07:01 UTC) .

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech


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Samstag, 15. September 2012 - 16:52 Uhr

Mars-Chroniken - Blick in das Mars-Rover-Opportunity-Foto-Archiv

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Neben den täglich neuen Mars.Aufmahmen von Mars-Rover Curiosity, gibt es aber auch immr noch faszinierende Aufnahmen von den vorausgegangenen Rover.Missionen, die hier für einen kleinen Teil gezeigt werden sollen:

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An enhanced-color image of the Chocolate Hills rock on Mars shows a strange coating that one researcher has called a "blueberry sandwich." The coating appears blue in this picture due to the false-color effect, but the naked eye would see this scene in shades of rusty red. Chocolate Hills is about the size of a loaf of bread.

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A microscopic image from NASA's Opportunity rover shows a concentration of spherules, or "blueberries," within a depression known as the "Berry Bowl," including an unusual triplet of connected blueberries. The triplet is a telltale sign that the spherules likely formed through the interaction of mineral-laden water with rock.

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A photo from the Opportunity rover's Microscopic Imager shows strange spherules covering a Martian outcrop nicknamed Kirkwood. The view covers an area about 2.4 inches (6 centimeters) across.

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Samstag, 15. September 2012 - 11:29 Uhr

Mars-Curiosity-Chroniken - Curiosity-News Sol 38

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This image was taken by Mastcam: Right (MAST_RIGHT) onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 38 (2012-09-14 02:39:02 UTC) .

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This image was taken by Rear Hazcam: Right A (RHAZ_RIGHT_A) onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 38 (2012-09-14 05:13:05 UTC)

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This image was taken by Front Hazcam: Left A (FHAZ_LEFT_A) onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 38 (2012-09-14 05:12:38 UTC) .

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech


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Samstag, 15. September 2012 - 10:59 Uhr

Raumfahrt - Neil Armstrong Gedenkfeier+See-Bestattung

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First Man on the Moon Remembered for 'Courage, Grace and Humility'
Former Apollo astronauts, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, and other dignitaries gathered at Washington's National Cathedral on Thursday, Sept. 13, to pay tribute to Neil Armstrong, the Apollo 11 commander and first man on the moon, who died on August 25. 
"Neil will always be remembered for taking humankind's first small step on another world," said Administrator Bolden. "But it was the courage, grace and humility he displayed throughout his life that lifted him above the stars."
"Neil Armstrong left more than footprints and a flag on the moon," Bolden added. "He left a foundation for the future and paved the way for future American explorers to be the first to step foot on Mars or another planet." 
› Read Administrator Bolden's Full Remarks | › Share Your Thoughts
Armstrong's Apollo 11 crewmates Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin, Eugene A. Cernan, the Apollo 17 mission commander and last man to walk on the moon, and John Glenn, the former Senator and first American to orbit the Earth, also attended the service. Cernan joined Administrator Bolden and former Secretary of the Treasury John W. Snow in offering tributes, while Collins lead prayers. The popular jazz singer-songwriter Diana Krall performed "Fly Me to the Moon." The U.S. Navy Band "Sea Chanters," the Cathedral Choir, and the Metropolitan Opera Brass also performed, and The Right Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, bishop of Washington, offered the homily in honoring Armstrong's life. 
› Memorial Service Program (365 KB PDF)
'It was never about Neil'
"In Neil's mind, it was never about Neil," said Apollo 17 Commander Gene Cernan. "It was about you, your mothers and fathers, your grandparents, those of an earlier generation, who gave him the opportunity to walk on the moon. . . . He always gave credit to those who just didn't know it couldn't be done." 
"He knew who he was and he understood the immensity of what he had done. Yet Neil was always willing to give of himself," said Cernan, who told of trips that he, Armstrong and Apollo 13 commander Jim Lovell made to visit troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. 
"Those young men and women, who had yet to be born when Neil walked on the moon, greeted him with enthusiasm," said Cernan. "They asked him, 'Why are you here?' Neil's honest and thoughtful reply was, 'Because you are here'."
Giant Leap for Mankind
Armstrong's words "That is one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind," spoken on July 20, 1969, as he became the first person ever to step onto another planetary body, instantly became a part of history.
Those few words from the Sea of Tranquillity were the climactic fulfillment of the efforts and hopes of millions of people and the expenditure of billions of dollars. A plaque on one of the lander's legs that concluded "We came in peace for all mankind," further emphasized that Armstrong and fellow astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin were there as representatives of all humans.
Washington National Cathedral is called to be the spiritual home for the nation and brings the country together at important moments to pray, commemorate, celebrate, and mourn. The Cathedral has also long worked to recognize NASA and our country's space program. Armstrong, along with fellow astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, presented the Cathedral with a moon rock brought back from their Apollo 11 mission. The presentation took place in a service on July 21, 1974, commemorating the fifth anniversary of the first steps on the moon. The iconic Space Window that would later display the sample of lunar rock was also dedicated at that service.
On October 23, 1983, astronauts Collins and Capt. Frederick H. Hauck took part in a service to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of NASA at the Cathedral. The Cathedral was also the location of a memorial service on February 6, 2003, for the crew of Space Shuttle Columbia, who had died during reentry into the Earth's atmosphere.
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Update: 14.09.2012
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Update: 15.09.2012
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Neil Armstrong Laid to Rest in Atlantic
 
First Man on the Moon Remembered for 'Courage, Grace and Humility'

Neil Armstrong, Apollo 11 commander and first man on the moon, was laid to rest in the Atlantic on Friday, Sept. 14, in a burial at sea ceremony aboard the USS Philippine Sea.
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Samstag, 15. September 2012 - 10:47 Uhr

Raumfahrt - Japan´s HTV-III vor Re-Entry

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Japan’s third H-II Transfer Vehicle departed the International Space Station on Sept. 12 following a seven-week stay.
NASA and Japanese astronauts Joe Acaba and Akihiko Hoshide unberthed the 32-ft.-long spacecraft from the station’s U.S. segment Harmony module using the Canadian robot arm shortly before 7 a.m. EDT. The capsule was released at 11:50 a.m. EDT.
The automated resupply craft rendezvoused with the station on July 27, a week after its launching. The capsule was grappled and berthed by the station’s crew with the robot arm, providing 4.6 tons of food, clothing and research gear that included the first space aquarium for studies of bone and muscle loss in weightlessness using fish, a ground-controlled Earth observation camera for environmental studies and NASA’s external Space Communications and Navigation Testbed.
The unberthing was delayed by six days to accommodate an unplanned spacewalk by Hoshide and NASA astronaut Sunita Williams to replace the station’s Main Bus Switching Unit-1. The repairs were slowed by a jammed bolt. The HTV, which was loaded with trash before it departed, is scheduled for a destructive descent into the Earth’s atmosphere early Sept. 14.
Prior to its release, the capsule was equipped with Japan’s Re-entry Breakup Recorder, which will gather and transmit navigational, temperature and accelerometer data during the re-entry.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s fourth  HTV resupply mission is scheduled to launch in June 2013.
Quelle: NASDA
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NASA-TV-LIVE-Frams von HTV-III-Abdockmanöver
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Samstag, 15. September 2012 - 10:15 Uhr

Raumfahrt - KSC-Shuttle-Landebahn zu Spaceport umgewandelt?

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As the Kennedy Space Center prepares to bid farewell to space shuttle Endeavour next week, NASA administrators are looking ahead to the future, including turning over the Shuttle Landing Facility to a commercial entity.

Now that there are no space shuttles lifting off from or touching down at the Space Coast, what's to become of the 15,000-foot-long runway?

It may be deserted now, but the KSC wants it to be a part of a thriving multi-use spaceport -- as a horizontal launch and landing facility, among other things.

Executives with the Titusville-Cocoa Airport Authority said they plan to bid for the landing facility. They said taking it over will help with their goal to make the Space Coast Regional Airport a Spaceport.

NASA is looking at all of its options.

"The goal here is to keep this asset -- it's an incredible asset -- and find an entity that will operate it on a more commercial basis, without any NASA funding, but in a way that NASA still has access to it when we need it and on the terms that we need it," said Joyce Riquelme with the Center for Planning Development Directorate.

NASA wants to make sure the runway will be used for space activity. However, they do have contracts with race car companies that test straight-line aerodynamics here.

Applications to take over the Shuttle Landing Facility are due by Monday, Sept. 24. Space Center administrators will make a decision within the next year.

Quelle:NASA


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Freitag, 14. September 2012 - 11:00 Uhr

Ufo-Forschung - Über 30 Jahre Zusammenarbeit mit SUFOI in Dänemark-Teil-2

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Ole Henningsen/SUFOI und Hansjürgen Köhler/CENAP beim Blick in die dänische Luftwaffe-UFO-Akten

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Im Gespräch mit Ole Henningsen/SUFOI kam heraus, das in den dänischen Luftwaffen-UFO-Akten welche  im Jahre 2009 freigegeben worden sind, keine spektakulären Fälle waren. Vielmehr eine Aufzählung von UFO-Vorfällen sowie die diversen Schriftwechsel welche zwischen SUFOI und der dänischen Luftwaffe getätigt wurden. Also ansich wie all die anderen "so geheimen UFO-Akten" welche weltweit freigegeben wurden.

Nachfolgende Fotos (©-SUFOI)zeigen Ole Henningsen/SUFOI beim Besuch der dänischen Luftwaffe in Kastrup und der Einsichtnahme dort in die freigegebenen UFO-Akten.

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Einfahrt in die Luftwaffen-Basis Kastrup

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Ole Henningsen/SUFOI und dänisches TV-Team bei ersten Blick in die Ufo-Akten.

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Ole Henningsen hatte die Möglichkeit sämtliche Akten der dänischen Luftwaffe zu kopieren.

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Die ältesten Unterlagen sind von 1946 und betreffen die "Geister-Raketen" welche über ganz Skandinavien für Aufregung sorgten.

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Blick in dänische Luftwaffen-Akten.

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Auch dieser Fall welcher von SUFOI aufgeklärt wurde als Wasserdampf-Wolke, war in den dänischen Luftwaffen-UFO-Akten.

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Ole Henningsen in der dänischen Luftwaffen-Basis Kastrup

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Die dänischen Luftwaffen-UFO-Akten beinhalten auch Presse-Ausschnitte und Korrespondenz welche chronologisch erfasst sind vom Zeitraum 1978-2002.

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Skizze zu UFO-Meldung welche identifiziert wurde als Überflug von 2 dänischen Saab-Draken-Jets.

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Presse-Berichte in den UFO-Akten über Meteorit welcher für UFO-Alarm sorgte.

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SUFOI-Korrespondenz in den UFO-Akten.

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Quelle+Fotos: ©-SUFOI


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Freitag, 14. September 2012 - 09:55 Uhr

Mars-Curiosity-Chroniken - Curiosity-News Sol 36-37

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This image was taken by Mastcam: Right (MAST_RIGHT) onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 36 (2012-09-12 01:24:28 UTC) . 
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This image was taken by Navcam: Right A (NAV_RIGHT_A) onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 36 (2012-09-12 01:50:50 UTC) . 
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This image was taken by Navcam: Right A (NAV_RIGHT_A) onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 36 (2012-09-12 04:35:20 UTC) . 
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This image was taken by Front Hazcam: Left A (FHAZ_LEFT_A) onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 37 (2012-09-13 04:08:22 UTC) . 
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Fotos: NASA

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Freitag, 14. September 2012 - 09:20 Uhr

Raumfahrt - Erfolgreicher Start von Atlas-V mit NROL-36 Satelliten

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A secret U.S. spy satellite launched into space atop a 19-story rocket Thursday (Sept. 13), ending a six-week delay for the latest clandestine space mission by the National Reconnaissance Office.
An Atlas 5 rocket launched the new NROL-36 satellite and 11 tiny research satellites into orbit from a pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The rocket lifted off at 2:39 p.m. PDT (5:39 p.m. EDT/2139 GMT) following weeks of delay due to launch range issues.
"Liftoff occurred right on time at the top of the window," said launch commentator Don Spencer of United Launch Alliance (ULA), the company that oversaw the NROL-36 flight for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).
Quelle:ULA
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9/13/2012 - VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Team Vandenberg launched a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex-3 here Sept. 13 at 2:39 p.m.
It was the fifth Atlas V processed at Vandenberg and the 606th Atlas mission in U.S. history.
"It's an honor to work alongside the men and women of Team Vandenberg, United Launch Alliance, the National Reconnaissance Office and our mission partners," said Col. Nina Armagno, 30th Space Wing commander. "These synergistic relationships are what guide Vandenberg to continual mission success and lead us into the next generation of spaceport excellence."
Western range launch operations were executed without incident.
The rocket carried a national security payload for the National Reconnaissance Office.
Vandenberg's next launch is a Minuteman III scheduled for Nov. 14.
Quelle:USAF
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Donnerstag, 13. September 2012 - 23:15 Uhr

UFO-Forschung - Über 30 Jahre Zusammenarbeit mit SUFOI in Dänemark

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Nach 30 Jahren besuchte CENAP-Mitgründer Hansjürgen Köhler unseren Forschungskollegen und UFO-Forscher-Urgestein Ole Henningsen ( welcher am 9.09.2012 seinen 70. Geburtstag feierte) auf Lolland-Falster/Dänemark. Im August 1980 besuchte ich Ole Henningsen von SUFOI als "UFO-Forscher-Azubi" um in den darauf folgenden Jahren die effiziende Nachforschungsarbeit sowie den Fragebogen zu übernehmen. Daraus resultierende Ergebnisse zeigen nach Jahrzehnten einen Wissenstand welcher ein Fachgespräch auf gleichem Niveau zulässt. Und so nutzte ich meinen Ostsee-Urlaub in diesem Jahr neben Nachrecherchen zu dem aufgeklärten Greifswald-Fall um Ole nach 30 Jahren zu besuchen. Über die Jahrzehnte hatte sich nicht nur eine gute Zusammenarbeit zwischen SUFOI und CENAP aufgebaut, sondern auch eine Freundschaft welche dringend einen Besuch nach Telefonaten und heutigen E-mails brauchte. 

Dokumente der Zeit:

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August 2012: Ole, Annegret und Hansjürgen

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Neben privaten Gesprächen welche in den wenigen Stunden möglich waren, wurde auch über die aktuellen UFO-Geschehen in Dänemark und Deutschland gesprochen. Ohne viele Worte konnte man den Stand der UFO-Forschung gegenseitig mitteilen und auch verstehen. Erklärungen bedurfte es auch im hohen Norden wegen CENAP´s zweiten Alleingang (nach DUIST in den 70igern) und Abkehr von den "drei großen Ufologen-Gruppen" welche ansich eine Gruppe ist durch Doppel-Mitgliedschaften und Wortführern. Es ist nur noch krasser wenn man von Außen die Entwicklung in der deutschen Ufologie sieht und erkennt das man sich selbst weiter entwickelt hat im Gegensatz zu "Weggefährten" welche ohne Not sich durch Stillschweigen wieder mit der Exopolitik in die 70iger Jahre versetzen und darin die Zukunft sehen und klare Worte nach erst leisen Tönen nicht verstehen.

Gerade im Vorfeld der Exopolitik-Aktivitäten in Kopenhagen, war es nur zu erwarten das SUFOI von der Exopolitik laut Ole absolut nichts hält, wie auch wir in Deutschland.

Ebenfalls hat SUFOI Probleme mit den wiederkehrenden Skylaternen welche in Dänemark in der XXL-Version verkauft werden und für UFO-Meldefälle sorgen. Auf nachfolgenden Fotos zeigt Ole die dänische Skylaternen-Variante.

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Im nachfolgenden Gespräch mit Ole, konnte ich dann selbst Einsicht in die dänischen Luftwaffen-UFO-Akten nehmen, in welchen keine besonderen Vorfälle zu finden waren sondern neben Fall-Aufführungen auch die Korrespondenz über die Jahrzehnte zwischen SUFOI und der dänischen Luftwaffe.

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Ole und Hansjürgen bei Einsicht in die dänischen Luftwaffe-UFO-Akten welche 2009 freigegeben wurden.

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Mehr über die dänischen Luftwaffe-UFO-Akten folgen im zweiten Teil.


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