16th July 1965 the DIA intercepted 4 messages from the Argentine
Navy Hydro graphic Service concerning UFOs sighted in Antarctica.
The messages were from Commander Argentine base at Deception Island
64 degrees 59 min south 60 degrees 32 min west, the commander Argentine
activity at Orchids Laurie Island, South Orkney Island 60 degrees
45 min south 44 degrees 43 min west .The messages summarised sightings
by Argentine personnel and reports that British and Chilean base
personnel at Deception Island have also reported UFOs.
UFOs were sighted on 7th June at 1950 hours a civilian meteorologist
Jorge Stanich observed for 5 seconds a stationary object coloured
a clear brilliant yellow, apparent diameter one point five centimetres
and surrounded by an iridescent halo ,appearing under a thick cloudy
condition 300 metres ceiling at two three zero degrees from true
north at two five degrees above the horizon.
The later sighted at 0220 hours during a 4 second period similar
objects with an apparent diameter of one centimetre wide appearing
under thick cloudy ceiling of 300 metres at point 330 degrees from
true north at 40degrees above the horizon. On both occasions the
sightings were made from the meteorological camp.
About one week later another strange object appeared for about 10
minutes between 2230 and 2300 local hours the object was white and
bluish white in appearance and had 4 or 5 appendages (rays of light)
which at various times traversed over a nearby lake and around a
small mountain at speeds in excess of those which could be expected
of an aircraft.
On 18th June at 1600 hours all the personnel of the base at Pedro
Aquirre Cerda saw a celestial body of intense luminosity a star
of the first magnitude. It appeared in the east of Deception Island
at an elevation of 60 degrees making a turn of 180 degrees to the
left and continued on an easterly course. The object previously
made a turn to the right heading in a southern direction. This phenomenon
was seen for a period of 40 minutes but dark conditions and strong
winds prevented mounting any photographic equipment.
On Saturday a similar body was seen at a lower altitude of 45 degrees.
It passed at high velocity and was seen for 20 minutes.
On 19th June there was a reoccurrence for about 5 minutes between
2230 and 2300 hours local. On the 20th June the Chilean base commander
Aguirre Cerda Base reported that at 1620 hours a luminous object
larger than a first magnitude star was observed by himself, Juan
Barrera, Lieutenant Benavidez (both air force pilots) Meteorologist
Concha 7 and others people.
The object manoeuvred rapidly for 25 minutes over Deception Island,
a second sighting was seen by 2 members of the base lasting only
5 seconds the description of the UFO was a white luminous colour,
not brilliant, round form, clean outline, parabolic trajectory west
to east, three zero degrees above the horizon towards the south,
moved with increasing speed visual contact lost due to the clouds.
A third sighting a UFO was sighted over Deception Island by meteorologist
plus 4 other people at the English Bravo base the sighting lasted
for 15/20 minutes at 1945 hours on a clear night with one eighth
stratocumulus condition & starry sky, the moon was in the forth
quarter. The object was moving rapidly and of a brilliant colour,
solid appearance and noiseless predominate colour was red and green
but at times yellow bordered appearing as a brilliant star moving
in variable headings, speeds and stops in an easterly direction
at 45 degrees above the horizon.
On 3rd July at 1920 hours the meteorologist and eight others people
at the Chilean base Pedro Aguirre Cerda observed for 20 minutes
clear sky, 2/8 stratocumulus starry sky and moon 4 Th. quarter an
object appearing as a stationary light at times and of solid appearance
like a celestial body, noiseless, white colour with borders like
a brilliant star, moving east to west central trajectory with oscillations,
disappearing in the clouds, elevation zero dash four degrees over
1942 hours the base Commander saw the object moving at tremendous
speeds giving off a blue green light which caused interference (Electro
magnetic) in the meteorological equipment located in the Argentine
base directly in front of our location it was while making atmospheric
observations when all of our group saw this phenomena.
The colour of the body was red yellowish changing to green to yellow
to orange it was at a short distance at an angle of 45 degrees.
It later took a zigzag course. During one of its manoeuvres
it maintained a stationary position for 20 minutes, during this
time corporal Uladisloa Duran Martines quickly got his camera and
took 10 photographs, he also used his theodlite and long range binoculars.
In this case we were more certain that we were dealing with a strange
solid object because the Electro-magnetic equipment showed abnormal
interference from the moment the object appeared.
Contacting the British base they too saw this object in the north
moving on a zigzag course later stopping for 5-10 minutes then disappearing
at great altitude, it was red, then yellowish. Then it changed to
green. The Argentine detachment observed a celestial object moving
at very high speeds during a period of 15 seconds with a parabolic
trajectory moving from east to west with luminous white colour which
caused magnetic changes in their geo-magnetic instruments, registering
changes notably out of the normal.
Between the bases no communications occurred which could induce
a group psychosis of the observation, a fact which is estimated
to be of great interest to scientific organisations. The comment
from the reporting officer was quite conclusive he reported on the
sightings that, " there may be a connection between some of
the sightings and the US space program. A check with NASA indicates
that objects 1965 46d and 1965 46e which were part of the 1965 46a
cosmos 68 series which was launched on 15th June 1965 had a decay
date of 19th June 1965. Time and area of re-entry unknown.
Some credence must be given to the existence or the occurrence of
some type of phenomenon in as much as the reports emanated from
such widely reported locations as to rule out mass hysteria or collusion.
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