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More than Evidence: Communication


Author: Tom Hackney    (all articles by this author)
Published on: September 23, 1999

On the 500th anniversary of Columbus's discovery of America (Oct. 12, 1992), the Ames Research Center (NASA) launched the world's first major "search for extraterrestrial intelligence" project. This "milestone" event was historically momentous representing a kind of "coming of age" for our species: this was the first time mankind decided to have a good look around for intelligent neighbors.

A few days earlier (Oct. 9, 1992), a most unusual and uncanny meteor impact event occurred as if to augur NASA's Quincentennial launching of the High Resolution Microwave Survey. At a little before 8 p.m., a large lime-green fireball was spotted by thousands heading northeast from West Virginia to New York, where a 27 pound meteor fragment was recovered after hitting the back end of a parked Chevrolet in Peekskill, NY. Being the first meteorite ever filmed and recovered, the Peekskill fireball was the most fully documented, widely seen and publicized meteorfall in meteoritic history.

The map shows the flight path of the fireball as determined from 14 amateur videos collected and studied by an international team of scientists and published in "Nature" magazine. As you'll note, the 700 km flight path forms the hypotenuse of an isosceles triangle (i.e. two equal sides) whose opposing angle marks the location of Washington D.C., an observation made notable by the fact that HRMS was a federal (congressionally funded) NASA project.

I have compiled approximately thirty (30) articulating details of the Peekskill Event in a web called "EtiGrail." The URL is: http://users.nais.com/~thack/. Below are three of the thirty Peekskill Event "coincidences" noted there:

1) A perfect isosceles triangle is formed by connecting the recorded fireball's atmospheric genesis point (a known point), landing or endpoint (also known) and Washington DC. The key word here is "perfect."

2) The point in the fireball's flight path where it was first observed (a known point) put it directly parallel to the Green Bank Observatory. The NRAO, as you may know, participated in the HRMS, alien-hunting project; The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is also known as the birthplace of the SETI paradigm (it's where Frank Drake conducted the first SETI in 1960). The key words here are "directly parallel."

3) The 27-pound fragment recovered in Peekskill destroyed a car's right rear signal-light, a 3" x 13" target, and nothing else. The key words here being "and nothing else."

The uncanny precision with which these and many other results are known make an apt response from the very one or ones NASA-Ames was looking for. And given the fact that "smart missiles" were all the rage in 1991 (re Iraq), the word "Peekskill" -- e.g. "peek (at OUR) skill" -- seems especially apropos.

Ordinarily, one would laugh off these curiously apt details as coincidence or as the product of an overactive imagination, but this was hardly an ordinary circumstance. What these details allude to is nothing less than the first ET-Human contact. Just because we cannot conclusively resolve the actual cause of this event as being either cosmic "luck" or consummate "skill", this in itself did not preclude communication. Indeed, such a "plausibly deniable" alien response to HRMS may have been quite deliberate so as to avoid interfering too excessively with the normal course of human history or starting a worldwide panic. From the aliens' perspective, such a strategy would have been both logical and prudent.

It is often said that if one looks hard enough at any event one can always find meaning. Psychologists refer to this as "free association." Here again we cannot preclude the possibility that aliens are very aware of how their "signal" would be perceived. We are not elucidating objective phenomena here (stars, quasars, etc.) but, rather, intelligent minds with their own logical agenda.

Yet it is still possible to test the validity of this theory of extraterrestrial contact by substituting randomly generated detail-values for those found articulate. When we do this, we find no natural propensity for strong articulation. For example, nothing conveys the aptness of Peekskill; try this with fifty randomly generated towns and you'll see what I mean. The choice of Peekskill was perfectly apt under the circumstances. If we try the same random test with all the other details discerned, the results are similar.

What is the probability of all 30 parameters noted being so "right on" under the historic circumstances? It's like rolling dice 30 times and getting 'snake eyes' every time. It just doesn't happen -- not unless the dice are loaded. I believe the dice are quite loaded in this supremely and scientifically documented case.

What separates this event from all other ET-related cases is that 1) it does concern UFOs, and 2) it is not spurious but fully and scientifically documented; there is no question that the event happened. The 27-pound meteorite and the car it impacted were exhibited together in the Museum of Natural History in Manhattan, the premiere natural history museum in the world, for a year.

I hope you'll have a look at EtiGrail and let me know what you think.

All the best,

Tom Hackney

The path of the Peekskill fireball

Originally published in Project X Newsletter #22

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