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The 1954 French flap:

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October 16, 1954, Aubenas, Ardèche:

Reference number for this case: 16-Oct-54-Aubenas. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. lm1:] "LE MERIDIONAL" NEWSPAPER:

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Mysterious craft in the sky of the Ardèche

AUBENAS (C.P.). -- Saturday morning, around 8:45 a.m. Mr. F.D., of Pont d'Aubenas and several inhabitants of Pont d'Ucel, saw in the east, in the sky, a machine of spherical shape appearing immobile and very bright.

The not very clear atmosphere did not allow them a very detailed observation.

Explanations:

Pont d'Aubenas and Pont d'Ucel ar4e district of the city of Aubenas, 44° 37' 14" N, 4° 23' 28" E.

Vénus was not visible then, but a bright star, or a balloon, could be the explanation.

One or more stratospheric balloons to study cosmic rays were launched from Milan, Italy, as a project of the Padova University, and floated in the French sky on October 14, 15 and 16, 1954; this photograph was taken from the observatory of Haute-Provence:

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Keywords:

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Aubenas, Ardèche, Pont d'Aubenas, Pont d'Ucel, multiple, sphere, motionless, brillant

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Document history:

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