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THE LOS ALAMOS CONFERENCE ON AERIAL PHENOMENA, FEB. 16, 1949:

From 1947 to 1949, hundreds of strange green fireballs were observed in New Mexico over vital security installations. Where these meteors? Dr. Lincoln LaPaz, top scientist on meteors, did not think so. The military at Roswell, Sandia, Los Alamos and other sensitive installations were extremely concerned as they had no explanation. Were they revolutionary technology by the soviets or the US? We now know they were not.

This is one of the 24 pages of one of the many formerly secret official documents on this issue. These pages are the minutes of an important conference on the issue held at Los Alamos on February 16, 1949. Representatives of the Army, the FBI, the Air Force and scientists joined together. Dr. La Paz spent two years chasing the green fireballs and explains the issues. Dr. Edward Teller, one of the fathers of the atomic bomb, asks questions.

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The document:

The transcript:

Conference on AERIAL PHENOMENA

Dr. Teller: Now let's try a check of this.

(Dr. Teller then spent approximately the next twenty minutes or so figuring out on the blackboard - estimating light, speed, kinetic energy, shock wave, etc.)

Dr. Teller: If I can just believe everything that I have heard and put it together with what I theoretically believe in, it ought to be a material body - might be an electron phenomenon.

Dr. LaPaz: You see why I'm puzzled, Dr. Teller. Nothing like this, to my knowledge, has ever been observed in the case of meteorite drops.

Dr. Teller: If you go to a group like UCLA or some other place where they have a good sound laboratory, they ought to be able to take the absence of sound observations - that is definitely incompatible, assuming that you know that there are ... and assuming that they have heard of no sound from this, they ought to be able to work an upper range upon the sight of the object which has been moving, and from these figures I would be inclined to believe the object could probably not have a heat ? or something like 1 cubic centimeter. One centimeter in dimension, and that in turn would not have given the blinding effect, it [if] it was a material object.

Dr. Bradbury: Wait a minute, I think you've left out something in light effects - you don't have to worry about kinetic energy. You can get your light from chemicals as well.

Dr. Teller: That is correct ...

Mr. Newburger: This seems to wind up the meeting.

Dr. Bradbury: Still don't think that the meteor stuff is out. The puzzling thing is the long horizontal path; also absence of noise is puzzling.

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