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Bahia Blanca observation, Argentina, 1952:

AFP reports gathered by the CIA news clipping srevice related to the famous observations in Bahia Blanca, Argentina, 1952.


Pub Date:May 25, 1965
Release Date:November 17, 1978
Case Number:F-1975-03653
Release Decision:RIPPUB


25 May 1952

UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECTS -- Buenos Aires -- The appearance of unidentified flying objects over the city of Bahia Blanca, south of Buenos Aires, is causing the most varied comments among the people there. The most extraordinary occurrence was on 21 May when many people observed a strange luminous body suspended for several minutes over the city, and then saw it disappear quickly. A local photographer was able to take two pictures of the object, which looks like a luminous oval on the [unreadable]. The Cordoba Astronomical Observatory is compiling data about this phenomenon which has been observed in other region of Argentina, although not as clearly as in Bahia Blanca. The observatory has asked the public to submit their observations in order to determine whether the phenomenon was a cluster of meteorites, part of an artificial satellite, or due to other causes. (Lima AFP Spanish Latin America 0354 GMT 25 May 1962 -- W) A luminous object which was crossing the heavens above Bahia Blanca was photographed by a reporter of the local newspaper NUEVA PROVINCIA, according to that newspaper. The reporter was walking along the street when he first observed the object. Seeing that it was not leaving the city, he drove to the Maldonado Canal, and there took several photographs, one the very instant the mysterious body stopped and changed its course. This was when the object was closest to earth. (Lima AFP Spanish Latin America 1525 GMT 24 May 1962 -- W)

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