On August 17, 2011 Chongjin Airport in Shanghai, China was shut down for over an hour due to the prescense of a large unknown disk shaped object hovering above it’s runways. Similar UFOs were the cause of two other airports in China being shut down in 2010. Jaime Maussan and Marilu Carrillo cover the story.
Mystery of glowing white ball in the sky
A HUGE glowing UFO hovering high above Shanghai at around 9 pm on Saturday was spotted by several civil aviation pilots who reported the sightings to the East China Air Traffic Control Bureau.
A bureau official surnamed Jiang confirmed yesterday that they had received reports from several pilots. No flights were affected but he refused to disclose more details.
The unidentified flying object was 10,700 meters above Shanghai, and it grew bigger and bigger as time passed, a man who claimed he was a pilot on “Flight 6554” wrote on his micro blog.
“The huge white ball suddenly appears in the sky when the airplane climbed out of thick clouds,” he wrote. “It was several hundred times bigger than the moon, and human eyes can observe.”
He said the object reached a diameter of at least 92 kilometers. About 20 minutes later, the shining ball became darker and gradually disappeared, he said.
“At first I thought it was just an illusion, but the copilot said he saw the same scene too,” he said, “At least 10 pilots reported the object to the air control traffic bureau.”
Meanwhile, people in Beijing reported seeing the object in the sky above the capital about the same time as the Shanghai sightings.
“The white round bubble appears in the sky and then expanded quickly, until it disappeared five minutes later,” said Yu Jun, a former editor of a scientific magazine and amateur astronomer who took pictures of the object.
“I believe the glowing bubble is not just a natural astronomical phenomenon, but is a phenomenon occurring around Earth, perhaps in the upper atmosphere, caused by the launching of rockets or satellites,” said Yu.
Ma Jing, an engineer with the National Astronomical Observatories, said he took a set of pictures showing the object rise from the west like an “expanding round white cloud” but disappeared only several minutes later.
Zhan Xiang, an official with the Beijing Planetarium, said the “bubble might be caused by the substances emitted by military devices or satellites.”
Some amateur astronomers said the object might have something to do with a satellite that had gone missing. China News Service reported that a Russian communications satellite, the Express-AM4, disappeared after takeoff early on Thursday morning.
Source: Shanghai Daily
CHONGQING, China – Planes were dramatically diverted away from a major Chinese airport after reports of a UFO circling a runway.
The mysterious object was spotted Wednesday afternoon floating high above Jiangbei International Airport in the city of Chongqing, an important aviation hub for southwestern China.
Worried officials diverted several flights to other airports before it disappeared about 50 minutes later and air traffic was allowed to return to normal.
The Chongqing government has not offered any explanation for the UFO. However, skeptical airport workers believe it was a sky lantern or a large balloon, the Shanghai Daily reported..
Wednesday’s scare mirrors an incident in July last year when Xiaoshan airport in the eastern city of Hangzhou was closed after baffled air traffic controllers spotted a UFO on their radar screens.
The object vanished but footage of a strange glowing orb streaking across the night sky was posted on YouTube, sparking global interest in the supposed close encounter.
India was startled by four reports which appeared to confirm the rumors of a large underground base staffed by extraterrestrials in the Ladakh region of the Himalayas.
In New Delhi, India’s capital, a senior officer of the Indian Army told freelance journalist Subha Jain that aliens were indeed in the Himalayas. In Bangalore, a recently-retired officer of the Indian Air Force described the underground base to his youngest son’s elementary school class and said aliens had met with high-ranking officials of India’s government.
In Leh, a city in the Ladakh region, a local official confirmed that the Indian Army had moved armored brigades into the area and was limiting access to civilian residents and tourists.
In Joshimath, another Ladakh town, workers at an auto repair shop claim they witnessed a strange broadcast on their Chinese-made miniature black-and-white television set.
“According to Subha Jain, a freelance reporter in New Delhi, she bumped into a very senior military official in a nightclub in New Delhi. According to him, the extraterrestrials have been visiting India and the rest of the world for thousands of years.”
“In recent years, most of the super-powers have been visited. India is no exception.” “‘They always make contact through the ground radar stations run by the military,’ she says.” “The Himalayas and Ladakh is where they have made their most recent contact. They want to let Indians know the rules and regulations of the multidimensional universe.”
“India is planning an unmanned moon and later an advanced unmanned Mars expedition. India’s Space Research Organization (SRO) has been given the galactic do’s and don’ts.”
“Last week, a flight commodore of the Indian Air Force (IAF), who recently retired, was asked to provide a little talk to his youngest son’s class at a school in Bangalore.”
“Guess what he picked as a topic? Yes, you got it right. It was the advanced landing base for UFOs in Ladakh.”
“He started by saying new technology is evolving, and new advancements are being made in Aerospace. The students started questioning him on different aspects of these new technologies and where this technology came from. At that moment, he began giving a vivid description of the landing base.”
“Surrounded by two of the world’s highest mountain ranges, the Himalayas and the Karakorams, the region lies athwart two others–the Ladakh range and the Lanskar range. Residents live at altitudes ranging from 2,750 meters (9,000 feet) at Kargil to 7,672 meters (25,170 feet) at Saser Kangri in the Karakorams. In summer, temperatures rarely exceed 27 degrees Celsius, while in winter they plummet to minus 20 degrees Celsius, even in Leh.”
“In Leh, Ladakh (region), according to Tsering Spalzang, a senior official, paranormal activities are happening with regard to the buildup of the Indian Army” in the region.
“These are zones that the Indian Army and Indian Air Force block for security reasons. The Ladakh valley has been heavily secured by the Indian government.
It is a ‘sensitive area’ and no one is allowed to enter from either the Indian side or the Chinese side.”
“According to some in New Delhi, UFOs have made contact with high-ranking officials of the Indian government. The government was initially baffled, not knowing how to react. Later, things became quiet, and it seems that everyone understands that the extraterrestrials are friendly.”
China’s first Mars probe is expected to be launched in October this year in a joint operation with Russia after a two-year delay, state media reported Sunday.
The probe, Yinghuo-1, was due to blast off in October 2009 with Russia’s “Phobos Explorer” from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan but the launch was postponed, the official Xinhua news agency said.
Quoting an unnamed expert at the China Academy of Space Technology, the report said the blast-off had been pushed back to October this year. It added that China planned to launch a Mars probe on its own in 2013.
According to previous reports, the orbiter is due to probe the Martian space environment with a special focus on what happened to the water that appears to have once been abundant on the planet’s surface.
China has already begun probing the moon and this will be the next step in its ambitious space exploration programme, which it aims to be on a par with those of the United States and Russia.
It currently has a probe — the Chang’e 2 — orbiting the moon and carrying out various tests in preparation for the expected 2013 launch of the Chang’e-3, which it hopes will be its first unmanned lunar landing.
It also became the world’s third nation to put a man in space independently — after the United States and Russia — when Yang Liwei piloted the one-man Shenzhou-5 space mission in 2003.