UFO Conjecture(s)

Monday, December 08, 2014

Dave Thomas' New Mexicans for Science and Reason : Socorro 1964

Click HERE for a sensible, accurate account of the Lonnie Zamora Socorro UFO sighting of 1964.

(Yes, we're obsessed by Socorro, as it represents a mundane sighting turned into a UFO cause célèbre. )



  • One of Surveyor's capabilities that went unreported was its ability to take off again after landing and short-range hop to another site. I believe that may have been used on one of the actual moon landings but vaguely recall it was unintentional (engines failed to shut-down completely), it was a short hop, and the lander later photographed the pad prints from its first landing spot.

    By Blogger Ron, at Monday, December 08, 2014  

  • Hardly "mundane", Rich. How many more similar sightings can you list?

    By Anonymous The Anonymous Astronomer, at Monday, December 08, 2014  

  • Ron:

    Surveyor 3 landed successfully, but its avionics malfunctioned and failed to turn the vernier control thrusters off, right away. It unintentionally lifted off and settled back onto the regolith moments later, having sustained minor structural damage.

    Surveyor 6 conducted a planned and controlled ballistic hop of a few meters (I think in order to be able to photograph the landing prints from the first landing--there was a lot of concern about how far landing pads would sink into the regolith).

    By Blogger Larry, at Monday, December 08, 2014  

  • Thanks for the memory boost, Larry.

    By Blogger Ron, at Monday, December 08, 2014  

  • The Surveyor hop:



    By Blogger Terry the Censor, at Monday, December 08, 2014  

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