The 1965 crash of a supposed UFO at Kecksburg is often referred to in UFO-circles as the “Roswell of Pennsylvania.”

A brief description from

On December 9 1965, hundreds of witnesses in southern Canada, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania observed a UFO crash from the sky. In March 1966, scientist and UFO investigator Ivan Sanderson compiled an account from various eye witness stories.

The object took six minutes to pass the observed trajectory, from which Sanderson calculated a speed of 1,600 km/h, which, if accurate, would rule out a meteor. Several pilots spoke of being buffeted by shock waves as the thing passed them. There were also stories of a sonic boom and vibrations felt on the ground. The smoke trail was so intense that it remained visible for up to twenty minutes. During the final few miles of its flight the object seemed to change course.

After the impact the police set off the forest. They were subsequently chased away by the military. A few hours later the military team told them they had found nothing.

In January 1980 UFO investigator Clark McClelland interviewed the assistant fire chief of Kecksburg, James Mayes, and Melvin Reese, another fireman. They reported that their team had come within sixty meters of the object. They had seen an object on the ground that had smashed its way through the trees. Mayes explained how the military had cordoned off the woods and had established a temporary base, complete with telecom link. Fire chief Robert Bitner later confirmed this story. He also said had seen an object that was 1.8m high, 2m wide and some 5m long, clearly not an aircraft. It was resting at an angle on the ground as if it had impacted nearly horizontally. Another fire officer, ‘Pete’, stated he had seen a ring of bumpers around it into which were described some pictorial symbols. Being of Polish decent he could read Russian and stated that they were not Russian.

Researcher Ray Boeche file a Freedom of Information request for more data on the incident. In 1985 30 pages of data were procured. It was insignificant information, except for a memo that said a three man team had been dispatched to the site to pick up an object. The final conclusion of the file was that the UFO was a meteor.

A theory has been proposed that the object was a crashed Russian satellite (Cosmos 96). However, NASA has released data that say that Cosmos 96 reentered Earth’s orbit on December 9, 3.15 a.m. The crash took place 13 hours later.

After the US TV series Unsolved Mysteries had reported the case two new witnesses came forward. One was a USAF officer at Lockbourne AFB (near Columbus, Ohio). In the early hours of December 10, a truck arrived by the little used back gate of the base and he was ordered to patrol it. It was a flat-bed with a large tarpaulin on the surface covering a conical object. He was told to shoot anyone who tried to get too close. He was advised the truck was bound for Wright Patterson AFB, which is the reputed home of other crashed saucers.

The other witness was a building contractor who was asked two days later to take a load of 6,500 special bricks to a hangar inside Wright Patterson. When he sneaked a look inside the hangar he saw a bell-shaped device, some 4m. high sitting there. Several men wearing white anti-radiation style suits were inspecting the object. After he had been escorted out he was told that he had just seen an object that would become common knowledge in 20 years time.

The object was a bell-shape. Many have taken this as a direct link to the myth surround die glocke, the mythical Nazi experiment (Read Part One of this article HERE)

From, which by the way provides a brilliant and in-depth article on the incident, the bell is described by one witness as “a bronze colored, acorn shaped, and 12 by 25 feet in size object with a raised “blunt” end that had strange markings on it.” When you look at depictions of what the ‘acorn’ looked like, it is easy to conclude that there must be a link of some sort with that and the bell shaped device the Nazi’s were supposedly experimenting with twenty years previous.

You can read the abovetopsecret article HERE

To me, what makes the Kecksburg incident seem like such a genuine cover-up, is what happened to local reporter John Murphy. Go HERE to learn about the role Murphy had to play in the Kecksburg incident.

How strange that after being silenced regarding the crash, or whatever it was, he was killed in a hit and run? Was he targeted by government agents after being deemed a liability?

The Kecksburg doesn’t get as much exposure in the press as Roswell, but it is just as mysterious.

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Hopefully these two posts have allowed you to learn a little bit about the mystery surrounding die glocke, and the Kecksburg UFO crash. Whilst there’s nothing new I can write about these, I can link you to some great articles that already been written about them, which is what I’ve done.

Let me know your thoughts below. What do you think about die glocke? What do you think about Kecksburg? Is there a link between the two?


A few days ago, NASA announced that it was looking into the possibility of using asteroids to ferry astronauts to and fro Earth on a future mission to the red planet. The initial idea was to piggy back on an asteroid passing Earth on its way to Mars, using the mass of the asteroid to absorb the cosmic radiation that would otherwise pose a significant risk to the astronauts:

Cosmic rays can damage DNA, increasing the risks of cancer and cataracts for space travelers. Current research suggests that the amount of radiation that would bombard an astronaut during a thousand-day, round-trip Mars mission increases his or her risk of cancer by 1 to 19 percent.

So the idea would not only save on fuel, on maneuvering propellant, and the overall cost of the mission, it would also prove itself to be a far safer way of travelling to our sister planet.

The only trouble is that the viable asteroids passing Earth on their way to Mars are few and far between and do not have a regular orbit going from one planet to the other.

So now the new thinking is that we should try to divert the course of an asteroid passing Earth and aim it at Mars a bit like changing the direction of a train by switching the tracks, steering it in a different direction.

The options available for changing the course of an asteroid are varied and hypothetical; they range from using explosives to tethers to correct the course of a 10 or 20 metre lump of rock travelling at unbelievable speeds. No easy task, for sure.

We have shown with the Hayabusa mission that we can land on an asteroid with relative ease. Now we need to be able to change its trajectory and remain on the surface of one for an entire year. But surely this is a natural leap from landing an unmanned probe to landing a crew on one. We could take enough fuel to Mars in large tanks for the coast home, or send another asteroid the way of Mars for the astronauts to hook up with them for the return journey; in that eventuality we could instead take along the materials necessary to establish a tentative base on the planets surface.

It’s an ingenious idea. And we could possibly use it to travel further outward.
As I have previously stated (HERE) I personally believe that our real chance of finding life within our solar system lies beneath the icy surface of Europa. But the Jovian moons are a long way away, and the effects that cosmic radiation would have on a human crew making the journey would surely be detrimental if not fatal. But if we can ride using an asteroid, at incredible speed, and with the risk of radiation exposure taken away… then why not?

I have no doubt we could get to Mars and land on it, and establish some form of colony. But to what end? Mars is a lifeless, barren world. From what we can tell, if there was any life on it, then it has been gone for a very long time. Perhaps there was never life there. But there is a strong possibility of life beneath Europa’s surface.
That is where we should head.
Test the asteroid-piggy-back idea out first, boost the public’s interest in space by making the ‘giant leap’ to a new world, but then we should turn our attention outward to Jupiter and to the ocean beneath Europa…

Click HERE to learn more.


Wired is running an article detailing the 5 planets/moons in our solar system most likely to harbour alien life forms. That doesn’t mean they’re predicting ET’s home planet (we know where that is!) but they are saying which planetoids are most likely to contain things like microbes or even plankton like creatures.

Personally I have always believed that the most likely place to find life in our galaxy is Europa. I don’t think we’re going to find anything on Mars that equates to more than a few dry old fossils. Whether they’ll be fossils of large creatures or fossils of very small organisms is anyones guess. I just don’t think there’s anything there anymore – that it is truly a dead planet.

I do think there is a very strong possibility of life locked beneath the ice of Europa however. It has long been thought that Europa hides an ocean beneath an icy crust, though we still await confirmation as to just how thick the ice is. When we know that, we can send a probe or a manned mission to drill down through the ice and try to access the ocean beneath.

How would life exist in a freezing cold ocean that lies below a crust of ice? Well, we do know that the pull of Jupiter’s gravity is constantly flexing Europa as it orbits, meaning that vital heat is generated in the movement of the crust. Jupiter is also suspected of creating tidal energy on Europa.

From the wiki for Europa:

In late 2008, it was suggested Jupiter may keep Europa’s oceans warm by generating large planetary tidal waves on the moon because of its small but non-zero obliquity. This previously unconsidered kind of tidal force generates so-called Rossby waves that travel quite slowly, at just a few kilometers per day, but can generate significant kinetic energy.

Europa could also have volcanic activity providing heat, energy and nutrients to the water. In our own oceans we have found visual evidence of life thriving around thermal vents, at depths we thought life would never exist at.

It has also been theorised that the ice covering Europa could act as an oxidizer to the ocean beneath. The fact of the matter is, these hostile environments are only hostile until you begin to consider the multitude of ways in which life could find a stronghold on them. The prospect of them being liveable habitats is unbelievable until conventional thinking is side-stepped to consider much more remote possibilities. It is a truly alien idea to us humans that life could exist without air, and with sunlight… and yet as we have seen in our ocean… this does happen. Life happens in these environs.

Life will always finds a way to overcome obstacles and survive, and if we think beyond the boundaries of our own planet, and the limitations of our world, then life could take any form and survive… and even thrive in conditions we would consider toxic and hostile.

There are arguments for all of the worlds listed in the Wired piece, and they’re all fair arguments. My bet is on Europa though. And if there is life there, you can also bet that it will be far more alien and unreal to us than anything we could have imagined.

You can read the article at Wired HERE

And you can read the wiki for Europa, HERE