• Peru reopens UFO investigations as sightings increase

    By Ted Bonnitt on October 23rd, 2013

    Peru's Air Force has reopened official UFO investigations this week after a recent wave of sightings in the South American country (see video below.)

    The Agence-France Press reports that Peruvian Air force personnel will team up with a variety of scientists including astronomers, archeologists and sociologists to analyze witness reports, looking to establish sighting patterns, including where and when they occur.

    The Department of Investigation of Anomalous Aerial Phenomena (DIFAA), an office within Peru's Air Force, originated in 2001 and then shut down in 2006 due to what was termed "administrative problems."

    Peruvian Air Force Director Colonel Julio ...

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  • Balloon ride to blackness: $75,000

    By Ted Bonnitt on October 22nd, 2013

    A less expensive means to a first hand glimpse of outer space is being promised by private enterprise.  

    Paragon Space Development of Tuscon, Arizona, today announced that it will begin offering balloon rides to the edges of the earth's atmosphere in about three years.  

    The "World View" ride will take six passengers and two pilots in a pressurized gondola to an altitude of up to 98,4000 feet, which is about three times the height of a cruising airliner, but well below what is considered outer space.

    At 19 miles high, passengers will see the curvature of the earth ...

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