Voices from New Mexico's Space History
Voices from New Mexico's Space History
Different quotations from New Mexico space pioneers appear on this page monthly. This is the September 2018 installment.
Different quotations from New Mexico space pioneers appear on this page monthly. This is the September 2018 installment.
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This excerpt is from Chapter 1 of The Day After Roswell by Col. Philip J. Corso (Ret.):

Base radar at the army's 509th airfield outside the town of Roswell had been tracking strange blips all night on July 1, 1947. So had radar at nearby White Sands, the army' guided-missile base where test launches of German V2 rockets had been taking place sinde the end of the war, and at the nuclear-testing facility at Alamogordo. The blips would appear at one corner of the screen and dart across at seemingly impossible speeds for aircraft, only to disappear off another corner. Then they'd start up again. Then they'd start up again. No earthly craft could have maneuvered at such speeds and changed direction so sharply. It was a signature no one could identify....

The radar anomalies continued into the next night as Dan Wilmot, owner of a hardwarae store in Roswell, set up chairs on his front porch after dinner to watch the streaks of lightning flash across the sky in the distance....

"Better than any Fourth of July fireworks," the Wilmots must have been remarking as they watched in awe as a bright oval object streaked over their house and headed off into the northwest, sinking below a rise just before the horizon where it was engulfed in darkness....



It was a bright object ... elliptical and solid rather than a sequence of lights like the military aircraft that flew in and out of the 509th airfield on the city's outskirts....

See previously featured quotes on the following pages:
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[Voices Archives from 2017 were lost in a computer crash]
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2015 Voices Archives
2014 Voices Archives
2013 Voices Archives
2012 Voices Archives
2011 Voices Archives


Photo Credits
Robert Goddard towing one of his rockets to the launch site near Roswell about 1931, courtesy of NASA.

WhiteKnightTwo carrying SpaceShipTwo at Spaceport America runway dedication flyover, photo by Loretta Hall.


Unless otherwise credited, all material on this site is © Loretta Hall 2010-2018.

This excerpt is from Chapter 1 of The Day After Roswell by Col. Philip J. Corso (Ret.):

Base radar at the army's 509th airfield outside the town of Roswell had been tracking strange blips all night on July 1, 1947. So had radar at nearby White Sands, the army' guided-missile base where test launches of German V2 rockets had been taking place sinde the end of the war, and at the nuclear-testing facility at Alamogordo. The blips would appear at one corner of the screen and dart across at seemingly impossible speeds for aircraft, only to disappear off another corner. Then they'd start up again. Then they'd start up again. No earthly craft could have maneuvered at such speeds and changed direction so sharply. It was a signature no one could identify....

The radar anomalies continued into the next night as Dan Wilmot, owner of a hardwarae store in Roswell, set up chairs on his front porch after dinner to watch the streaks of lightning flash across the sky in the distance....

"Better than any Fourth of July fireworks," the Wilmots must have been remarking as they watched in awe as a bright oval object streaked over their house and headed off into the northwest, sinking below a rise just before the horizon where it was engulfed in darkness....

It was a bright object ... elliptical and solid rather than a sequence of lights like the military aircraft that flew in and out of the 509th airfield on the city's outskirts....




See previously featured quotes on the following pages:
        Voices Archives for the current year
            [2017 Voices Archives were lost in a computer crash]
        2016 Voices Archives for quotes posted during 2016
        2015 Voices Archives for quotes posted during 2015
        2014 Voices Archives for quotes posted during 2014
        2013 Voices Archives for quotes posted during 2013
        2012 Voices Archives for quotes posted during 2012
        2011 Voices Archives for quotes posted during 2011


Photo Credits
Robert Goddard towing one of his rockets to the launch site near Roswell about 1931, courtesy of NASA.

WhiteKnightTwo carrying SpaceShipTwo at Spaceport America runway dedication flyover, photo by Loretta Hall.


Unless otherwise credited, all material on this site is
© Loretta Hall 2010-2018.

For more information about New Mexico's contributions to space exploration, visit the New Mexico Museum of Space History.
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