If there is someone who believes in UFOs more than Americans, it is Russian. And if any group of professionals believe in UFOs than Russian, it is journalists. This truism has been confirmed once again this month, when news agencies and other media are gravely informed that the new information is that the great Tunguska event was not without a UFO.
Tunguska? This is a desert while the Siberian region, where in 1908, a terrible explosion uprooted and burned trees, and destroyed all life on an area of 800 square miles (mile = 1,609 meters). That night in the northern parts of Europe and western Russia sky glowed an unnatural light, in London, for example, it was light enough to read a newspaper on the street. The only person who was in that area — the hunter, who lived on the very edge of the blast zone, was swept away by the shock wave from the door of his hut, but survived. Proizoydi the bombing over London, say, or over New York, the number of victims would be counted in the hundreds of thousands.
Most scholars today believe that the Tunguska event was caused by an asteroid or comet, which may burn so fast when entering the atmosphere, which exploded at a height of five miles above the Earth. The strength of the explosion is estimated at 10-15 megatons. However, some Russians, for example, a scientist Yuri Lavbinu, who heads the Siberian Public Foundation "Tunguska phenomenon," these findings seem to be too rational. It Lavbin in July this year announced that he would lead an expedition to Siberia and said: "We intend to find evidence that exploded above the Earth not a meteorite, but an extraterrestrial spacecraft."
Some may suggest that Lavbin was determined to make a loud opening. And that is exactly what happened. The Russian scientific expedition led Lavbinym, combed in early August Tunguska region, and announced that she had discovered the remains of an extraterrestrial spacecraft in the form of a large metal block. Sending a 50-pound block to a laboratory for testing, Lavbin decided not to wait for the results. "I can make a formal announcement that we were saved us a superior civilization. She blew a huge meteor heading to Earth at high speed. And finally found the object that caused the meteorite to explode."
Honored scientists of his statement was met with absolute indifference. In an interview with Space.com British researcher Benny Peyser, who heads the site CCNet — scientific forum devoted to collisions with asteroids and other potential natural hazards, called the message of Russia "is pretty stupid lies." It is also critical, and he reacted to the media: "A very sad that in an environment of science journalists mood reigns" come down anything, "allowing them to report such blatant nonsense."
Everything that happens does not come as a surprise to the author of scientific papers by James Oberg. In his 1982 book "UFOs and the mysteries of the cosmos" ("UFOs and Outer Space Mysteries"), he traced the source of obsession with Russian Tunguska phenomenon. It appeared to be science fiction Kazantsev, who wrote a story in which the explosion was an explosion of a nuclear installation spaceship from Mars. The Russians have swallowed the bait. Lecturer on Astronomy Felix Siegel, an addictive challenge of flying saucers, became the mouthpiece of the theory that exploded over Tunguska space ship, and the scientist Aleksey Zolotov said, almost every year, though unproven, that he discovered radioactivity on the site of the explosion.
Oberg predicted that the story of a spaceship in one form or another there will be a long time, and that the Russian ufologists will continue to fool the gullible members of the press. More than two decades later, his prediction still stands.
"Time", U.S. — InoSMI.ru