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Tunguska UFO Hoax?
image What caused the Tunguska Event, that massive, nuclear-bomb-strength blast that occurred in Siberia in 1908? A meteorite, is the standard answer. But a few days ago Russian researcher Yuri Lavbin claimed to have discovered "blocks of an extraterrestrial technical device" in the Tunguska area. Lavbin's theory is that a meteorite was headed for the earth, but it was blasted apart by an alien spaceship, thus causing the massive explosion. Why aliens blasting something out of the sky caused an alien technical device to fall to the ground isn't clear to me.

Lavbin announced this discovery in Pravda (which is kind of like announcing a major scientific discovery in the National Enquirer). He's transported a piece of this alien device to the city of Krasnoyarsk, though, of course, he hasn't yet allowed the general scientific community to view the thing.

So did he really find a piece of an alien ship? Or has he mistaken a piece of Cold-War-era space debris for an alien ship, as some are speculating? Or has he engineered a massive hoax? As is usually the case, time and scientific access to this 'extraterrestrial technical device' should provide the answer. In the meantime, here's a poll so that you can vote on what you think he's found:
Categories: Extraterrestrial Life, Science
Posted by The Curator on Fri Aug 13, 2004
Comments (7)
I was very disappointed that he didn't even show pictures of this purpoted alien artifact when he announced the discovery in Pravda. I'd been hoping I could see a photo so I could come up with theories about what it really is.
Posted by Matt  on  Fri Aug 13, 2004  at  10:20 AM
This Russian group already announced that they were *going* to find an alien spacship *before* they set out on their expedition.
It's all humbug.
Posted by Marco  on  Fri Aug 13, 2004  at  05:07 PM
smirk Onya Matt, my sediments exactly, as in, shown me the device, let me pick it up, and touch it, and then I will know for sure if it is really not from this world. How else would anyone really believe?

So much crap out there these days that it all seems to be a lie. Don't believe what you hear, or see. Question it always.

Bah humbug to you Mr Polo. raspberry
Posted by David  in  Downunder  on  Sun Aug 15, 2004  at  12:18 PM
I personally think someone's been watching repeats of the X-files.
Posted by Sarah  on  Mon Aug 16, 2004  at  05:13 AM
Agreeing with Marco here; the group intentionally set out to find proof of a spaceship. So they may interpret anything that look convenient (parts of a meteorite, possible space or military debris) as proof of that spaceship. One Finnish news story refers to a supposed evidence as a "rock" so that may be even mineral ore.

As for handling the object, well; IIRC, there is an object, a sphere, that some UFO enthusiasts have handled and call something like "interstellar object with unknown metal alloys" (not an exact quote) that at least was freely available for purchase from a Stockholm souvenir shop. At worst, the Russians might bring back something Made in China. No need for intentional hoax, just human tendency to believe what they want, against all evidence.
Posted by V. Lehtinen  in  Finland  on  Mon Aug 16, 2004  at  05:18 AM
As reported on TV's Arthur C Clarke's Mysterious World (& in the book of the series) the Tunguska impact was NOT a meteorite, Possibly a comet, possibly a rock made of anti-matter, possibly an alien spaceship (or a secret terrestrial one?) which exploded... but not a meteorite.
They may not know what it was, but they do know what it wasn't.
Posted by Dale Irwin  in  Waiheke Island, NZ  on  Tue Aug 24, 2004  at  01:08 AM
I will know for sure if it is really not from this world. How else would anyone really believe?
Posted by Millsberry  on  Wed Sep 12, 2007  at  07:18 PM
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