- Hi Jeff -
- This is translation of article that is posted on the
site of the Council of International Federation of Advanced Studies (Rome,
Italy) at: http://www.cifas.net that describes results of technical investigation
of the massive fallout of "Angel Hair" like substance that has
occurred in Alessandria in October 2002. Investigation was conducted by
the personnel of National Research Center of Parma and Technical Institute
"Leonardo Da Vinci" of Alessandria (Italy) after the initiative
of witness, a student of technical institute.
- INQUIRY ON THE FALL OF THE 'ANGEL HAIR'
- on the 10/18/2002 in Alessandria, Italy
- TECHNICAL REPORT
- On the day of 19 October 2002 was received by the signed,
scientist in charge of the C. U. N. (National Ufologic Center with the
webpage at: http://www.cun-italia.net) for the analysis of laboratory and
the tracks on the ground, an e-mail from the Dr. Franco Mari (member of
the Executive Council), that informed him of an unusual phenomenon that
happened the previous day in the region of Alessandira (Italy): an abundant
fallout of a not easily identifiable fiber-like material, similar to spider
- To frame the situation better, I textually report the
description of the event, as was transmitted to the Dr. Mari by the witness,
the 17 years old student Riccardo Carretta:
- "I am 17 years old and I write to you to indicate
one phenomenon that has attracted my attention. For some years I am passionate
by UFO, about which I have informed myself thru books and transmissions
on the argument.
- Yesterday, 18 October 2002, my town and the neighboring
zones were object of a singular phenomenon that I never before have experienced:
the roofs, the automobiles, the trees were covered by strange filaments
that have come down from the sky in a massive manner. The structure and
the characteristics of this filaments show clearly than they are not the
simple spider webs.
- Pondering on what I was seeing, I have remembered different
dossiers in which this phenomenon was discussed, always connected to the
sighting, in the same zones, of not identified flying objects.
- What is more, my mother affirmed to have seen yesterday
a rectangular formation of flying objects that moved rapidly from south
- I have analyzed what she has told me and I have verified
that the characteristic of those objects were not such as those of aircraft
or of birds flocks.
- I am in possession of a champion of these weird filaments.
Would you please analyze my testimony; I hope that you will contact me
when you formulate one hypothesis on the event. I thank you for your attention
and submit the said champion".
- The undersigned, conscious of the fact that, if it is
about "silicon cotton" (that type that has fallen on Florence
in the distant 1954), every minute could be decisive for laboratory investigations,
as such material is extremely volatile and subject to the sublimation,
has immediately contacted the told witness by telephone, to which, after
verifying his reliability and availability gave dispositions on the modalities
of sampling, conservation and sending of material in subject.
- The witness, reassuring me that the filaments did absolutely
not "vanished", but were only slightly reduced in dimensions
and consistency after 48 hours from the fallout, already gave me indirect
indications that, likely, the material had little or nothing to do with
the "silicon cotton" (boron-silicate of calcium and magnesium)
from above. At any rate, the day of 22 October at my residence arrived,
by priority mail, a sterile container with some residues of the filaments
- This filaments have undergone, with the consent of one
colleague form C.N.R. Laboratories of Parma (National Research Center,
with the webpage at: http://www.cnr.it/sitocnr/home.html), a careful and
deepened microscopic examination (by means of a stereomicroscope, enlargement
70x, in clear field and in dark field, in direct light and reflected light)
which was subsequently photographed with digital camera.
- Such inquiry, whose results made superfluous further
assessments (at any rate impossible, given the scantiness of the material
available), unequivocally showed that the filaments were not of biological
origin (like the thread produced by the glands of the Arachnids, that solidifies
at contact with the air, creating spider web), but that they were similar
to textile fibers, of not-vegetable type (as cotton is), synthetic (as
rayon). Particularly, said filaments presented clear alternation of bright
and more dark segments and the presence of segments, but not in constant
intervals, that were able of refracting the light, this last is typical
of synthetic polymer textile fibers.
- Contemporary (and without me being aware), the student
has submitted the samples of the same filaments to the opinion of some
teachers of Technical Institute "Leonardo Da Vinci" (the school
which he attended, webpage: http://www.scuole.piemonte.it/alessandria/vinci/iis/vinci/home.htm),
- attaining a nearly identical answer to ours. Also in
this case, I textually report the communication from the witness:
- "Distinguished Mr. Pattera,
- I write you to communicate the developments relative
to the strange event that has happened on 10/18/02 in area of Alessanria.
- You should know that the next day after the appearance
of the weird filaments, the ARPA (Regional Environmental Protection Agency,
webpage: http://www.arpa.piemonte.it), by means of some local and regional
newspapers, divulged a phantasmagoric explanation of this unusual event.
- The technicians of this institution have passed judgment
that the filaments are nothing else that spider web that is produced by
a special species of ground spiders; however in these articles were not
given any technical details or supplied tests that supported such declaration.
- In addition to all this I take it is important to inform
you about the opinion given by two Professors (one of chemistry and one
of biology) of my institute (I.T.C. Leonardo Da Vinci). I have involved
them making a note of the singularity of the phenomenon that I have observed
and they, after having collected a champion of the filaments, have proceeded
to a microscopic analysis.
- The important thing is that their opinion was absolutely
in conflict with that ARPA gave: from that what they were able to observe
they have arrived at the conclusion that it was not a biological compound,
but a synthetic fiber (that they were not able to identify using available
- I hope that the information that I have supplied shall
be of help, and I thank you in advance if you shall keep me informed on
the developments of the case.
- I extend my cordial greetings.
- Riccardo Cart".
- At this point I think that I can take the investigation
about the weird samples from Alessandria, that was commissioned to me from
CUN, concluded, underlining that, when two or more researchers that do
not know of each other, distant between them, unknowingly of each other,
studying the same phenomenon arrive at the same conclusions, the Science
can consider itself sufficiently satisfied about the veracity of results.
- Giorgio Pattera