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The Barker Files (Part VI): China as a Deep-Space Power

on Fri, 01/22/2016 - 08:02

By Raymond A. Keller, II, Ph.D.

Bright spots on Ceres

One who regularly reads the China Journal of Space Science cannot help but marvel at the vast strides being made in deep-space exploration by this emerging superpower.  Since outer space is limitless, there are clearly many directions the Chinese space exploration program could take.  That's why an article appearing in the May 2014 edition of the China Journal of Space Science, 34(5):516-517, "China's Deep-space Exploration to 2030," is so important; for it signals the focus that China's scientific establishment has placed on such

The Barker Files (Part V): Highlights from Paul Dong's Classic UFO Casebook

on Fri, 11/06/2015 - 03:47

By Raymond A. Keller, II, Ph.D.

Illustration of the spiraling UFO flying over 12 Chinese provinces on 24 July 1981

In Paul Dong’s book, The Four Major Mysteries of Mainland China (Upper Saddle River, New Jersey:  Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1984), the paranormal researcher notes that in the ten-year period prior to the publication of his work, the Communist Chinese government had assiduously documented more than 30,000 UFO reports.  Here are some of the more intriguing UFO encounters explored in Dong’s investigations:

Soldier abducted

Autumn, 1975:  Two soldiers sight a huge, saucer-shaped object

The Barker Files (Part IV): UFOs Over the Middle Kingdom

on Sun, 10/04/2015 - 03:50

By Raymond A. Keller, II, Ph.D.

Artist's conception of typical "mothership

An intriguing article appeared in the December 1968 issue of Orbit:  The Journal of the Tyneside UFO Society (Vol. 8, No. 4), published quarterly in Newcastle upon Tyne in Great Britain.  Titled “Spacemen in Old Japan,” by W. R. Drake, a researcher of ancient and esoteric mysteries of the East, the excellent piece primarily dealt with possible extraterrestrial connections and interventions in feudal Japan.  But interestingly enough, there was a reference to a spectacular mothership sighting over ancient Chinese skies.