"The nations of the world will have to unite, for the next war will
be an interplanetary war. The nations of the earth must someday
make a common front against attack by people from other planets."
General Douglas MacArthur, Oct. 8, 1955

CANADA -- 1952.
This stamp commemorates Canadas 1952 Red Cross meeting in Toronto, Canada. If you look closely you might notice that the clouds almost resemble flying saucers. Well, thats what we thought when we first saw the stamp.

USSR--April 5, 1972.
This stamp commemorates the landing of MARS III spacecraft on Mars. If you squint your eyes, doesn't it almost look like a UFO?
Scott #3964.

The Mars III Spacecraft
The Mars III spacecraft consisted of a bus/orbiter module and an attached descent/ lander module. The primary scientific objectives of the Mars III orbiter were to image the martian surface and clouds, determine the temperature on Mars, study the topography, composition and physical properties of the surface, measure properties of the atmosphere, monitor solar radiation, the solar wind and the interplanetary and martian magnetic fields, and act as a communications relay to send signals from the lander to Earth.
--National Space Science Data Center (NSSDC)

USSR--August 12, 1958.
This stamp commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the Tunguska Explosion, and the hundreth anniversary of Leonid Kuliks birth. It features a fireball poised above a remote Siberian forest in the left panel and Kulik who studied the region, in the right.
Scott #2088

The Tunguska Event--June 30, 1908

In 1908 hundreds of square miles of Siberian forest were charred and flattened by a mysterious fireball that exploded 5-miles above the surface of the earth, near the Stony Tunguska River in Siberia. The mystery of Tunguska has attracted many theories, some quite reasonable and others far less so. One theory has it that an exploding meterite caused the devastation. Another was that it was a gaseous comet.

"The results of even a cursory examination exceeded all the tales of eyewitnesses and my wildest expectations," wrote Leonid Kulik, the first Soviet scientist to led an expedition to region in 1927. Instead of finding a giant crater, Kulik found a standing forest of what looked like telephone poles. Each trunk stood straight and tall, but charred and stripped of its branches.

Kulik managed to lead two more expeditions to the blast zone, one in 1929 and another in 1938, but he was never able to establish conclusively what caused the blast. Sadly Kulik died of typhus in a Nazi prison camp on April 24th, 1942.

Aleksander Kazansev was the first Soviet scientists to evaluate the effects of both the Hiroshima blast and Tunguska. He quickly found connections between the two events. Just as Kulik had found a standing forest of trees, stripped of their branches, at Tunguska, Kazanev found the same effects in the Hiroshima forest.

The atomic bomb had exploded at a high altitude and the downward rushing blast left the trees directly beneath it standing while flattening trees, and houses, further out in a circular pattern. Kazantsev became the first scientist to suggest that the Tunguska event may have been caused by an exploding flying saucer.

© June 2003 by T.J.Smith