May 18, 2023 I Nick Redfern

Strange Spheres from the Sky: Ours? "Theirs?" or a Combination of Both?

Although the Pentagon, the CIA and the U.S. Air Force have been at the forefront of highly-classified UFO secrets for many years, it’s a little-known fact that NASA – the National Aeronautics and Space Administration – has taken a deep interest in not just UFOs, but incidents involving alien viruses. As NASA note: “Since its inception in 1958, NASA has accomplished many great scientific and technological feats in air and space. NASA technology also has been adapted for many non-aerospace uses by the private sector. NASA remains a leading force in scientific research and in stimulating public interest in aerospace exploration, as well as science and technology in general. Perhaps more importantly, our exploration of space has taught us to view Earth, ourselves, and the universe in a new way. While the tremendous technical and scientific accomplishments of NASA demonstrate vividly that humans can achieve previously inconceivable feats, we also are humbled by the realization that Earth is just a tiny ‘blue marble’ in the cosmos.” All of which brings us to one of the most amazing UFO stories of all. It revolves around the very theme of this book: robots. The main man in the story was Daniel Salter. Now deceased, he is someone who had come up with a fantastic, but disturbing, story concerning the UFO mystery. Before we get to the story, let’s have a look at the final days of Salter and a background of his work. The Taos News newspaper, on October 12, 2007, reported on Salter: 

(Nick Redfern) Dan Salter, a man who had many secrets

“Daniel Salter passed away on September 12, 2007, in Colorado Springs, having left Taos behind him. At the time he was seventy-nine and was looked after by a care-giver. He moved to Taos, NM in 1990 after retiring from Mountain View College, Dallas, Texas, after serving as Head of Pilot Technology for 22 years. Prior to that he served 21 years in the United States Air Force in the field of electronics and radar. He was a Korean War veteran. While living in Taos, he was an avid lecturer regarding his UFO studies and co-authored his book Life with a Cosmos Clearance. He was a member of the Unity Church. He was generous and loving to all who knew him…He’s on the ‘mothership’ now…Farewell, Daniel…You will be remembered always.” Now, to the story, itself. Dan Salter was someone who knew a great deal about top secret UFO programs of the U.S. government, as his obituary made very clear. While Salter knew there was a benevolent aspect to the mystery, he was also aware that there was a dangerous facet, to it, too. And that involved robots, too. His research for the government had led him to believe that dangerous aliens were saturating our planet with deadly viruses. The goal of the aliens: to wipe us out. And how was that being achieved? By the dispersion of such viruses into the Earth’s atmosphere. Not only that, Salter came to a terrifying scenario. 

Salter’s work led him to conclude that aliens were creating metallic, spherical and egg-like, small craft of a robot nature that were entering our atmosphere. Then, he said, they would land in various parts of the planet, then remotely release viruses into our atmosphere –in an aerosol-like fashion – and while causing illness and death. Not only that, Salter said his research suggested these small spheres were remotely programmed to cross the landscapes on tripod landing-“feet,” by night, and while dispersing those dangerous viruses. Rather like evil, deadly equivalents of R2-d2, one might say. While that might sound sensational, there is notable data to suggest such a nefarious scenario is well in play and has been for decades. As you will now see: In 1947, the Federal Bureau of Investigation were given a warning about dangerous aliens possibly trying to kill us off via the use of deadly viruses. Such a thing might sound bizarre and out of this world. The FBI, however, took the whole thing seriously. The FBI’s informant was a man named Edwin Bailey of Stamford Connecticut. A Special Agent of the FBI carefully prepared a report for none otherthan the FBI’s director, J. Edgar Hoover. It reads as follows:

“Bailey prefaced his remarks by stating that he is a scientist by occupation and is currently employed at the American Cyanamid Research Laboratories on West Main Street in Stamford, Connecticut, in the Physics Division. Bailey further indicated that during the war he was employed at MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the Radiation Laboratory which Laboratory is connected with the Manhattan Project. Bailey advised that he is thirty years of age and is a graduate of the University of Arizona.” The Special Agent had more to say: “Bailey stated that the topic of ‘flying saucers’ had caused considerable comment and concern to the present day scientists and indicated that he himself had a personal theory concerning the ‘flying saucers.’ Prior to advancing his own theory, Bailey remarked that immediately after the conclusion of World War II, a friend of his, [Deleted], allegedly observed the ‘flying saucers’ from an observatory in Milan and Bologna, Italy. He stated that apparently at the time the ‘flying saucers’ had caused a little comment in Italy but that after some little publicity they immediately died out as public interest. Bailey stated that it is quite possible that actually the ‘flying saucers’ could be radio controlled germ bombs [italics mine]or atom bombs which are circling the orbit of the earth and which could be controlled by radio and directed to land on any designated target at the specific desire of the agency or country operating the bombs.” It was specifically the words of Bailey that led Salter to take notice and view this scenario as an all too real, and dangerous, one.  

Under the terms of the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, the Defense Intelligence Agency has declassified several hundred pages of documentation on UFOs. Of course, the file does not contain any kind of definitive smoking-gun. It does, however, provide the reader with more than a few intriguing reports on notable incidents. One such incident, described in the DIA’s files, occurred in the summer of 1979 – and revolves around mysterious spheres that fell from the sky. The DIA documentation notes that late on the afternoon of August 8, 1979, “…the Embassy here received information that a strange object had been found on a farm near Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Source stated that the object was about 70 centimeters in diameter and two meters in circumference with a hole in one side and a metal skin covering of approx one-half inch thickness. Later the object was described as ‘about three times the size of a basketball.'” Additionally, we have the following information: “A second fireball fell from the sky early in the morning of the same day that the first one was found near Cotoca. This second one was found 200 kilometers north of the city of Santa Cruz on the farm of Juan Saavedra by the Campesino Gonzalo Menacho Viveras. The place is in the area of Buen Retiro near the Yapacane River. According to the information given by the Campesino, around 12:30 a.m. on Friday last week he heard a loud whistling sound and saw a fireball followed by an explosion. He said that the next evening a silent aircraft that had three lights was flying over the explosion area.”

(Nick Redfern) For how many years - or even decades - have these strange spheres been flying around?

The document continues: “After dawn on Friday morning the Campesino started looking around the area of the impact and found a sphere. As it was not heavy, he took it home where he kept it until his friend, Nataniel Mendez Hurtado, learned of the other sphere in Cotoca and passed on information concerning this second sphere. The mystery of finding these two spheres, exactly alike, is that according to the witnesses they were fireballs. That is to say that these spheres became real balls of fire when they entered the atmosphere because of the friction and after a high speed fall they hit the ground. However, in the area where they’ve been found, there were no signs of the impact and looks as though the spheres landed smoothly.” The file also reveals that American personnel had secured “a roll of 35mm film for color prints and a roll of Kodachrome 40 movie film. The 35 mm film will be developed and printed here in La Paz. The movie film will be forwarded to DIA.” Back in the late 1980s – using the Freedom of Information Act – I tried to obtain copies of the film and the photos. But, unfortunately, with no luck. I wasn’t denied access to the material, I should stress. It could no longer be found by the time of my request, I was told.

It’s not impossible that such a case could has a prosaic explanation. Namely, that the spheres were debris from a rocket-launch, or from a satellite decaying in the Earth’s atmosphere. There’s a reason why we should suspect this plays directly into Dan Salter’s story: that the spheres seemed to have landed in a fashion described as “smoothly,” rather than slamming into the ground after a violent descent through the Earth’s atmosphere, is thought-provoking. As is the fact that there was no noticeable impact point – at either site – which again reinforces the image of a smooth descent. And what are we to make of that “silent aircraft” which flew over the “explosion area” one night after the second event occurred? As is so often the case in such affairs, we’re left with more questions than answers. Now, onto even more stories of mysterious spheres. Thanks to the provisions of their Freedom of Information Act, New Zealand’s intelligence agencies have declassified a number of files showing that more than a few such spheres were found on New Zealand soil between 1963 and 1972. Each and every one of those spheres was handed over to the American military, after they stated they originated with the U.S. space program. The spheres were all around two-feet in diameter and, as well as in New Zealand, others were found in various parts of Australia directly after UFO activity. In the pages of his book, Majic Eyes Only (published in 2005), Ryan S. Wood wrote these intriguing, following words: 

“By far the most interesting piece of data related to this affair can be found in a solitary newspaper clipping contained within the archives of New Zealand’s JIB. Dating from 1972, it refers to a ‘sphere crash’ on Australian territory in 1963. According to the report, two spheres had been recovered approximately one hundred and fifty miles north of Broken Hill, and the Broken Hill police had arranged for the objects to be flown to the National Weapons Research Establishment (NWRE) at Adelaide for examination. Unfortunately for the police, the pilot of the aircraft refused to allow the mysterious spheres on board his aircraft lest they explode. Ultimately, the police were forced to transfer the spheres by road. However, after examination by specialist staff at the NWRE, it was determined that the spheres were neither Soviet nor American in origin. From where did they originate? The newspaper did not know, and the authorities were not, and are still not to this day, saying anything.”

It’s intriguing to note that, in 2014, one of the key people in the NWRE affair quietly came forward to say that the sphere incidents were preceded by a wave of UFO activity. So, again, we have UFO activity, and then something left behind in the wake of that activity: unusual spheres. We’re not quite over. In his 1991 book, Alien Liaison, UFO authority Timothy Good described an intriguing affair which took place in the latter part of the 1950s. The location was South Australia. As for the source, he had a very credible background: he was a radio technician employed at the Weapons Research Establishment, Salisbury, South Australia. While the man wasn’t entirely sure of the year of the incident, he was able to narrow it down to 1958 or 1959. It involved the recovery of a curious sphere on the range itself. Good was told: “It was a sphere about 2 feet 9 inches in diameter. Its color was a mid-gray metallic, somewhat darkened by extreme heat…We tried to cut it, and could not even mark it with hand tools – saws, drills, hammers, chisels – nothing.” 

November 9, 1979 was the date on which such a strange sphere was seen. The Telegraph newspaper stated: “…Robert Taylor, a Scottish forestry worker employed by the Livingston Development Corporation, parked his truck at the bottom of Dechmont Law and took his red setter for a walk up the hill. By his account, as he emerged into a clearing he came across a strange metal sphere about 20 ft across ‘like a spaceship, a huge flying dome.’ It appeared to be made from a dark metallic material with a rough texture like sandpaper.” The BBC stated: “[Taylor] told how two-spiked spheres then rolled out towards him and, as he passed out, he was aware of being grabbed on either side of his legs. Mr Taylor woke up in a disheveled state 20 minutes later…After the spiked objects rushed out and tried to grab hold of him, all he could remember was a strong smell of burning. When he came to, the clearing was empty, apart from a pattern of deep regular marks on the ground. He went to his van but was so shaken he drove it into a ditch and had to stagger home in ‘a dazed condition.’” We might all be dazed in such situations!

Nick Redfern

Nick Redfern works full time as a writer, lecturer, and journalist. He writes about a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, alien encounters, and government conspiracies. Nick has written 41 books, writes for Mysterious Universe and has appeared on numerous television shows on the The History Channel, National Geographic Channel and SyFy Channel.

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