The Roswell "Hieroglyph" Controversy

by Mac Tonnies

In July, 1947, an excited Maj. Jesse Marcel awoke his wife and son, Jesse Marcel, Jr., to view what he believed to be pieces from a crashed "flying saucer." Marcel, Jr., now a doctor, recreated the "glyphs" he saw along the inside of a seemingly metallic I-beam. He describes the figures as being between a quarter of an inch to a half an inch tall:

In later years, the Air Force advanced the hypothesis that the debris scavenged by Maj. Marcel in 1947 was the remains of a Project Mogul balloon train (essentially a weather balloon, but equipped to detect acoustic effects in the upper atmosphere caused by Russian atomic bomb testing). Project chief Charles Moore recalls that the I-beams used were held together with "novelty tape" that featured three-inch flower-like designs. Asked to draw the Mogul designs, Moore produced the following:

The recreations above are drawn to scale. As noted by some ufologists, the likeness is tenuous at best. If the designs witnessed by Marcel weren't the designs described by Moore, then it's plausible that the official explanation for them is in error and that an unconventional aircraft of some sort indeed crashed near Roswell in 1947.

While reading Gary Zukav's "The Dancing Wu Li Masters," an introduction to quantum theory, I was startled to come across a series of illustrations featuring designs extremely similar (and in two cases identical) to those recalled by Marcel. The diagrams in question were taken from a textbook on quantum physics, and represented various forms taken on by electron clouds in hydrogen atoms.

I immediately wondered if there was a link between Marcel's I-beam recreation and the hydrogen diagrams. If so, what were quantum mechanical diagrams doing in the New Mexico desert in 1947?

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