France's space agency, CNES, plans to publish its archive of UFO sightings and other Space-related phenomena online by late Jan or mid Feb.
The year 2007 has brought with it plans for a new surfing destination for Space fans. Reportedly, the French space agency has decided to publish its archive of UFO (Unidentified Flying Object) sightings and other phenomena online.
According to Jacques Arnould, an official at France's National Space Studies Centre (CNES), the agency had been collecting statements and documents on UFOs for almost 30 years. This database of around 1,600 incidents would go live in late January or mid-February.
A spokesperson for the French Space Agency said that the statements have been collected from people who claim to have sighted UFOs, or from airline pilots. However, names of people who've reported sightings will not be published so as to protect their privacy.
Arnould added that the tremendous advances in technology over the past three decades had prompted CNES' decision to put UFO sightings online.
Presently, the collection consists of around 6,000 reports, of which many are related to the same incident, filed by public and airline professionals.
Looking at the success of films like ET, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Independence Day, and so on, CNES expects its online archive to be nothing short of a hit.
Most likely, the whole lot of content on the UFO sightings archive will be made available via the CNES Web site, www.cnes.fr.