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The mystery of the Solway Spaceman

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 09:19 PM

On a bright summer's day in 1964, a Carlisle fireman took a photo of his daughter that created headlines around the world. Fifty years later are we any closer to solving the mystery of the "Solway Spaceman"?

http://www.bbc.co.uk...umbria-27391210

Remember this? We've had threads about this famous picture before but I thought an update would be interesting to read.

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 10:14 PM

i think its a picture of a rambler facing away from the camera, the person has grey hair and the sun is shining on the left side making it appear like a helmet. if the person wasnt aware that a picture was being taken then they wouldnt be able to come forward and say its was them.

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 10:39 PM

You mean that famous photo of someone walking up a hill behind a little girl?
If I was her father and saw a ******* spaceman behind my daughter, I'd not be taking a photo, I'd be taking her and running like the clappers.

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 11:10 PM

That was spooky. The most interesting was when the Blue Streak missile in Woomera, Australia, cancelled a test because "spacemen" appeared in the area. They looked like the "spaceman" in the photo. Carlisle is where that picture was taken and also it's where Blue Streak comes from.

I don't know if I Can accept the "spacemen in Woomera" story or not. It doesn't add up. First of all the report of the "spacemen" was really said that "two figures clad in white" seen in area of the test site. There was film of the Blue Streak tests. Reports indicate that the missile was cancelled because of technical problems.

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 11:09 AM

View PostSir Wearer of Hats, on 23 May 2014 - 10:39 PM, said:

You mean that famous photo of someone walking up a hill behind a little girl?
If I was her father and saw a ******* spaceman behind my daughter, I'd not be taking a photo, I'd be taking her and running like the clappers.

I've never been convinced by the debunk attempts that purport to show that it was a guy behind the girl.  The perspective is all wrong and he would need to have legs ten feet long.

There was something strange that occurred that day; the parallel sighting also needs to be explained.

View PostRose-Red Howler, on 23 May 2014 - 11:10 PM, said:

That was spooky. The most interesting was when the Blue Streak missile in Woomera, Australia, cancelled a test because "spacemen" appeared in the area. They looked like the "spaceman" in the photo. Carlisle is where that picture was taken and also it's where Blue Streak comes from.

I don't know if I Can accept the "spacemen in Woomera" story or not. It doesn't add up. First of all the report of the "spacemen" was really said that "two figures clad in white" seen in area of the test site. There was film of the Blue Streak tests. Reports indicate that the missile was cancelled because of technical problems.

Shame we have no image of this event.  That would have intensified the mystery.

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 11:10 AM

View PostEver Learning, on 23 May 2014 - 10:14 PM, said:

i think its a picture of a rambler facing away from the camera, the person has grey hair and the sun is shining on the left side making it appear like a helmet. if the person wasnt aware that a picture was being taken then they wouldnt be able to come forward and say its was them.

It's not that simple.  Look at the distance to the ground.  Legs ten feet long?

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 02:10 PM

View Postzoser, on 24 May 2014 - 11:09 AM, said:

Shame we have no image of this event.  That would have intensified the mystery.

http://spacemancentr...treak-incident/

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 03:42 PM

View PostRose-Red Howler, on 24 May 2014 - 02:10 PM, said:


Thanks for the link.  I take it the image is not of the actual incident?

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 04:17 PM

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 04:40 PM

View Posttoast, on 24 May 2014 - 04:17 PM, said:

Beekeeper.

With enormously long legs.  Maybe he was an alien bee keeper?

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 08:35 PM

View Postzoser, on 24 May 2014 - 04:40 PM, said:



With enormously long legs.  Maybe he was an alien bee keeper?

:lol:

Has anyone ever tried to reproduce this photo?  If its not a hoax i.e. A kids toy on a stick etc, we know the camera type, location, participants, time, sunangle and day the photo was snapped it would only be childs play to bust this myth wide open.

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 08:44 PM

View Posttaniwha, on 24 May 2014 - 08:35 PM, said:

Has anyone ever tried to reproduce this photo?  If its not a hoax i.e. A kids toy on a stick etc, we know the camera type, location, participants, time, sunangle and day the photo was snapped it would only be childs play to bust this myth wide open.

Some wag tried to do analysis years ago trying to prove it was some dude behind the camera.

It wasn't convincing and the enigma persists.  The basic problem is that the perspective is all wrong for it to be a guy behind.

If the head was lower no one would have given this case a second look.  You only have to look at the image to see something is wrong with the idea.  The legs would need to be ten feet long.

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 08:50 PM

View Postzoser, on 24 May 2014 - 08:44 PM, said:



Some wag tried to do analysis years ago trying to prove it was some dude behind the camera.

It wasn't convincing and the enigma persists.  The basic problem is that the perspective is all wrong for it to be a guy behind.

If the head was lower no one would have given this case a second look.  You only have to look at the image to see something is wrong with the idea.  The legs would need to be ten feet long.

I agree the heights are wrong to the human senses, but might appear just right from an old fashioned cameras perspective.  Its definately out of focus, the human eye would not have been that discriminate.


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Posted 24 May 2014 - 08:50 PM

View Posttaniwha, on 24 May 2014 - 08:35 PM, said:

Has anyone ever tried to reproduce this photo?
Without success if they did.

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Film company Kodak said the same and even offered a reward to anyone who could prove the photo was faked. It was never claimed.


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Posted 25 May 2014 - 01:32 AM

Whatever the real story is, there's something so eerie about the image. It's very disquieting :-(.





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