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  Category 1, Distant Encounters 
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A Hynek Classification of Distant Encounter is usually an incident involving an object more than 500 feet from the witness. At night it is classified as a "nocturnal light" (NL) and during the day as a "daylight disc" (DD). The size of the object or the viewing conditions may render the object in greater detail but yet not qualify the sighting as a Close Encounter which is an object within 500'. 

Naval Research Lab Rocket Scientists See Silver Disc
June 29, 1947
Las Cruces, New Mexico

 #704: 1947/6/29 13:20 1 106:34:0W 33:33:0N 3333 NAM USA NMX 7 9 15mi.NE/LAS CRUCES,NM:ROCKET EXPERTS+2:SLVR SCR/NW SKY>>N:9K'alt:/r187#109 Ref# 15 RANDLE+SCHMITT:UFO CRASH at ROSWELL Page No. 17 MIL. BASE

Brad Sparks:
June 29, 1947. About 20 [15?] miles ENE of Las Cruces, New Mexico
About 1:15 [1:20?] p.m. USN Naval Research Lab (NRL) rocket scientist-engineer Dr. Carl J. Zohn, Admin Asst., Rocket Sonde Section, White Sands Proving Ground (WSPG), NRL scientist Curtis C. Rockwood and his wife, and WSPG technician John R. Kauke, were driving in a car from Las Cruces to WSPG headed NE when they saw to their right front [E] a rotating silvery or shiny disc or sphere with no appendages, wings, tail, propellers, reflecting sunlight [pulsating?], crossing the sky at high speed heading N at about 8,000-10,000 ft which suddenly disappeared in mid-air in a clear cloudless sky. Kauke had stopped the car and briefly saw a short vapor trail at one point not reported by the others. Zohn on the passenger side rolled the window for an unobstructed view. (FOIA; cf. Ruppelt, p. 20; FUFOR Index; Randle-Schmitt; Bloecher 1967; etc.)

Detailed reports and documents
reports/470629lascruces_report.htm (Dan Wilson)

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