Ted R. Phillips
Over the past 38 years, specialized research into Close Encounters of the Second Kind has resulted in a wealth of reports in every major country of the world. CPTR files contain 3,189 trace/landing cases from 91 countries. I believe physical traces present us with the most direct approach to resolving the mystery of UFOs.
Traces remain as visible evidence long after the reported UFO has gone. If UFOs are not available for study in the laboratory, the residue is.
Alleged UFO landing sites may be photographed, measured, sampled, and subjected to laboratory analysis. These sites have the potential to reveal data relating to size, configuration, and perhaps the method of propulsion of these unidentified devices.
The traces are UFO fingerprints, and it becomes obvious that various types of objects leave behind individual signatures. A number of these UFO generated effects have remained visible for months, even years after the UFO event.
Physical trace landing events push us to the edge of what we can or should believe. They are incredible, but the witnesses remain credible, the residue unexplained. They seem to represent a visit, however brief, by something unknown.
The Center for Physical Research was established in 1998 to act as a central repository for such reports. The goal is to investigate, research, initiate analysis of the resulting effects in laboratories, and present the data to interested researchers and the public.- Ted R. Phillips, CPTR Director