It is strange but true that when people become conscious of the skies overhead, they begin to see things that puzzle them. This was true after World War Two when flying saucers, or "Unidentified Flying Objects," were seen throughout the world. The onset of this obsession parallelled scientific preoccupation with man's entry into outer space; the belief seemed to be that if we could explore other worlds, then other worlds could explore us. And as people looked to the skies they saw -- or they imagined they saw -- the unexplained. The same thing happened in 1897, when world attention was drawn to Salomon A. Andree and his attempt to reach the North Pole by balloon. He set out in mid-July from Spitzbergen, on the north-west coast of Norway, and simply disappeared. He was an expert balloonist and had excellent equipment, so people began to speculate that he had missed his mark and prevailing winds had carried him into unexplored regions. If he had floated someplace, why not western Canada?