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Back in November 1955, a Soviet train was crawling out of Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, when someone burst into one of the carriages, claiming he had seen a 'flying saucer' in the twilight sky.

'We turned off the light as quickly as possible,' said a witness. 'I saw a shadowy form above the horizon to the south. 

Its profile was not clearly outlined against the night sky but it appeared to be shaped like a partially deflated balloon with a slight dome on top . . . It was off the ground and rising rather slowly in a vertical direction.'

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