AP report : Thursday's re-entry

From: John locker (satcom@cybase.co.uk)
Date: Mon Dec 02 2002 - 04:05:55 EST

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    Russia Rocket Mistaken for Meteor Shower
    
    .c The Associated Press
    
    SEATTLE (AP) - A ball of fire streaking across the sky early Thursday had
    people throughout the Northwest flooding radio and television stations with
    calls reporting a meteor shower.
    
    Turns out the burning light came from a Russian rocket body re-entering the
    Earth's atmosphere about 6:15 a.m.
    
    The U.S. Strategic Command in Omaha, Neb., and the North American Aerospace
    Defense Command confirmed a Russian rocket fell back to Earth, but did not
    immediately release further details.
    
    Canadian navy spokesman Gerry Pash said the space junk could be seen across
    much of western Canada and possibly as far inland as Montana.
    
    The Federal Aviation Administration received calls from Portland, Ore., to
    the Canadian border Thursday morning.
    
    Callers assuming it was a meteor shower said the light appeared to move more
    slowly than a shooting star, but faster than a plane. Witnesses said it had
    a
    long tail, which seemed to break into two pieces.
    
    
    
    11/28/02 17:12 EST
    
    
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