> From: email@example.com (JamesOberg) > Newsgroups: sci.astro > Subject: STS-73 Entry 2nd Object? > Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org (JamesOberg) > Date: Fri Nov 10 10:44:45 1995 > According to a telephone report from Skeet Vaughn at MSFC Huntsville > (205-922-5893, email email@example.com), during the STS-73 > OV-102 'Columbia' entry across the Rockies Sunday morning (Nov 5), a > team at Socorro, NM observed a faint flickering object preceding the > Orbiter fireball. Their observation angle was to the north, with an > elevation of approximately ten degrees above the horizon. They also > were tracking the Orbiter on radar. > Corroborative reports from the Taos area (where the passage was more > overhead) are still being sought. > The explanation for this sighting remains elusive, with the real > possibility of a coincidental aircraft or satellite passage probably > leading the list. > If the object were Orbiter-generated debris, an explanation is > difficult. One might expect waste water ice or loose insulation to > come off during the de-orbit burn (and remain in orbit), but after the > flip to entry attitude, the next dynamic event is the build up of > G-forces and aero forces after EI. > This report remains puzzling and suggestive, but needs independent > confirmation before one could assume anything more than a coincidence > with another non-associated object. > Skeet's observers are preparing a more detailed written report, > complete with their phone and email access. If you are interested, ask > him directly via email for further information. > Jim Oberg Forwarded by Walter Nissen, firstname.lastname@example.org. --- When the people fear the government, we have tyranny. When the government fears the people, we have liberty.