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Re: Armstrong On The Apollo 11 UFO - Smith

From: James Smith <lunartravel.nul>
Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2007 09:34:12 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
Fwd Date: Sat, 24 Mar 2007 06:10:50 -0400
Subject: Re: Armstrong On The Apollo 11 UFO - Smith

>From: Lan Fleming <lfleming6.nul>
>To: UFOUpdates <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2007 13:53:33 -0500
>Subject: Re: Armstrong On The Apollo 11 UFO


>So Collins, at least, ruled out the water dump explanation. And
>the problem remains that there doesn't seem to have been any
>major mission event that occurred prior to the object's sighting
>and after the midcourse correction that would have generated
>substantial debris, such as the debris he described from the
>jettisoning of lunar module much later in the mission. Maybe it
>was just an unusually large chunk of ice and the astronauts were
>letting their imaginations run away with them, as some "UFO"
>witnesses do. But given the astronauts obvious biases concerning
>UFOs, this seems unlikely to me.

Yes but they also thought at the time that something had come
off the CSM, a piece of hardware. Its hard to eliminate all
these things. They are all possible, although very infrequent.
Just because they did not ever see ice or minor debris that
looked like it, did not mean it could not have happened, just
that they had no visual knowledge in their cumulative space
flight experience (which was not that long for those days).

To try to get a feel for this debris I looked at the 16mm and TV
coverage during the translunar phase. The 16mm film coverage
showed the transposition and docking phase and did not show the
panels, but some minor debris was visible.

On their way to the moon, aimed the TV camera at the Earth four
times. These times were prior to the UFO event (10:32MET, 30:28
MET (in passive thermal control attitude, the other times were
not), 34:00 MET and 56:45 MET).

So they purposely looked back at Earth for extended periods at
several times when the panels were much closer than when the UFO
was seen, but they did not report anything. I think the panels
were in the field of view of the TV camera but since the camera
sensitivity was so poor it was inadequate to show even the

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