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Regarding The Mars UFO

From: 'The Norm' <xxxx.nul>
Date: Sun, 18 Nov 2007 09:18:17 -0500
Archived: Mon, 19 Nov 2007 08:16:28 -0500
Subject: Regarding The Mars UFO

Was there any follow-up assessment ever done on the photographed
flying object in the article below? Wouldn't this have been a
useful photograph to present at the press conference recently
held in Washington?


Source: Universe Today - Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada


March 19th, 2004


Observing the sky with the green filter of it panoramic camera,
the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit came across a surprise: a
streak across the sky. The streak, seen in the middle of this
mosaic of images taken by the navigation and panoramic cameras,
was probably the brightest object in the sky at the time.
Scientists theorize that the mystery line could be either a
meteorite or one of seven out-of-commission spacecraft still
orbiting Mars. Because the object appeared to move 4 degrees of
an arc in 15 seconds it is probably not the Russian probes Mars
2, Mars 3, Mars 5, or Phobos 2; or the American probes Mariner 9
or Viking 1. That leaves Viking 2, which has a polar orbit that
would fit with the north-south orientation of the streak. In
addition, only Viking 1 and 2 were left in orbits that could
produce motion as fast as that seen by Spirit. Said Mark Lemmon,
a rover team member from Texas A&M University, Texas, "Is this
the first image of a meteor on Mars, or an image of a spacecraft
sent from another world during the dawn of our robotic space
exploration program? We may never know, but we are still looking
for clues."

Original Source: NASA/JPL


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