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Re: NASA Video Captures UFO In Orbit

From: Martin Shough <parcellular.nul>
Date: Wed, 3 Oct 2007 16:36:17 +0100
Archived: Wed, 03 Oct 2007 12:02:34 -0400
Subject: Re: NASA Video Captures UFO In Orbit

>From: Joachim Koch <lists.nul>
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Wed, 3 Oct 2007 10:19:00 +0200
>Subject: NASA Video Captures UFO In Orbit

>Hello List,

>I received this from a friend:

>"I have another curiosity that doesn't seem to make to match

>It's actually located at the NASA site here:


>And the 2nd from the top entitled:

>Master# 722561 01:03:54 - 01:04:22 Crew handheld video of
>External Tank.

>This is footage of a external tank. Around the 27 second mark
>another object on the lower right makes an appearance.

>The object is remarkable in itself but the most amazing thing
>to me is that it is pacing the booster rocket and one of the
>object's "antennae" appears to be always pointing directly at
>the object as if tracking it and taking telemetry.

>>From what I see, it suggests that the unidentified object may
>have been travelling along, pacing the booster and the Space
>Shuttle for a much longer time but just "out of frame."

>Are you able to identify this object... I'm a bit baffled and
>if it wasn't on the NASA site, I'd think it was CGI."

>Any comments? Is this one of the famous ice crystals?

I made the following comments on this film earlier today to
another List. Here they are for what they are worth:

It's a hand-held video of the external tank slowly tumbling away
beneath Atlantis. The Earth is streaming by from top right to
bottom left (about "NNE-SSW" if you pretend N is at the top of
the view). About half way in, a blurry white "tripod" shaped
feature (looking a bit like a Newtonian telescope secondary
mirror spider) enters centre right and tracks across the corner
of the frame to exit bottom right, visible for about 4 seconds.
As it does so it rotates, so that one arm remains approximately
aligned on the booster tank.

At first glance looks it looks as though it might be a bright
reflection in the camera optics or similar. But it isn't in the

The object is moving in relation to the tank, the ground and the
camera frame. If you mentally isolate the different components
of motion you can see that there is also a hand jitter. Watch
the tank and the object. They both jitter in synchrony. So the
source is not a lens flare but something outside the camera. The
next thing in the way is the spacecraft window. Could it be a
reflection in the shuttle window?

The object is quite structured. Presumably it would have to be
a specular reflection on some brightly illuminated piece of
equipment inside the cabin. But it's quite a puzzle to work out
how this would produce an image that moves in this way.

The sun position appears to be low and roughly behind the
heading of the spacecraft, as indicated by the reflection on the
side of the booster tank. It seems to stay in that direction
throughout. Also the camera position is clearly somewhat steady
in relation to the tank and the Atlantis ground track. So the
spacecratft is not rotating significantly on any axis, i.e. not
in such a way that the sun illumination angle is changing by
many degrees.

If the magnitude of the movement of this "reflection" is
difficult to understand, so too is it's apparent relation to the
motion of the tank (obviously excluding the camera jitter
mentioned previously). At the start it emerges into the frame
from the right moving towards the tank *without* any noticeable
rotation, for about 1 second, reducing its angular distance from
the tank by about 20% in this time, before curving around
"behind" the tank (falling back behind Atlantis) and at the same
time rotating to keep one of its "arms" roughly aligned on the

This is quite odd. The one possibility that occurs to me - given
that the Shuttle itself is not rotating, as inferred - is that
the rapid translation and rotation of the "reflection" could be
caused by small relative angular motions of the Sun being
amplified due to local curvature of the window glass. I don't
know, but it strikes me as highly unlikely that the Shuttle
glass would be curved.

It would be necessary to investigate the interior of the Shuttle
cabin in great detail and/or question Shuttle
astronauts/engineers to work out of this could somehow be
explained as a reflection.

But at the moment I think it remains an interesting oddity -
strictly speaking a UAP observation, although one would have
thought that if it was a genuinely remarkable bright object
outside the spacecraft it would have been noticed and commented
on by the cameraman or other crew members.

Martin Shough

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