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Re: NASA Video Captures UFO In Orbit

From: Michael Tarbell <mtarbell.nul>
Date: Thu, 04 Oct 2007 14:01:04 -0600
Archived: Thu, 04 Oct 2007 16:43:55 -0400
Subject: Re: NASA Video Captures UFO In Orbit


>From: Martin Shough <parcellular.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Thu, 4 Oct 2007 15:53:51 +0100
>Subject: Re: NASA Video Captures UFO In Orbit

>>From: Nick Balaskas <Nikolaos.nul>
>>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
>>Date: Wed, 3 Oct 2007 17:32:30 -0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)
>>Subject: Re: NASA Video Captures UFO In Orbit

><snip>

>>The reasoning that this object is a
>>reflection is confirmed by the observations that the "antennae"
>>is actually pointing towards the Sun and thus only appears to
>>be "tracking" the fuel tank.

<snip>

>It doesn't really matter because neither interpretation can be
>true except momentarily, and by chance. During the film the
>"tripod" rotates in plan by almost 80 degrees relative to the
>video frame of reference, which of course is locked onto the
>straight inertial trajectory of the tank falling away below. (The
>trajectory of the tank is obviously arbitrary in relation to the
>position of the sun.) This is obviously far too great to match
>any change of bearing to the sun. Neither the camera nor the
>Shuttle reference frame is rotating at all (the Shuttle is in a
>flattening trajectory near its final orbital altitude at this
>time and traveling nose-first at maybe 170,000mph), never mind
>spinning at a rate of 20deg/sec, and I know of no evidence of any
>recent solar miracle of Old Testament proportions.

These are good points. I now consider untenable my previous
speculation that a reflection of the camera itself could produce
the object's 'tank-tracking' motion. The camera couldn't have
been panning at a pace commensurate with the rotational motion
of the object, otherwise the camera would have 'run out of
window' quite rapidly. On the other hand, if the source is
indeed a reflection in the shuttle window, it seems there must
have been at least some camera panning motion, otherwise the
effect should have been present continuously (or not at all).

Conceivably there was a non-linear reflection effect that
manifested only within a tiny angular increment, such that the
motion of the reflection was greatly amplified relative to that
of the camera. However, I defer at this point to those more
well-versed in optical systems.


Mike







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