RE: [ufodiscussion] STS - 121: The "Saucer"
- That looked like it came right out of a door or flap within Earth... Or
possibly a gate and that is what the electricity we saw was rather than
lightening... is a lens flare their form of a brain blip...
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Subject: [ufodiscussion] STS - 121: The "Saucer"
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The flight of STS-121 (ISS Mission ULF-1.1) opened with the liftoff of
Space Shuttle Discovery from Launch Complex 39-B , Kennedy Space Center, at
1:36 PM CDT (18:36 GMT) on 4 July 2006. Appropriately, this was American
Independence Day as well. After some 9 minutes of powered flight, MECO (Main
Engine Cut Off) occurred, and orbit was achieved.
As with the previous Shuttle flight, STS-114, a great deal of attention
was focused on the performance of the foam insulation (PDF file 522kb) on
the External Fuel Tank. Changes and modifications to this component were
successful, and after extensive on-orbit inspection of the heat shield, NASA
engineers pronounced Discovery safe for re-entry at mission end.
Docking with ISS was accomplished on 6 July, roughly two days after
launch. The CREW of Discovery were welcomed by ISS Expedition 13 Commander
Pavel Vinogradov, and Flight Engineer Jeffrey Williams, in the traditional
Russian way, with the offering bread and salt. This flight also delivered
ESA (European Space Agency) Astronaut Thomas Reiter, of Germany, to join the
ISS Expedition 13 crew. His addition marked the first time ISSy has boasted
a crew of three since spring 2003, following the loss of Columbia.
Discovery brought with her the Italian built MPLM (Multi-Purpose Logistics
Module) "Leonardo". This spaceborne "moving van" contained around 15 tons
(13,600kg) of equipment and supplies for ISSy. Once the new materiel was
unloaded, superfluous equipment crowding the limited space aboard ISSy was
stowed for return to Earth.
Three EVAs (Extra-Vehicular Activity or spacewalk) were mounted in US
spacesuits from the Quest Airlock. Astronauts Piers Sellers and Michael
Fossum tested methods for repairing damaged heat shield components, and
performed repairs to the Mobile Transporter, damaged by accident in December
2005. In addition, the two Astronauts tested the feasability of using the 50
foot (15.24m) robotic arm extension. This extension was used with a special
camera to inspect the belly of the orbiter for damage. In this case,
engineers at Houston wanted to know if extended arm could be effectively
used to carry Astronauts on the end. It was hoped that they would be able to
work from this lofty perch. The experiment was a success.
After some nine days of joint operations with the ISSy crew, farewells
were made, and Discovery separated from ISSy at 4:08 AM CDT (9:08 GMT) 15
July 2006 to fly solo for
Sellers On EVA
the next two days. STS-121 came to an end with the safe landing of
Discovery at the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility , runway 15, at 8:15 AM CDT
(13:15 GMT) on 17 July 2006. This mission was highly successful, the brave
crew accomplishing every task mapped out for them. Total duration: 12 days
18 hours 38 minutes. The fact that Discovery and her crew performed so
flawlessly also opened the door for the resumption of ISS construction
flights again. These had been suspended since the fatal loss of Columbia in
February 2003. Congratulations are in order for all concerned.
The following event was broadcast "live" to the public on NASA Select TV
channel, available to many cable and dish TV customers in North America. On
Flight Day 5, at 8:43 PM CDT the evening of 8 July (1:43 9 July GMT ) 2006,
Discovery and ISSy were cruising high above Brazil. The INCO had the
low-light black & white camera in Discovery's payload bay pointing to the
west. In view were the western Amazon basin, as well as the Andes Mountains
of Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador. The crew were in their sleep period when all
of this took place.
Several hundred miles/kilometers below, active thunder storms could be
seen, and lightning was flashing randomly. It was then that SOMETHING very
weird was seen moving under the cloud deck below. Subsequently, this object
emerged from the clouds at very high speed, and appeared to shoot off into
space to the east!
Due to the fact that the Shuttle/Station Complex was orbiting in excess of
220 miles (350km) above the Earth, this object MUST have been MANY
MILES/KILOMETERS in diameter! This is one of the rare cases in which we DO
have a frame of reference to judge the actual distance of the anomaly. This
because the object rose FROM the clouds far beneath Discovery's camera.
This thing is almost certain to be SELF-LUMINOUS, as the event took place
near local midnight. The Sun was NOT a factor here. There was a very bright
Moon shining down that night, but Lunar light is hardly strong enough to
account for the luminosity of the anomaly.
Based on the ensueing behavior of the INCO, I believe he was aware that
this anomaly got past him. He quickly cut off the "live" downlink, returning
to MCC Houston, and the animated tracking map. When he did return to the
"live" feed, he began to "play" with the camera. It was panned to the right,
with a bright floodlamp mounted on the Canadarm just out of the field of
view. This blinding light caused a series of lens flares to appear. These
faux images were round and circular, similar in shape and size to the
anomaly. BUT, they did NOT mimic the motion of the anomaly, nor did they
originate from BELOW the cloud deck. So it was a wasted effort to provide,
in my opinion, "plausible deniability" for the "Big One That Got Away"!
A visual presentation of this incident has been prepared for you to study.
Let's examine the evidence for this event now, shall we?
SETTING THE SCENE
Here we have a frame of the animated tracker used by NASA to show where
the Shuttle/Station Complex is at any given time.
Note the RED circle denoting the location of Discovery and ISSy at the
time of the event.
The gross surface features are named for you here. The lights amongst the
clouds are cities in South America.
The camera view is facing west, with the edge of Earth and deep space in
the far background.
This is our first look and the anomalous object. See how it skims UNDER
the clouds before emerging from a thunder storm? This animated GIF is the
full screen version, presented just as it was broadcast on NASA television
It has been suggested that the object might be some natural phenomenon,
such as ball lighting. I remind you that ball lightning is very rare, and
has NEVER been reported to be of this GIGANTIC size!
Also, try to imagining the energy required to produce ball lightning this
large. I must relegate the ball lightning explanation a very low level of
probability for obvious resons.
Now we have zoomed in 200%. It's a much closer look at the anomaly.
I must admit to being baffled as to the identity of this thing. It's
difficult to conceive of something so unbelievably huge, and capable of
emitting its own light!
These are the same set of frames, but with colors reversed.
Once more, but embossed for a 3-D effect against a neutral grey
background. DAMAGE CONTROL?
Just moments after the object went on its way, the INCO gave us this
demonstration of lens flares. I believe this action was an attempt to
convince anyone lucky enough to see the anomaly that this is what they
Sorry...not buying this one.
What have we in this event? I simply can't tell you. I don't know what the
object might be. It's monstrous size precludes a whole host of conventional
explanations. It was almost surely self-luminous, it was the size of a large
city, and it emerged from under the cloud deck right through a thunder
storm. For these reasons alone, I must classify it as unknown.
At all times during this incident, the camera was under the control of the
INCO in Houston Mission Control.
(INCO - INstrument & Communication Officer - The man in Houston Mission
Control Center who is responsible for operating the Shuttle payload bay, and
robotic arm, cameras. He also remotely operates the helmet cameras in space
suits. In the case of ISS, this officer is referred to as the CATO -
Communications And Tracking Officer. In both cases, these persons CONTROL
everything which is PERMITTED to go out on broadcast to the public. It is a
commonly believed falacy that the cameras are operated by Astronauts &
Cosmonauts on the Shuttles, and Space Station. Very little camera work is
done by the crews. They're way too busy for that.)
At the end of the day, it's up to YOU to draw your own conclusions.
© 2006 Jeff Challender
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