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  • Jahnets
    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...
    Message 1 of 2 , Jul 31, 2006
      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 "Saucer"

      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

      STS-121 Liftoff

      Nearing ISSy

      Inside ISSy

      Sellers On EVA

      STS-121 Landing
      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?

      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.
      THE "SAUCER"!

      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
      that evening.
      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
      actually saw.
      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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