- In later 1999, I started communicating with James Oberg
(Computer Systems Analyst) about our different POVs regarding the STS-48
(and 80) footage where a white object drifting in dark space amongst a
field of similar-looking white objects seems to be "fired" upon
and object is seen taking off at a high rate of speed. I could not accept
the official explanations that the objects were ice crystals illuminated
by the sun and affected by various Shuttle firing mechanisms.
- The main problem with the official explanation is that
the object was not part of the field of similar but still objects, even
though some are seen drifting. The object "fired" upon emerges
from the atmosphere and then starts its drift. If it had always been seen
with the other objects there might not have been the uproar that some
critics of the official explanation let loose along with other reasons
for rejecting what really sounds like a weak explanation for the different
activities that are seen. The only activity that I accept from the STS-48
footage is that, indeed, the main flash does come from the Shuttle. Everything
else has not been adequately explained by NASA.
- James suggested that I view the STS-63 POST FLIGHT PRESENTATION
videotape available from NASA. He did not specify what I was supposed
to look for but I guessed that it had to do with a similar situation as
far as the insinuated ice crystals.
- The STS-63 videotape consists of the Shuttle's Astronauts
presented individually by the Mission Commander, and video footage and
slides of their Mission activities inside and outside the Shuttle. Thirteen
minutes into the tape I discovered the first mystery of two. The scene
shows a sunlit Earth filling more than half of the TV screen with the rest
being dark, empty space. Mission Specialist Mike Foale starts to describe
a maneuver the Shuttle is going to make around the MIR Space Station to
give it a look-over inspection. As he says "...Because of that uncertainty...",
a dark rectangular shape enters from the right, is seen against the Earth,
and just before it disappears at the top center of the TV screen, it seems
to start to make an end-over-end maneuver. No comments are heard from anyone
about this anomaly.
- About 21 minutes into the tape, one of the two female
Astronauts says that they have one last chance to say goodby to MIR and
the scene changes to a similar night scene as seen on the STS-48 footage
with similar white objects. (Ice crystals from now on will be said with
tongue-in-cheek.) Even though the narrator says that MIR is in the middle
of the frame, it's not visible unless it's one of those seemingly far-away
white objects. This footage is only seconds long but it became very interesting.
After playing the tape back 'n' forth a few times and looking at the various
pulsing white objects, I noticed a triangle of white objects near the bottom
right of the TV screen. The bottom point object is seen really pulsing.
Other ice crystals are seen pulsing but not as strong as the one in the
- Just as in the STS-48 footage a white object EMERGES
from the two top white objects and starts to drift away from the triangle.
At this time a meteroite streaks by and that's the end of the footage.
No explanations are given and no Shuttle firings are seen to activate
drifting ice crystals.
- When I told Oberg of my two discoveries his only reply
was, "Interesting." His supposed purpose for my watching the
tape must have backfired and I'm glad to have seen similar activity to
the STS-48 footage. There must be additional footage that could show where
that white object drifted to because in the STS-80 footage a lot of round
objects are seen materializing from Earth's atmosphere, "blooming",
drifting, "rendezvous-ing" with other similar objects and some
are seen moving at high speeds along with meteorites.
- I am not a conspiracy supporter but there are things
happening in space for which the official explanations are lacking in common
sense and logic. My opinion of the STS-48 footage is shared by what seems
to be the majority of people with at least one Ph.D. (Jack Kasher) which
puts us in good company. Sun-lit ice crystals? No way!
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