posted on Nov, 7 2008 @ 09:24 AM
reply to post by GenRadek
It's certainly not a shuttle reentry. You can clearly see pieces of material breaking away, so that would have been another lost shuttle. I think
anything making a "planned" reentry can be ruled out for this reason, although a de-orbited satellite is still a possibility.
Having watched and thought a bit more about the footage, my best guess would be some kind of a fuel tank re-entry - it seems to be a fairly
non-complex object... in the first part, the outer layers get stripped away, and when you see it imitating a shuttle-cock just before throwing off
it's "skirt", that's probably the last of the "outer layer".
Under this outer layer there seems to be a much more resistant layer, possibly some kind of ceramic heat shield, since at this point it becomes
significantly dimmer, the material resisting ablation
initially, but finally giving up and
breaking up violently to expose the contents of the tank (the final fireball), once the last shielding has gone.
It's just speculation though...