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The problem is that an ice crystal blown by the thrusters also makes sense, so we are left with just speculation.
If anyone here has ever seen a missile launch, then you KNOW that this is not a missile. Do you realize the speed the so called missile would have to be travelling to reach space in such a short period of time? No engine today can accelerate that fast. And don't start saying it was some secret new technology...a missile launched from earth would have been noticed by someone, and if it was that fast, it would have been reported.
Ice crystals, nothing more, nothing less.