reply to post by JimOberg
Um, my effort has been to prove that the claims we are seeing close up particles near the shuttle in this tether video are without basis, and so far,
I have done a pretty good job. In fact, I would say at this point of the thread, the claims that these are up close bokeh has no legs to stand on,
that all evidence points to these spheres being near the tether.
We have a NASA study on particles near the shuttle which explains that when the shuttle first enters orbit, there are numerous particles around the
shuttle in orbit, but they fall away quickly, and after a few days on orbit, there are very few of these particles occasionally working their way out
of the nooks and crannies of the exterior of the shuttle.
In the same NASA study it also explains that ice particles from water dumps that are seen in the camera for the most part quickly disappear in a
matter of minutes, with a few stray particles, as in one or two, stay longer.
Edit to add, In this video we see several dozen white spheres, far more than could be reasonably expect to hang around from a water dump or particles
from the shuttle surface this far into the mission.
We have another NASA study which explains that when water dumps are made in the right direction, there is essentially no chance of re-contact, and
that re-contact is something they want to avoid, to minimize possible contamination.
We have a scene list from the mission which clearly identifies water dumps, ice crystals, and thruster firings, and makes no mention of these things
when describing what we see around the tether when this video was made, in which the scene list describes these white spheres as "debris". If the
person paid by NASA to describe these scenes in NASA videos thought these were particles from a water dump, why would that person not describe them as
ice crystals from a water dump. It only makes sense that the person paid by NASA to analyze videos might be competent at their job.
The use of the term debris leaves open an extremely wide range of possibilities of what we might be seeing, but because water dumps have been
identified specifically, it leaves this out as a possible explanation.
Edit to add, In addition, if these particles were from any water dump still hanging around we should have seen them from the very beginning of the
video, as the scene list includes particles seen from a dump even when the shuttle was in the shadow of the Earth. We have a clear video, without
particles, looking out into space for the first minute and a half of this famous tether video, and this point alone pretty much conclusively proves
that what we see as the tether comes into view came with the tether, and could not be particles near the shuttle. End edit addition.
Research on Spherical Aberration, which would be the best description for what we are seeing in this video shows that these solid white spheres are
most likely near the focal point, which should be the tether in this video.
The white spheres around the tether in the video are no more blurred than the tether itself, with the tether thickness so completely exaggerated that
it's thickness is approximately equal to the diameter of most of the white spheres we see in this video.
All you need to do is provide an analysis of the points I have made and explain why you think I am wrong, which should also include the evidence to
back your claims.
If there can be no known possible explanation for these white spheres in this video, then we should explore alternative theories.
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