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NASA authorities report that an unknown object approaching the Earth from deep space is almost certainly artificial in origin rather than being an asteroid. Object 2010 KQ was detected by the Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona earlier this month, and subsequently tracked by NASA's asteroid-watching service, the Near-Earth Object Program headquartered at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California.
Observations by astronomer S J Bus, using the NASA-sponsored Infrared Telescope Facility in Mauna Kea, Hawaii, indicate that 2010 KQ's spectral characteristics do not match any of the known asteroid types, and the object's absolute magnitude (28.9) suggests it is only a few meters in size.
The object has used no propulsion during the time NASA has had it under observation. However the spacewatch experts believe that it must have moved under its own power at some point, given its position and velocity.
The experts believe that the object must be a spacecraft, or part of one - likely to be a booster stage from an interplanetary mission of the past, now drifting back in to Earth and out again.
Originally posted by Iwasas
I was a bit dubious at first, so in case anyone else is, here is a page on NASA'a site backing this up:
Originally posted by Visiting ESB
The JPL article suggests that it is likely to be "a rocket stage that escaped years ago from the Earth-Moon system." I know many of us want disclosure but let's not get carried away and ignore the truth. More importantly, let's not mislead others when the article clearly states that it is likely something that originated on Earth. I also know that we can't always believe what NASA tells us, but in this case, I think they're probably correct.
A recently discovered space object which has shown some unusual behavior is a part of a Russian-made Proton carrier rocket, scientific reports say.
Propeller The object was first discovered on May 16 this year during the Catalina Sky Survey – research aimed at discovering new asteroids orbiting the sun. The parameters of the unknown object’s orbit, labeled 2010 KQ, allowed observers to suggest that was an asteroid, but a short time later astronomers said that it was most likely man-made. They believe that 2010 KQ is a stage of the Russian-made carrier rocket Proton that was used to launch the Luna-23 lunar station in October 1974. The object currently sits in an approximately one-year orbit around the Sun.
Originally posted by k3rm1t
From PTR Source
Has a nice video to it as well.
[edit on 30-5-2010 by k3rm1t]
Originally posted by discl0sur3
reply to post by ararisq
Great find, although my gut instinct tells me that NASA is actually telling the truth this time. The fact that it has already flown by supports their theory as well.
The JPL article suggests that it is likely to be "a rocket stage that escaped years ago from the Earth-Moon system." I know many of us want disclosure but let's not get carried away and ignore the truth.
Serial number -- Use -- Launch date -- Current location:
S-IVB-501 Apollo 4 November 9, 1967
S-IVB-502 Apollo 6 April 4, 1968
S-IVB-503 Destroyed during testing
S-IVB-503N Apollo 8 December 21, 1968 Solar orbit
S-IVB-504 Apollo 9 March 3, 1969 Solar orbit
S-IVB-505 Apollo 10 May 18, 1969 Solar orbit
S-IVB-506 Apollo 11 July 16, 1969 Solar orbit
S-IVB-507 Apollo 12 November 14, 1969 Solar orbit; Believed to have been discovered as an asteroid in 2002 and given the designation J002E3
S-IVB-508 Apollo 13 April 11, 1970 Lunar surface*
Originally posted by jimmyx
maybe this object was sent into our location from another race of beings trying to contact us without the use of manned craft. too bad it could not be captured or examined, since NASA says that they have no idea what it is...you would think they would have a little more curiosity in this.
Originally posted by ararisq
NASA authorities report that an unknown object approaching the Earth from deep space is almost certainly artificial in origin rather than being an asteroid.
Well NASA assumes that there is life on other planets...
Originally posted by weedwhacker
BUT..."life" and intelligent technologically capable life? Two very different things.
[edit on 30 May 2010 by weedwhacker]