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According to People's Daily Online, the US launched "Militia" III intercontinental ballistic missiles from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and the missiles hit the target precisely 7,000 kilometers away.
Originally posted by tristar
Indeed many things regarding this reported sighting that are way off.
Originally posted by airspoon
From the photo, it does look like a ballistic missile but I too am confused how this can be seen all the way in western China and not anywhere closer to the supposed target. I'm interested to hear the explanation, though I doubt there is a perfectly good and rational one. Maybe it was seen in the Koreas and elsewhere?
The missile's single re-entry test vehicle traveled approximately 4,200 miles before reaching its pre-determined target near the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. ICBM analysts, including the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy, will use the data collected to ensure the readiness and capability of the ICBM fleet.
"These launches teach us a great deal and require a team approach," said Col. Carl DeKemper, the 576th Flight Test Squadron commander and mission director. "The launch was part of our continuous self-assessment of the technical and weapons system expertise of our Airmen and the powerful capability of the ICBM fleet."
According to Vandenberg historic records, today also marked the 1,900th launch for Vandenberg AFB since the Air Force assumed the mission in 1957.
Thanks for the link, I read the other thread.
Originally posted by JimOberg
Already being discussed here:
The launch was from Baykonur and was widely publicized.
I suspect the Chinese scientist's comment is deliberate misdirection.
Originally posted by One Moment
reply to post by tristar
The stereotypical UFO doesn't usually leave a wake so this would've gone into the "unusual" sighting category anyway. So not sure if a forewarning is necessary but thanks just the same OP!