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the question every space buff wanted an answer to is: "What was that I just saw floating away?"
Two objects drifted away during astronauts Fyodor Yurchikhin and Mikhail Kornienko's six-hour assignment.
When the first one swam by, even NASA was befuddled as to what it was.
...an unidentified object .... was visible spinning slowly as it floated farther and farther away. "What is it?" one cosmonaut asked in Russian.
by James Oberg NBC News space analyst,Special to MSNBC.
HOUSTON — Friday’s brief orbital anxiety about threats from an unidentified object seen out the window of space shuttle Discovery underscore why NASA has always been interested in what can justifiably be called UFOs.
The incident explains a lot about the procedures and practices for dealing with unusual naked eye or camera sightings of the "stuff" outside spaceship windows.
It has nothing to do with widely circulated stories of alien visitors, clandestine radio channels or supposedly top-secret standing orders to avoid discussions of such sightings — or even lie about them.