Originally posted by Arken
Are all crazy these Astronauts?
By no means -- the crazies are the folks who actually believe these made-up stories in the internet uforia.
Origin of post:
Thursday 28. Oct 2010 // Famed NASA Astronaut confirms Extraterrestrials are here
by Clark C. McClelland, former ScO, U.S. Space Shuttle Fleet, KSC, Florida 1958 to 1992
My letter to the editors:
In your story presented as credible news there are, in my assessment, substantial problems.
The fundamental description of the alleged STS-80 UFO encounter looks entirely fictitious:
“The disc was first observed to miraculously appear from out of nowhere…”
No disc shape at all, just blobs on TV screen in Mission Control.
“… flying through the clouds below and progressing from right to left…”
One of the blobs was moving cross the field of view with clouds behind it.
“.. as the astronauts stared in utter amazement.”
Nobody onboard was even looking – the scenes are from an exterior mounted TV camera.
“The outer rim of the craft appeared to be rotating counter-clockwise. “
Fantasy, nobody except UFO buffs watching the video imagined this.
“… It was very large (compared to common space junk and breakaway ice), approximately 50 to 150 feet in diameter.”
Fantasy, the dots were of undeterminable distance and size.
“Dr. Story Musgrave, a Payload Specialist on the STS-80 Mission, was interviewed following the flight”..
Musgrave was a ‘Mission Specialist’, never a part-time non-NASA ‘Payload Specialist’. Everybody in the real space program knows the
The interview confronted Musgrave with a video he had never seen, with no information about the illumination conditions or camera angles of the scene.
While trying to be polite, he explained that astronauts see stuff like this all the time, drifting space junk and ice coming off the shuttles.
Subsequently, a detailed private study showed that the camera view was just after sunrise with the dark Earth horizon in the background (a typical
pointing plan for searching for lightning phenomena), with the shuttle casting its shadow back down the line of sight. Normal shuttle-generated
effluent drifting away from the shuttle would emerge from the shadow into sunlight and ’appear’ against whatever background scene happened to be
When shown the results of the investigation, Musgrave immediately agreed:
From: "Story Musgrave" To: