posted on Nov, 10 2010 @ 11:03 AM
I'd like to mention that I saw the object in question as well. At a little before 6, my girlfriend and I left our friend's house about a half mile
from Frank Lloyd Wright and Shea in Scottsdale. We were on our way to the Suns game in downtown Phoenix, heading west. I saw the smoke plume and
remarked that it looked like a rocket or missile launch. I should note that I didn't see it lift off or anything, only while it was still in the air.
The smoke trail appeared to continue vertically for awhile before shifting direction slightly at what I assumed, at the time, was the end of the boost
phase. My gf pointed out that it was still continuing upward, slightly. I assumed this was because the guidance had kicked in and it was headed mostly
in a westerly direction. My first reaction was that it was probably a rocket launch from Vandenberg, although, as I thought about it more, I began to
doubt that hypothesis because it appeared closer than that. I settled on the theory that it was just a normal contrail from a high performance jet
taking off from Luke AFB, although it certainly seemed to be climbing in a manner not so reminiscent of a jet aircraft. I also had a third theory,
which was that it might have been a missile intercept test over the Pacific, but I don't think I would have been able to see that, and certainly not
so clearly. My sister works for Raytheon, and she always knows when there's a missile defense test, but she wouldn't be able to tell me before a
press release to the general public anyway.
When I did some internet searches, I did indeed see the articles about the COSMO launch out of Vandenberg, so I suppose that's possible, but the
times don't seem to line up. I believe the COSMO launch was a couple hours later.
I don't really believe the nuclear accident in India claim, and most of the myths about the President's trip there have been debunked and were only
propagated by unreliable Indian sources, and I don't believe it's related at all to the object. But, I DID see it, and my immediate instinct was
that it was a rocket or missile.