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Originally posted by NLDelta9
I just want to know how the tether managed to be straight line and not a swirly mess like when it broke?
Findings of the board, included in a 358-page document, identified primary causes which accounted for the tether break during deployment of the Tethered Satellite.
"The tether failed as a result of arcing and burning of the tether, leading to a tensile failure after a significant portion of the tether had burned away," the report concludes. The arcing occurred because either external foreign object penetration (but not orbital debris or micrometeoroids) or a defect in the tether caused a breach in the layer of insulation surrounding the tether conductor. The insulation breach provided a path for the current to jump, or arc, from the copper wire in the tether to a nearby electrical ground.
And, it noted that the high voltages under which the system was operating could, over a period of time, have reduced the ability of the tether insulation to withstand electrical breakdown due to contamination found in the tether.
"The tether itself was a remarkable engineering achievement," said Ken Szalai, who chaired the investigative board, "and produced some startling scientific discoveries." Scientific papers recently presented at an American Geophysical Union conference reported that currents generated by the tether were three times higher than theoretical models had predicted prior to the flight.
Numerous space physics and plasma theories are being revised or overturned by data gathered during the Tethered Satellite System Reflight (TSS-1R) experiments on Space Shuttle Columbia’s STS-75 mission last March.
Models, accepted by scientists for more than 30 years, are incorrect and must be rewritten. This assessment follows analysis by a joint U.S.-Italian Tethered Satellite investigating team of the information gathered during the mission.
Originally posted by ScorpioRising
More has been done to explain how it is not alien life forms than has been done to prove that it is, so maybe the focus should not be on people to continue to debunk the alien theory but on people to prove the debunkers wrong?
Originally posted by ScorpioRising I just feel that much has been done to debunk so it's only fair to ask for the proof as well
Originally posted by manmental
just in case people haven't seen this... its a must see debunking of the sts-75 tether incident.
Originally posted by timewalker
This say's nothing.
Ice crystals don't do circles and change flight paths in the vacuum of space.
An object in motion tends to stay in motion.
Originally posted by zorgon
It's all smoke and mirrors with them, in their zeal to debunk, they will use any misdirection they can and hope no one notices.
Originally posted by depthoffield
I think you are not fair,
Originally posted by depthoffield
Speaking about real notched discs (or aren't they real?), I also have one more example of notched disks, very similar to tether incident discs, dropa stone discs with nothces, and yours posted cover magazin picture, but taken from a shuttle's B&W camera in space when filming MIR station:
...taken from in the begining of the video.