reply to post by Arken
Cheers for posting Arken, I saw this myself yesterday on DTV.
Weird isn't it!
The pulsating ring is supposed to be (according to Nasa) a washer (as in nut's, bolts and washers) that came 'loose' and floated off.
However, this isn't correct, as obviously it is *not* tumbling over edge to edge, yet it is pulsating. Afaik, washers to not spontaneously pulsate,
that only would happen if it was tumbling over and over, reflecting the sunlight as it did so...this isn't tumbling.
But the meat and potatoes of the video, has me baffled.
What the hell is that morphing shaped..thing.
I was trying to think of everyday, mundane things it could possibly be..but i didn't come up with much to explain it.
It *could* possibly be;
An inflatable of some type, being readied for trial and evaluation in orbit, such as one of these;
Inflatable habitats are pressurised modules for use in an outer space environment to support human life. They have frequently been proposed for
use in space applications to provide a greater volume of living space for a given mass.
The first serious design and manufacture of an inflatable space habitat was in 1961 with a space station design produced by Goodyear (although this
design was never flown). A proposal released in 1989 by Johnson Space Center's Man Systems Division outlined a 16 metres (52 ft) diameter
spherical habitat lunar outpost which was partially buried in the lunar surface.
An inflatable module called TransHab (a portmanteau of Trans Habitation) was proposed for the International Space Station, and later the private
company Bigelow Aerospace revived the design for its own use as a private space hotel
Possible? Certainly looks like some kind of material.
Then i thought, could it be some kind of shielding foil like material, that had come loose?
But if it had been, the commentator would probably have mentioned that a portion of the shield was damaged..but nothing of the sort was said.
Then i thought what if it was something to do with this;
A Robonaut is a dexterous humanoid robot built and designed at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Our challenge is to build machines
that can help humans work and explore in space. Working side by side with humans, or going where the risks are too great for people, Robonauts will
expand our ability for construction and discovery.
But the 'R2' unit hasn't yet been taken aboard the ISS...maybe another, more covert one has been..
Who knows. It's certainly a weird looking thing, but curiously none of the personnel seemed even slightly bothered or phased about the object, so it
could be something that is meant to be there, or else they were being good at keeping their mouths shut about it!
Another thing that struck me about this video, was the sheer amount of light anomalies present...they are everywhere. This will be argued as being
'cosmic rays' striking the CCD or the film of the camera and causing these light effects...that's all very well, until we remember that more than
one of the early astronauts have said that upon looking out of the windows, they saw swarming 'fireflies' all over, and that they looked like
'living critters'...well, this rules out camera artefacts being the cause, because these guys *looked* out of the windows and saw them with their
Cheers for posting, i'll be interested to see the theories people come up with to explain these anomalies.