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Originally posted by JimOberg
I agree we always need to keep our eyes peeled for stuff outside the windows.
Even in a no-UFO universe it could be critical for mission safety.
however, your comment
The general consensus is that the images in question were simply space junk. End of story.
reflects a common misconception fostered by ambiguous journalistic use of the sexy term 'space junk'.
I've never seen any imagery from any humanned space flight that looked likely to be this kind of 'space junk' -- debris from OTHER satellites. Such objects are too far away, too small, too fast [if close], and generally non-detectable by a crew.
The prosaic explanation most commonly offered - -and documented -- involves stuff, often short-lived stuff like ice, off of the particlar spacecraft from which the observation is being made. On occasion it involves material associated with co-orbiting spacecraft with which rendezvous maneuvers are being conducted.
This introduces fundamental differences with trying to explain blips as 'space junk' from other vehicles. If you don't realize this, any investigative efforts are likely to be doomed to frustration.
Speculation but interesting nonetheless.