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The brief segment of footage we will be examining here was shot back in 1991 during shuttle mission STS-48. In this case, the footage shows an unidentified object that initially enters the field-of-view at the bottom center of frame. The object in question that I focus on can be seen experiencing deviations in flightpath shortly after it becomes visible, so in order to better delineate those non-ballistic movements, I show several flightpath tracking and trace enhancements here that allow for an accurate look at the changes in velocity vector that the object experiences as it traverses across the FOV.
Of course, the term "UFO" does not necessarily mean "Alien Spacecraft". These objects can be accurately referred to as being "UFOs" because that is exactly what they are. They are anomalous, unknown objects that are clearly flying free in space that cannot be identified as being any form of known man-made structure or known celestial object. We do not know what they are, how they got there, where they came from, where they are going, or what they are doing there. By definition, that makes them "UFOs".
Originally posted by objectman
Sorry but I think you are all wrong. This is not the main camera moving or changin aspect as the Earth stays exactly where it is. These are objects probably leaving Earth and venturing off to their cloaked / hidden mother ship.
Originally posted by is0ne
Originally posted by objectman
You do realize the shuttle is moving probably about 7500 miles per hour above Earth, right?
Originally posted by horseplay
I hope I don't sound like an idiot but is this earth?
and why no concern over the first object that flies in from left to right just as the other leaves the planet?
Good post...reaction control thrusters firing and changing the direction is one possibility.
Originally posted by Kandinsky
If the RCS thrusters had been fired to alter the shuttle's position (pitch, yaw etc), some particles (e.g. ice) would be pushed away or otherwise disrupted from their dance around the shuttle's mass.
There's a good chance Jim Oberg will be along shortly and add details of the timings for the thrusters.
Q: How much of it is “space junk”?
A: Very little, actually – if you use the standard definition of “space junk” to mean other satellites and pieces off of them, which constitute an impact hazard to human space missions and automated satellites as well. Because all orbiting objects are moving at tremendous speeds in different directions, when they do pass closely to each other, they zip past at several miles per second. Thus they are extremely difficult to detect visually. Astronauts have observed other distant satellites, but not often, and I have never found a single case of a nearby object turning out to be a passing satellite in independent orbit. Anything that was seen over a period of time longer than a few seconds would have to have been something closely following the observer, and thus associated with the vehicle from which the observation was being made. Now, that's unless it was somebody else’s vehicle deliberately keeping pace, of course. But "space junk" as we commonly use the term? Hardly ever, maybe never.