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As a military man, surely he would not have made the claim without more substance?
The objects circled us twice and then took off, heading east.
the pilot came back to the cabin visibly excited and reported that a flying saucer had appeared out of nowhere, had flown abeam the secretary’s plane for some distance, and had just raced ahead and shot up into the sky and out of sight.
Originally posted by DerUtho
:-D hard to make something out of this mix of potentially connected informations/statements.
But what attracts my attention, is the "design" of the object pictured on STS088.
The remarkable lack of chaotic surface-structures makes any natural origin highly questionable and requiring for a seriously creative explaination.
The analogies to any publicised craft- or payload-designs seem ... rather few. As it is, the object seems to have a fairly individual center of gravity, something the average rocket decisively hates.
Any explosive disruption or deformation of a more economic payload should have left some kind of jagged (chaotic) edges or structures, none of which are evident in the given image.
The flow of light and shadow on the object suggests some kind of rounded surface, but without any frame of reference to the real size of the thing. Thus it could be a (fragment of a) tool, lost by an astronaut/kosmonaut or any piece of shrinky hardware.
But, the richness of detail in the structure at least begs to interpret the object as being not too tiny.
Leaves not too many easy alternatives ...