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NASA Tracks Mystery Object Near Atlantis Shuttle
Space,com ^ | September 19, 2006

Posted on 09/19/2006 8:53:59 AM PDT by Kaslin

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA mission controllers are tracking a mystery object hovering between the space shuttle Atlantis and Earth, and traveling at roughly the same speed as the orbiter, agency officials said Tuesday.

“Right now they’re just tying to figure out exactly what it is, how far away it is,” NASA spokesperson Kimberly Harle told SPACE.com. “It’s pretty much assessing the whole situation.”

arle said that at 2:45 a.m. EDT (0645 GMT), just after Atlantis completed a check of its reaction control thrusters, the instrumentation and communications officer at NASA’s shuttle Mission Control room at Johnson Space Center noted an object between the orbiter and Earth, and traveling at about the same speed of the spacecraft.

Flight controllers are now using video cameras mounted along Atlantis’ robotic arm and payload bay to survey visible areas of the orbiter, including its wing leading edges and other vital heat shield areas, Harle said.

“Everything is still under assessment,” Harle said.

For now, Atlantis’ STS-115 shuttle crew will not stow their Ku-band antenna – the primary video and data link to Earth – to allow flight controllers to continue to study the object.

NASA is broadcasting Atlantis’ STS-115 mission to the ISS live via NASA TV. You are invited to follow the shuttle's progress using SPACE.com's NASA TV feed, which is available by clicking here or using the button at the left.


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1 posted on 09/19/2006 8:54:00 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

SPECTRE


2 posted on 09/19/2006 8:55:00 AM PDT by pissant
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To: pissant

Algore


3 posted on 09/19/2006 8:56:13 AM PDT by Forrestfire (("To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society." Theodore Roosevelt))
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To: Forrestfire

John Kerry.....


4 posted on 09/19/2006 8:58:11 AM PDT by Youngman442002
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To: Kaslin

One of the missing "BOLTS"?


5 posted on 09/19/2006 8:58:19 AM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: Kaslin

Monolith.


6 posted on 09/19/2006 8:58:41 AM PDT by Thrusher (“There’s nothing like the B-2 when it comes to giving peace a chance.")
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To: Forrestfire

No it's Teddy the blimp


7 posted on 09/19/2006 8:58:58 AM PDT by Kaslin (No matter what the left says. G.W. Bush will be remembered as the best president of this century)
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To: Thrusher

I'm sorry Dave. (i hate that movie!)


8 posted on 09/19/2006 8:59:21 AM PDT by bluejean gal
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To: Kaslin

They showed some video on Fox News. Very odd, traveling at about the same speed too? I'm surprised our military doesn't know what it is.


9 posted on 09/19/2006 8:59:21 AM PDT by eyespysomething (http://crumbsandfun.blogspot.com/2006/09/ana-centeno-tribute.html)
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To: Youngman442002

Didn't someone drop some equipment a few days ago up there?

I mean it would probably still going the same speed as the shuttle. But I don't know how big that piece of equipments was. Could have been a bolt or washer or something.


10 posted on 09/19/2006 8:59:33 AM PDT by BookaT (My cat's breath smells like cat food!)
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To: lexington minuteman 1775

They have no idea. FNC played the video


11 posted on 09/19/2006 8:59:59 AM PDT by Kaslin (No matter what the left says. G.W. Bush will be remembered as the best president of this century)
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To: Kaslin

Rosie O'Donnell


12 posted on 09/19/2006 8:59:59 AM PDT by Alouette (Psalms of the Day: 119: 97-176)
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To: BookaT

From the video they showed, it appeared much bigger than a bolt or washer.


13 posted on 09/19/2006 9:00:18 AM PDT by eyespysomething (http://crumbsandfun.blogspot.com/2006/09/ana-centeno-tribute.html)
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To: Kaslin

Gas cap.


14 posted on 09/19/2006 9:00:59 AM PDT by Sax
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To: eyespysomething

Yeah I saw the video, strange indeed


15 posted on 09/19/2006 9:01:13 AM PDT by Kaslin (No matter what the left says. G.W. Bush will be remembered as the best president of this century)
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To: Alouette

Jimmy Hoffa...


16 posted on 09/19/2006 9:01:16 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (Houston Area Texans (I've always been hated))
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To: lexington minuteman 1775

Not one of the missing pieces of hardware. This likely came off the Shuttle. Now news says it hit the Shuttle.


17 posted on 09/19/2006 9:01:29 AM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the law of the excluded middle)
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To: eyespysomething

I haven't seen the video. Could you describe what you saw?


18 posted on 09/19/2006 9:01:31 AM PDT by Dark Skies
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To: Kaslin

Louis Farrakhan's mothership.


19 posted on 09/19/2006 9:01:33 AM PDT by stbdside
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To: Kaslin

Romulans testing a new weapon.


20 posted on 09/19/2006 9:01:35 AM PDT by isom35
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To: Kaslin

Can moonbats fly in space?


21 posted on 09/19/2006 9:02:02 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Well, good luck with all that.)
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To: Sax

Its the Mothership and we are all in trouble (women and minorities to be hit hardest)!!!


22 posted on 09/19/2006 9:02:35 AM PDT by tigtog
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To: Kaslin

abc top of the hour news,,

Atlantis did take 'some kind of hit' this morning, landing will be delayed until situation is further assessed


23 posted on 09/19/2006 9:02:55 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......Help the "Pendleton 8' and families -- http://www.freerepublic.com/~normsrevenge/)
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To: pissant

SPECTRE

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SOROS :-}


24 posted on 09/19/2006 9:03:25 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......Help the "Pendleton 8' and families -- http://www.freerepublic.com/~normsrevenge/)
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To: Kaslin

Thailand


25 posted on 09/19/2006 9:03:25 AM PDT by SlowBoat407 (I've had it with these &%#@* jihadis on these &%#@* planes!)
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To: Kaslin

They are showing it on NASA TV now, during the briefing.


26 posted on 09/19/2006 9:03:43 AM PDT by freedom4ever
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To: Kaslin

Bill Hemmer on FOX is talking about it right now. Showed it on video.


27 posted on 09/19/2006 9:04:52 AM PDT by LadyPilgrim ((Sealed my Pardon with HIS BLOOD!!! Hallelujah!!! What a Savior))
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To: Kaslin

it is a hologram coming from Karl Rove's secret moon base.


28 posted on 09/19/2006 9:04:53 AM PDT by LukeL
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To: Kaslin

Someone said on "Coast to Coast with George Noory" that on the 1969 moon walk with Armstrong & Aldrin, the astronauts were surrounded by hovering crafts.


29 posted on 09/19/2006 9:05:02 AM PDT by my_pointy_head_is_sharp (Pornography kills.)
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To: Kaslin

The spaceship has arrived. Are you ready to board?

30 posted on 09/19/2006 9:05:31 AM PDT by DrewsDad
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To: freedom4ever

Could someone post a picture of it?


31 posted on 09/19/2006 9:06:14 AM PDT by my_pointy_head_is_sharp (Pornography kills.)
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To: Dark Skies

Black thing going along parallel to the shuttle.

NASA just said something shook loose off the shuttle, and they need to find out what it was, whether it was important or not. Jeez, where are the new space vehicles?


32 posted on 09/19/2006 9:06:30 AM PDT by eyespysomething (http://crumbsandfun.blogspot.com/2006/09/ana-centeno-tribute.html)
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To: Kaslin

Klingons circling Uranus?


33 posted on 09/19/2006 9:06:33 AM PDT by BeHoldAPaleHorse ( ~()):~)>)
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To: eyespysomething

They know what it is...

It just takes a while to corrolate the known tracks of debris in orbit to what that actually is...

I saw a story on the stuff they track and its a pretty amazing list of junk up there...

I think I recall they can track/identify objects effectively down to the size of a garbage can lid...Maybe some smaller stuff too...

Most of it, over time, the orbits begin to degrade enough where it comes back in and burns up...

I have not seen the video Fox has shown yet...If its not demonstrating a dynamic orbital change in altitude or direction, its a piece of debris...Bet you a dollar to a donut hole thats what it is...


34 posted on 09/19/2006 9:06:55 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (Houston Area Texans (I've always been hated))
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To: my_pointy_head_is_sharp

Somebody says that on Coast almost every day. Aldrin denied it.

spaceflightnow.com
1544 GMT (11:44 a.m. EDT)

LANDING DELAYED. Atlantis will remain in orbit an extra day while the NASA mission managers analyze footage of a mystery object seen floating near the shuttle this morning and determine whether more inspections of the heat shield will be required before re-entry.

A news conference is coming up at 12 noon EDT.


35 posted on 09/19/2006 9:07:13 AM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the law of the excluded middle)
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To: Dark Skies

I haven't seen it, either.

Too bad your question went unanswered by those that have.

I Pray they will be safe and land without problems.

:O)

P


36 posted on 09/19/2006 9:08:02 AM PDT by papasmurf (Join Team 36120 Free Republic Folders. Folding@Home Enter Name:FRpapasmurf)
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To: Dark Skies
The program mgr. thinks it may be something off the shuttle. They are thinking about getting the arm out to look around the ship.

It is a smaller black looking object that is flying along with the shuttle, but is really to far away to make out.

37 posted on 09/19/2006 9:08:09 AM PDT by freedom4ever
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To: eyespysomething

Thx!


38 posted on 09/19/2006 9:08:34 AM PDT by Dark Skies
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To: Kaslin

39 posted on 09/19/2006 9:08:36 AM PDT by maggief
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To: Kaslin

If the object I saw in the video came from the shuttle, then the shuttle is missing a huge chunk.


40 posted on 09/19/2006 9:09:47 AM PDT by takenoprisoner
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To: Kaslin

"KHAAAAN!"

41 posted on 09/19/2006 9:10:27 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Dark Skies

On the replay, it appeared to me to be 'tumbling'. But I can't even tell how far away it is, there's nothing to give it perspective, just the earth in the background.


42 posted on 09/19/2006 9:10:30 AM PDT by eyespysomething (http://crumbsandfun.blogspot.com/2006/09/ana-centeno-tribute.html)
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To: takenoprisoner

"If the object I saw in the video came from the shuttle, then the shuttle is missing a huge chunk."

That's what I was thinking. Foxnews said it was bigger than a satellite


43 posted on 09/19/2006 9:11:23 AM PDT by GottaLuvAkitas1 (Ronald Reagan is the TRUE "Father Of Our Country".)
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To: Kaslin

Just a little space cabbage.


44 posted on 09/19/2006 9:11:38 AM PDT by Recovering Hermit (AIDS and islam...two preventable diseases.)
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To: Kaslin

 


45 posted on 09/19/2006 9:11:54 AM PDT by Fintan (I'm writing a novel...one tagline at a time.)
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To: pissant
text

"Look after Mr. Bond. See that some harm comes to him."

46 posted on 09/19/2006 9:12:41 AM PDT by Oratam
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To: Fintan

MST3000 has returned! :O)


47 posted on 09/19/2006 9:12:47 AM PDT by GottaLuvAkitas1 (Ronald Reagan is the TRUE "Father Of Our Country".)
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To: freedom4ever

Spock..Analyze!


48 posted on 09/19/2006 9:12:55 AM PDT by fungoking
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To: eyespysomething
whether it was important or not

Lots of things fall off my Chevy all the time. Same for the Dodge. So far nothing vital, just trim. Is there chrome on the Shuttle?

49 posted on 09/19/2006 9:13:00 AM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the law of the excluded middle)
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To: BeHoldAPaleHorse

They aren't circling mine.


50 posted on 09/19/2006 9:13:10 AM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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