By
this time, the Sun was well risen and far too bright to look at. Remember,
at orbital velocity a “day” lasts only 45 minutes, rather
than the 8 to 14 hours we experience on the ground. So this means that
in the minutes since sunrise for the Astronauts, the Sun has gone way
above the horizon…and there is NO
atmosphere to filter it’s intensity, even AT
the horizon, as there is for us on Earth.

About
two minutes after the “Hey Scott!” incident, Parazynski seems
to have tried to cover the oddity by claiming, out of the blue mind
you, that the two had been admiring the sunrise. Yeah right! Sure
they were. This is pure balderdash!

Not
only had these two guys been seeing 16 sunrises per day since reaching
orbit three days earlier, but when this happened, the Sun was obviously
in a different direction from where they were looking. See for yourself
in the photos above. The sun was toward the top of the “screen”,
and the two men were looking to the left of the page. What ever caught
their attention, we can be very sure it wasn’t the sunrise. One can
also remind them, and the public, that an Astronaut’s time on EVA is
very carefully planned, and there is NO
time for idle sightseeing during an EVA. Here is the exact transcript
of Astronaut Scott Parazynski’s remarks. Doesn’t it sound to you like
he was trying to cover up for the implications of his exchange, and
shock, over what Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield called his attention
to mere moments before?

S

WOW! Look at that in the distance! WOW!
Beautiful!

…………………………..(5
second pause
)

…………………
……………
Sunrise!

J
Let’s do it.

S
– “You ready for us
to move then?

End
Transcript

One
final note on this event, and possible consequences. Very soon after
STS-100 landed back on Earth, Canadian
Astronaut Chris Hadfield suddenly quit the Astronaut corps, after
only two flights, with no explanation. Did something “up there”
scare him into leaving NASA? Or did he get his ears burned for drawing
attention to something not acknowledged; over an open radio link? We
can only wonder about these questions. Also, we can only speculate on
just exactly WHAT it was that
so captivated two busy Astronauts carrying out a critical mission on
a long planned, and trained for, EVA.

***

At
all times during this incident, the camera was under the control of
the INCO in Houston Mission Control.

(INCO
INstrument &CommunicationOfficer – The man in Houston
Mission Control Center who is responsible for operating the Shuttle
payload
bay, and robotic
arm, cameras
. In
the case of ISS, this officer is referred to as the CATO
Communications And
Tracking Officer
.
In
both cases, these persons CONTROL
everything which is PERMITTED
to go out on broadcast to the public.

It is a commonly believed falacy that the cameras are operated by Astronauts
& Cosmonauts on the Shuttles, and Space Station. Very little camera
work is done by the crews. They’re way too busy for that.)

At the end
of the day, it’s up to YOU to draw your
own conclusions.

©
2005 Jeff Challender