believe that our case proves beyond reasonable doubt that the objects
seen during the “tether incident” were little more than ice
and / or debris in close range to the Shuttle payload bay camera.


The image of a bright point object as focused by a lens system. With monochromatic
light, it consists of a central point of maximum intensity surrounded
by alternate circles of light and darkness caused by the reinforcement
and interference of diffracted rays. The light areas are called maxima
and the dark areas minima. The distribution of light from the center to
the outer areas of the figure was investigated mathematically by Sir
George Airy. The diffraction disk forms a basis for determining the
resolving power of an ideal lens system. The diameter of the disk depends
largely on the aperture of the lens. The diffraction of light causing
the Airy disk is a factor limiting the resolution of a well corrected
optical system.


At all times
during the “tether incident”, and including the example frames
above, the INCO in Houston was in control of the payload bay cameras.

INstrument &CommunicationOfficer – The man in Houston
Mission Control Center who is responsible for operating the Shuttle
bay, and robotic
arm, cameras. He also remotely operates the helmet cameras in space
. 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

2005 Jeff Challender