this 30 frame animated GIF shows the full motion of the object from beginning
to end. Time is compressed here from around 2.5 mintues to a matter of
seconds. Now we can see that the object was never “parked”.
It entered from the lower right, moved left in a straight line, then changed
course 90° on a long gentle curve. It then headed west, actually “skimming”
the atmosphere until it moved back out into space away from Earth. At
the end of the video segment, it appears to have rendezvoused with two
It seems unlikely that its an errant ice flake, caught by a Reaction Control
System ( RCS
) firing. When ice and / or debris are influenced by one of these firings,
the result is almost instant, not slow and lazy.
this object might be remains a mystery.
event described above is very reminiscient of an object seen during the
flight of STS-114. That story is “A
‘Wolf Among The Sheep? or A VERY Surprised INCO!”. And example
of an RCS thruster firing is HERE.
all times during this incident, the camera was under the control of the
INCO in Houston Mission Control.
– 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
suits. In the case
of ISS, this officer is referred to as the CATO
– Communications And
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