by Graham Stewart
UFO Reporter, UFO Research (NSW)
Summary: One of the most spectacular video footages of a UFO
encounter was taken by cameras on board the Discovery space shuttle
on 15 September, 1991. The video sequence was picked up live by a
number of amateurs who were directly monitoring the transmissions.
The material has been shown in news broadcasts and circulated
amongst UFO researchers worldwide.
Reprinted from the September 1995 issue of UFO REPORTER, the
quarterly publication of UFO Research (NSW), P.O. Box Q95, Queen
Victoria Building, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia
One of the most spectacular video footages of a UFO encounter was
taken by cameras on board the Discovery space shuttle on 15
September, 1991. The video sequence was picked up live by a number
of amateurs who were directly monitoring the transmissions. The
material has been shown in news broadcasts and circulated amongst
UFO researchers worldwide.
The video shows several small bright objects maneuvering on screen,
apparently interacting with one another in a complex fashion.
Skeptics have usually insisted these are merely shots of some of the
many small ice particles which inevitably end up in orbit with every
UFO investigators were quick to dispute this interpretation, and US
Richard C. Hoagland soon conclusively demonstrated the
objects were actually large-sized and many hundreds of kilometers
away from the shuttle.
One UFO in particular appears to rise up from below the Earth's dawn
horizon and can be clearly seen emerging from behind the atmosphere
and the 'airglow' layers. It is certainly in orbit around the Earth,
some distance out in space, and traveling quickly.
A sudden, bright flash of light is then seen to the left of the
picture, below the shuttle. The UFO then turns at a sharp angle and
heads out into space at very high speed. Two thin beams of light (or
possibly condensation trails) move rapidly up from the Earth's
surface towards where the UFO would have been if it had continued in
its original orbit.
Subsequently, careful analysis of the video shows that:
The distance from the Discovery to the Earth's horizon is 2,757
The UFO's speed before accelerating into space is 87,000 kph (Mach
Three seconds after the light flash, the UFO changes direction
sharply and accelerates off into space at 340,000 kph (Mach 285)
within 2.2 seconds
Such an acceleration would produce 14,000 g of force (1g is normal
The light flash and light beams (or contrails) that shoot into space
have variously been described as a ground-based attempt to disrupt
or destroy the UFO.
Hoagland interprets the incident captured by the
Discovery's video-camera more specifically as a "Star Wars" weapons
test against a Star Wars drone (the UFO). Other UFO investigators
prefer to describe it as a Star Wars attempt against an
extraterrestrial UFO. Whichever version you prefer, the technology
implied is most certainly impressive - at least of Star Wars calibre.
More recently, from New Zealand, investigators have reviewed the
video and corrected the actual time it was taken. They have found
that the UFO incident was recorded over Australia and not the
Philippine islands as was originally thought. Discovery's trajectory
had already taken it across Surabaya in Java and above the Simpson
Desert, Western Australia.
The UFO is first picked up coming over the horizon when the shuttle
is close to Lake Carnegie, WA. Later, the light flash and one
contrail can be tracked back to Exmouth Bay near the North West Cape
military facility. A second contrail can be tracked back to the
Gap military facility in central Australia.
US investigators have been asking their Australian counterparts to
provide further information which they don't have and which they
probably can't get. All the information we have on this incident so
far comes from the US or New Zealand. And, of course, there are
Australia's stringent secrecy laws to contend with.
The scenario was probably captured on video purely by chance. Along
with other UFO incidents recorded on video by NASA, this material
has contributed significantly towards NASA's recent decision to
discontinue live television transmissions from space.
The video footage itself (including a detailed investigation of the
incident) can be found on the tape "Hoagland's
Mars - The UN Briefing (Extended Version)."
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