From: Frank Warren <frank-warren.nul> Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2004 06:12:47 -0800 Fwd Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2004 16:06:34 -0500 Subject: Experts Studying ISS Object Photos Source: Interfax http://www.interfax.ru/e/B/0/28.html?id_issue=8672897 Experts studying photos of object seen flying near ISS Feb 10 2004 5:55PM MOSCOW. Feb 10 (Interfax) - Russian and U.S. mission control experts are scrutinizing photographs of an unidentified object that the International Space Station crew saw flying near the ISS but that a NASA spokesman dismissed as "no danger" to the station. "It's so far unclear what kind of object it was," NASA public relations officer Sergei Puzanov told Interfax. But "this object poses no danger to the ISS." An earlier NASA report said that, after checking the engines of the Progress supply spaceship, the ISS crew, Russian Alexander Kaleri and American Michael Foale, noticed a narrow strip of apparently soft material, 20 to 25 centimeters long, that was moving away from the station. Some specialists believe the object may have been a piece of insulation, and others think it may have been part of a ribbon fixing something outside the station. "It may prove impossible to determine what it is," Russian mission control spokesman Valery Lyndin told Interfax. "There was already an instance on the [Russian] Mir station where it proved impossible to determine the origin of an object that had been noticed outside the station, and specialists gave up their studies. "Those aboard the Mir had noticed a glittering object. "Cosmonaut Musa Manarov made a video recording, which was urgently transmitted to Earth, but it proved impossible to determine the origin of the UFO. Specialists' conclusions varied."
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