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Mars Rover Spots UFO

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2004 10:05:06 -0500
Fwd Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2004 10:05:06 -0500
Subject: Mars Rover Spots UFO

Source: The Washington Post



Mars Rover Spots UFO

PASADENA, Calif., March 18 (UPI) -- NASA scientists said
Thursday the Spirit rover on Mars apparently has spotted an
unidentified flying object streaking across the planet's sky.

The scientists said the object could be the first meteor seen
from the surface of another planet, or another NASA spacecraft
sent to explore Mars nearly 30 years ago.

The sighting was an accident. Spirit was photographing the
Martian sky with its panoramic camera when one of the images it
sent back to Earth contained a streak -- the brightest object in
the sky at the time.

Spirit's mission controllers said the streak probably was a
meteor entering the thin Martian atmosphere at high speed.
However, it also could have been the Viking 2 orbiter, which was
sent to Mars in 1976. Though the craft's power systems shut down
years ago, it is still circling the red planet in a polar orbit
-- a path that matches the direction of the streak in Spirit's

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