Re: [SHALLOW] Shuttle Reentry Observations

From: Anthony Ayiomamitis (
Date: Sat Feb 01 2003 - 18:04:09 EST

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          This is something that has been addressed during the briefing and the
    Shuttle Program Director specifically mentioned that this has something to do
    with plasma and it gives the false impression that things are flying off. Being
    the devil's advocate, would this be something that perhaps would have been
    noticed by the onboard crew for reporting to JSC which, to my understanding, is
    something that did not happen? Also, all aspects of the re-entry have been
    described as perfect until seven minutes to complete disintegration.
    Brian Webb wrote:
    > Hi All:
    > This is Brian Webb. As you may know, I edit an astronomy/space newsletter
    > for people who live in southern California. Prior to the STS-107 reentry, I
    > alerted my readers that the reentry would be visible from here.
    > I saw the event as did numerous other people and I've been receiving
    > numerous reentry onservations via e-mail from people in California, Nevada,
    > and Arizona.
    > What's interesting are the multiple reports from people as far west as
    > California who say they saw odd things during reentry. As far as I know, all
    > of these reports are credible and the individuals do not know each other.
    > One California resident says her husbund took video that may show "puffs"
    > coming off of the spacecraft.
    > Although the disintegration took place over Texas, it seems that something
    > was happening to the vehicle as far west as California.
    > Regards,
    > Brian Webb
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