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Snaggy

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Icon 4 posted February 05, 2003 00:53      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2003/02/05/CAMERA.TMP

if this is real, this will be very interesting...

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spungo
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Icon 1 posted February 05, 2003 02:43      Profile for spungo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Wasn't it a clear sky that day? [Confused]

edit: D'oh - a little bit above the clouds, I should have realised...

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Icon 1 posted February 05, 2003 03:54      Profile for Lex   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Considering that the man currently refuses to publish, it is probably a hoax. Either that or some sort of laser weapon becoming visible in the contrail. Or not.

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Icon 1 posted February 05, 2003 04:06      Profile for GMx     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
It would have been nice to see the pic.
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Icon 5 posted February 05, 2003 06:40      Profile for ASM65816   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
... upon close inspection of the photo, a strange creature can be seen on the wing trying to destroy the engine in the midst of heavy rain.....

oh, that was something else.

Somehow the word "credibility" doesn't spring to mind on the picture thing. If anything, it's a case of: "x" breaks off, turns sharply (because of wind resistance and gravity), then continues to fall or burn up.

BTW: Old days -- a single bullet hole would rip a jet fighter to shreds.

Reason: Air would enter the hole, increase the internal pressure of the fuselage, then the skin of the aircraft would "pop" off. Mach 1 means a lot of air pressure.

At any rate (IMNSHO), nothing "hit" the shuttle.

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Those darn aliens and their ray guns!!! Since we haven't been to outerspace, because there is no such place (the stars are painted on glass sperars arround our flat earth, which means to travel to the moon would shater some of the spheres...) and so the debris was placed there by some government officals who want us to buy the whole "outerspace" and "moon landing" theories.... *cough*

Alright, I have heard a number of wild theories, some decent theories and general theories in general... I personally don't believe that anything hit the air craft, and believe the problem was prbably structural failure due to previous wear and tear. While it was designed to last for quite a while longer, and while there were several inspections made before it was allowed to leave... It seems that structural failures happen under etream circumstances dispite our best efforts. Here in Milwaukee (a year or so... perhaps about 2 years ago), a bridge that was in seemingly great condition buckled after a heavy load of snow in sub--sub-zero weather.

I do think, after two major problems with the shuttle, that it is time to start designing the next mode of space travel. We'll see what the experts say after they have a chance to look at the evidence (and not some photoshopped pix).

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Icon 1 posted February 05, 2003 11:14      Profile for Beoduck     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
quote:
Originally posted by Snaggy:
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2003/02/05/CAMERA.TMP

if this is real, this will be very interesting...

Sorry. This is NOT interesting. This is a sub-par episode of the X-Files.

To quote Jimmy Hendrick's "Purple Haze"

Purple Haze was in my brain,
lately things don't seem the same,
actin' funny but I don't know why
'scuse me while I kiss the sky.

(If that makes not sense, imagine what sense I make of this topic)

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Icon 1 posted February 05, 2003 20:18      Profile for SupportGoddess   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
So... it was hit by lightning?

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Snaggy

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Icon 12 posted February 05, 2003 20:47      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
So... it was hit by lightning?

No one knows until the NASA folks take a look at this so-called picture. It will probably turn out to have been hit by lens flare or Photoshop.

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Lex
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Icon 1 posted February 05, 2003 20:56      Profile for Lex   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
quote:
Originally posted by SupportGoddess:
So... it was hit by lightning?

erm... I'm no physicist, but that doesn't sound likely. It was a clear day, for one (IIRC). Could have been a Bolt From The Blue, except that the shuttle wasn't exactly grounded. And more people than this photographer probably would have noticed.

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This from sfgate.com ( http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/02/02/MN221641.DTL )

early in the article:

... taken with a Nikon-880 digital camera on a tripod, reveal what..

The Nikon 880 is indeed a digital camera.
Now, toward the end of the article...

"... but it showed up clear and bright on the film when I developed it," the photographer said.

Odd, that he may be damaging his camera in those developing chemicals.

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quote:
Originally posted by DavO:
"... but it showed up clear and bright on the film when I developed it," the photographer said.

pay attention now MAYBE he MEANT downloaded or develop in the sense of extracting the picture from the camera into it's final stages but let me say this again

MAYBE

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quote:
Originally posted by The Chump:
quote:
Originally posted by DavO:
"... but it showed up clear and bright on the film when I developed it," the photographer said.

pay attention now MAYBE he MEANT downloaded or develop in the sense of extracting the picture from the camera into it's final stages but let me say this again

MAYBE

[slow nod]...and I echo you with a careful maybe, bashed out on my B&W G3 typewriter...[/slow nod]

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