Shuttle Atlantis UFO Encounter, 2006
Imagine if you will, the Shuttle Atlantis orbiting Earth and being followed closely by something NASA called, “a UFO.” Well that’s what CNN, Larry King Live, The Seattle Times and ABC news reported. Atlantis was launched into space on September 9, 2006. An intense twelve-day mission and a stressful twenty-four hours with what NASA said were three gray metallic circular-shaped UFO’s changing positions around them in orbit. These objects flew around the shuttle, racing from the front to the back, quickly changing positions and then just hovering for a while. Latter NASA tried to say the UFOs were objects that had unknowingly floated out of the cargo bay. It is impossible that objects could have floated out of the shuttle cargo bay and had the ability to increase speed, to pass the shuttle and be visible in front of the nose area, as the recorded NASA conversations show.
Fox News showed clear video of not one, but four metallic ball-like UFO’s near the shuttle. These objects appear perfectly round and occasionally move from one location to another around the shuttle. If it was debris, it should not be able to move so suddenly and still stay in perfect orbit with the shuttle. The objects seemed to zoom to other position around the shuttle quickly and then hold their position for a while as if they were curious about the shuttle. NASA admitted they often see objects like these through the years and even chased after them a bit, but none have ever gotten the recognition that this mission has gotten, yet they said they have never been able to find out where these circular-shaped objects came from. NASA eventually came upon the conclusion that the tiny ball like UFOs didn’t pose any threat to the shuttle.
NASA delayed their planned landing of the space shuttle Atlantis by more than a day because engineers spotted several unidentified flying objects matching the Atlantis’s orbit perfectly without deviation. On CNN, NASA declared it as a UFO and then latter claimed it was an object that may have accidentally flown out of its cargo bay. NASA kept repeating that it was “a UFO” rather that what Fox News video reveals showing visibly at least 4 or more dull grey ball UFOs. One object was estimated by FOX news to be close to the size of a small house. An object of this size could not fit into the cargo bay of the shuttle, but when NASA engineers’ scrambled for an explanation, the best they could think of was that it came from the cargo bay.
NASA engineers became frantically worried that the item that floated out of the cargo bay may have been a crucial element to the shuttle and may cause a severe accident on reentry as in 1993 when the space shuttle Columbia disintegrated on reentry, killing all seven astronauts aboard. Many UFOlogist claim that the Colombia collided with a UFO on reentry, but that has yet to be proven.
NASA engineers believed that the object might have shook loose from the shuttle during the firing of jets in preparation for landing. The shuttle crew was ordered to do an additional inspection, something the Atlantis crew already had done twice earlier. An inspection is tedious and time consuming, because the crew and those who break down the data that is sent back to Mission Control are looking for the tiniest of cracks that could allow damaging heat to penetrate the shuttle during re-entry. This inspection the third time seems to have been done to keep the crew of the shuttle busy on their work and keep their minds off the UFOs flying outside their windows.
NASA even decided that the UFO may be a serious threat to Atlantis and they circled the date November 11th to be the day that they would be forced to launch STS 300, shuttle Discovery in case the Atlantis crew needed rescuing in orbit. This plan may have been made because the UFOs themselves were dangerously close below the Atlantis shuttle, preventing it from leaving orbit or attempting a landing, heightening the risk of a collision. The Discovery would have raced to be launched with a skeleton crew. It would have rendezvoused with Atlantis, orbiting as close as 50 feet away, each shuttle’s open payload bays facing one another at a 90-degree angle. A rope tied to an astronaut would carry two spacesuits to the Atlantis, allowing them to escort them two at a time back to Discovery. Then once empty, the Atlantis would have been sent plummeting into the ocean by remote control. Fortunately this didn’t happen.
Wayne Hale, the NASA space shuttle program manager stated, “The question is what is it? Is it something benign? Or is it something more critical we should pay attention to?” Then Mr. Hale continued. “We want to make sure we’re safe before committing to that critical journey through the atmosphere.”
Astronauts aboard the shuttle Atlantis took numerous photos and video of the UFOs and described it (still referring to the many UFOs as one) to Mission Control. “It’s fairly small…it was departing away from us, maybe one or two feet per second,” Jett announced over the radio. “It wasn’t rising or falling…it was definitely moving away fairly quickly.”
Mission control saw the UFO the size of which would not be disclosed by NASA, with a video camera in the shuttle’s cargo bay. The object, which circled the Earth in the same orbit as the shuttle several times, was in a circular-shaped metallic ball, yet CNN video shows the object to be a rectangle shaped brownish object that seems to rotate end over end as it moves across the sky with the clouds below it. This discrepancy of the actual object seems baffling, yet perhaps the object has the ability to change its shape as some UFO’s have been said to do, but the most likely solution is that the small metallic balls came from the long brown object and were probes of some sort, scanning, taking readings and such.
NASA Mission Control communicated through a digital downlink to the shuttle Atlantis. They spoke about the UFO’s they saw from the payload by camera. In this conversation, they used code words like rings and reflections and foil so that they don’t cause anyone to panic who happened to overhear their conversation, like ham radio operators:
Mission Control: “Do you see the digital downlink?” (Video of four metallic orbs moving along side the shuttle).
Atlantis Astronaut: “Uh…We do see that.”
Mission Control: “Okay. That’s uh, looking out in front of the orbiter.”
Atlantis Astronaut: “Okay, we are seeing three or four objects. Can you confirm that it’s just the one moving? That the other ones are just reflections?”
Mission Control: “No, there are, there are three objects. The one you see, you see two rings right there. They are the ones that we got the late tally-ho on. Uh, the one down at the bottom, that’s the one we initially saw that appeared to be foil. So we got two rings and a piece of foil. The piece of foil seem to be further in front with the grounding strap on it. It seems to be further in front of the other two, and the other two seem about the same equal distance from both us and the forward one.”
Atlantis Astronaut: “Copy that.”
In the next conversation between an Atlantis astronaut and Mission Control, you will see that the astronaut is concerned over the distance of one of the UFO’s and if he had the distance of the object, then he and everyone else on Earth could easily calculate the exact size of UFO’s using the video from the shuttle. If the exact size were larger than that which would fit into the cargo payload, then it would be definite proof that they were UFOs, but mission control handles this curious astronaut well. For instance, if the objects were a quarter a mile away, that would make the objects much larger than the shuttle itself.
Atlantis Astronaut: “Yeah, I’m just wondering. How close we are to the trajectory foam by the Soyuz.” (He was referring to the long brown-red UFO he saw out his window as the trajectory foam.)
Mission Control: “Yeah, we’re asking.” (Long pause). “We’re going to check on that, but, uh, while we are waiting for that, uh, we were thinking based on our daylight and KU availability, if we can get back to the OBS inspection and maybe use the still cameras to photograph these objects.”
Atlantis Astronaut: “Yeah, we understand. We’re getting back to OBS.” (The astronaut sounded embarrassed).
Mission Control: “Thanks!” (Said in a higher tone, as if he was relieved from the stress the astronaut gave him).
The mission management team had ruled out that something hit the shuttle as it was in orbit. The NASA engineers believed the sensors that indicated “hits” were reacting to the forward control system maneuver, which is part of the preparation for landing. If the sensor alarm for “hits” against the shuttle did sound, and this UFO was in synchronous orbit with the shuttle, it can be concluded that the UFO came in contact with and actually touched against the shuttle Atlantis at least one or more times. If these small gray metal balls were probes, then they might have placed objects on the shuttle to keep track of its location, or getting closer scans of its inhabitants. It may have been these “hits” of the UFOs bumping the Shuttle Atlantis that may have caused NASA to panic into thinking it may have to send up the other shuttle to rescue them.
“It’s something that we didn’t expect, but it’s something that we’re taking a real close look at,” stated one NASA engineer. NASA then ordered the Atlantis to keep its cameras running all night instead of stowing them ahead of the planned landing attempt as they usually do. This shows their fear of the UFOs and how worried NASA is for the astronauts on the shuttle. For NASA to not be prepared for a contingency can mean only one thing, alien interaction, because NASA has a contingency plan for every possible scenario, but alien interaction is the one that they would be most surprised and confused by.
The Shuttle Atlantis even had a rare conference call with two other spacecraft also currently in orbit. This conversation seems to make light humor of the UFO’s that were following the Shuttle Atlantis.
“It’s a little crowded in the sky this morning,” said Jeff Williams who is a crew member on the international space station that the shuttle undocked from on Sunday after the Atlantis delivered a solar panel addition.
“We were wondering if we had to hire some more air traffic controllers for the increased traffic up here,” answered Michael Lopez-Alegria from the Russian Soyuz space capsule that was launched from Kazakhstan earlier on Monday. NOTE: The above image is real from the Atlantis shuttles camera.
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