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[escepticos] RV: No fue un ovni, sino un cohete ruso

De parte de L.A. Gámez...
From: Luis Alfonso Gámez <LAGAMEZ en terra.es>
Sent: Wednesday, October 25, 2000 8:28 PM
Subject: [arp-socios] No fue un ovni, sino un cohete ruso

> Por favor, duplicadlo alguien a escepticos, que ahora no lo puedo
> mandar allí.
> Luis Alfonso
> Farmer Finds Russian
> Space Junk
> Kansas Farmer Stumbles Across Find After Football Game Audience Sights
> Streaks of Light
> The Associated Press
> L A C R O S S E, Kan., Oct. 25 - Locals report mysterious sightings,
> streaks of bright lights and plumes of smoke zooming through sky.
>   A central Kansas farmer finds flattened and charred chunks of
> debris.
> This isn't science fiction.
> Chunks From Russia
> The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said the show on
> Friday, Oct. 13, was the fourth stage of a Russian proton rocket
> launched that day from Kazakhstan, Russia.
> And Doug Wereb, an adjunct faculty member at Butler and Cowley
> County community colleges, says Rush County farmer Craig Rixon found
> fragments of the Russian rocket.
> Goddard Space Flight Center's Networks and Mission Services
> confirmed the launch and decay of the satellite late Tuesday.
> Wereb, who is a former space science educator at the Kansas
> Cosmosphere & Space Center in Hutchinson, was called on to identify
> the space junk.
> Looked Out of Place
> Rixon said he saw the pieces in the sky, but didn't have any idea
> where they fell until days later.
> "I was out fixing fence and stumbled across it," he said. "It was
> in a place you couldn't drive with the pickup."
> Rixon said the charred fragments caught his attention because
> they looked so unusual.
> "It didn't look like it should be there," he said. "I thought it
> might have been part of what flew over. That was the first thing that
> crossed my mind."
> Rixon called Rush County Sheriff Jack Mendenhall, who had seen
> the sky light up while at a high school football game in La Crosse.
> "Everybody in the stadium saw it," Mendenhall said of the
> phenomenon that lit up the sky. "Pieces of it flared off to the sides
> like a Roman candle."
> Mendenhall thought it was an aircraft dropping flares, but as it
> passed overhead, he saw a big smoke trail.
> "I had no idea what it was," he said. "What convinced me that it
> was something burning up was the smoke trail. You could see it
> burning, and it was bright."
> Call the Professor
> After Mendenhall got Rixon's call, he shipped the sample to Wereb, who
> has identified many meteorites, and astronomy teacher Rob Kuhn,
> director of the McConnell Air Force Base branch of Butler County
> Community College.
> Wereb said the largest piece recovered was about a
> foot-and-a-half long and 8 inches wide. A second piece was 10 inches
> long and about 6 inches wide. Numerous small fragments were scattered
> on the ground.
> Wereb identified the space junk by its appearance and odor.
> "It looks like a burnt-up rocket casing, it smells like a
> burnt-up casing, and it was found where one came down," he said.
> But, Wereb said, the pieces found in Rush County are just a small
> part of the 10- by 14-foot rocket. Most of it burned up in the sky,
> Wereb said.
> Alan Pickup, with the United Kingdom's Royal Observatory in
> Edinburgh, Scotland, said the rocket casing originally measured 11
> feet in diameter and 13 feet long, and it weighed about 1,760 pounds.
> The observatory is renowned for tracking satellites.
> Copyright 2000 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This
> material may not be published, broadca
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