Cosmic Conspiracies were recently contacted by Satellite Consultant John Locker, concerning two pieces of interesting audio which he heard whilst listening to the STS106 Mission. STS106 was launched on 8th September, 2000 and was the 99th shuttle mission on a 12-day voyage spanning 4.9 milllion miles and 185 complete orbits of the Earth. The astronauts accomplished all of the mission's primary objectives, delivering more than 2.5 tons of supplies and equipment to the international space station and unloading another half-ton of gear from a Russian cargo ship.
it was during this mission that
two curious audio transmissions were made.
Here are John Lockers comments regarding the audio tapes:
First call re echo..could have related to "Shadow " craft...but comms via UHF , relayed during early ascent can have echo effect. Second call re "ET" refers to "External Tank" Take those two out of context and you have the makings of a major flap.
NOTE: Since releasing this audio, we have had several readers write to us to
say that ET is NASA speak for external tank
After careful consideration of John's comments, we would have to ask the question why would NASA use a codename such as ET when they know that this would cause a major UFO flap with many people listening in to the live transmission worldwide. Why would they want to photograph the external tanks in the first place? The final interpretation we will leave up to yourselves.
Conspiracies recently obtained this photo which was taken from a still from
the STS106 Mission. Jeff Challender who has been viewing NASA footage for many
years managed to capture this amazing image of a cigar-shaped object passing
near the Space Shuttle Atlantis on its latest mission. He states 'On the evening
(US TIME) of 10 September, Atlantis proceeded to dock with the new station.
During this operation, several views of the Shuttle's approach were provided
by a black and white video camera mounted on the Russian built Zarya (Sunrise)
module, also known as the FGB (Functional Cargo Block). During one video
sequence from Zarya, Atlantis could be seen just a few feet away from final
docking. As the video continued, an anomalous cigar shaped object could
also be seen in the field of view.
This object appeared to be near the Shuttle, but in space, distance is difficult to guage with the eye. After being in view for only about 12 seconds, the video feed was abruptly cut off. What the object actually was, is hard to say'.
Jeff has never seen a "cigar-like" object on NASA TV before. The object in question was certainly NOT ice or debris. It held stationary for the entire time it was visible, and it's appearance never changed.
note is that the "cigar" was very carefully edited out of all subsequent Flight
Day Highlights broadcasts, and was never mentioned by the narrator.
Many thanks to Jeff for giving us his personal permission to use this picture. We also thank Yorkshire UFO Group for providing us with the information.
NOTE: In no way are the ET transmissions connected with the photo.
The audio was heard 2 days before the photo was taken.
I contacted NASA, which seemed to be the "logical" thing to do, and the following is the reply to the questions I posed.
1. ET refers to the acronym for the external tank and the photo documentation the crew takes after the tank is jettisoned and falls away.
2. Plus X is the maneuver the shuttle makes to move away from the tank as it is jettisoned
3. The echo reference to Gus is to Capsule communicator Gus Loria and a reference made to a slight echo in communications during one exchange with the crew.
4. We are unable to discern what you are referring to as a cigar shaped object. If you are inferring that there are UFOs around the Station, you are wrong.
I had also sent the photo with the cigar shaped UFO out for analysis, and guess what... it was a manipulated photo.
the end of this so called "mystery"
people really this gullable? This guy takes NASA's word as if they were the
all knowing gods for christ sake. And they are saying that the STS photo that
Jeff posted is manipulated. Yeah it is, he put a damn circle around the ufo
so you could see it better.
The mere accusation of dishonesty does not make it so. There has been no public hearing, with an unbiased examination of the evidence, and an equal opportunity for both sides to present a case. Only a general statement, with no explanation of how the conclusions were reached. I'm sure that by now, the video tape showing the "cigar" event has gone "missing" from the NASA archives. So what I recorded on the 10th of September, is most likely the only copy in private hands. (John Locker has a copy - Ed) It would also seem that I made a mistake in allowing my picture to be associated with the "ET" audio transmission. I did not expect that it would be juxtaposed with the radio material in the confusing manner that it was. I had thought it would be presented as a "stand alone" piece, as it is on my web-site. I am not, and never was involved with the sensationalizing of the shuttle to ground radio conversation. I have never claimed that the "ET" business was anything more than reference to the 'E'xternal fuel 'T'ank, and have said so repeatedly since this controversy erupted. I am not, and never was, a part of the editorial staff at Cosmic Conspiracies.
(Cosmic Conspiracies would like to point out in our defence at this point that Jeff was told that we would like to add his picture to our article about the ET transmissions to substantiate that something was witnessed on the latest STS106 Mission when we wrote for his permission to add his photo to this site - We have not linked the ET transmission to the picture. In fact the Audio transmission story was posted at least four days before the picture even surfaced on the internet - Ed)
I find it particularly interesting, in light of this developement, that NASA has announced today that the K-U band equipment aboard Discovery in orbit now, has developed a "malfunction". There will apparently be no more live television feed from the current mission. Are NASA punishing the world because of me, and people like me? I wonder.
Thanks Rob....exactly as I explained in the first instance.
re the photo.......not sure about the manipulated aspect..I have the piece on video here..... which I recorded live..the line to the right of the stack is earth glow.
Earth glow indeed! Like I have said so many times. The objects I find are unidentified. I can only tell people what they are not, in my opinion. In the video sequence from whence the still shot came, the Earth is behind the camera. That's 180 degrees from the field of view. The Sun is to the left. One thing is for sure. One must see the entire video to make a competent judgement.
The failure Thursday of the shuttle Discovery's primary television and rendezvous radar antenna will not prevent the crew from safely docking with the international space station today. But the loss will make the final rendezvous sequence slightly more complex while the loss of KU-band TV coverage means the linkup won't be seen live.
An ex-NSA source told me that for a few seconds a UFO could be seen in the corner of the videotransmission of space from the Shuttle currently up in orbit. (By now NASA has surely edited out the image from file tape.) The ETs are running their own version of the Public Acclimation Program to condition the public to ET presence.
Richard Boylan, Ph.D.
Do I think that they were
talking about a UFO, or 'ET?' Nope. They still call them 'Bogeys,' as far as
I know, even though I haven't worked for NASA since 1985, I doubt this has changed
much. STS-48 had an audio transmission. Anybody ever hear that one?
Regards to the truth,
*Readers may be interested to know that on high inclination launches , such as those to ISS , the shuttle climbs out over Europe.Consequently it is possible to hear the crew talking to MCC on Their UHF contact frequency. In addition , if the launch takes place to coincide with early evening UK time (dusk) it is posible to see both the orbiter ,and the reddish glow of the external tank , with the naked eye.
Photographing the release
of the External Tank (ET) is standard practice.The comment was made around eight
minutes into the flight , just before main engine cut off (MECO) following which
the tank was released to burn up on re-entry some time later over the Pacific
Ocean region. These two sound "bites" go to illustrate just how easy it is for
Shuttle communications to be misinterpreted , however I'm sure many will still
, sadly , hang on to the belief that "ET" referred to something other than the
From a much earlier mission...STS 55 , I have attached an image courtesy NASA ref STS-55 et ! , which shows the tank (ET) as it falls away.
Finally , the next launch is scheduled for this Friday morning , UK time 0138 gmt.This will be the 100th mission and designated STS 92.
Of course why they'd be asked to photograph it is a bit odd.
The second sound clip is "sounds like you're picking up an echo" and the site wonders if this might refer to a radar target. I think that the language used here is the key. If this was an operator with a radar screen then the phrase is inevitably going to be "looks like you're picking up an echo"
we would like to extend our thanks to John Locker for bringing
this important audio transmission to the UFO community
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