Capcom: Okay, I copy on that Jack. And as long as we’re talking about Grimaldi, we’d
like to have you brief Rob exactly on the location of that flashing light you
saw … We’ll probably ask him to take a picture of it. Maybe during one of his
solo periods (25). The Americans have made not all sightings on anomalies. The
following was reported by cosmonauts from Salut 6 and Soyuz 9 during a mission
when they orbited the Earth together between June and November 1978:
"Can you describe its shape?"
"A ball. Like a tennis ball, at first. Then
it grew larger." (26)
Russian journalist Leonid Lazarevich interviewed cosmonauts Manakov
and Strekalov on 28th September 1990 when they were aboard the space station
Mir. The interview was published in ‘Robochaya Tribuna’ and soviet youth
Lazarevich: Tell me,
what are the most interesting natural phenomena you see on Earth?
Manakov: Yesterday, for example, I saw – if one may call it that – an
unidentified flying object. I called it that.
Lazarevich: What was it?
Manakov: Well, I don’t know. It was a great, silvery sphere, it was
iridescent … this was at 22.50hrs.
Lazarevich: This was over the region of Newfoundland?
Manakov: No, we had already passed over
Newfoundland. There was an absolutely clean, clear sky. It is difficult to
determine, but the object was at great altitude over the earth - perhaps 20-30
kilometres. It was much larger than a huge ship.
Lazarevich: Could it have been an iceberg?
Manakov No. This object had a regular shape, but what is was I don’t
know. Perhaps an enormous, experimental sphere, or something else ... I was
observing it for about six or seven seconds, then it
is it possible to determine approximately its speed?
Manakov: It simply was hovering over the earth…
There have been many other reports of anomalous phenomena in
space. In 1973 a photograph was taken by Owen K. Garriot from the American space
station, Skylab (Skylab SL-3 28th July 1973 – 25th
September 1973). The photograph showed an object (left) that rotated for several
minutes before disappearing. (Inset: light enhanced version of this
picture.) Then on 6th January 1997, the Solar and Heliostropic
Observatory (SOHO), a joint NASA/ESA satellite stationed in orbit 600,000 miles
from Earth, is reported to have photographed a "very bright lozenge shaped
object" above the sun. The photograph was subsequently published in Aviation
Week and Space Technology. Neither NASA nor ESA have commented on it (28).
An insight into the nature of these strange
objects may be gleaned from an episode that occurred on 15th September 1991,
when the space shuttle Discovery (below) was orbiting the Earth during NASA
Mission STS-48. Whilst above Indonesia, one of Discovery’s cameras filmed
several anomalous objects (left). NASA examined the film and advised that the
objects were in fact just ice particles, killing off the furry of interest that
had been generated.
However, the matter did not end there, for the film was later
reviewed by Professor Jack Kasher of the University of Nebraska who came up with
a startlingly different conclusion. Kasher’s background was impressive,
having actually worked for NASA and for the Star Wars Programme
before becoming a Professor in Physics and Astronomy at the University of
Nebraska. His research into the film led him to conclude that the ice particle
theory was "a completely untenable position." He stated that, in his opinion,
the objects observed on the film were manoeuvring in a manner compatible with
being intelligently controlled (29). Check out the footage for yourself here.