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NASA: Is Approaching Space Object Artificial?

NASA: Is Approaching Space Object Artificial? 1
 
NASA authorities report that an unknown object approaching the Earth from deep space is almost certainly artificial in origin rather than being an asteroid. Object 2010 KQ was detected by the Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona earlier this month, and subsequently tracked by NASA’s asteroid-watching service, the Near-Earth Object Program headquartered at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California.
 
Observations by astronomer S J Bus, using the NASA-sponsored Infrared Telescope Facility in Mauna Kea, Hawaii, indicate that 2010 KQ’s spectral characteristics do not match any of the known asteroid types, and the object’s absolute magnitude (28.9) suggests it is only a few meters in size.

The mysterious artificial object has apparently made a close pass by the Earth, coming in almost to the distance of the Moon’s orbit, and is now headed away again into the interplanetary void. The object has used no propulsion during the time NASA has had it under observation. However the spacewatch experts believe that it must have moved under its own power at some point, given its position and velocity.


“The orbit of this object is very similar to that of the Earth, and one would not expect a object to remain in this type of orbit for very long,” said Paul Chodas, at JPL.


The experts believe that the object must be a spacecraft, or part of one – likely to be a booster stage from an interplanetary mission of the past, now drifting back in to Earth and out again. The next visit will probably be 2036, at which time there’s a small chance that 2010 KQ will crash into the atmosphere and burn up.


The NASA graphic above shows the trajectory of the near-Earth object known as 2010 KQ, which the space agency said is likely a spent rocket stage that escaped the Earth-moon system years ago, and not an asteroid.


Casey Kazan via The Register.


Image Credit: P. Chodas/NASA/JPL



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Probably part of a rocket booster coming back round to Earth ,only a few metres big,,its awesome to know NASA has the technology to see these small objects way b4 they come to us..Hi Carl if u read this im extremely sorry for my words , im usually a quiet person .but i havnt been well and i lashed out ,im really sorry 4that.

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Robert Gow be sure….if they see something….it is ‘something’…….. +++++itibira++++++

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Thats incredible Alex ! Wow..good info.

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yaaaa…..The hubble telescope is able to lock onto a target without deviating more than 7/1000th of an arcsecond, or about the width of a human hair seen at a distance of 1 mile. ……++++++itibira+++++

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Hrrse shit! 🙂

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Nasa don’t know yet what it is. Just speculates, could be a rocket or a craft lost in deep space, man made, I guess.

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E.T HAS CREATED

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HARD METAL SHAPE SERVE THROUGH ATMOSPHERIC CONDITION

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E.T VESSELIN HOVERIN RUND EARTHS SURFACES STREAM LINE SHAPE DISAPPEARIN TIME SLIP STATIONERY 4 OVER 12 MINUTES INSPECTION

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oh….they see now better….. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoeYauTxcR4 +++++itibira++++

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Blue beam object for sure!!

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What was it that Hawking said recently an ET visit? It didn't turn out well for the locals when Columbus showed up. Maybe if we turn off the lights and keep quiet . . .

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