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From: email@example.com (Glenn Campbell, Las Vegas) Date: Wed, 29 Jan 1997 10:02:33 -0800 Subject: Re: Mystery Sphere in Texas [3 replies] Date: 28 Jan 97 14:05:24 EST From: Stuart Brown <103033.777@CompuServe.COM> To: PsychoSpy <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: balls It occurs to me that the thing that fell reported on Steve's site might well be a helium or nitrogen tank from some sort of spacecraft that fell back to earth. I say this because of the valve on it, and the fact that tanks for liquified gases used in space are usually spherical, the sphere being the strongest shape for a given volume. Nitrogen is commonly used for gas-jet thrusters used to adjust the flight path of space vehicles. As for the no-valve, no-hole one you've got in the garden at the Rachel center, it soundls plausible that it may be a radar reflector used for some sort of radar calibration. There's certainly a lot of radar out there, and since they do in-flight stealth testing they would be very concerned with knowing exactly how various radars are working according to known reference standard. ============================================================================ From: MarkFarmer@aol.com Date: Tue, 28 Jan 1997 17:44:34 -0500 To: email@example.com Subject: Re: AREA 51: Mystery Sphere i... Initially I thought the mystery sphere was a space based, radar target for USAF Space Command surveilliance radars. Now, however, it seems that the description of the sphere makes it sound like a small spherical high-pressure storage tank used on many spacecraft. It may have contained a cryogenic liquid like oxygen or hydrogen (look for lots of insulation) or something like an inert gas such as nitrogen to purge lines and drive working fluids. ============================================================================ Date: Tue, 28 Jan 1997 15:30:13 -0500 From: "m.d. best" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Space balls such as you describe were common on Kwajalein when I worked there. They were indeed used as radar targets suspended from a balloon prior to a mission. My understanding is that they were used to check high altitude weather. That was the official use. I spoke to a weather tech who told me that if you dropped one while taking it out of its', box it was toast. To this day they can be found as fishing floats, bird feeders. and flower pots. Kwaj has been at this for awhile.
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