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Shuttle Study Groups & USAF Photo of Columbia

Written By: The Electric Warrior

Posted: 2/12/2003 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 898   Submitted By:0x6a656666   Category: Space
photo: Underside of Columbia, USAF Research Lab  
(The Electric Warrior) - An unusual purple lightning bolt that can be seen in a photograph of Shuttle Columbia has gained national attention and also sparked discussion about rare forms high-altitude lightning. Another photograph captured by the US Air Force Research Laboratory as the shuttle passed over New Mexico is also being studied.  
NASA investigators have set up a panel of both government and private experts to study the San Francisco photograph. Another panel is studying input from a network of powerful Air Force telescopes and radar stations. The Space Agency has pooled data from a variety of sources including private citizens and secret government cameras in an effort to create a time-line of events leading up to the Columbia disaster.  
A NASA official has said the "lightning strike" photo is being studied to see what it means. The digital camera that took the photo is known to have its own color glitches. Nikon told WorldNetDaily that unless they examine the camera it would be speculation to say whether the anomalous purple light had anything to do with a defect in the device.  
11-Feb-03 NASA studying Columbia photos http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2003/02/11/MN150539.DTL SAN FRANCISCO (Chronicle) - NASA investigators of the Columbia space shuttle disaster have set up a study group to analyze a photograph, taken by an amateur astronomer from a San Francisco hillside, that appears to show a bolt of electricity striking the doomed orbiter as it streaked across Northern California...If the San Francisco photograph does indeed depict a bolt of electricity in the ionosphere, the "infrasonic" sensors in Colorado might be able to detect the faint thunderclap that accompanied it.  
11-Feb-03 Spy telescopes, radar could help shuttle probe http://www.cnn.com/2003/TECH/space/02/11/shuttle.eyesonspace.ap/index.ht ml NATIONAL (CNN/AP) - NASA officials said Monday that they have asked the Air Force Space Command to review all data that might contain information about the shuttle’s last flight. The effort has already uncovered an observation made by ground- based radar suggesting that an object may have hit or broken off the shuttle on day two of its 16-day mission.  
10-Feb-03 Shuttle mystery in the `ignorosphere’http://www.msnbc.com/news/870915.asp SAN JOSE, CA (MSNBC/AP) - Scientists are just starting to understand phenomena in the upper atmosphere. "The research we’ve been able to do has made us realize it’s even weirder than we thought," Lyons said. "There may be other things that happen up there that we just don’t know about. Maybe we just encountered a new phenomenon the hard way."  
06-Feb-03 Camera catching shuttle ’zap’ had own glitch http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=30904 INTERNET (WorldNetDaily) - Nikon admits digital devices sometimes show purple aberrations. The Nikon 880 occasionally produces a purple fringe around the edges of some photographs, said a top Nikon official.  
Photo courtesy of NASA