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UFO floating over Arizona was just a weather balloon, NASA researchers say

Even though interested citizens phoned the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reporting an unidentified flying object floating over the Arizona desert, NASA said it was just a research balloon out conducting research.

The NASA research balloon is a 4,000-pound tool used to help measure gamma ray emissions, and normally floats at 130,000 feet altitude.  Since it floats at such a high altitude and can be seen from a 170-mile distance on a clear day, people from Phoenix to Albuquerque reported seeing the balloon.

"It's something unusual," Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility researcher Bill Stepp said of the NASA weather balloon.  "People just don't know what it is."

Both the military and research institutions normally inform citizens of future research launches, especially due to a low-risk of causing panic.  There are numerous "sightings" each year by citizens who see weather balloons and military aircraft doing training runs all over the United States.  

For example, the U.S. Air Force scheduled a Minotaur 1 rocket launch over the east coast last night.  Local media informed citizens of the scheduled launch to reduce panic when people look into the sky and see a bright low light flying through the horizon.  Residents near Yuba County's Beale Air Force Base sometimes are startled as the U.S. Air Force routinely flies U-2 reconnaissance craft over the area on training runs.





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Yeah, right
By Storkme on 5/20/2009 7:54:52 AM , Rating: 5
'It was just a weather balloon'

.. Oldest excuse in the book.




RE: Yeah, right
By FITCamaro on 5/20/09, Rating: -1
RE: Yeah, right
By reader1 on 5/20/2009 8:12:00 AM , Rating: 5
That thing that just flew over your head isn't a UFO either.


RE: Yeah, right
By Phenick on 5/20/2009 8:14:09 AM , Rating: 5
If it is a flying object that you cannot identify then it is INDEED a UFO....


RE: Yeah, right
By Master Kenobi on 5/20/2009 8:28:52 AM , Rating: 2
UFO != Flying Saucer


RE: Yeah, right
By tviceman on 5/20/2009 9:00:07 AM , Rating: 1
It flew over your head too.


RE: Yeah, right
By therealnickdanger on 5/20/09, Rating: 0
RE: Yeah, right
By Mitch101 on 5/20/2009 9:34:05 AM , Rating: 3
Some great quotes Ive heard watching UFO shows.

As one scientist put it Humans are a Level 0 species. Aliens communicating with us would be like us wanting to communicate with the ants.

Alien Abduction - These are people who are able to remember their birth.


RE: Yeah, right
By Seemonkeyscanfly on 5/21/2009 12:13:55 PM , Rating: 2
I would love to know who asked which alien species about remember their own birth. Do they have the interview documented anywhere? I would prefer video copy of the interview, please.

I know you are quoting others. I’m getting the point that you mean some people are a little off their rocker... :)

I think it would be cool if there is other intelligent life out there, but nothing that blows us away in IQ points... that would suck of course so would the reverse.


RE: Yeah, right
By Screwballl on 5/20/2009 11:07:43 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
I would love to believe that there's life on other planets,


I am of the belief that there better be... otherwise this is a massive universe to have one of the smallest planets only have a few trillion life forms on it.

I do believe that there are others out there... not sure if they would have technology for interstellar travel or not, but I would think that if they were watching us from a distance, they may just be waiting for certain technological or social advances before they stop by and say hello. We are still too much of a suspicious and superficial people/planet for anything from the outside to do something without causing widespread planet-wide panic.


RE: Yeah, right
By Seemonkeyscanfly on 5/20/2009 5:59:27 PM , Rating: 5
Well I just can not help but think... The UFO was viewed in Arizona southern sky moving north, right?

So, maybe these are illegal aliens coming up from Mexico… They have found a new way in…. Just a thought.


RE: Yeah, right
By Etern205 on 5/20/2009 9:52:17 AM , Rating: 2
No...

UFO = Unleaded Fuel Only :P


RE: Yeah, right
By mdogs444 on 5/20/09, Rating: -1
RE: Yeah, right
By roughneck on 5/20/2009 9:32:40 AM , Rating: 2
That's the thing it is an unidentified flying object until someone identifies it. The aliens know what the craft is they are flying, so by your reasoning that is not a UFO.


RE: Yeah, right
By GaryJohnson on 5/20/2009 9:39:35 AM , Rating: 5
Why are you trying to tell people what they can call things?

If it's unknown to you then it's fair for you to say it's unknown.
quote:
UFO isn't some sort of casual acronym to be tossed around

Why not? UFO, UFO, UFO.


RE: Yeah, right
By Omega215D on 5/20/2009 1:48:22 PM , Rating: 2
O FU O FU O FU... =P

UFO could mean Macs... they are Usually Freakin' Outdated.


RE: Yeah, right
By SSDMaster on 5/21/2009 8:11:06 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
to believe every little thing you can't immediately identify is a UFO is retarded.


U.F.O. = Unidentified Flying Object.

Wow. What's retarded?


RE: Yeah, right
To be more specific,
By Creig on 5/20/2009 9:01:49 AM , Rating: 5
Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.




RE: To be more specific,
By Alexstarfire on 5/20/2009 9:46:39 AM , Rating: 5
Ohh yea, that makes more sense. :P


RE: To be more specific,
By Master Kenobi on 5/20/09, Rating: 0
RE: To be more specific,
By codeThug on 5/20/2009 10:15:24 AM , Rating: 2
yeah we figured that out


RE: To be more specific,
By Dark Legion on 5/23/2009 8:31:12 AM , Rating: 2
I see more than the weather balloon went over your head =P


99 Luftballoons
By TETRONG on 5/20/2009 10:33:56 AM , Rating: 2
Do you have a link to the balloon, it's primary mission, flight logs? Anything?




RE: 99 Luftballoons
By Donovan on 5/20/2009 11:48:06 AM , Rating: 5
I doubt the balloon has its own website, but maybe NASA can get it a Twitter account:

It's really cold and I don't like heights.
Posted 8 minutes ago.


RE: 99 Luftballoons
By FITCamaro on 5/20/2009 11:55:08 AM , Rating: 1
This made me laugh.


RE: 99 Luftballoons
By PARANOID365 on 5/20/2009 11:48:16 AM , Rating: 2
I think me and you are on the exact same wave length. We should talk.


By SpaceJumper on 5/21/2009 8:27:58 AM , Rating: 2
Should NASA be releasing the picture of the 4000 pounds balloon?
The problem is there is no proof that the 4000 pounds balloon is actually exist.




By Ozziedogg on 5/21/2009 5:30:12 PM , Rating: 2
Bart: "But i didnt see a UFO!"
Air Force Officer: "Thats right, you DIDNT see a UFO."




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