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by Der Voron, guest columnist.  [February 2, 2003]




[]  What caused the crash of Space Shuttle Columbia? The below facts suggest the following version:

The breakup occurred at a very great height, over 40 miles. This excludes any possibility of an Earth-based attacker shooting it down with land-to-air missiles -- none are able to reach a height of even close to 40 miles).

Others may entertain the possibility of an attack launched from a Russian satellite, or from another space-based device, or from a Russian high-altitude strategic bomber (e.g., a TU-160) that was somehow able to approach, or cross, US borders using long-range laser weapons or special missiles.

Such scenarios are supported by the following: about 20 minutes after the crash, RosAviaCosmos, the Russian space agency, declared that a technical defect might have caused the breakup.

But the problem is that other specialists made different claims during the same time period.

There are also sources, including RosAviaCosmos, who claim that a small fragment of Columbia's protective surface layer had fallen off the shuttle during its takeoff on January 16, 2003, causing the formation of further splits in the wing, which resulted in an explosion.

However, other sources claim that while Columbia was in orbit, NASA specialists analyzed this problem, and concluded that it couldn't effect the flight. This sounds a bit odd, because unprotected areas can very easily get caught in fire.

So actually, there may be two explanations for Columbia's crash:

(1)  Hot air friction sparked a fire in the damaged area while Columbia was descending at a speed of about 3.8 miles per second. The fire burnt through the unprotected area, and then reached the internal areas of the shuttle, its engines and fuel tanks.

But the problem with this scenario is that it could as easily have occurred during Columbia's takeoff, when its speed and air friction was approximately the same as when landing.

(2)  Columbia was shot down by aliens.

Maybe the aliens didn't use any weapons to destroy Columbia, but merely approached Columbia in their alien craft, causing Columbia's electronics and engines to fail due to the effect of the alien starcraft's electromagnetic fields.

However, this "alien approach" theory doesn't explain why the shuttle exploded in the air, instead of merely plummeting to Earth. Thus, the more likely scenario is that Columbia was shot down by the alien craft.

If so, the question arises: what did the aliens wish to show mankind by their action? Possibly that oil-based engines (which are used even by such advanced craft as space shuttles) have almost reached their peak effectiveness and reliability -- and that it is time to develop alternative and more reliable engines.

Today's weapons and missiles, which are much less effective than ray and/or laser weapons, face approximately the same condition. (Some weapons were reportedly tested by Columbia's crew during their flight -- perhaps by those crew members who were simultaneously active [i.e., non-retired] military aircraft pilots: US Air Force colonel Rick Husband and Israeli Air Force colonel Ilan Ramon.)

But it may also be that an alien starcraft had approached Columbia without malicious intent, but that its electromagnetic field's effects on Columbia's electronics and engines were unforeseen by the aliens.

Who knows?

Copyright 2003 by Der Voron.


Der Voron authored Unidentified Flying Objects: Starcraft.  For info about Der Voron or to contact him click here.
Space shuttle conspiracy buffs will enjoy The Betrayal of Flight 51-L and the most recently released (Dec. 2002) Challenger's Shadow: Did Government and Industry Management Kill Seven Astronauts.

Related Links:

* San Francisco Chronicle reports 'odd images' and 'strange electrical phenomena' near shuttle.  ("Photos Show Odd Images Near Shuttle", by David Perlman, Chronicle Science Editor, Feb. 2. 2003)

* Chilean investigators: NASA film shows 'anomalous object' hitting Columbia.

* US missile defense test destroyed Columbia Shuttle.


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