- The Chicago Astronomer -
Copyright 2004-2014 All rights reserved by Joseph Guzman Administrator/Founder/Chief Astronomer.
All text and images are the property of the original authors/artists and shall
not be used without permission.
Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Jul 27, 2004 2:23:05 GMT -6
S.F. man's astounding photo Mysterious purple streak is shown hitting Columbia 7 minutes before it disintegrated
He didn't release the image to the public, instead this amateur astronomer just gave the camera and film away to NASA. If he were here, I would smack him on the back of the head.
Top investigators of the Columbia space shuttle disaster are analyzing a startling photograph -- snapped by an amateur astronomer from a San Francisco hillside -- that appears to show a purplish electrical bolt striking the craft as it streaked across the California sky.
The digital image is one of five snapped by the shuttle buff at roughly 5:53 a.m. Saturday as sensors on the doomed orbiter began showing the first indications of trouble. Seven minutes later, the craft broke up in flames over Texas.
The photographer requested that his name not be used and said he would not release the image to the public until NASA experts had time to examine it.
If I read correctly it was the photographer who will decide when to release the photo. If NASA may have known in advance that the astronauts were possibly doomed, then they have already withheld information from the public. NASA should not be the one to decide whether the public is ready to see the photo or not. NASA got to see the photo first, now is the time for everyone else to see it too.
Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Jul 27, 2004 20:52:08 GMT -6
I very much doubt that NASA will return any of the guy's articles back. I would have made copies and laid out a timeline. If NASA doesn't meet it, on to the net it goes.
I would figure NASA claimed an accident occurred to the film, and lost. The individual was in the drivers seat, and held the strings, but renounced it all by thinking he was a good American. Can't be considered theft because he willingly handed the evidence over. Such a dope.
Now it's fallen under Homeland Security guidelines and Purple bolt or not, we will never know.
Chicago Astronomer Joe Founder, Administrator and Chief Astronomer
Telescope/Observatory Docent Facilitator Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum
Astronomy Instructor Instituto Del Progresso/IHSCA
Astronomy Program Instructor British International School of Chicago /Lincoln Park Campus
Resident Astronomer Chicago Park District Nature Oasis/Night Out in the Parks/ 606 Trail