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‘I was preparing for contact’ Atlas V satellite launch called ‘UFO’ by stargazers

todaySeptember 29, 2021

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Monday night saw the launch of the Atlas V satellite by NASA in North America, with many turning to the skies to catch a glimpse.

Stargazers in West Norfolk rushed outside, as Atlas V caused an unusual looking light display in the sky, leading some to believe it was a UFO.

The Atlas V, carrying Nasa’s Landsat-9 satellite, launched at about 20:00 BST on Monday.

John Millward of Downham captured the launch with his camera Credit John Millward (51727121)
John Millward of Downham captured the launch with his camera Credit John Millward (51727121)

About two hours later it performed a reversing manoeuvre, releasing clouds of vapour.

One Lynn Resident posted to Facebook saying: “It’s a UFO, I’ve never seen one this large before or moving in this way.”

Another said: “I was staring in awe, I’ve been waiting years to see something like this and my heart was thumping hoping to make contact, I was disappointed when I learned it was just a NASA rocket.”

Another just posted in a UFO forum saying “it’s time.”

John Millward, a resident of Downham, captured a great shot of the rocket as it entered the atmosphere.

He posted the image to social media saying: “The Atlas V rocket entering the atmosphere this evening.”

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