The "Swarm" gathers shortly after the tethers has broken
loose. The picture in the bottom right corner shows ome of them passing
in front of the tether
The "Swarm" close up. In the video you will see many different
sizes, though without a point reference it is hard to say an exact size
or what distance each one is from the tether. Other figures have calculated
then at up to a mile and a half in diameter. They travel at various speeds,
in various dirrections, they pulse, they change luminosity. Some are brighter
than others... the closer ones to the tether seem the brightest.
The Tether is 12 miles long, so this one passing just
behind it gives you an indication of the size of the critter.
The large white one in the above sequence pulses as it
moves across the screen then turns in an arc, finally moving straight down
The left one of the pair 45 degrees down from the tether
on the right is the one in the above photos. You can clearly track its
motion in the video
'The Tether Incident' Feb 1996
Editors Note: This video has
been removed several times by Youtube. Currently it is available again.
If it does get removed again, email me and I can send you a copy as we
have it on disk now. Contact me at webmaster
This one is from the hand held
Infrared Camera and is not as clear as the other one was STS-75