STS 75 TETHER INCIDENT
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Tether Deployed
Tether Satellite being deployed from the Shuttle Bay of STS-75
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Tether Activated
Tether Satellite begins to glow as it gathers electricity from the Ionosphere
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Tether Overloads
Tether Satellite glows brighter as the power collected far exceeds predicted levels, as much as ten times. The tether cable begins to undulate from the power surge
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Tether Breaks Free
Tether Satellite cable fries the connection and breaks free... still producing energy. 
The glow increases and the cable gets wider. ( More on this later)
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Tether Broke Free
Tether Satellite worth 100 million has overloaded the circuits within minutes of being activated because the NASA Scientists under estimated the potential. The tether in just a few moments of operation produced 10 times the anticipated power and  they forgot to install a circuit breaker.
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TETHER BROKEN FREE AND DRIFTING AWAY
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Tether Drifting Away
At this point the STS 75 Astronauts switched to Infrared camera. What you are seeing is the Tether at about 80 nautical miles away from the Shuttle. Notice that it has straightened out and has become much wider. This is commented on by Mission Control as they say its wider than expected.

It is also at this point that the plasma collected by the tether that is "still glowing like a fluorescent bulb" (according to a NASA report issued after the event (See Below)) attracts the "Critters" or UFO's as most people call them. To see more about the "Critters" VISIT HERE  In the image include below you can see the Tether Satellite at the tip. By this time the Tether is almost as wide as the Satellite itself. 

Going behind the tether you see one of the "Critters" It is CLEARLY behind the tether. This is what NASA calls "dust and debris" The purpose of this paper is to show the tether however, not the "Critters". If you want to know more about them either email us or check out the pages linked to above.

Tether Swarmed by "Critters"
Matt (Matyas) had written me that he has found documents hinting at a Tether in operation near Jupiter. He is still following that up, but it seems the Cassini Spacecraft has found one or more in the vicinity of Saturn
TETHER FOUND NEAR SATURN
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Cassini Spacecraft Image
Is this the lost Tether Satellite? Or is there another one in operation near Saturn?
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Tether Near Saturn
Judging by the scale of Saturn, it would seem this is NOT the lost Satellite, but a much larger one. The STS 75 Tether was 12 miles long...  This one is huge
(Note Dates and Size are being calculated)

Source: Original Image NASA Cassini/ Huygens W00028414.jpg



 
 
 

Cassini Spacecraft Image
Tether Near Saturn
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Cassini Spacecraft Image
Tether Near Saturn

Source: Original Image NASA Cassini/ Huygens W00026015.jpg
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Cassini Spacecraft Image
Tether Near Saturn
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Cassini Spacecraft Image
Tether Near Saturn

Source: Original Image NASA Cassini/ Huygens N00008771.jpg

 

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