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Occurred : 8/31/2004 20:30 (Entered as : 08/31/2004 20:30)
Reported: 9/1/2004 10:28:34 AM 10:28
Posted: 9/1/2004
Location: Bristol, TN
Shape: Other
Duration:20 minutes
Follow-up to east coast sighting on August 31st

Follow-up to the major sighting which occurred on 08/31/04 at 20:35 hours over the eastern U.S.

I have now learned that the anomolous object was , in fact, a "fuel dump"/seperation created by a spacecraft which was launched from Cape Canaveral last evening. It has been stated that the fuel dump is a "usual practice" for all Centuar booster assisted launches.

The launch was the last to take place from pad 36A at the cape and marks an end to an era.

The launch took place at 7:17 EDT (23:17 GMT) and seperation took place 73 minutes later , marking about the exact time for the reported anomolous object to appear in the eastern sky.

((NUFORC Note: Result of earlier missile launch. Please see:

http://www.spaceflightnow.com/atlas/ac167/040824track.html

http://space.com/spacewatch/mystery_cloud_040901.html

PD))