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Russian ‘UFO’ Intrigues Astronomers

Object 2014-28E – Space junk or satellite killer? Russian ‘UFO’ intrigues astronomers

By Sam Jones

     It is a tale that could have come straight from the cold war. A mysterious object launched by the Russian military is being closely tracked by western space agencies, stoking fears over the revival of a long-defunct Kremlin project to destroy satellites.

For the past few weeks, amateur astronomers and satellite-trackers in Russia and the West have followed the unusual manoeuvres of “Object 2014-28E” in the skies, watching it guide itself towards other Russian space objects in a pattern that appeared to culminate last weekend in a rendezvous with the remains of the rocket stage that launched it. . . .

. . . The US military is now tracking it under the Norad designation 39765. . . .

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