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News media mistake commercial rocket flight for a UFO

Rick Docksai | Science Recorder | October 03, 2013

News media mistake commercial rocket flight for a UFO

The news media makes a mistake.

UFOs are in the news once again, after observers in parts of southern Africa and the Indian Ocean reported seeing a mysterious fuzzy-looking orb streaming across the sky Sunday morning. Astronomers were able to identify this “unidentified flying object” fairly quickly, however—it wasn’t a flying saucer, but SpaceX’s prototype Falcon 9 rocket craft.

Falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket that SpaceX is designing as a vehicle to lift the Dragon, SpaceX’s experimental spacefaring airplane, into Earth orbit. The rocket-and-vehicle duo have completed five previous missions successfully, the last four of which included a docking at the International Space Station.

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