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Occurred : 5/20/2005 21:20 (Entered as : 05/20/2005 21:20)
Reported: 5/21/2005 5:10:10 PM 17:10
Posted: 5/24/2005
Location: Plains, PA
Shape: Light
Duration:2-4 minutes
Light traveling straight down then vanished.

To Whom It May Concern:

May 20, 2005 at 9:20pm, Plains PA.

I was on my lunch break at work talking on my cell phone with my brother. I looked up to the night sky towards the moon, (as I do every night) and I noticed what appeared to be a star except it didn’t seem to fit with the constellations.

I’m not saying I know all my constellations, I’m just saying it didn’t fit. Now this star was directly Underneath the moon and I thought to myself is it moving or doe’s it just appear as so because I was moving.

So I stopped, and low and behold the "star" was still descending very rapidly. I called over a few co-workers, and the security guard on duty to take a look. Just for self-satisfaction that I wasn’t crazy.

We all continued to watch it descend, now when I say descend I don’t mean on an angle, it was dropping straight down. Not at a speed you would contribute to something falling from the sky, and then at a certain point it looked as though it stopped, and wavered a little then it continued its journey down.

Just before it got below my line of sight from the roof of my job, it just vanished. For as many years as I have been looking up (I’m 25 now) I have never seen anything so peculiar in my life. It was probably nothing, I just figured I’d share what I saw in case you receive similar reports.

Regards, ((name deleted))


((ADDENDUM FROM WITNESS))

Mr. Davenport,

I was facing S-SE. It was moving niether left or right, but verticly down from my perception. If I were to assume a situation where I thought this perticular insident would fit. It would be something free falling, then it stopped, and then continued to decsend verticly down at a slower rate. IE: Free falling, parachute deploy, gradule decsent. It was also the brightest object in that vecinity, very far from my location. Before it dropped from my line of sight the light vanished. It never appeared to be revolving
around earth.

Regards, ((name deleted))

((END ADDENDUM))

((NUFORC Note: Probable sighting of International Space Station. Please see sighting schedule from Plains, PA, for 21MY05, provided by <www.Heavens-Above.com>, at the following URL:

http://www.heavens-above.com/passsummary.asp?lat=41.275&lng=-75.851&alt=183&loc=Plains&TZ=EST&satid=25544&Date=38484.6666666667&Mag=

19 May 1.3 22:19:01 10 W 22:20:57 18 SW 22:20:57 18 SW
20 May -0.4 21:09:50 10 WNW 21:12:41 54 SW 21:15:04 14 SE
21 May 1.6 21:37:20 10 W 21:39:09 15 SW 21:40:50 11 SSW


Based on the report, and on the response from the witness, I strongly suspect that the witness observed the ISS.

PD))