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Occurred : 9/22/2012 18:00 (Entered as : 09/22/12 18:00)
Reported: 9/30/2012 9:25:28 AM 09:25
Posted: 10/30/2012
Location: Bernalillo, NM
Shape: Cone
Duration:2+ hours
Those New Mexicans from Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and Santa Fe that reported a bright object near the moon really saw a helium balloon.

WASP Flight #635N launched from Ft. Sumner,NM drifted South of Albuquerque during the late afternoon of 09/22 and both balloon and payload were clearly visible when viewed through binoculars. Flight #635N terminated at 05:32.04Z on 09/23/12 just East of Zuni, NM. after reaching an altitude of 35,373 Ft.

Source: Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility (CSBF Website)

((NUFORC Note: We concur. And we thank the party for submitting the confirming report. PD))