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Dr. Franklin Roach, said that based on his careful analysis of the photos and video footage provided to him by the astronauts, he concluded and later published in the book Scientific Study of Unidentified Flying Objects that while in orbit the crew did iun fact witness a visual sightings of what later came to be known as UFOS, after his publication NASA attempted to explain the sightings as mere debris, this explanation was later dismissed by experts in various fields of science. Additional video evidence was later obtained from the crew of mission STS-48 of the Space Shuttle Discovery, the full crew report indicated that while in orbit on September 15, 1991 a flash of light and several objects were witnessed flying in an artificial and controlled fashion around the shuttle. NASA explained the objects as ice particles reacting to engine jets. James Oberg claimed that the flash was from a thruster firing. Philip C. Plait discussed the issue in his book Bad Astronomy, agreeing with NASA. Dr. Jack Kasher analyzed the movement of the objects in 1996, and found five arguments that the footage could not depict ice particles. However, Lan Fleming uncovered severe discrepancies in the video time stamps of the video first released by the NASA FOIA office in 1999, leaving many of their conclusions inconclusive and undetermined. While in orbit mission STS-75 of Space Shuttle Columbia Astronauts witnessed hundreds of objects flying around the shuttle and began to captured the event on a camera capable of seeing past the visible light spectrum, this incident was archived by NASA as Undetermined and Classified, the complete documents, footage and video evidence was never released by NASA for further study. Another similar video was taken during mission STS-80 of Space Shuttle Columbia which were analyzed by Mark J. Carlotto which show three different unusual phenomena on December 2, 1996: Two slow moving circular objects; a strange rapidly moving burst of light near the earth's surface; and a number of fast moving objects in space near the shuttle. The first two can not be accurately verified as shuttle debris. The fast moving objects in space near the shuttle appear as bright streaks, and analysis of their speeds and directions indicates that they can not be shuttle debris nor meteors. This incident with all it's material was classified and archived by NASA as Unidentified Flying Objects.