Three UFO Reportedly Crashed in Heilongjiang Province
A group of locals from far-flung Heilongjiang province of China reports seeing three UFOS falling from the sky and right into two counties. Villagers report hearing a “piercing sound and saw a great ball of fire.” Eventually, one of the UFO was seen crashing to a nearby vegetable garden, according to the China News Service.
“I saw a huge ball of fire; I thought it was a meteorite. I hid inside my house and waited until the object…landed.” according to one witness account.
China News described the UFO as “ball-shaped, silver-gray object surrounded y jagged edge and burn marks.” The object is said to be be “about 2-and-a-half-feet wide and weighing nearly 90 pounds.”, this according to OpenMinds.tv.
Investigators rushed to the vegetable patch to extract the object and examine it further. While local villagers were mystified by the “UFOs” that crashed right into their garden, Ecns.cn, China’s official English-language website offers a sobering explanation of the UFOs’ origins.
It seems that just before the Chinese villagers saw a great ball of fire in the sky, a Russian Proton-M rocket that’s carrying a communications satellite, experienced engine failure shortly after it was launched last Friday morning. The rocket then crashed into Earth’s atmosphere, creating a ball of fire, disintegrating the remains of the rocket. However, it seems that certain parts of the rocket made it to home in huge chunks and that’s probably what the villagers saw crashing to the ground.
Discovery News believes that it has identified the object and posted an update on their website:
According an AFP report, space debris was found near Qiqihar city in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang, located on Russia’s far east border. Investigators associated with the China National Space Administration recovered “parts from a carrier rocket or a satellite” that “appeared to have fallen from the sky on Friday,” said the Chinese Xinhua news agency.
Photographs have been released of a damaged spherical object, which resembles a Composite Overwrap Pressure Vessel (COPV). COPVs are commonly used by spacecraft to store pressurized liquid fuel and are often constructed of steel or titanium and wrapped in Kevlar — the same material used for bulletproof vests. These objects are therefore very tough can can often survive the extreme heating of reentry.
These falling space orbs have, in the past, caused some excitement as to their extraterrestrial origin, but after expert analysis they are quickly identified as space junk.