Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Widespread fears were sparked over central Israel Tuesday as the citizens thought that their nation was under attack by Iran, Syria or perhaps aliens.
Comet and satellite guru Robert D. Matson lives in Los Angeles California and is well known as the discoverer of hundreds of telescopic comets and over a thousand asteroids.
Mr. Matson deserves some congratulations for figuring this out since many were and still are struck with fear in Israel.
Matson's calculations show that it was an old booster stage of a rocket that launched an Israeli spy satellite into space in 2007, whose orbit of the booster stage finally decayed. The booster was headed for the sea in the direction of Alexandria, Egypt. The 3rd stage of the Shavit rocket was launched (Ofeq-7) from Palmachim Air Force Base on June 10th, 2007.
Mr. Matson's discovery was reported to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv newspapers and it's quite ironic, that it was Israel's own spy satellite space junk that scared their citizens. It is quite possible that Israel did not want to give the press any information regarding their own spy satellite activities for national security reasons.
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This comes only one day previous to Iran test-fired nine long- and medium-range missiles Wednesday during war games that officials said aimed to show the country can retaliate against any U.S. and Israeli attack, state television reported.
Gen. Hossein Salami, the air force commander of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards, said the exercise would "demonstrate our resolve and might against enemies who in recent weeks have threatened Iran with harsh language," the TV report said.
Wednesday's war games were being conducted at the mouth of the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic waterway through which about 40 percent of the world's oil passes. Iran has threatened to shut down traffic in the strait if attacked.
The report showed footage of at least three missiles firing simultaneously, and said the barrage included a new version of the Shahab-3 missile, which officials have said has a range of 1,250 miles and is armed with a 1-ton conventional warhead.
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