Zhu Jin Denies UFO Buzzing Shenzhou-9 During Launch On June 16, 2012
During the launch of the Shenzhou-9, a UFO observes China’s manned spacecraft.
Shenzhou 9 is a manned spacecraft flight of China’s Shenzhou program, launched at 10:37:24 (UTC), 16 June 2012. Shenzhou 9 is the second spacecraft and first manned spacecraft to have docked with the Tiangong 1 space station, which took place on 18 June.
The mission’s crew includes the first Chinese female astronaut, Liu Yang.
China launched Liu Yang into orbit aboard the Shenzou-9 craft on June 16, 2012, from the Jiuquan spaceport, along with Commander Jing Haipen and flight engineer Liu Wang.
According to Zhu, also the vice executive director of Beijing’s UFO Research Society, the two glistening objects caught onscreen during the live broadcast of China’s first manned space docking mission last Saturday, were probably birds, planes or other flying modules.
Yet Zhu elaborated that because of the temporary lack of access to the technological figures and infrared video images, it is difficult to identify the flying objects as well as to measure their velocities and actual distances to the spacecraft. The approximate-one-second TV appearance of the objects is insufficient to provide any evidence backing up the UFO claims, Zhu said.
In stark contrast to Zhu’s rational and scientific analysis, Weibo users (China’s Twitter-like microblogging platform) turned out to be more liberated and imaginative in their assessments of the unidentified objects in the sky.
Many of them do believe the shining objects were indeed UFOs, whereas other bloggers raised the possibility of the objects to be supernatural phenomena predicting disaster.