Black Knight Satellite? Mysterious craft looking object in NASA photo

Black Knight Satellite? Mysterious craft looking object in NASA photo

Case File Information

Date of Event / Case File: 12/11/1998

Currently, there is no caption available for this photo from NASA.  The cropped and rotated image above was slightly enhanced to bring out clarity, but is untouched and unmanipulated otherwise.

The following, is all known information on this photo:

Electronic Image Data

Camera files only apply to electronic still cameras.

No sound file available.

Identification

Mission: STS088 Roll: 724 Frame: 65 Mission ID on the Film or image: STS88

Country or Geographic Name: OCEAN

Features: PAN-SNGLNT., SPACE DEBRIS

Center Point Latitude: Center Point Longitude: (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)

Stereo: No (Yes indicates there is an adjacent picture of the same area)

ONC Map ID: M-05 JNC Map ID: 51

Camera

Camera Tilt: High Oblique

Camera Focal Length: 250mm

Camera: HB: Hasselblad

Film: 5069 : Kodak Elite 100S, E6 Reversal, Replaces Lumiere, Warmer in tone vs. Lumiere.

Quality

Film Exposure: Over Exposed

Percentage of Cloud Cover: 90 (76-100)

Nadir

Date: 19981211 (YYYYMMDD)GMT Time: 201641 (HHMMSS)

Nadir Point Latitude: -29.3, Longitude: 8.3 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)

Nadir to Photo Center Direction: North

Sun Azimuth: 225 (Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point)

Spacecraft Altitude: 213 nautical miles (394 km)

Sun Elevation Angle: -22 (Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point)

Orbit Number: 118

Original Source: http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/scripts/sseop/photo.pl?mission=STS088&roll=724&frame=65

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