IMCAT Case Directory
Category 08, Photographic / Video Images
Preliminary Rating: 0
July 7, 1962;
11:10 GMT. The Hallett base is a post controlled by USA and New Zealand and located on the Antarctic coast exactly on the opposite side of the SANAE base (through the South Pole). According to a radiogram signed by Claud Taylor, base commander, an object appeared over the region, crossing in 3 to 4 minutes the horizon in a S-N direction. That object showed three different parts sharply separated, one of them much more luminous that the two others. A kind of "gray shape" could be seen around the three bright parts, which the observers interpreted to be a "possible condensation trail." When the object was N of the base it emitted a sudden flash of light without any change of orbit or shape. No sound was heard. The report also states that the object appeared to be well inside the atmosphere and certainly below the level of the austral aurora. The most important fact of the Hallett Base observation was that the object's passage was registered by a special photographic instrument called "all sky camera," used for the study of polar auroras. This instrument has a semispherical mirror which makes possible photographs of the whole sky at frequent intervals. According to information released by the New Zealand Scientific and Industrial Research Department, the color photos obtained confirmed the visual observation of the UAO. One of the photos of long exposure, showed a luminous trail crossing the whole sky. According to Dr. M. Gadsen, a scientist who was at Hallett base, the nature of the object could not be established because it was not a meteor and there was no information on the fall of a satellite in that region on that occasion.
Likely the July 7, 1962, reentry decay of CIA-NRO spy satellite KH-4 Corona-M, launch M-6 designated 1962 Alpha Beta 1 or 1962-026A.
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