Experts say that a fireball seen traveling over the Rocky Mountains was most likely a Russian spy satellite. Several people reported that on September 2nd they saw a glowing object fly across the sky, breaking into pieces along the way. Sightings of it stretched from New Mexico to Montana.
The possibility that it was a meteorite was ruled out early due to the large area the mysterious object traversed. An individual from the American Meteor Society said that a thing of that nature would not have been able to endure such a lengthy journey. What could, and probably did, make the trip is a manmade spy device.
According to an analyst at GlobalSecurity.org, a website for military information, what people saw was likely a piece of Russia's Cosmos 2495. The reconnaissance satellite was launched in May for the purpose of gathering various types of images. Russian authorities have denied that their spy craft encountered such problems, saying that all of their military space orbiters are operating just fine. The US Strategic Command, however, confirmed that Cosmos 2495 did in fact dip into the atmosphere and as of September 3rd is no longer in their satellite catalogue.
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