California missile launch mystery followed by New York rocket mystery, people puzzled. Pentagon stumped by California mystery missile
A mysterious contrail was captured on camera by a news helicopter, which was taping footages of sunset. The video clip of the unexplained trail spread on the Web like fire, lifting up speculations that some unidentified organization was behind the missile launce. The media reporters, who recorded the contrail, had quickly approached some aerospace experts to seek suggestions on it. It seems that some experts told them it was originated from a missile-like object without much research on the trail’s nature.
Tuesday morning, the Pentagon and the North American Aerospace Defense Command were investigating video shot by a news helicopter operated by CNN affiliate KCBS/KCAL showing an ascending orange-colored contrail high into the atmosphere, officials said. A contrail is the visible vapor trail behind airplanes or rockets traveling at high altitudes.
The Federal Aviation Administration, the Coast Guard, Navy, Air Force, and California Reps. Dana Rohrabacher and Jane Harman -- whose coastal districts are closest to the offshore contrails -- were at a loss to explain the images.