|A mysterious glowing object hovering near Canberra Airport while the U.S. Mariner space probe was taking pictures of mars has baffled experts in Canberra. Air traffic control officers and other experts aircraft observers said they spotted the object Thursday.||
By Atlantic City Press
Six members of the traffic control tower crew said it hung suspended at about 5000 ft for 40 minutes. When the sun glinted off it, it became clearly visible, they said. It disappeared when an air force plane was sent out to identify it.
Experts are now wondering of it was a coincidence that the object was sighted shortly before nearby Tidninbilla tracking station was scheduled to pick up Mariner signals. The station had unusual difficulty in locking on to Mariner at the same time.