May 22, 2014 I Paul Seaburn

Was UFO in China Connected to Russian Rocket Crash?

UFO watchers, space enthusiasts and conspiracy theorists are looking closely at two recent events that may be related – the crash of a Russian Proton-M rocket approximately nine minutes after launch from Baikonur, Kazahkstan on Friday, May 16, and the report of three UFOs spotted on the same day in China, followed by a large metal ball crashing into a vegetable garden in Mengchang.

The Proton-M rocket was carrying an advanced Express-AM4R communications satellite of the same design as the one lost in an August 2011 launch crash. The launch went awry on the 540th second of the flight when the engines shutdown in response to the rocket deviating from its intended trajectory when it was 150km above the ground and 40 seconds away from deploying its payload into orbit. What could have caused it?

This video appears to show something coming in from the side right before the abort. Was it a UFO? A missile or jet, possibly from the U.S. in response to Russia ending support of the International Space Station?  A reflection on the lens? It will be difficult to resolve because the Russian space agency reported that the rocket, satellite and possible UFO burned up on reentry. Or did they?

On that same day, villagers in the Heilongjiang province of China reported seeing three UFOs, hearing a piercing sound and then finding a ball-shaped object with jagged edges and burn marks in a garden. The object was 2.5 feet wide and weighed over 90 pounds. Was it pieces of the rocket? Satellite? Missile? UFO? The distance from Kazahkstan causes some to doubt a connection.

People in China are also wondering since this occurred less than a week after some blamed UFOs for the Chinese moon rover Jade Rabbit conking out. The official cause given was the extreme cold.

The Chinese government is analyzing the metal ball. The Russian space agency continues to say the pieces all burned up. Why? What really caused the rocket to crash? The timing says the events are related. Are they?

Paul Seaburn
Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

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