3-Foot-Diameter Sphere Retrieved by Ambulance in Decatur, Alabama

“On the Med Flight stretcher, the best I can describe it is a giant pearl - a shiny, white sphere.”

- Codey Terry, Decatur, Alabama

Decatur is 20 miles west of Huntsville, home of NASA's Space Rocket Center and Space Camp and the Redstone Army Arsenal.
Decatur is 20 miles west of Huntsville, home of NASA's Space Rocket Center and Space Camp and the Redstone Army Arsenal.

May 27, 2008 - Update Email

“Subject:      Re:  Pearl Marks on Google Earth - I know what they are.
Date:          May 27, 2008
To:            [email protected]

To Whom It May Concern:

I worked for the company, Aerials Express, that produced the imagery with the so called “pearl marks” from 2002-2007.  The aerial photographs were taken in the winter months, and when the negatives were scanned (on a cool morning back in our office in Phoenix) small drops of condensation had formed on the glass of the scanner.  These drops were so small, they went un-detected by the operator.  They were on the underside of the glass, and so appear to obscure the photograph.

At one point, I remember the CEO, Bill Lands, joking about them because a program from the Discovery Channel had contacted him directly.  He planned on releasing a PR piece with a picture of the scanner, and operator in an alien costume.  He had a great sense of humor.  Sorry to dispel the myth, just a bit of water under the scanner.”

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