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Balloon or UFO?

5/19/2009 11:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

We just got a picture of an object over the skies of Arizona and Mexico -- and some residents there are doubting the object is a giant research balloon, as NASA claims.

UFO

Calls came pouring in yesterday about the mysterious bubble floating stationary for around one hour. NASA says it's a 4,000-pound research balloon used to measure gamma ray emissions. NASA claims the balloon generally floats at 130,000 feet -- more than 3 times higher than the cruise altitude of a commercial jet.

Thanks to our friends at Ye Olde UFO Store for the pic.

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Cleveland-West_Side    

That's pretty big for a balloon, maybe it's Rosie O'Donnel hang gliding?

1898 days ago
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Just wondering    

Maybe it will beam Harvey away

1898 days ago
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.:Loki 4Ever:.    

While I believe SOME people have seen odd objects in the sky that COULD be UFO's... this looks like a clear baloon that has floated up... and I don't even see what you've circled in the right picture??

1898 days ago
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.:Loki 4Ever:.    

another thing... if that had been stationary for so long... wouldn't our Government had known about it, or been notified and shot the mutha down???? UFO's don't linger... this is just a hoax.

1898 days ago
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JANE DOE    

Kids make those Bubbles all the time! Just kidding !
NASA's covering up again!

1898 days ago
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Guadagnare con internet    

the UFO exist....Hi Mars

1898 days ago
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cantrell    

OH SNAPS!! How come every "UFO" sighting is in New Mexico or Arizona?? I'm in Texas, I wanna be part of this hsyterical!! But that picture is a balloon!! C'mon People, get serious!!

1898 days ago
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Ironman    

I live in New Mexico and saw this with my own two eyes.... and binoculars... it IS a weather. Plain as day.... it could be seen through the binoculars. come on people, quit making something out of nothing....

1898 days ago
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Whamo    

Just wait for all the Coast to Coast (radio show)nutbars to come out of the woodwork with their conspiracy theories.

1898 days ago
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Betsy    

I live in Hawaii, where this balloon was sometimes kept...It is, in fact, real...

1898 days ago
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Lynne    

I was driving in AZ yesterday and saw it. I'm also an air traffic controller trained in meteorology....it was a weather balloon. :/

1898 days ago
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pink floyd    

god taking a bubble bath.

1898 days ago
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Carrys F.    

Even if it's not a NASA balloon, it certainly isn't extra terrestrial. You can see right through it. Geez, this is a story and people are worried? Get a grip!

1898 days ago
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Kathleen    

It looks like a little kids bubble!

1898 days ago
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arizona    

For all of the people who live in Arizona and New Mexico please lay off the alcohol. I sat outside last night around 7pm and witnessed the same "UFO" sighting. This was a balloon please stop drinking so early!!! It was white and moved in a fashion similiar to a hot air balloon.

1898 days ago
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