On July 9, a live video broadcast from the International Space Station revealed an unidentified object flying through space toward Earth — just before the feed went dead. In the five days since, conspiracy theorists and UFO hunters have run wild with theories involving extraterrestrials and government cover-ups.
Those conspiracy theorists and UFO hunters are suggesting that the feed revealed evidence of alien life, and that NASA deliberately cut the feed in order to cover up that discovery — and that this isn’t the first time that this has happened.
The theorizing seems to have begun, in large part, after YouTube user Streetcap1 shared a video entitled “Ufo Enters Earth Atmosphere July 9th 2016” (above) capturing the fateful frames of the NASA feed. For his part, Streetcap1 also added: “Remember a ufo is an unidentified flying object. This could well be a meteor or the like.”
As for NASA, they’re not certain about what the object could be, but say that both the object and the interrupted transmission have more to do with mundane technical glitches than mysterious discoveries and shadowy cover-ups.
The organization made the following in a statement to The Huffington Post:
The International Space Station regularly passes out of range of the Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS) used to send and receive video, voice and telemetry from the station.
For video, whenever we lose signal (video comes down on our higher bandwidth, called KU), the cameras will show a blue screen (indicating no signal) or a preset video slate, depending on where you are watching the feed.
No unidentifiable objects have been seen from the ISS. Reflections from station windows, the spacecraft structure itself or lights from Earth commonly appear as artifacts in photos and videos from the orbiting laboratory, just as reflections often appear in pictures taken on Earth.
Nevertheless, statements like this will do little to stop the more zealous UFO hunters out there (and may in fact only fan the flames). Social media will likely remain alight with fervent theorizing — whether it’s about aliens or even lost Chinese spacecrafts — at least until the next time a NASA feed goes dead.
Next, see the results of scientists’ recent use of the Drake Equation to calculate the exact odds as to whether or not alien life exists. Then, get the details on Stephen Hawking’s new $100 million search for alien life.