The ISS live feed was cut from the International Space Station just as a mysterious object appeared, claimed a UFO hunter whose viral video posted on YouTube
has space conspiracists nodding in agreement.
The UFO hunter identified on YouTube as Streetcap1 posted a nearly two-minute video last Saturday, which has drawn more than 665,000 views, according to the Huffington Post.
"Remember a UFO is an unidentified flying object," wrote Streetcap1 in the video's caption. "This could well be a meteor or the like. What made it interesting was the camera cut off when the UFO seemed to stop."
NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate told the Huffington Post
in a statement that there was nothing suspicious about the inconsistency of the space station's video and no UFOs have been spotted.
"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," NASA said. "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."
The Daily Mail
said others have theorized the object on the video could be the Chinese space cargo ship Tiangong-1, which some suspect could be falling back to Earth after China lost control of it.
"The Tiangong-1 satellite was launched in 2011, and should have come back down to Earth in the ocean in a controlled crash," said Andrew Griffin, a writer with The Independent
. "But watchers have said that it now appears to have gone into freewill, with China losing control of it, and so it could crash down onto the Earth any time."
The alleged UFO brought a variety of responses on Twitter, some serious, others humorous.
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