Here we go again. It’s another UFO-sighted-in-space-before-NASA-cuts-the-video-feed story ― the kind that brings forth conspiracy theorists claiming the space agency is lying to the public.
The latest tale goes like this: A live-streaming video from the International Space Station on July 9 captured an unexplained object descending from space, heading for Earth.
Suddenly, as is often the case with such stories, the video feed was abruptly cut, showing an on-screen message about a temporary technical video glitch.
Here’s a news video about the reported UFO:
A UFO hunter called Streetcap1 posted a short clip of the NASA video to YouTube and wrote on the site: “Remember, a UFO is an unidentified flying object. This could well be a meteor or the like. What made it interesting was the camera cut off when the UFO seemed to stop.”
Here’s the video posted by Streetcap1:
This isn’t the first case of individuals watching NASA’s space station live feed claiming to see strange objects hovering nearby, moving in different directions, going up, down, vanishing. And, not surprisingly, many of these UFO spotters have suggested that NASA deliberately kills the video transmission so nothing else can be seen.
Could that be true, or is it simply a coincidence that so many times when UFOs are reported, it just happens that the video feed is disrupted?
HuffPost reached out to NASA, and the following email response came from the space agency’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, which manages the space station:
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.
Satisfied? Not? Still think there’s a conspiracy afoot?
There’s always something new to see on these live video feeds.