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Astronaut spots UFO outside space station — but then it’s identified

NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy alerted ground controllers on Monday to an unidentified flying object floating near the International Space Station – but this was no alien spacecraft.

Instead, it was a piece of the station itself: Russian ground controllers identified it as an antenna cover from the Zvezda service module, one of the oldest parts of the station.

The sighting merited just a brief mention in NASA’s latest space station status report, plus a short clip on NASA’s YouTube channel. Because the antenna cover’s speed in relation to the rest of the station was so low, it didn’t pose that much of a collision hazard. But controllers were glad to see the debris fade off into the distance, heading for what they expected would be a brief, fiery re-entry in the atmosphere.

This wasn’t the first station debris to cause a UFO stir: Back in 1998, during the shuttle Endeavour’s mission to hook the U.S.-built Unity connecting node to the Russian-made Zvezda module, astronauts spotted a blobby object floating away from the scene. NASA determined that the object was a discarded thermal cover, but that didn’t stop UFO fans from working the material into their tale of a mysterious “Black Knight” satellite that has been circling our planet for millennia. …

http://www.nbcnews.com/science/astronaut-spots-ufo-outside-space-station-then-its-identified-6C10955394

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This entry was posted on August 20, 2013 by in Space, UFOs.
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