Unidentified Flying Objects – UFOs- have been the cause of conspiracies for as long as mankind was able to look up at the sky. Most recently, an astronaut took a picture from the ISS, and the internet has been buzzing. Was the object in Scott Kelly’s picture a UFO?
Astronaut Scott Kelly has been on the International Space Station, along with Mikhail Kornienko, for the better part of a year. He has been documenting his stay by taking pictures from the windows of the Space Station and posting them on Twitter.
Many have followed him, as the view from up there is indeed quite breathtaking. On the 15th of November, the American astronaut posted a picture with a view of Southern India. In the upper right corner of the image, a blur can be seen. This blur has been deemed of unknown origins, and therefore an unidentified flying object, by conspiracy theorists all over the world.
But was the object in Scott Kelly’s picture a UFO?
According to various sources, like theoretical physicist Michio Kaku, the answer is sad, but most likely true: No.
The physicist says that he is not convinced, as the blur cannot really be distinguished, and could really be anything. He jokingly urges anyone who claims to be kidnapped by aliens to bring back something – a paperweight, a pen, anything that can be considered proof.
The most likely explanation is that the object is simply part of ISS itself. The space station is huge, parts of it having been sent to outer space since as early as 1998. The item does resemble a part of the ISS that has occasionally showed up on pictures before.
The part in question, the UHF antenna is located in the Destiny module of the space station, making it very plausible that it was indeed what Scott Kelly captured in his picture of Southern India.
However, conspiracy theorists are not convinced. Somewhat surprisingly, NASA has not commented on the affair.
This prompted more and more to subscribe to the UFO theory, since if the object was just part of the space station, NASA would have issued an official refutation of the claim. Scott Kelly has not issued a reply either, prompting even more people to believe that something is indeed fishy regarding his earlier picture.
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