SPACE

Did The Space Station Video Feed Go Dark After A UFO Appeared?

Nope.

SPACE
Apr 19, 2016 at 4:38 PM ET

On Sunday, in a livestream broadcast from the International Space Station, a small, faint blob appeared to float just above the Earth. Or perhaps it was a smudge on the camera or trick of the light. Moments after it appeared, the video cut to a blue screen, leading conspiracy theorists to posit that the formless blob featured on the feed had extraterrestrial origins—and that NASA was covering it up.

The government agency appeases earthbound space nerds with a 24-hour live Ustream from the ISS. The footage switches from exterior Earth views to interior crew shots to maps of the ISS’s orbit. A blue screen appears whenever the ISS loses contact with the ground. The station completes an orbit ever hour and a half, which means footage captures sunsets and sunrises every 45 minutes. That leaves opportunities for lots of lens flare, which might have been what happened.

Scott Waring, creator of the site UFO Sightings Daily was the first to pick up the “unusual” video and share it with his followers, along with his observations. “I saw a UFO at the space station. It was diamond shaped and it seemed to be changing its shape, but I think that’s due to it moving ever so closer to the ISS,” Waring wrote. “As the UFO began to come into focus, the screen turned blue.”

Then Tyler Glockner, creator of the Secureteam YouTube channel (Your #1 source for underground news leaks) did his own analysis and provided another whimsical description of the extraterrestrial specter, a “Horseshoe UFO.”

“As you cycle through the footage, it actually looks to be maneuvering … so you see more of the front and the shape of it, which is like a horseshoe,” Glockner says in the video. “Directly after, it appears NASA cuts the feed … They have their hand on the chicken switch, as they call it,” he says, referring to a kill switch he believes NASA to possess, “and they monitor these feeds and sometimes they’re not quick enough and these UFOs appear.”

According to NASA, no “chicken switch” was used in this instance. This was just one of the many times throughout the day that the station passed out of range of the Tracking and Relay Data Satellites used to send and receive video, voice and telemetry from the station.

No unidentifiable objects have been seen from the International Space Station,” Cheryl Warner, a NASA spokesperson told Vocativ. “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.”

It’s an obvious and skeptical response. Typical of NASA. But if you’d rather side with one of the hundreds of conspiratorially minded commenters on these two videos, then you could see this as a positive omen from above.

“‘A horse shoe’ shape. Must mean their (sic) saying ‘good luck,'” Ari Ben Gordon wrote.