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The ISS captures footage of mystery objects above Earth—Scientists confused


The ISS captures footage of mystery objects above Earth—Scientists confused

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet captured a series of strange moving objects above Earth while orbiting our planet above California aboard the International Space Station on April 17, 2017. The giveaway is the fact that the lights are not tumbling, which indicates they are actively controlled.

Did Pesquet just film UFOs flying over our planet?

The video filmed by Pesquet was initially intended to record an electric storm near the horizon, just above western US.

At 25 frames per second of video, the flashes in the atmosphere produced by the rays are perfectly appreciable from the orbital complex. The view is beyond fascinating.

However, moments later the video records the dizzying presence of two objects moving at high speed above the Earth. The ESA Space Debris Bureau later confirmed that “they are consistent with intact objects, and were most likely satellites in operation.”

However, scientists were unable to confirm which satellites—if the they were satellite at all—were captuerd in the video.

As noted by, “ESA’s Space Debris Office determined that the objects are most likely not space junk, because “the objects’ brightness in the video is consistent with intact objects,” officials said. And they’re probably not meteors, either, said Detlef Koschny, a scientist in ESA’s Space Situational Awareness Program office who studies near-Earth objects.”

“The giveaway is the fact that the lights are not tumbling, which indicates they are actively controlled,” ESA communications officer Daniel Scuka said in an email.

Furthermore, experts revealed that the objects were most likely not meteors.  Koschny further explained that a bright meteor, traveling in the atmosphere usually lasts a second or less. Larger objects may remain visible for 2 to 3 seconds.

However, the video filmed by Pesquet was captured at 25 frames per second, meaning the objects are bright for several tens of seconds.

Oh, here’s the video:

In addition to the above, Koschny notes that the mystery objects’ altitude does not fit the characteristic of a meteor.

Koschny added that “The typical altitude of a meteor is around 80 to 110 kilometers [50 to 68 miles]. This corresponds to the height of the airglow, which is visible curving above the Earth as a brightish band,”

Interestingly, these objects are higher, at least 300 km [186 miles]. Meteors would not be visible at that height.”

So, the ISS filmed ‘Satellites’ but they have no clue which satellites?

Well, that sounds reassuring.

The International Space station has managed to film—with its HD onboard cameras—countelss mystery objects that have been interpreted by millions of people around the globe as evidence of alien visitations.

In the last 12 months alone, the number of videos uploaded to social networks, allegedly showing UFO’s entering and leaving Earth’s atmosphere has increased like never before.

While some of these objects certainly are just space debris, pixelations or camera malfunctions, there are some who remain unexplained.

Of course, there’s that little thing with NASA shutting down its live feed almost every time a UFO appears in the field of vision.

Coincidence? I think not! 😉

Meanwhile, here’s one of the most fascinating ‘UFO’ videos captured by NASA.

Thoughts? Space Debris? Rogue satellites? Spy Satellites? Or Swamp gas reflected off of Venus?


Ivan is editor-in-chief at, he also writes for Universe Explorers.
You may have seen him appear on the Discovery and History Channel.

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  • Savatage64 (Always Deplorable)

    NOOOooooo…..Scientists aren’t confused.
    They are BAFFLED, right? Always baffled…the more you say ‘baffled’….the more it just doesn’t make sense….baffled…baffled…baffled.

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