UFO theorists are having a field day after a live NASA video feed by the International Space Station (ISS) was cut out as a blurry round object seen descending from the upper-right corner before the screen goes dark as the UFO seemed to stop and a notice appeared indicating technical difficulties.
UFO theories began swirling on YouTube earlier this week after YouTube user Streepcap1 posted a video of the stream on July 9 shown below.
Some reportrs have theorized the object may be Chinese space station Tiangong-1, which was launched in 2011. NASA has been accused of cutting live feed before as an April video showing a horseshoe-like object supposedly changing direction suspiciously dropped.
NASA spokesman Daniel Huot told the Daily News in an email that the camera's signal was simply interrupted. The video is part of an experiment researching how ordinary cameras function in the harsh environment of space. Huot said sometimes the cameras lose connection with satellites used to transmit video to the ground, which is what happened in this case.
"It's very common for things like the moon, space debris, reflections from station windows, the spacecraft structure itself or lights from Earth to appear as artifacts in photos and videos from the orbiting laboratory," Huot said.
Source: The Daily Galaxy via NASA Video