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Did NASA Cut ISS Feed Due to UFO Sighting? Here's What the Agency Has to Say

Jul 16, 2016 08:16 AM EDT
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Alien hunters accused NASA of cutting the International Space Station (ISS) live feed when a UFO appeared on the screen. But did the agency do it on purpose and was the image an unidentified flying object? NASA doesn't think so.

A recent Youtube video claimed that a UFO was seen hovering on screen in a NASA live feed last July 9. But the broadcast was suddenly interrupted. This prompted alien hunters and conspiracy theorist to think that NASA is covering up the sighting. 

The object was seen descending from space to Earth. The video was posted by Youtube user Streetcap1. The Youtube user recognized the fact that it could just be another meteor but emphasized that the live feed was cut to cover up the sighting.

Thousands have already viewed the video and NASA released a statement about the matter. According to the agency, NO unidentifiable object was seen from the ISS and that the most common objects are, most of the time, mistaken as UFOs including the spacecraft reflection or the ISS lights. 

But NASA would like to clear the alleged cover-up and said that there's no deliberate attempt to cut the live feed.

"For video, whenever we lose signal, the cameras will show a blue screen or a preset video slate, depending on where you are watching the feed," a Human and Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate official from NASA said in an interview with Huffington Post. 

Also, it is not rare for live feed connection to experience glitches. The ISS orbits the Earth 16 times a day, and in turn, sometimes lose direct connection or contact with Earth.

"The International Space Station regularly passes out of range of the Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS) used to send and receive video, voice and telemetry from the station," a NASA representative said in a statement. 

Alien hunters and conspiracy theorists should not rejoice yet because it looks like what they perceive as a cover-up of a UFO sighting may not be what it seems.


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