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Did NASA really film a UFO outside the ISS ?

By T.K. Randall
March 5, 2020 · Comment icon 23 comments

Is this a UFO or just a jettisoned ISS component ? Image Credit: YouTube / NASA / ET Data Base
A recent video allegedly shows a mystery object outside the space station, but is everything as it seems ?
The footage, which was picked up by numerous news outlets and has since racked up over half a million views on YouTube, shows a clearly visible object near the International Space Station.

While the media was quick to label the object a 'UFO' and imply that the video represents evidence of extraterrestrial visitation, the truth of the matter is actually a lot less exciting.

Far from being an alien craft, the object is actually a retired communications component that had been jettisoned from the station as part of a controlled effort to minimize the build-up of space debris.
"In a controlled fashion, at the right moment, at the right time and the right trajectory we released this - or we jettisoned this piece of hardware to return ashes to ashes, dust to dust back to the planet," said NASA astronaut Doug Wheelock during a recent radio interview.

"It's a piece of communication hardware which we've upgraded since that time."

NASA spokesperson Stephanie Schierholz has also since confirmed that the incident was "a planned event to dispose of the unused part."

You can check out the footage for yourself below.

Source: Check Your Fact | Comments (23)

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Comment icon #14 Posted by DieChecker 4 years ago
It does appear that way. Are we sure this video isnt being run backward? Such that the debris is tossed out high and then falls lower? I'll go check if the video has time stamps on it. EDIT: I dont see any timestamps on it. Maybe the troll who put out these videos purposefully made sure that no timestamps was in the picture when he recorded it backward?
Comment icon #15 Posted by ChrLzs 4 years ago
I'm sorry, but why is this up for debate after links to the other thread were given, the actual article itself says: "Far from being an alien craft, the object is actually a retired communications component that had been jettisoned from the station as part of a controlled effort to minimize the build-up of space debris." And on the other thread, these links were supplied by Skullduggery: It is Identified.... JEM ICS-EF module
Comment icon #16 Posted by Golden Duck 4 years ago
Only to those people that use "literally" and "figuratively" interchangeably.
Comment icon #17 Posted by DieChecker 4 years ago
But, both of those videos suggest it is a satelite, not a piece off the ISS. A satellite would explain why it appears to go up, but it being a ISS piece would not. Which is it? I'm going to go read the other thread.  EDIT: posted same question there.
Comment icon #18 Posted by toast 4 years ago
I think its time for some clarification about the ISS debris issue because some people think the ISS`s waste get disposed by kicking it out trough a gate, which is nonsense. Material released from the ISS would not "fall down" to Earth (immediately) as the material itself will keep the same speed as the station and would stay near the station which would pose a risk to its body and other orbiting objects as well. To leave orbit (downstairs, directed to Earth) the object/s must reduce their orbital speed by some hundred miles per hour (AKA de-orbit burn) for the reason to get catched by the Ear... [More]
Comment icon #19 Posted by Peter B 4 years ago
I'm pretty sure it's an optical illusion caused by the object's motion away from the ISS but at only a slightly lower altitude. I think the best way to consider the problem is with a picture: draw three concentric circles, with the middle and outer circles close to each other. The inner circle represents the Earth, the middle circle represents the orbit of the mysterious object and the outer circle represents the orbit of the ISS. When the object is directly beneath the ISS a line drawn from the ISS through the object will hit the Earth (from the ISS you're looking straight down at the Earth).... [More]
Comment icon #20 Posted by stereologist 4 years ago
I think the referred to rise is like other motion illusions such as planes flying around the Earth appear to descend to the horizon and planets making loops in the sky when they move in a retrograde direction.
Comment icon #21 Posted by DieChecker 4 years ago
So it's simply an optical illusion based on the debris moving a touch slower then the ISS... I can see how that is probably true. Something moving toward the horizon, as it moves away would appear to be angling up. Though actually it is still at the same height. Question answered.
Comment icon #22 Posted by ChrLzs 4 years ago
Depends entirely on the direction and speed at which it was ejected.  It could go faster (if ejected forwards from the ISS), or slower (if ejected rearward), *and* it could be pushed out at a slight downward or upward angle.  Note that this would have been done with enormous care, and under the control and direction of orbital mechanics specialists.  Because, if they didn't get it right, they may in fact place the object in an orbit that might later become a collision hazard.  Orbital mechanics is a complex and non-intuitive science that I don't pretend to understand, but the NASA folks do... [More]
Comment icon #23 Posted by DieChecker 4 years ago
Read my post above yours. It probably was just the object moving away behind, and thus appearing to go above the horizon and "up", though actually it is near the same height as when it was under the ISS. I didnt realize it was just the illusion of going up.

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