What exactly did Musgrave see while in Earth's orbit ? Image Credit: NASA
Veteran astronaut Franklin Story Musgrave saw what he described as 'the snake' during several space missions.
Now retired, Musgrave is certainly no stranger to venturing into space having completed six missions over his career and being the only astronaut ever to fly aboard all five space shuttles.
Over the years several astronauts have reported seeing unusual things while up in space and Musgrave is no exception, having seen one particular phenomenon on several occasions.
He described his encounters during an interview for the TV series Sightings back in 1995.
"On two of my missions, and I still don't have an answer, um, I have seen, a snake out there, six seven eight feet long," he said at the time.
"It is rubbery because it has internal waves in it and it follows you for a rather long period of time."
"The more you fly in space the more you see an incredible amount of things out there and that sort of brings to you, really a certainty, that other living creatures are out there."
"Some incredibly primitive, more primitive, some just ah just proteins coming together, amino acids and some just single-cell organisms and other civilisations that have been around for a million years that are doing unimaginable kinds of things."
But was 'the snake' something otherworldly or was there a more conventional explanation ?
During an interview for Omni Magazine, he admitted that the object could have been an "uncritical rubber seal from the main engines."
You can check out his Sightings interview in the video below.