ISS cuts its video feed after seeing something weird, prompts global freak out
On July 9, the International Space Station suddenly cut its live feed after showing something odd in the background. The object hasn’t been identified, making it a legitimate UFO, and so naturally people around the world are freaking the F out.
Conspiracy theorists globally are claiming that it is all a NASA cover-up, and the UFO is an alien coming in for a landing, or evidence of a secret government space program. A similar event happened last year when the ISS suddenly stopped broadcasting shortly after an object appeared to ascend into space. The reaction then was similarly X-Files-ish.
NASA, for its part, has denied that it intentionally cuts the feed, but it does acknowledge that outages do happen. The space agency claims that having a continuous feed from space can sometimes be less than 100-percent reliable. A likely story.
“The feed is not switched manually,” the NASA spokesperson told Popular Mechanics. “It’s all done automatically. There’s nobody at a control board. We used a space-based data relay network. It gives us a very good coverage area, but you do lose signal occasionally — anywhere from a couple of seconds to a couple of minutes. It varies from day to day.”
If it is our alien overlords coming to arrange our eventual domination, the cutting of the feed may be a quiet cry of warning from NASA employees, as the cutting of the camera is what really set people off. If it had continued, the object could have been written off as an asteroid or a piece of junk falling to Earth. There are estimated to be over 500,000 pieces of space junk circling the planet. Most are just inches in size, but when one hits the atmosphere the fiery show can be visually impressive.
If NASA did cut the feed, there could be several legitimate reasons. To begin with, whatever it saw could have been a classified satellite. There may not be anything exceptional about that satellite, it could have simply been classified because it is a military communications satellite, or, ya know, a highly specialized spy craft that can read the numbers off of a person’s cell phone in China.
Another possible reason for cutting the feed is that it captured China’s first space station, Tiangong-1, which recently lost contact with Earth. If the space station did crash back through the atmosphere, it may have been a show of respect to cut the feed. The interference from the falling station could have also been responsible for the outage.
Or it could have been an alien and we are all doomed. So enjoy it while you can and check it out below.