The latest claims from alien conspiracy theorists include that an astronaut on a space walk blocked out a UFO that came into camera shot on a live stream with his hand and that NASA cut another video feed which moments after a strange orb appeared on camera.
The footage was interrupted on January 20 with the message that the space station’s High Definition Earth Viewing experiment was either “switching cameras” or experiencing a “temporary loss of signal”.
It has led to some wild conspiracy theories, including that the ISS is watched almost daily by UFOs but the space agency wants to keep it from the public.
Online blogger Bright Insight said the January 20 incident was not the first time NASA has cut footage during an alleged UFO sighting.
He speculated it was an alien spacecraft or even secret space age military technology being tested by the US Government.
He wrote: “I have seen myself, at least a dozen times, where there is video of some sort of object coming close to the International Space Station – moving around in many cases – and all of a sudden they just cut the feed,” he said.
These are anomalies that appear on camera after light refracts inside the lens – meaning there is actually nothing there.
He said: “It’s a well known effect, very common in many ISS live feeds.”
He even produced videos showing the original footage and how you can see that the object was caused by a lens flare.
referring to the astronaut’s hand, he pointed to the fact that it was there literally for a second or two so would have been ineffectual in covering anything up.
The spec which did get briefly blocked by his hand was just an ice particle, he said.
Mr Brando claims that many people knowingly post these mundane happening as UFOs on YouTube videos because they know of the high interest in the subject, and views generates advertising revenue for the YouTube channel.
He added: “The main reason is the gain offered by YouTube Partnership Program. More views equals more money. There are several YouTubers using this system.”
Nigel Watson, author of the UFO Investigations Manual said: “The constant ‘sightings’ of UFOs near the ISS are mainly due to reflections and space junk, and it is down to wishful thinking that images sent back from the space station are of alien craft.”
NASA says it has never found any evidence of even this simplest forms of life outside Earth, but it does not comment on individual alleged UFO sightings.
“So this is one of two things. Either it’s aliens or it is top secret technology that is being suppressed from the masses.”
Alien hunter John Craddick said the sighting lasted about 25 seconds.
He insisted it be must alien technology as “nothing human that can fly that high.”
In respect of the astronaut’s hand blocking out an alleged UFO, YouTube channel Secureteam10 released a video entitled ASTRONAUT BUSTED Trying To Hide UFOs Near ISS!”
Several people claimed it was all part of an ongoing cover up.
But, it turns out the truth is a lot less exciting, according to UFO hoax buster Scott Brando and his website ufoofinterest.org.
He has exposed countless alleged UFOs by the space station as being nothing more than lens flares.