UFO hunters may be disappointed to learn NASA did not knock down a live video feed from the space station — and neither did NASA.
Officials at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have confirmed to ValueWalk that a live video feed on the International Space Station, the subject of significant speculation, was not intentionally cut. The story of the live feed going down as an unidentified object approached received significant press attention in the U.K. and has been a hot topic among outer space enthusiasts around the world, as reported in ValueWalk Tuesday.
NASA spokesperson tells ValueWalk the agency did not cut video feed, says loss of transmission not uncommon
Earlier this week outer space enthusiast Scott Waring was watching the live feed on NASA’s International Space Station when he noticed was he thought looked like an unidentified flying object (UFO). “It was diamond shaped and it seemed to be changing its shape, but I think that’s due to it moving ever so closer to the ISS,” Waring said.
After watching the odd object approach closer to the Space Station, the NASA video feed was cut and went to a blue screen.
The UFO community was abuzz with conspiracy theories as to why the video feed was cut, citing an alien cover-up.
Tabatha Thompson, a spokesperson for NASA, clearly stated to ValueWalk that the space agency did not intentionally cut the video feed, but rather such occurrences of a video feed losing transmission have occurred in the past and are not entirely unexpected.
“The station regularly passes out of range of the Tracking and Relay Data Satellites (TDRS) used to send and receive video, voice and telemetry from the station,” she in an email statement. “For video, whenever we lose signal (video comes down on our higher bandwidth, called KU) the cameras will show a blue screen (indicating no signal) or a preset video slate, depending on where you are watching the feed.”
When asked specifically if NASA personal had any hand in stopping the video transmission, she clearly responded “no.”
Attention UFO hunters: Image seen on video screen might have been a reflection, NASA says
The issue received widespread attention, particularly in England as the UK Sun, Daily Mail, Daily Star, Weekly Observer and UK Express all ran stories on the topic. Yahoo News also ran an article. Explaining the unidentified object, NASA told the Mail Online ”Reflections from station windows, the spacecraft structure itself or lights from Earth commonly appear as artefacts in photos and videos from the orbiting laboratory.”