FACT CHECK: Did The International Space Station Film A UFO For 22 Minutes?
A video shared on Facebook claims the International Space Station (ISS) captured footage of a UFO on its livestream.
“Recent #nasa ISS video footage of a #ufo,” reads the caption. “Iv (sic) increased the speed of the footage as the original is 22 minutes long.”
The object captured on video is not a UFO, but rather a retired communications component being jettisoned from the ISS. A NASA spokeswoman confirmed the operation was planned in advance.
UFO enthusiast Scott Waring spotted the supposed UFO while watching a Feb. 21 ISS livestream. In the video, the object in question can be seen floating below the ISS for roughly 22 minutes before disappearing from the camera’s view. (RELATED: Did NASA Spend More Than $165 Million To Develop Pens That Work In Space?)
Waring posted a video – which has over 573,600 views to date – about the object on his YouTube channel ET Data Base, where he labeled it a UFO and speculated about its origins. Some media outlets, like Metro Express and BroBible, picked up the story and similarly labeled it a UFO.
The object, however, is actually the Japanese Experiment Module Inter-orbit Communication System–Exposed Facility. It got jettisoned from the ISS at approximately 1:50 p.m. EST on Feb. 21, according to the ISS daily summary report from that day. The ISS commonly disposes of debris via controlled jettisons.
“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 Wheelock. “It’s a known piece of hardware, it’s a piece of communication hardware which we’ve upgraded since that time.”
Stephanie Schierholz, a NASA spokeswoman, confirmed to the Daily Caller News Foundation that it was “a planned event to dispose of the unused part.”
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