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NASA’s photos of strange objects in space – identified debris or UFOs?

January 26, 2013Comments One comment

Recently, there has been quite a lot of talk about an old photo that was taken on the shuttle Columbia in January 1986. The photo in question — STS61C-31-002 in NASA’s archives — depicts a triangular object gliding past the shuttle in the Earth’s upper atmosphere.

NASA’s description of the photo is that it’s simply “a small piece of thermal insulation tile [that] floats in space near the Shuttle Columbia. The cloudy surface of the earth is used as a background.”

Space debris, also known as orbital debris, space junk, and space waste, is the collection of defunct objects in orbit around Earth. This includes everything from spent rocket stages, old satellites, fragments from disintegration, erosion, and collisions.

Currently about 19,000 pieces of debris larger than 5 cm are tracked, with another 300,000 pieces smaller than 1 cm below 2000 km altitude.

That’s a lot of junk, and some of it are bound to turn up on photos taken from space.

For a trained astronaut or space engineer, looking at photos like the one above may be nothing more than looking at some part of their equipment floating through space. For the rest of us, well, it might get our imagination going.

What if, right?

Yesterday, I received an email from a reader — Chris MacDonald — who has been searching through official NASA images for anomalies. Attached were a bunch of photos downloaded directly from NASA’s website. What they have in common is that they all have something strange in them if you look closely.

Without further ado, here are the images:


Link to original image: STS088-724-70

Close-up of object


Link to original image: STS088-340-2

Close-up of object


Link to original image: STS088-724-65

Close-up of object


Link to original image: STS088-724-66

Close-up of object


Link to original image: STS108-703-93

Close-up of object

Space debris or something else? NASA says they’re 100% sure its nothing more than defunct satellites and the like, but there are many (lay people admittedly) who are not so sure.

What do you guys think?

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One comment

  1. I actually found a few more on the following article which is on the Exopolitics website:

    There are a lot of pictures to look through, anyone else who fancies looking for more can do so here:

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