Good News! The UFO Just Spotted From the Space Station Was Not Really a UFO

... But also, imagine being an astronaut and waking to find a mystery object outside your window.
More

This morning, astronaut Chris Cassidy looked out the window of the International Space Station. He saw the usual thing -- the vast expanse of the visible cosmos, unimpeded by the Earth's blurring atmosphere -- and then he saw a thing that was less usual. A bright thing. A vaguely spherical thing. A thing that was floating near the Station's Progress cargo vehicle. The strange object looked like a jellyfish floating in the sea of space. In the darkness, it glowed yellow-orange. Cassidy called down to Mission Control in Houston. And then he took out his camera. He began filming.

The floating object was, for a brief moment, a UFO (an unidentified floating object) ... until Russian ground controllers identified the thing. The space jellyfish, it turns out, was a spineless creature of a different variety: an antenna cover from the Zvezda service module that had apparently become dislodged. Mystery solved, fortunately anticlimactically for all involved -- except for Chris Cassidy, who still woke to find a weird space object floating outside his window.

Jump to comments
Presented by

Megan Garber is a staff writer at The Atlantic. She was formerly an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab, where she wrote about innovations in the media.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

Sad Desk Lunch: Is This How You Want to Die?

How to avoid working through lunch, and diseases related to social isolation.


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Where Time Comes From

The clocks that coordinate your cellphone, GPS, and more

Video

Computer Vision Syndrome and You

Save your eyes. Take breaks.

Video

What Happens in 60 Seconds

Quantifying human activity around the world

Writers

Up
Down

More in Technology

Just In