10 mysterious stories associated with the ISS


The launch of the International space station in November 1998 gave humanity the possibility of a permanent location in space. Only some decades ago this was only possible in science fiction. The amount of information and knowledge that we can obtain from the orbit of our planet — priceless. However, we obtained not only an invaluable scientific knowledge, we have seen many very strange stories, discoveries and phenomena. Today we talk about them.

The incident “boomerang” space mission STS 114

Space mission STS 114 space Shuttle discovery became the first mission of its kind after the disaster of the space Shuttle Columbia two and a half years earlier in 2003. Since the tragedy of the space Agency NASA even more tightened the procedures relating to checks the safety of space flights. Perhaps that is due to them before the actual launch of the Shuttle “Diskaveri” it was discovered that from the spacecraft separated (or flew) some strange piece similar to foam.

Task “discovery” was docked with the International space station and change the crew, who were on Board the Shuttle. Before docking, commander Eileen Collins conducted a maneuver in which the Shuttle was belly up to the ISS to check the condition of hull for damage and to take some photos of the beautiful views of our planet. Later the pictures were printed and studied. One of them got into the frame Steve Robinson, an astronaut, released in space to conduct certain repairs. However, apart from Robinson, who went to repair the Shuttle, the frame camera NASA and got something else.

Strange white object on the General dark background of space. The object is moved further away from the Shuttle, then stopped for a moment and changing the direction of the left. This strange behavior of the object led to the emergence of the nickname “boomerang”. After researching film NASA said that this object is nothing more than space debris. However, many refused to believe in this theory and stated that the behavior of the object and the change of motion is clear evidence that this object is artificially managed.

The cherry trees have grown for 6 years faster than the period

In November 2008 the ISS has delivered 250 bones cherry trees. From the moment they arrived on Board, they went around the planet 4000 times, and then in July 2009 he returned back to Earth. The seeds planted in 14 different places, one of which was a Japanese temple, Gangoji.

By 2014, in fact 6 years ahead of schedule, the height of the seedlings was already 4 meters. On some branches there were flowers. But what was still more strange is the fact that the flowers had 5 petals, instead of 30, as expected. Similar observations have been in other places where were planted the same seeds.

And although scientists still can not say for sure, did the finding of the bones in the orbit of the Earth on their growth, another probable reason yet. One explanation may be that the bone was subjected to a stronger radiation of cosmic rays, which somehow launched the triggers of their growth. However, until further research is conducted, scientists are not yet able to answer what caused such an intense and outpacing the growth chart and if this was a normal match.

Scott Kelly and the picture of “apparent UFO”

In July 2015, astronaut Scott Kelly has published on his page in Twitter a photo taken from aboard the International space station. Kelly, setting a record of stay in space for American astronauts, posted image on the upper right side which enthusiasts explore UFO spotted strange elongated “space ship”.

On the basis of photographs was created and published video, which has gathered almost a million views. The person who uploaded the video insists that “difficult to believe” that Kelly had not noticed this object before decided to publish a photo on his page on “Twitter”.

From a distance it really seems that this is a real UFO oblong. However, when the photos added contrast, it was found that this object is nothing like the antenna part of the International space station. This not only solved the mystery of the true nature of the object, it also explains why Kelly did not notice it when took the picture.

Experiment “Gemini”

In addition to the publication of photos of alleged flying saucers, Scott Kelly was engaged in more pressing tasks and experiments on behalf of NASA. With an eye on future manned mission to Mars, NASA needed to know the effects on the human body that can manifest with a long stay in space. Since, Kelly has a twin brother, astronaut was the perfect candidate for this mission and further verification of changes that could occur between him and his twin brother mark on Earth.

And although all tests did not detect any change — to repeat the tests have more than one hundred times, NASA seems to have realized what to expect from long space travel. Since twins are genetically identical, this allows scientists to study the impact of the environment on genetics, and perhaps to do more or less scientific assumptions and conclusions about what to expect when sending a man to Mars.

Needed experiments and validation will continue for the next six months since the return of Kelly back to Earth in March 2016. Monitoring and sampling will be carried out with the participation of the two brothers. After that, you can make some more specific conclusions.

The object in the form of the “Millennium Falcon” in a live broadcast from the ISS

Quite recently, namely in April 2016, 20-year-old Englishman Jadon of bison from Worcestershire have observed via your mobile phone live broadcast from the International space station, suddenly was stunned by what he sees on the screen.

The video clearly it was seen as some strange object moving from MSK at high speed. Beeson said that the object was similar to the “metal craft” and recalled the Millennium Falcon, the famous spacecraft of Han Solo from “Star wars”. The guy said that the object was in frame for about two minutes and was covered by the “blue glow”. Beeson admits that he is a fan of UFOs but could not explain what he actually saw on that tape.

Gadon says that I sent a screenshot of the frame with the object straight to NASA in the hope of obtaining explanations of what he saw. However, to date, he is still awaiting a response. It should be noted that in most cases, such objects are immediately fall into the category of “space debris”, which is really very much in Earth orbit.

NASA cuts off live broadcast from the ISS

Live broadcast from the International space station are fairly frequent and allow enthusiasts from around the world view outer space through cameras installed on the ISS. Within such broadcasts, there were numerous occasions when the shot fall strange objects, which in certain circles are immediately seen as extraterrestrial visitors. But as you might guess, the vast majority of cases, these objects are space debris. However, it should be noted that there were several cases, especially when NASA interrupted the live stream as soon as got in frame another strange object. This behavior, in turn, not only created a wave of suspicion among the already suspicious hunters and UFO enthusiasts, but also hinted at the fact that NASA really is supposed to hide something from the public.

Most recently, in March of this year, NASA interrupted the live broadcast from the ISS as soon as the frame came a strange object in the form of “horseshoes”. Hunter of aliens Tyler Glockner who uploaded this video (above) on YouTube, said that NASA “does this trick not one year,” and on his channel from time to time see these video. Glockner says that sometimes people just don’t have time to follow the stream and in some cases in the video you can really see a UFO as long as the stream is not interrupted sharply.

In January 2015, the video stream was also interrupted for a few seconds as soon as the frame camera got a little grey object leaving the Earth’s atmosphere. The above Glockner claims to have witnessed a similar event in June 2014. He made a video and upload it to your channel. The video consists of still images, which show how from the darkness of space there is a huge triangular shaped object approaching the Earth. Six months earlier, this event, the Network appeared another video from the stream is interrupted, showing a strange object of a yellow color. In this case, the video was interrupted after only 2 minutes since the beginning of the broadcast.

The incident with the “triangles” space mission STS 115

In August 2006, the crew of space Shuttle Atlantis bound for the International space station, has broadcast a message stating that they “see” them or “stalking” some strange light effects are triangular in shape. In official documents it is not, but that is many hunters UFO. Belonged to whether these lights are spacecraft or they were independent objects — not specified. However, as is usually the case, NASA said that enthusiasts have witnessed not anything else, like space debris,.. again.

As noted later, NASA conducted its own investigation of these “lights”. It was found that they only appeared for 30 seconds at startup. At that time, still remember the tragic disaster of the space Shuttle Columbia in 2003, so the Agency really wanted to know if these lights are evidence of some damage “Atlantis”.

Ultimately, NASA said that the emergence of such debris in fact, at the end of the run is a bit belated, but there was no conspiracy here. Debris may appear, for example, at the moment when there is a disconnection of the restraint mechanism of the doors of the Shuttle. Another explanation for these lights can be the icing of the skin and the play of light from the floodlights illuminating the launch pad. After hearing these explanations, the commander of Atlantis Brent Jett later stated that these objects were not like anything he could see outside the Shuttle, and it is unlikely it was some space debris.

Living organisms on Board the ISS

Within the next spacewalk in August 2014, a Russian cosmonaut said that he found living organisms, is quite a comfortable existing outside the International space station. Upon closer inspection it turned out that these organisms are plankton, most likely, trapped on the hull from the Ground. The ISS crew until the end and did not understand how the plankton got there and how he managed to survive in such conditions.

Scientists have put forward the theory that plankton made it to the ISS on one of the space ships. However, it later emerged that none of the launch pads on the Ground there are no populations of plankton. According to another explanation, to blame the atmospheric flow, which is picked up by living organisms and sent them on a journey to the space station. If this theory proves correct, it becomes clear that these atmospheric flows able to rise much higher than previously thought.

Of course, living organisms have been found at altitudes of 16 to 32 kilometers above the Earth’s surface, but it does not go to any comparison with the orbital altitude of the space station, which at that time amounted to 322 kilometers. In addition, this finding proves that such organisms are able to survive in a complete vacuum of outer space.

In the case of “bright lights”

During his service as commander of the ISS in 2005, astronaut Leroy Chiao witnessed a bright line of light, which quickly sped past him when the astronaut was in outer space and carried out another routine assignment.

Moving with a speed of 27 000 kilometres per hour and located at an altitude of 322 km above the surface of the Earth, Chiao initially wasn’t sure what he saw, but immediately realized that there was something strange, and immediately reported it to the flight center. Despite the fact that don is a man of open views, to find an explanation for what he was, the commander could not. Later, however, the explanation is yet found. Further investigation revealed that at the moment, Chiao and ISS was over water region that is very popular with fishermen. Large fishing boats are very often used very powerful lights to illuminate the catch at night. This very day several boats were next to each other. When they switched on their floodlights, the light from them was so bright that he could see Chiao, who at that moment flew over this place.

Mysterious clouds and the strange lightning

In October 2013 the team of the International space station witnessed a very strange cloud in the form of “Medusa”, which was above the Ground. That day, no space launches in the region was not planned, and therefore seen caused some misunderstanding.

But soon after the report of the Russian military all became clear. The fact that the cloud that was observed by the crew of the ISS, was followed by a Russian rocket, which took place on that day in Kazakhstan. The Russian side pointed out that the purpose of the test was “confirm characteristics of the Topol missile”.

However, this is not the only strange observation of clouds witnessed was the ISS crews. One of the cases, for example, was associated with a very weird lightning that appeared over the clouds. Lightning in this case was not beaten into the Ground, but rather into space. Scientists have not yet figured out, are these zips with the usual that we used to see from the Ground, or is it a completely independent phenomenon.

Through further observations, the researchers hope to find a more convincing explanation for the process of energy propagation in the framework of such events. In particular, scientists want to find out how are gamma rays and as a result, some of the lightning it happens. Our current knowledge suggests that gamma rays are formed in the hottest places in the Universe. However, observe them inside our atmosphere, so modern science most certainly want to look into the matter.

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