A one-minute video captured by Russian cosmonaut Ivan Vagner aboard the International Space Station (ISS) appears to show potential UFOs, Global News reports. While passing over Antarctica and Australia, Vagner was recording video of aurora australis — the southern lights — but he managed to catch something else, too.
It’s unclear precisely when the footage was captured or whether Vagner observed the phenomenon at the time, as he filmed.
This mission is Vagner’s first aboard the ISS. According to a recent blog post by NASA, his work on the station has involved maintenance on its orbital plumbing system as well as “exploring ways to improve Earth photography techniques.” He is working alongside Anatoli Ivanishin, also of Russia, and American commander Chris Cassidy.
While NASA has yet to comment on the sighting, Russia’s space agency Roscosmos boosted Vagner’s tweet with the note: “An interesting and at the same time mysterious video made by cosmonaut of Roscosmos Ivan Wagner … from the International Space Station.”
The other ISS crew members have not addressed the footage but Vagner has reported that it has been submitted to Roscosmos experts for review. The video is being examined at the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Russian outlet TASS confirmed. One official told TASS:
“It is too early to make conclusions until our Roscosmos researchers and scientists at the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences tell us what they think. It was decided to hand over those materials to experts, who will tell us what that was in their opinion.”
In July a New York Times article revealed the U.S. government has funded research into the topic of UFOs for years — research that is ongoing. On August 14, the Pentagon announced it had launched a task force to “improve its understanding of, and gain insight into, the natu