ALIEN LIFE? Former NASA engineer’s shock revelations on space UFO sightings

ALIEN LIFE? Former NASA engineer’s shock revelations on space UFO sightings

A FORMER Nasa engineer spent years investigating alleged UFO sightings in space, and his verdict will send shockwaves through the alien believer community.

James Oberg, while working at Nasa mission control in the late Nineties, trawled through as many accounts and images of suspected sighting as possible to see if science could explain the seemingly inexplicable.

Analysing stories, video and photographic evidence of UFO sightings seen by astronauts, he came to his conclusion.

The outcome will disappoint the thousands of alien conspiracy theorists who are convinced NASA has evidence space is crawling with aliens and their craft, but covers it up from us because the agency does not think we could handle the truth.

The widely-believed conspiracy theory suggests the powers that be believe public knowledge of alien life would bring and end to religion, and possible the rule of law, leading to anarchy.

But, Mr Oberg says it is simply not true, and there really is no evidence of aliens anywhere near our planet.

There have been a string of claims of UFO sightings in NASA video and pictures of the Moon, Mars, other planets, and footage of space filmed by the International Space Station (ISS).

Most of these are just the result of cameras picking up ice crystal, lens flares, space dandruff, or our brains “misunderstanding of what space travel actually looks like”, Mr Oberg said.

After leaving Nasa, Mr Oberg became a space journalist and historian, before developing an interest in looking at UFO sightings.

His aim in debunking the images is not to pour water on the true believers, but to establish what is really going on and why people reacted so strongly to any sign of something unusual.

Mr Oberg said our sense are used to focussing on “relatively slow-moving objects” in “certain light and atmospherical conditions”, so when these change, as they do in space, our brains find it difficult to compute what is happening and the assumptions get made.

He said: “Our sensory system is functioning absolutely perfectly for Earth conditions.

“But we’re still a local civilisation. Moving beyond our neighbourhood has been visually confusing.”

One key piece of evidence the conspiracy theorists put forward is that NASA astronauts, themselves, have seen UFOs in space, and been forced to keep quiet.

The likes of the late NASA astronauth Edgar Mitchell, the sixth man on the moon, who went onto become one of the most prominent alien conspiracy believers, appears to add weight to this theory.

However, without disputing Mr Mitchell’s claims, Mr Oberg said these theories are the result of people “watching too much sci-fi”, coupled with not really understanding what space looks like.

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UFOS DEBUNKED? Former NASA engineer James Oberg claims space UFO sightings are false.

It’s good to keep scanning space video for possible anomalies and reporting them quickly.

James Oberg

He said: “I’ve had enough experience with real spaceflight to realise that what’s being seen in many videos is nothing beyond the ‘norm’ from fully mundane phenomena occurring in unearthly settings.”

Mr Oberg said most videos filmed by the ISS showing anomalies, were really just examples of “space dandruff”, objects which have come off space vehicles during flight, such as ice particles, paint chips, or fragments of insulation.

These are much smaller than larger items of discarded metal known as space junk, which can also lead to supposed UFO sightings, but poses a real threat to the ISS.

He says the space dandruff is common, but looks very strange on camera, as we are not used to the way it looks when falling while the space station is travelling through space.

It is a similar reason why so many “UFOs” were seen in older space shuttle footage.

He said: “In these videos, people usually freak out because the spots seem to dance in and out of view, or suddenly appear and disappear.

“Which is pretty creepy if you’re sitting at your computer on Earth, but isn’t that weird if you’re on a space shuttle travelling 28,000 km/h (17,500 mph) – nothing’s going to stay in your frame of vision very long.”

If the shuttle is in a certain position in relation to the Sun, it would also cast a shadow onto the objects, making it look on video as if they disappear and reappear, an effect known as ‘twilight shadowing’, which has led to claims of UFO special technology such as invisibility or warp speed travel.

Despite the large-scale debunking, Mr Oberg does not say people should give up on UFO seaching.

He said: “It’s good to keep scanning space video for possible anomalies and reporting them quickly.

“The reason is, there is always a real chance that it could be a genuine anomaly, either a spacecraft malfunction or other threat, expected or unexpected.

“In the past, missions have failed because a clue that should have been seen out the window was overlooked.”

Source: Express.co

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