Multiple videos have cropped up on YouTube that show images taken by cameras from NASA of objects near the International Space Station. The objects vary in shape, move slow, and are hundreds of miles above Earth.
“Spacecraft-generated ‘dandruff’ has been seen since the very first human spaceflights, when the non-intuitive relative motions and impossible-to-judge distances in the earthly environment of outer space tricked observers into misinterpreting visual stimuli,” James Oberg said. Oberg is a former space engineer who had a specialty in NASA space shuttle operations. He works as an NBC News Space Consultant now.
“It shouldn’t be surprising that only half a century later, most folks watching YouTube videos are still totally flummoxed by what they understandably and excusably can’t comprehend,” Oberg told The Huffington Post in an email.
Oberg does not believe that any of the objects in the videos are UFOs, but he does advocate watching the video feeds to make sure nothing bothers the space station.
“It’s good to keep scanning space video for possible anomalies and reporting them quickly,” Oberg said. “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.”