The International Space Station’s (ISS) video of spacecraft docking has inadvertently sparked a conspiracy frenzy – after eagle-eyed viewers spotted a mysterious object in the distance.
The footage shows the Russian Soyuz MS-17 capsule docking at the ISS yesterday (October 14).
As the capsule arrives, a bright white object enters the view from the corner and rotates at a stable speed towards the camera.
It can be seen spinning above Earth for several seconds before the camera angle zooms in on the Russian module – meaning the “UFO” moves out of shot.
The clip ends with the astronauts preparing to open the hatch between the ISS and the capsule.
A narrator then congratulates the team for the successful launch.
Eagle-eyed viewers were quick to comment after spotting the unidentified flying object moving in the background.
One said: “UFO leaving Earth at 2:35 and then they zoom in!”
“UFO on the left after docking!” another exclaimed.
A third wondered: “What was that white point on the left horizon, above leaving the circumference of the Earth?”
But some said it doesn’t look an extra-terrestrial spacecraft.
“It is not UFO,” a viewer wrote. “Look, well, it is part of the detachment of the rocket capsule.”
Others were fascinated by the fast journey between Earth to the ISS.
The Soyuz capsule reached the space station in just three hours – a new record time from launch.
NASA astronaut Kate Rubins joined two Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov on board the vessel.