“It’s almost like I feel I’m just moving there, and I’m not coming back.” -Scott Kelly

On his 233rd day in space, ISS astronaut Scott Kelly took a photo that’s since gone viral of the Earth at night, showing a number of cities in India and a star field above the planet’s atmosphere and airglow.

Image credit: ISS astronaut Scott Kelly, via https://twitter.com/StationCDRKelly/status/666042034633883649/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw.

Image credit: ISS astronaut Scott Kelly, via https://twitter.com/StationCDRKelly/status/666042034633883649/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw.

But in the upper right of the photo, a Star Destroyer-esque light looms. As I explain, however, this is simply light reflecting off of the ISS’s HDEV module, nothing more complex or extraordinary than that.

Image credit: NASA, of ESA's Columbus module.

Image credit: NASA, of ESA’s Columbus module.

Go see how we know, and how easy it is to fool ourselves if we’re not careful.

Comments

  1. #1 Wow
    November 22, 2015

    I was going to berate you for using a picture of an Executor-class SUPER Star Destroyer but talked of a *Star Destroyer*, but then read the caption and you had already noted it.

    I is geek…

  2. #2 dean
    United States
    November 22, 2015

    As I explain, however, this is simply light reflecting off of the ISS’s HDEV module, nothing more complex or extraordinary than that.

    That’s what they WANT us to believe. 🙂

  3. #3 Sinisa Lazarek
    November 24, 2015

    ahh.. the super start destroyer 🙂

    one of lego’s biggest sets..so wish I could blow 400$ on lego 🙂

  4. #4 Wow
    November 24, 2015

    Build it out of cobblestone in Minecraft.

  5. #5 KMGuru
    USA
    November 30, 2015

    Too BAD…here is what at stake: 1) People want to believe in UFO because it exists but no real official good picture. 2) Cylinder shape UFOs belong to a great civilization (that I think from past Earth, moved away due to ice age) and hence both combined as a story….

    As to past Earth civilization: we shall know in about 75 years from Antarctica….due to super Ice Age still now.

  6. #6 James Briggs
    November 30, 2015

    We all know the picture is real. What is far more sensational is that ISIS already has astronauts. I hope they aren’t planing a terror attack on our space station. Perhaps we can get the space aliens to protect our people in outer space. 🙂

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