25 Strange Things That Have Happened In Space

Space is a strange place. It has so many mysteries we want to unlock, so it makes sense strange things might happen there. Since the earliest days of space exploration, astronauts and scientists have experienced and discovered some pretty bizarre phenomena. From UFOs to bizarre lights, there have been plenty of accounts of strange things occurring in the cold vacuum of space. What are they? Where do they come from? How do we explain it? Many of these questions scientists have been trying to get to the bottom of. Curious to hear about these odd incidents? Here are 25 Strange Things That Have Happened In Space.

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A knock was heard in a Chinese spacecraft and no one could explain it.

Shenzhou_5Source: http://www.iflscience.com/space/chinese-astronaut-strange-knocking-sound-in-space/

Chinese taikonaut Yang Liwei was the first man China sent to space on the Shenzhou 5. During his 21-hour mission, he said he heard a strange knocking noise like someone was hitting the body of the spaceship. He tried to figure out what would cause it but found nothing. No solid explanation has been given, but some believe it could have been the spacecraft expanding and contracting in space.


NASA astronaut Story Musgrave saw space eels.

story musgraveSource: http://www.ebaumsworld.com/pictures/the-strangest-things-astronauts-have-seen-in-space/85087106/

When NASA astronaut Story Musgrave was in space, he claims to have seen eel-like tubes with their own propulsion systems. Apparently, he saw these creatures twice. While most shrug it off as space junk, Musgrave stood by his statement.


Apollo astronauts claim to see strange flashes of light.

apollo 11Source: http://www.mirror.co.uk/science/every-astronaut-1969-landings-seen-9308958

Many astronauts from the Apollo 11 mission and beyond have claimed to see strange flashes of light. They said they saw the flashes even when their eyes were closed and described them as white, blue, or yellow. Scientists believe the astronauts were being hit by cosmic rays.


Astronaut witnessed a strange orange light on the ISS.

issSource: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/12/04/astronaut-alien-light-international-space-station_n_6267378.html

It was ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti’s first time flying up to the international space station. When she approached, she saw the space station glow a strange blood-orange. Becoming quite excited by the sight, she called it “alien.”


Major Gordon Cooper claimed to have seen a green orb in space.

gordon cooperSource: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvPR8T1o3Dc; http://www.syti.net/UFOSightings.html

As part of the Mercury missions, Major Gordon Cooper orbited the earth in his Mercury capsule. During his mission, he claimed to have seen a green orb approaching him before disappearing. Even a tracking station in Muchea, Australia, picked up the signal.

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