The US space agency usually mutes on the subject – due to the increasing number of seemingly outlandish claims about unidentified flying objects captured on live stream cameras mounted on the space station – but this only appears to fuel further the cover-up conspiracy theories.
Because NASA allows anyone to view the real-time cameras, which point out towards space by going online, many alien chasers devote hours to watching them looking or evidence of alien space craft.
There have been repeated claims that NASA shuts down the cameras after strange shapes begin appearing in space away from the ISS, currently occupied by UK astronaut Tim Peake and five others.
Yesterday, Express.co.uk exclusively revealed how a hoax buster had forensically examined footage from the live stream showing some of the alleged UFOs, and claimed to conclusively prove they were just reflected sunlight, known as lens flares, appearing on the camera.
NASA has now joined the debate and categorically denied it ever purposefully shuts off the live stream, or that any UFOs or alien craft have ever been detected from the ISS.
Tabatha Thompson, a NASA spokesperson, told media that video feeds losing transmission have occurred before and are an occupational hazard.
She said: “The station regularly passes out of range of the Tracking and Relay Data Satellites used to send and receive video, voice and telemetry from the station.
“For video, whenever we lose signal video comes down on our higher bandwidth, called KU. The cameras will show a blue screen indicating no signal or a preset video slate, depending on where you are watching the feed.”
Asked if NASA personal had any hand in stopping the video transmission, she said “no.”
NASA also confirmed the theory of UFO hoax buster, Scott Brando, yesterday, that the alleged UFOs are the result of camera lens flares.
A NASA spokesperson added: “Reflections from station windows, the spacecraft structure itself or lights from Earth commonly appear as artefacts in photos and videos from the orbiting laboratory.”
Alien hunters remain convinced NASA intentionally cuts off the camera where UFOs appear and the explanations are all part of a global intrigue.