A photograph from the Apollo 9 mission is buzzing on the Internet, as a peculiar black triangle UFO has been spotted in the background lately. This photograph was taken by one of NASA’s astronauts during a spacewalk on March 8, 1969. Could it be some kind of alien craft or again Black Knight Satellite?
Appearing to be thousands of miles away from the astronauts and seemingly lingering in the outer atmosphere of the Earth, the object has drawn comparisons to the Black Knight satellite, an alleged clandestine craft that conspiracy theorists believe is orbiting our planet and being kept secret by the proverbial ‘powers that be.’ Should the image look familiar to dedicated UFO researchers, that’s because it was not actually recently discovered as it has been circulating on various forums and websites for the past few years and, every few months, it winds up being heralded as a ‘new’ find.
As for what the object could be, if it is not an alien craft or an ET satellite, fastidious UFO researcher Scott Brando argues that the anomaly is, in fact, merely a photographic imperfection that was produced when the original NASA images were processed digitally back in 2004. This would seem to explain how it was ‘hiding in plain’ sight for decades until it was noticed by researchers studying Apollo images online.
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On March 3, 1986, a well-known UFO researcher Bruce Maccabee received a phone call from a man referred to him by Budd Hopkins. The man named James Bounds wanted Maccabee to analyze one photo that was swiped by his friend from the weather office at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage on October 11, 1978.
Maccabee did a deep analysis of the photo and the results were fascinating. The colored photo was derived from a DMSP satellite negative (as shown below). It had a rectangular object that he described as an automobile without wheels.
In his report, Maccabee wrote: “Because of the shape of its rather sharp outline and the dark rectangular area within the image, the AI looks somewhat like an automobile without wheels viewed obliquely from above.” Behind the object, there were curved white lines that looked similar to vapor trails produced by aircraft engine exhaust.
He concluded that if the DMSP photo would have been available soon after it had been taken then he could determine the other satellites’ location, their dimension, and space junk orbiting in 1978. In the end, he said: “If there was no such satellite, then this could have truly been classified as an unidentifiable object.”
In 1979, Soviet astrophysicist Sergei Bosich made a claim that shocked the scientists from the US & UK. According to him, he discovered an alien spaceship, scattered in pieces and orbiting the Earth.
Although it was almost impossible to get the information about Soviet internal matters, this story somehow reached the front page of the American weekly “National Enquirer.” Later, it was reprinted by the popular British tabloid “Reveille” under the title “Sensation In Space.”
A popular Soviet sci-fiction writer Alexander P. Kazantsev, who was also known as a pioneer of Soviet UFOlogy, estimated that the spacecraft was at least 200 feet long and 100 feet wide. He said: “It had small domes housing telescopes, saucer antennae for communication, and portholes.”
Some experts tried to link the Russian story with an article published in the journal Icarus in 1969 by the US scientist John Bagby. He claimed to have found at least 10 moonlets that were formed on December 18, 1955, after a parent body broke. His evidence was criticized by Belgian astronomer Jean Meeus, who called his story “groundless.”
Although the mystery was never solved, some people considered that it was the Black Knight Satellite. At the same time, others suggest that the Russian government was expecting to launch a joint mission with other countries, in particular, the United States to retrieve the spacecraft debris. Whatever could be the reason behind this case, it became a sensation and was also forgotten without any satisfactory remark.
Many UFO experts were stunned after seeing the UFO photograph taken by astronaut James McDivitt in low Earth’s orbit. They called it one of the “best UFO photos ever made.” Obviously, NASA remained skeptical about the image. Even the space agency insisted that there was nothing peculiar in it. It could be a terrestrial object, either the Americans or Soviets. At the same time, other skeptics suggested that it might have been McDivitt’s booster rocket.
Astronaut McDivitt had never acknowledged the object in the photograph to be extraterrestrial, which is not surprising. His words on the subject are (as reported in FATE magazine, June 1974):
“I was flying with Ed White. He was sleeping at the time, so I don’t have anybody to verify my story. We were drifting in space with the control engines shut down, and all the instrumentation off (when) suddenly (an object) appeared in the window. It had a very definite shape — a cylindrical object — it was white — it had a long arm that stuck out on the side. I don’t know whether it was a very small object up close or a very large object a long ways away.”
Is Black Knight satellite Mystery Solved?
The conspiracy behind the alleged Black Knight satellite has been around for more than 120 years. A lot of the earliest discoveries that have been linked to the Black Knight satellite theory relate to radio signals. A series of images from 1998 were taken during STS-88, the first space shuttle mission to the International Space Station (ISS).
There, for all to see, were images released by NASA that showed a black object hovering above our planet in low Earth orbit. STS-88 astronaut Jerry Ross pointed out that the ISS was in the midst of being constructed when the images were taken. He said the US astronauts team was on its way to attach the American module to the Russians when cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev took the photos.
According to Former NASA engineer James Oberg, “they are probably some of the weirdest-looking 70-mm photos to ever come out of the space shuttle program.” He added: “And apparently a NASA website update made the original links inoperative, sparking concerns over a cover-up. All normal journalistic practices — determining the timeline, asking witnesses, searching for the wider context — were skipped.”
Are the objects seen in the Apollo 9 photographs and STS-88 mission the same? Is the alleged Black Knight just the debris leftover from a spacewalk during the first space shuttle mission to the International Space Station in 1998?