Scott Kelly is a former NASA astronaut who commanded the International Space Station (ISS) on Expeditions 26,45 and 46. On March 27, 2015, Kelly Soyuz launched the TMA-16M at the marked beginning of a year in space. He detailed his journey on social media and sent regular updates.
However, a picture he hit aboard the ISS received more attention than the rest.
On November 15, Kelly tweeted a picture of India from outer space, the text: "Day 233. Once upon a #star of Southern India # Goodnight from @space_station! #YearInSpace."
At first glance, the photograph just seemed to show the South Asian country illuminated at night.
However, the space buffs were quick to notice a small, white object in the upper right corner that seemed to be out of place.
An answer reads: "What's in the upper right corner?"
Another added, "What's in the TOP RIGHT HAND CORNER?!"
A third question mark: "Is it a UFO on top of the frame?"
And a four flat-out claimed: "Great shots of a UFO Scott."
But these theories were quickly debunked, with some revealing "UFOs" actually being part of the space station.
High Definition Earth-Viewing System, mounted on the outside of the European Space Agency's Columbus Module and resembles a similar shape to that of the image.
HDEV contains several HD cameras enclosed in two temperature controlled containers that are covered with reflective material.
Today marks 31 years since the first "human satellite" was launched.
On February 7, 1984, Bruce McCandless became the first human to fly unbundled in space as he left the American space shuttle Challenger and maneuvered using a rocket backpack.
McCandless encircled the Earth tangibly with the shuttle at speeds greater than 17,500 miles per hour and flew up to 320 meters away from Challenger.
After an hour and a half testing and flying the jet-powered backpack and admiring ground, McCandless repeatedly repeated the shuttle.