Tomorrow, the Soyuz MH-14 will travel to the low-earth orbiting satellite with a Russian robot on board. Skybot F-850 will spend just over one week on the ISS, where it will “perform several tasks under the control of astronaut Alexander Skvortsov and will be able to communicate with the crew,” according to the Russian space agency Roscosmos. Ahead of the mission, bizarre footage has resurfaced of a previous Soyuz operation which caused quite a stir at the time.
The video shows the moment Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti docked with the space station alongside her Russian colleague Anton Shkaplerov.
She screams in what appears to shock during the final stage of the landing.
Almost immediately, Mr Shkaplerov can be heard saying “tiho, tiho, tiho,” which in Russian means “calm, calm, calm”.
The footage quickly went viral on social media, where some claimed two anomalies could be seen passing by during the video just before her outburst.
There really do seem to be objects there
Former UFO investigator for the Ministry of Defence, Nick Pope, stated: “This is unprecedented.
“Here she is, screaming in terror, what did Cristoforetti see?
“You can see on the video two small, but clearly defined objects passing across the camera.
“It’s not an optical illusion, it doesn’t appear to be an effect of the camera.
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“There really do seem to be objects there.”
However, Ms Cristoforetti had her own explanation for the bizarre incident, describing it as “almost alien”.
She said at the time: “I had released my shoulder straps quite a bit at that point, so I was floating over my seat.
“As I turned to look outside, at first I looked back and saw one of our Soyuz solar panels, which I had seen before of course.
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“Then my eyes caught something in the peripheral view.
“And as I slowly turned my gaze and when I realised what I was seeing, I was overcome by pure amazement and joy, the Space Station was there, but not just any view.
“The huge solar panels were flooded in a blaze of orange light, vivid, warm almost alien.”
Ms Cristoforetti continued: “I couldn’t help exclaiming something aloud, which you can probably hear in the recordings of our docking since at that point we were ‘hot mic’ with Mission Control.
“I didn’t know, but apparently there are only a few seconds during the day-night transition that the Station is lit by that amazing orange glow.
“And it happened to be exactly when I peeked outside.
“I feel very fortunate that I had such a unique first glimpse of our human outpost in space: such a great welcome.”
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