Astronaut Tim Peake recalls 'perplexing' moment he thought he saw UFOs
Astronaut Tim Peake has recalled the moment he thought he saw UFOs while in space, dubbing the moment ‘perplexing’.
Speaking about the heart-stopping spot, Major Peake revealed this potential UFO wasn’t alien life but in fact droplets of ‘Russian urine’ from a probe vehicle.
Don’t you hate it when that happens?
In 2015 Major Peake became the first official British astronaut to join the International Space Station crew and during his mission earned a Guinness World Record for the fastest marathon in orbit.
Now recalling the potential UFO sighting, Major Peake, who spent six months in space, told The Graham Norton Show: ‘Space is very black and one day I was looking out and there were three lights moving in formation and then there was a fourth.
‘We were perplexed, until we realised that what we thought were the far away lights of alien spaceships were actually very close small droplets.’
He went on: ‘What was happening was liquid leaking out of a Russian probe vehicle, crystallising instantly and reflecting the light. What we were seeing was Russian urine.’
The astronaut, who has released his autobiography Limitless, appeared on the programme alongside Take That star Gary Barlow, Great British Bake Off’s Nadiya Hussain, comedian Richard Osman and all-round legend Mariah Carey – who joined from the US virtually.
Speaking about his book, Major Peake said it depicted ‘the journey from young boy to astronaut’, adding: ‘I feel a bit of a fraud because as a boy I had no ambitions at all of wanting to be an astronaut – I was obsessed with being a pilot.’
Asked by Barlow if he was scared going into space, the real like Starman said: ‘There is always a thought at the back of my mind that I am rolling the dice, but the overriding feeling is of adrenalin-fuelled excitement.
‘Walking in space feels incredibly exposed and the danger is palpable out there.’
But is he keen to return to space one day?
Seems a funny question when we can’t even travel to some areas of the country right now, but Major Peake replied: ‘I’d love to – absolutely. In fact, we are all slated for a second mission between now and 2024. I’m waiting by the phone.’
The Graham Norton Show airs on BBC One on Friday at 10.45pm and is also available on BBC iPlayer.
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