In a recent series of interviews, European Space Agency astronaut and former International Space Station crew member Peake, 48, recounted the occasion when, while stargazing in orbit, he saw an unidentified flying object – or rather, several of them.

“This was at the end of the mission, and I was quite experienced about what you should see and what you shouldn’t see in space,” Peake recalled on ‘Good Morning Britain’ on Monday. 

“And I saw three lights flying in formation in the daytime, and the only time you see a light in the daytime is if it’s another spacecraft coming towards you.”

He quickly, and urgently, alerted his crewmates as they all scrambled to work out what the mysterious lights could be. They breathed a collective sigh of relief, and burst out laughing in the process, as the earthly origins of the phenomenon were revealed through careful examination.

“We couldn’t work it out – and then we finally realised it was Russian urine that was leaking from the Progress vehicle!” Peake said of the frozen, wayward waste matter, crystallized in the cold of space.

The first British astronaut to join the ISS crew, Peake spent six months on board the station, during which time he earned a Guinness World Record for the fastest orbital marathon.

He is currently due to participate in a second mission sometime between now and 2024. 

“I’m waiting by the phone,” Peake says.

Think your friends would be interested? Share this story!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

Coronavirus crisis could plunge half a billion people into poverty: Oxfam

LONDON (Reuters) – The fallout from the coronavirus spread that has killed more than 83,000 people and wreaked havoc on economies around the world could push around half a billion people into poverty, Oxfam said on Thursday. The report released…

Travel restrictions at U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico likely to be extended: U.S. official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Travel restrictions at the U.S. land borders with Canada and Mexico due to the novel coronavirus pandemic will likely be extended, a U.S. official told Reuters on Wednesday. The restrictions, which temporarily bar non-essential travel to limit…

One year into the job, Volodymyr Zelensky removes his mask

For a while, Volodymyr Zelensky’s rise to power seemed charmed. First, the one-time comic actor came from nowhere to beat incumbent president Petro Poroshenko in a famous landslide victory. Three months later, he called early parliamentary elections and improbably won…

Trump lawyer says former security official should be ‘drawn and quartered,’ while pastor calls for FIRING SQUADS

President Trump fired Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency head Chris Krebs earlier this month, after Krebs’ agency declared the presidential election “the most secure in American history.” With Trump’s legal team claiming fraud and fighting to overturn Joe Biden’s apparent…