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The Weirdest Things Astronauts Have Seen In Space  

John Lemelman
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From a smattering of stars to a breathtaking view of Earth, astronauts see so many awe-inspiring things in space. But sometimes what they see is not only unbelievable but unexplainable - there are some truly creepy things astronauts have seen in space. Astronauts have reported seeing weird lights, extraterrestrials, and UFOs. It kind of makes you wonder if they really saw these things or if being in outer space was just messing with their minds.

These weird astronaut stories prove space is definitely not for the faint of heart. Some weird things astronauts have seen really make you wonder if alien conspiracy theorists might be right. Maybe the government does know about the existence of extraterrestrials and is covering it up. This list of weird things astronauts see in space will make you question what you believe. Vote up the weirdest things astronauts have seen while in space.
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Yang Liwei Heard A Mysterious Knock Outside His Ship
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In 2003, Yang Liwei became the first astronaut sent into space by the Chinese space program. He's said he heard "someone knocking the body of the spaceship just as knocking an iron bucket with a wooden hammer" on his maiden flight. He looked outside of the ship's porthole but was unable to find the source of the knocking. Considering space is a vacuum, it was even weirder that he heard a sound from outside the ship. 

Liwei is not alone in this discovery, either; other Chinese astronauts heard the sound on missions in 2005 and 2008.

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Story Musgrave Caught A Glimpse Of A Space Eel
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NASA astronaut Story Musgrave claims to have seen eel-like tubes swim through space. In an interview, he explains that he saw this creature on two separate occasions. While some immediately dismiss this as space junk - possibly some type of hose that detached from a spaceship - Musgrave is adamant that the white eel had its own propulsion technique.  

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Vladimir Kovalyonok May Have Watched A UFO Explode
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Maj. Gen. Vladimir Kovalyonok was part of a crew manning Salyut VI space station in 1981. "When I was working at the Salyut orbital station, I saw something strange in a porthole one day. The object was the size of a finger. I was surprised to see it was an orbiting object," said Kovalyonok.

He added:

It was hard to determine the size and the speed of an object in space. That is why I can not say exactly, which size it actually was. [My partner Viktor] Savinykh prepared to take a picture of it, but the UFO suddenly exploded. Only clouds of smoke were left. The object split into two interconnected pieces. It was reminiscent of a dumbbell. I reported about it to the Mission Control immediately.

Kovalyonok is one of the few astronauts to see something inexplicable in space and talk openly about it afterward. 

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Maj. Gordon Cooper Watched A Green Orb Approach Him Out Of The Darkness
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During Maj. Gordon Cooper's solo journey around Earth, he encountered more than just some space junk. Nearing the end of his 22-orbit trip around the planet, he suddenly noticed a green, glowing object approaching the Mercury capsule he was flying in. In fact, the rapid approach of the object was even picked up by the closest tracking station in Muchea, Australia.

Cooper even went on to describe the incident to the United Nations

I believe that these extraterrestrial vehicles and their crews are visiting this planet from other planets... Most astronauts were reluctant to discuss UFOs... I did have occasion in 1951 to have two days of observation of many flights of them, of different sizes, flying in fighter formation, generally from east to west over Europe.

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