The NASA Selfie That’s Been Driving Conspiracy Theorists Wild

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Conspiracy theorists have many tools in their arsenal with which to seek the truth about extra-terrestrial life.

So when some UFOlogists spotted a flying saucer spaceship parked up outside NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, amid a lot of squinting at the online image, they were convinced they’d uncovered an instance of human contact with aliens.

But sometimes the internet can be a little misleading, particularly when it comes to satellite imagery courtesy of Google Earth, shot from drones miles and miles above terra firma.

UFO hoax busters, UFO Of Interest, quickly proved the ‘flying saucer’ was in fact the Californian facility’s 3000 Foot Range antenna.

Just to add insult to injury though, two research scientists based at the Jet Propulsion Lab shared a selfie with the suspected ‘unidentified flying object’.

Engineer Nacer Chahat took to Twitter to share a photograph with the “flying saucer”.

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He wrote:

Here is what you think is a UFO. The only alien is me.

That’s one burn that is out of this world.


Francesca Donovan

Francesca Donovan

A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you've never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.