astronaut says he does not believe other astronauts when they say they
have never seen anything unusual in space.
astronaut, USSR Hero Vladimir Kovalenok spent 217 days of his life living in space. The
astronaut does not exclude the existence of extraterrestrial
civilizations. "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," Kovalenko
said at the press conference in Moscow on Friday.
The astronaut added he called his
partner Viktor Savinykh to take a look at the unidentified object in
space. "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.
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 dumb-bell. I reported
about it to the Mission Control immediately," the astronaut said.
Vladimir Kovalenok said they had
not managed to photograph the object, Interfax reports.
"The Soviet press headlined the
event widely. Soviet newspapers and magazines published a lot of
about it, but they were mostly critical articles. Journalists excluded
the existence of the extraterrestrial reason," Kovalenok was quoted as
saying. The astronaut said nobody knows, what happened that day, when he
saw the strange object in space. "It was probably a UFO, but it was
definitely not mysticism - two people watched it at the same time," said
When on Earth, Kovalenok learned
specialists had registered considerable radiation emission the day the
astronaut saw the object. "I do not believe it when astronauts say they
have never seen anything extraordinary in space," concluded Kovalenok.