According to the YouTube user, he concluded that NASA is covering up evidence of aliens after the agency's spacecraft that monitors the Sun suddenly went offline after he directed public attention to a "UFO" in the agency's video feed.
reported that on May 5, the YouTube user 'rob19791," posted a YouTube video showing a mysterious "object" hovering very close to the Sun.
According to Digital Journal
, NASA's Solar Heliospheric Observatory captured the image that looked like a spacecraft hovering close to the Sun. UFO enthusiasts proclaimed the photo proof of an alien spacecraft equipped with technology that can withstand the Sun's heat. A blogger described the alleged "alien spacecraft" parked near the Sun as a "metallic, jointed spaceship with a gigantic extension, perhaps a boom arm, anchored off its lower end." UFO seekers freely speculated that the alien craft parked near the Sun was probably harvesting solar energy.
But Digital Journal
reported that scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory said the image is probably a collection of streaks created by cosmic rays impacting on the camera's CCD sensor. Nathan Rich of the NRL's solar physics branch, explained: "The streaks in question are consistent with energetic particle (proton) impacts on the CCD, something which is apparent in just about every image. These artifacts do not persist from image to image."
But according to "rob19791," who is accusing NASA of cover-up, one day after UFO forums picked the message that a UFO was hovering close to the Sun, NASA shut down the video feed claiming that it had gone into "emergency Sun reacquisition mode."
YouTube user "rob19791" has issued a protest in response, saying: "This is a cover up to prevent us from seeing these things again. NASA must have seen this video and started making plans to change the way you and I are allowed to view it." He added: 'I think this is proof that NASA are covering this up. NASA are clearly trying to stop us looking at the Sun."
The purported May 5 sighting of an alien craft "harvesting solar energy" is the second in recent times. Digital Journal
reported in March that images of the Sun captured by NASA equipment showed a dark orb connected to the Sun by a dark filament. The images appeared to show the orb detaching from the Sun and flying out into space. UFO hunters claimed the orb was a space-ship. A YouTube viewer newly converted to belief in UFOs from the video "evidence" said: "I have been quite skeptical about this topic; but after watching this video, I am totally puzzled as to what that is. It looks almost like it is harvesting energy from the sun. I would be interested to know if that things changed in size while it was attached to the sun."
But, again, NASA scientists contested the claim saying: "the images capture what astronomers call a solar prominence, a form of solar activity that is often observed but which scientists still do not understand very well. According to Joseph Gurman, project scientist at the Solar physics Laboratory, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, the filament or thread observed in the image is a solar prominence that contains cooler and denser plasma than the surrounding hotter corona at 3.5 million-degree Fahrenheit. A solar prominence extends as a bright feature into space from the Sun's surface. It often forms a loop anchored to the Sun's surface in the photosphere, but extends outwards into the corona."
Related to the March and June sightings was yet another in December 2011. Digital Journal
reported UFO seekers claimed that NASA images had revealed a massive planet-size alien mother ship hiding in the "shadow" of planet Mercury. According to Digital Journal
, what looked to UFO hunters like a massive alien ship parked next to planet Mercury appeared on a sequence of images of Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) from the Sun taken by a NASA telescope.
reported that "The image appeared next to Mercury as a massive blob on the sequence of images by NASA telescopes." A UFO hunter insisted that there was absolutely no "explanation for the nearly Mercury-size mystery object other than that it's a spaceship. What object in space cloaks itself and doesn't appear until it gets hit by energy from the Sun?"
However, scientists explained the observation saying that "the 'alien ship really is the 'ghost' of the image of Mercury taken the previous day. According to the experts, to ensure that the CME being tracked stands out clearly visible, astronomers compare new images taken with previous ones and eliminate or subtract images that appear twice as 'interfering background light.'" Scientists explained that "the image is simply an artifact left over from the way raw HI-1 telescope data gets processed. Rather than a UFO mothership parked near Mercury, the bright spot is 'where the planet was on the previous day.'"
It looks from all indications that NASA will be embroiled in a running battle with UFO hunters over claims of "proof" of alien spaceships from NASA's images. It seems evident, also, that any attempt by NASA to restrict access or censor its images to prevent rumors and speculations will only further fuel rumors of NASA and government "cover-up."