A black UFO was spotted during Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket launch which has prompted claims of extraterrestrial life and a supposed ‘cover up’.
The billionaire, who owns Tesla motors and founded SpaceX, sparked an international media frenzy when he sent his Roadster car into space strapped to his company’s Falcon Heavy rocket.
But some people have spotted a black object in the video recorded from the rocket and have speculated on social media that it may be an actual UFO.
And so-called truthers have also hinted that the presence of an alien craft was covered up when video footage from the spacecraft cut out, the Daily Star reports.
One person wrote online: “My thought was a trans atmospheric skip vehicle, but I could just be hopeful.”
And another breathless enthusiast wrote: “Is that aliens!!! What is this?”
But other commenters brought the conspiracy theorists back down to earth, saying the unidentified flying object is probably just some human-made space junk or a satellite.
One commented: “It might even have just been another satellite in orbit. With all the c**p that’s up there, it’s far more likely that it’s debris or something that’s been in orbit for awhile than it was something secret.
“Tbh with every launch or space station video there’s always a ufo sighting on the video.”
SpaceX founder Elon Musk has sent his rocket to orbit Mars and he has also declared that humans would walk on the Red Planet in just a few decades.
The successful launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket this week “puts us in a completely different realm of what we can put into deep space, what we can send to Mars”, said analogue astronaut Kartik Kumar.
But the next step to Mars, he said, is to tackle non-engineering problems such as medical emergency responses and isolation.
“These are things I think can’t be underestimated,” Mr Kumar said.
So Musk’s goal of transporting life to Mars remains a dream for now, but truthers continue to watch the skies for signs that life may already be up there.