- Sightings were made by astronauts in space and on the ground in Russia
- Images captured at the same time as a Russian Topol RS-12M missile test
- Russian missile tests have been mistaken for UFOs before in 2009 and 2012
06:03 EST, 15 October 2013
06:09 EST, 15 October 2013
An eerie ghost cloud was seen forming high in Earth’s atmosphere by astronauts on board the International Space Station on Thursday.
‘Saw something launch into space today. Not sure what it was but the cloud it left behind was pretty amazing,’ tweeted Nasa astronaut Mike Hopkins.
That same night YouTube videos revealed incredible footage of the same mysterious glow lighting up the clouds in Russia.
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The image was captured from the International Space Station by Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano. His colleague Mike Hopkins tweeted: ‘Saw something launch into space today. Not sure what it was but the cloud it left behind was pretty amazing’
‘In the past, such launches have been seen over a wide area, as far away as Israel and Syria, and reported as UFOs. … If the weather was clear, we might expect some spectacular videos to show up on YouTube and RUTube.’
Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano’s picture from the International Space Station shows the trail left behind by a Russian missile launch