Brit astronaut saw four ‘UFOs’ on ISS before realising it was urine

Tim Peake is one of the few Brits to have travelled in space and the first to have walked in space.

But even a trained astronaut like Tim can be fooled into thinking the perfectly natural liquids are UFOs.

Tim spent six months aboard the International Space Station (ISS) in 2015. Speaking on the Graham Norton Show he recalled one incredible moment while he was on the space station when he was sure he had seen visitors from another world.

He called his fellow astronauts over to the ISS viewing port to ask them what they thought the “three lights moving in formation” might be.

As the stunned astronauts watched, the three objects were joined by a fourth one.

“We were perplexed, until we realised that what we thought were the far away lights of alien spaceships were actually very close small droplets,” he explained.

“What was happening was liquid leaking out of a Russian probe vehicle, crystallising instantly and reflecting the light. What we were seeing was Russian urine.”

Despite his natural disappointment at not being the first human to make contact with an extraterrestrial civilisation he says he’d love to return to the stars: “In fact,” he said, “we are all slated for a second mission between now and 2024. I’m waiting by the phone.”

Tim, 48, also showed up on Good Morning Britain and told Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid about his hilarious “UFO encounter.”

He says that when he saw the unidentified flying urine he already had plenty of space experience: "This was at the end of the mission, and I was quite experienced about what you should see and what you shouldn't see in space.”

Nevertheless he was fooled by the frozen urine leaking from the Russian Progress model: "It was crystallising and reflecting the light back at us…so it wasn't quite the first contact experience that we had been hoping for.”

He told Susanna and Piers that the most common question he is asked by children and, sometimes adults, is how astronauts go to the toilet in space. He says the most remarkable thing about that is that urine is recycled back into drinking water within 24 hours.

Apart from the small amount that becomes a UFO, that is.

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