NASA Astronaut gets excited as 'Something Weird' flying over his head, 2013 (Video)

Two astronauts of Apollo 17 collect rock and soil samples and suddenly one of them gets really excited as he spots "something weird" flying over his head.

Normally NASA astronauts follow a "script" and they know exactly what and when to say. This astronaut however was too shocked by something he had never seen before. He forgets his "lines" and no longer follows the script. Instead a long and not planned discussion and conversation starts. The astronaut is truly amazed. Unlike his colleague, who seems to be in charge. The astronaut asks what these objects were that flew over his head. Than it becomes hilarious. Flabbergasted, the second astronaut does also not know what to say! This was not planned and not in the script. He is however aware of the fact that they are being watched by NASA officials.

After a short period of silence he says that it was a blast coming from the dial shaped disc of the high gain antenna on the rover (vehicle). More objects start flying over and again we hear genuine excitement. Then the astronaut realizes that he had said something he should not have said in front of the cameras and NASA. He reluctantly accepts the vague explanation. He is really annoyed and you hear sarcasm and disbelief in the undertone of his voice.

NASA tries to save this unpleasant situation and intervenes as CAPCOM confirms that it was a blast from the antenna and that it happened before.

According to the astronaut who clearly is in charge, this blast from the antenna is just "routine".

This is an interesting video. Styrofoam blowing up? This has happened before? When this really would be the case, would they not have taken countermeasures?

Space programs are planned with utmost precision and they do not take any risks with equipment and astronauts.

So what do you think after having seen the footage? Was it a blast from the antenna? Exploding styrofoam? An Comet/asteroid?  Or is someone not telling us the truth and these two astronauts had a couple "visitors" passing by.

You probably need to watch the video a couple times as it happens very fast! Unknown object at 0.38 and 0.39 seconds in the video.


Original video EVA-1 Close-out Journal Text: 123:27:46


  1. I don't know how styrofoam reacts in space, I suppose the air contained within can be sucked out with enough force to break a fragile structure. The astronauts reaction is entirely justified if he's new to the situation and never seen it before, I didn't construe his partners reaction to him as panicked, just maybe a little embarrassed for him. Interesting vid, sitting on the fence on this one.


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