European Space Agency (ESA) Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti was Italy’s first woman in space. However, she is making headlines for an entirely different reason. Cristofeoretti can be heard on live recordings from the International Space Station (ISS) docking shouting as she saw something she described as “almost alien.” The exclamation can be heard on the video and many UFO enthusiasts also point out that the video shows a strange orb passing in the distance prior to her shouts of excitement.
After the noticeable excitement on the video, many were wondering what Cristoforetti actually saw that caused such a response so she took to Google+ to give an explanation for the shout. Cristoforetti explains she “wasn’t prepared in the least for what I saw when we were at about 30-40 meters [from the Space Station].”