The Infamous NASA Tether Incident with UFOs

Anyone who has watched several videos on the UFO phenomenon has probably seen the NASA STS-75 tether experiment video with weird floating things around a stick (allegedly) in space. UFO researchers usually describe the floating things as UFOs. The official explanation, apparently, is that they are debris illuminated by the sun. I don’t believe in either explanation.


Back when I saw the video, 10 years ago or so, I didn’t know what to think of it. The “UFOs” looked more like jellyfish, amoebas, or at least something organic, whereas as my preconception was if they were UFOs they should be round, metallic flying saucers. The whole video confused me. Back then me, and many other conspiracy minded people, expected NASA to have a Secret Space Program of some sort, and possibly be hiding an extraterrestrial presence.

Nowadays, myself, and many others (which is a good reason to remain skeptical of this concept as well), question whether NASA really ever had anything to do with space exploration, except maybe faking the notion that they really do send astronauts and probes out into space. There are also some videos suggesting that some, if not all, of the footage supposedly showing astronauts in space were actually filmed underwater. With this in mind, the tether experiment starts to make more sense.


The Official Story

Before I explain what I think is going on in the video, I’m going to go over some official facts about the tether experiment. The STS-75 mission was conducted between February and March of 1996. The primary objective was to put a Tethered Satellite System into orbit and attach a tether, or a cable, to it. The more specific objectives were according NASA’s website:

“[C]haracterize the current-voltage response of the TSS-orbiter system, characterize the satellites high-voltage sheath structure and current collection process, demonstrate electric power generation, verify tether control laws and basic tether dynamics, demonstrate the effect of neutral gas on the plasma sheath and current collection, characterize the TSS radio frequency and plasma wave emissions and characterize the TSS dynamic-electrodynamic coupling.”

On top of that they also flew a “Microgravity Payload (USMP3-)designed to investigate materials science and condensed matter physics.” I don’t really know what all of these things mean. I’m no astrophysicist. I also don’t know if the experiment actually occurred or not, and whether it was a complete hoax or not.

Wikipedia and NASA articles do not even mention the infamous UFO footage. Instead I had to go to RationalWiki to read what the official explanation for the UFOs is. It goes as follows:

“NASA mission video recordings of the tether experiment show what appear to be a number of bright objects swirling around the tether. Astronaut Franklin Chang-Diaz explained the bright spots seen near the tether were ‘a little bit of debris that kind of flies with us’ that was illuminated by the sun.”

The debris does look alive and somewhat autonomous, and not like inanimate debris, to me. But what do I know.


Underwater UFOs

Now that we got the official story out of the way, I can discuss what I think is going on in the video. I am talking about the video now. I don’t know whether the actual STS-75 experiment occurred or not. Perhaps the experiment did take place, but the video was hoaxed for whatever reason.

Anyway, I already mentioned that the video looks like there are amoebas or other organic lifeforms in it. I think the video was filmed underwater. I have two different scenarios on it. How the “debris” or the “UFOs” move looks like they are alive to me. One scenario is that the footage was actually filmed up there in what is usually called space, but instead of an empty void up there, there is actually water up there as the Bible suggests. If there is water up there, clearly NASA isn’t telling everything about it, so there might be some sort of nautical lifeforms up there as well.

The second, and more likely, scenario is that the footage was filmed in a bucket full of water under a microscope. There tether in the picture is not actually some huge thing out in space, but a small needle in a pool of water. With a microscope shooting at it, it’s supposed to look big. The “UFOs” are actually some sort of microbial lifeforms that were either deliberately or accidentally released into the water. Perhaps NASA wanted to create this UFO controversy over the video for some reason, or a whistleblower wanted to sabotage the fake video.

Now that I look at the footage with new eyes, it looks like it’s underwater. I probably would not associate the video with outer space unless I had been told it.


Sex in Space

The Wikipedia article does not mention the alleged UFOs, but it does mention another interesting tidbit: an allegedly fraudulent NASA document that claimed STS-75 was studying sex in microgravity. Apparently “Document 12-571-3570” was published on a Usenet newsgroup in November 28, 1989. It claimed that:

“[A]stronauts aboard space shuttle mission STS-75 performed a variety of sex acts to determine which positions are most effective in zero gravity. The document goes on to report that of the 10 positions tested, six required the use of a belt and an inflatable tunnel, while four were contingent on hanging on. The document also discusses a video record of the 10 one-hour sessions in the lower deck of the shuttle, and notes that the subjects added their own personal footnotes to help scientists.”

This document was published in 1989, seven years before the “real” STS-75 tether experiment. I don’t know if these claims of sex in space were just a joke, or other kind of hoax, or if there is any truth behind it. I don’t even know whether NASA, or any other human agency, has ever gone into space or not. If all the claims of going to space are false, then claims of studying sex in space would be false too. However, I don’t find Wikipedia’s logic for debunking the document very convincing: “The real STS-75 mission occurred in 1996, 7 years after the text was published, and consisted of an all-male crew, clearly indicating that the document is a hoax.”

I don’t think seven male astronauts, many of whom are probably Freemasons or other Luciferians occultists, having sex with each other is a far-out concept. Perhaps the goal of NASA is to boldly sodomize where no-man has sodomized before. Maybe the Microgravity Payload aboard the shuttle referred to microgravity cumload.



Whatever the truth behind the “sex in space” document is, I don’t find either of the usual explanations on the tether video plausible. I don’t think the pulsating things are spaceships, nor do I think they are merely debris. I think the whole thing was filmed underwater for whatever reason.


EDIT: I found a Youtube video saying similar things about the tether video. They beat me to it by a week.





STS-75 incident:

Document 12-571-3570:

The tether incident:



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