Urban legends and conspiracy theories develop in the fields that humans live and imagine. It makes sense that, as we started to know more about outer space, the galaxies, and the universe itself, urban legends and conspiracy theories found a new territory to explore.
We now have fantastic stories that not only take place on our planet but also stories and elucubrations that transcend the atmosphere and watch us from above. Such is the case of the “Black Knight” Satellite.
In 1998, a series of photos showing what appears to be a strange black object surfaced to the public. Quickly, speculations started to rise and many people started to link those images to old tales and findings that suggested the existence of the Black Knight Satellite, a spacecraft that supposedly has been orbiting the Earth for 13,000 years.
Maybe the first one to come up with the theory of the Black Knight Satellite was no other than Nikola Tesla, the extravagant Serbian American scientist, back in 1899. Back in the time, Tesla started picking up and recording an unknown signal that he thought originated in outer space. It wasn’t until the 1930s that the first confirmed radio signals from space were detected and we had to wait until the 1960s to be able to detect the sources of those signals.
Even though it was found that the radio waves received by scientists, and probably the ones received by Tesla, were a natural emission from a type of star called Pulsar, the legend of a mysterious satellite lurking on the Earth was spread enough and it would be very difficult to argue.
Official information from NASA tried to clarify the photos from 1998. Apparently, during the construction of the International Space Station (ISS), astronaut Jerry Ross had a problem with a thermal blanket and the object fell off.
Another astronaut, Sergei Krikalev, took his 70 mm camera and took a series of pictures of the blanket floating in space. A couple of days later, the blanket entered the atmosphere and disintegrated. NASA cataloged the object as “space trash” and assigned the code 025570 to it.
As we could expect, people convinced of the existence of the Black Knight Satellite didn’t buy NASA’s version. It didn’t help that the photos were taken out of the NASA website and couldn’t be found again. So even though there’s evidence that the mysterious satellite is only an urban legend or a conspiracy theory, there are still people out there who think that an alien spacecraft has been lurking on the Earth for thousands of years.