Conspiracy theorists are convinced extra terrestrials have hacked and destroyed probes designed to explore the galaxy as a warning to humans.
They have highlighted such bizarre events as when a UFO was seen seconds before the SpaceX rocket exploded in 2016 and before a Russian probe to Mars’ moon vanished.
These strange occurrences, as far-fetched as it seems, have sparked theories that intelligent lifeforms are closely monitoring our galactic missions.
A SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket carrying a satellite Amos-6, which would have extended Facebook’s broadband across the globe, exploded three minutes before a scheduled fire test.
Elon Musk’s company blamed an anomaly in the oxygen taken as they were loading propellant into the rocket.
However eagle-eyed conspiracy theorists had a different take.
They spotted a strange object – described as like a “grey orb” – which appears a second before the rocket explodes into a ball of flames.
And they were convinced this was a UFO or even a drone.
Some claimed the Pentagon had fired a weapon next to the rocket because SpaceX is becoming a competitor with its military satellites.
Sceptics said the UFO was simply a bird that appeared far bigger from a distance.
When Musk was asked about extra-terrestrial life, he replied on Twitter: “It is unknown whether we are the only civilisation currently alive in the observable universe, but any chance that we are is added impetus for extending life beyond Earth.”
In another reply on the social media site, the South African entrepreneur said: “There are no aliens, officially at least.”
Nasa Voyager 2
NASA’s Voyager 2 probe, launched in August 1977 to study outer planets, is the only spacecraft to have visited the icy giants Uranus and Neptune.
It has been the third most-distant man made object from Earth and remains in contact with the space agency’s headquarters.
In 2010 something very strange happened.
Voyager 2 began transmitting unreadable data for several weeks prompting speculation that it had been hacked.
A German pseudoscience author Hartwig Hausdorf suggested aliens had tampered with the equipment in deep space.
“It seems almost as if someone has reprogrammed or hijacked the probe – thus perhaps we do not yet know the whole truth,” he said.
However NASA has a simpler explanation, blaming the malfunction on the memory of an on-board computer which within weeks was fully operational again.
While the science data was unintelligible, they insisted the probe was neither hacked or reprogrammed.
It is suggested a cosmic ray from a solar storm could have struck the spacecraft.
Russia Mars moon probe
Russia launched satellite probes Phobos 1 and 2 to explore the Martian moon of the same name in 1988.
One was reportedly lost because of an error with radio command.
But the second probe reached the Moon and began sending back pictures of the atmosphere and the surroundings.
The incredible image showed some very strange objects, including what appeared to be a very thin eclipse shape on the moon’s surface.
Shortly before the probe disappeared for ever, it sent back a photo showing a huge object between the spacecraft and Mars.
Conspiracy nuts claim the UFO was a giant cylindrical spaceship which they suggested cast the previous eclipse type shadow on the surface.
They believed it was the “first ever leaked account of an alien mothership in the solar system”.