Former NASA astronaut Leland Melvin recently confessed that he had a bizarre encounter in space during one of his Space Shuttle missions, reports the British media outlet Metro.
The story was also picked up by the Daily Mail, which states that the strange sighting happened while Melvin was orbiting Earth aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis.
Everything transpired last week on Twitter, in a conversation between Melvin and Scott C. Waring, who runs the site UFO Sightings Daily. When asked by Waring if he had ever seen a UFO, the former astronaut admitted to having witnessed something peculiar in Earth's orbit.
According to his description, he caught a glimpse of "something organic, alien-like" floating in space right next to the spacecraft's payload bay.
"I have not seen one [a UFO] in space or on the ground, but thought I saw something organic/alien like floating out of the payload bay," Melvin shared on Twitter.
The former astronaut added that the thing he saw was "translucent, curved, organic looking" — perplexing enough to warrant a call to NASA.
What's more, Melvin said that NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik, who also was on board the Atlantis at the time, saw the same thing. But when the two spacemen called Ground Control to report their sighting, the unsettling appearance was put down to a piece of ice breaking off from the spacecraft's freon hose.