In the 1980s Russian cosmonauts, onboard the Salyut-7 claimed that they saw huge alien beings flying through space on numerous occasions. This was not the only time cosmonauts of the same era witnessed this phenomena.
It wasn't long into the era of flights into space before people started reporting strange things happening out in the neverending abyss. In 1978, Vladimir Kovalyonok and Alexander Ivanchecko reported seeing an unidentified spacecraft that was flying under the orbital station, giving the impression that it was observing the Russian cosmonauts. Kovalyonok described what they saw as "like a flashing tennis ball".
Later on, in 1981, Kovalyonok whilst on the Salyut-6, again came into contact with a UFO. He claimed that the craft was moving erratically close to the station, almost as if it was pursuing them. He described how the UFO became transparent, and inside he could see there was some type of "jet engine". He recalled that after a short time there were two explosions which he said were caused by the contraction and expansion of whatever it was that he was watching.
"The object resembled a barbell. I saw it becoming transparent and like with a ‘body’ inside. At the other end, I saw something like gas discharging, like a reactive object. Then something happened that is very difficult for me to describe from the point of view of physics," Kovalyonok said. He also stated: “I have to recognize that it did not have an artificial origin. It was not artificial because an artificial object couldn’t attain this form. I don’t know of anything that can make this movement… tightening, then expanding, pulsating".
Another fascinating report was of an incident that occurred in 1980 during the flight of the Salyut-6 station, Leonid Popov and Valery Ryumin were onboard at the time. The cosmonauts took pictures of a group of sparkling spots that appeared to take off from the Russian capital, however, this case was kept confidential.
11 years after the event, photographs, and documents detailing the unidentified objects were publically announced, strangely enough, the evidence was lost as the event was declassified.
During the summer of 1984, the new Salyut-7 station was in space for 150 days. Onboard this time was Russian cosmonauts, Vladimir Solovyov, Leonid Kizim, and Oleg Atkov.
They reported seeing the whole space station suddenly become flooded with what they described as a bright orange light. As they looked through the windows they explained how they had seen several alien beings that were approximately 30 metres tall and were flying through space whilst appearing to smile.
Whilst in the presence of what they described as a clear "extraterrestrial race," the cosmonauts described how they had a feeling of calm and serenity overwhelm them. The crew members said that the beings that they witnessed flew at the same speed as the station for approximately 10 minutes, the crew put this down to hallucinations from fatigue.
Two weeks after this event, three more cosmonauts would join them at the space station, Igor Volk, Vladimir Dzhanibekov, and Svetlana Savitskaya.
After the additional crew members arrived on the Salyut-7, they also reported that it was illuminated by a powerful, blinding, orange glow. As they all looked through the windows, they all claimed to see the same alien creatures flying through space, still with a look that they described as a smile.
In 1990, the crew onboard the Mir space station also claimed to witness unidentified objects out in space. Gennady Manakov who was one of the witnesses described the object as a sphere that shimmered with silver, he explained how his observation only lasted for approximately 7 seconds before the object appeared to evaporate.
In 1993, cosmonaut Musa Manarov recorded video footage showing a luminous flying object, it is still in dispute as to whether what he filmed was actually an extraterrestrial craft, or simply space debris, whatever it was, it has still not been explained.
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