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Russian Cosmonaut Captures Satellite Passing Space Station

Shamil Zhumatov / Reuters

Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev caught video of a satellite flying by the International Space Station (ISS).  

Artemyev’s 25-second clip, posted on his social media channels Wednesday, shows the box-shaped satellite floating against the backdrop of Earth's blue atmosphere.

Artemyev is part of a rotating three-person crew of Russian, American and other astronauts who orbit around Earth and perform scientific research aboard the space station. His mission in March was the first ISS-bound launch of 2018.

The captivating image came only days after a jellyfish-shaped exhaust trail left by a rocket from a Russian military space launch sparked conspiracies about a UFO sighting.

An overnight meteor landing in central Russia on Thursday has also led to social media speculation over UFO sightings, as well as evoking memories of a 10,000-ton meteor that crashed in a ball of fire near Chelyabinsk in 2013.

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