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Conspiracy theorists claim that the object seen in overhead images of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory could be a crashed alien UFO or what that NASA was testing after using extraterrestrial technology to reverse engineer one.
The UFO was seen in Google Earth images “parked” in a number of locations at the end of a runway at the laboratory in Pasadena, California, according to alien hunters.
A video of the alleged discovery emerged on YouTube and was been picked up by other UFO websites, including ufosightingsdaily.com.
Scott C Waring, UFO Sightings Daily editor, blogged: “Here is an eyebrow-raising discovery found on Google Earth map by YouTube user Name Shame.
“He found an actual flying saucer parked near the secret military laboratory on the mountain top.”
But, sceptics and debunkers have now spoiled the party for conspiracy theorists after finding out it was something completely hand made.
Scott Brando, who runs hoax-busting website ufoofinterest.org, has identified antenna equipment at the part of the laboratory which is an identical match for the alleged UFO.
There is even a page on the laboratory’s website explaining what the disc is.
Mr Brando tweeted: “Has #NASA been hiding a #UFO captured by #GoogleEarth? Here’s the possible explanation.”
Mr Waring had genuinely believed he had found a UFO being secretly hidden there by the space agency.
He earlier blogged: “It’s in the perfect position where no one would be able to see it since its on a hilltop at the highest point in the city with mountain walls on all sides and a military fence around the facility.
“So, what we see here is an alien craft being experimented on at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and since its parked outside, it’s probably parked there because it’s too much trouble to move it back and forth nightly for test flights.
“As you can see, it’s on a road track that goes into the building, then later its off the track hidden near the bushes.”
But, according to Nasa the laboratory is where the US’s first Earth-orbiting science satellite was made.
On the NASA website it says: “In addition to its missions, JPL developed and manages NASA’s Deep Space Network, a worldwide system of antennas that communicates with interplanetary spacecraft.”
Sometimes the truth is less strange than fiction it seems.