"But who are those stowaways watching us?"
Honestly, Kinda Cute
Ever feel like you're being watched?
ISS Cosmonaut Sergey Korsakov did during the undocking of Roscosmos spacecraft Progress MS-18, tweeting a photo of what appeared to be a pair of "stowaways" gripping to the side of the un-crewed freighter.
Progress MS-18 successfully undocked and departed. But who are those stowaways watching us?#progress #iss #прогресс #мкс pic.twitter.com/xVWMurNdMi
— Serg.Korsakov (@SergKorsakov) June 1, 2022
Korsakov has a knack for sharing fascinating imagery taken from the International Space Station, including a beautiful — and puzzling — snapshot of a Moon-shaped ice crystal discovered on an ISS window.
Twitter users chimed in with quips about who the endearing eyes might belong to. Daleks from "Doctor Who" and R2-D2 from "Star Wars" seemed to be the most popular answers, among a slew of other fictional characters. Gremlins also got a mention, which we don't totally see, but to each their own.
Thankfully, these surprising little space barnacles are really just lights captured at the right time, not spies from any evil alien civilizations lurking in the Milky Way. Probably.
An alien run-in at ISS right now, it's worth pointing out, would be terrible timing. The space travel community hasn't exactly been drama-free lately, due in large part to the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, as well as China's recent (and potentially sabotaged) efforts to expand its own space station.
But despite some reportedly awkward movie nights and false marooning rumors, relations between astronauts onboard the US-and-Russia controlled space station have remained birthday party-level peaceful. Which is encouraging, given the tension here on the ground. We could all use a laugh — and a moment of wonder — at a great photo by a space traveler.
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