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It might sound like the plot to a Hollywood science fiction blockbuster, but an astronaut claims to have seen an 'organic, alien-like' creature on the Space Shuttle.

Nasa engineer Leland Melvin made the astonishing claims during a discussion with a conspiracy theorist on social media.

The former NFL football player says I spotted the creature in the payload bay of the space shuttle Atlantis, which was in orbit above the Earth at the time.

When told about Nasa about the sighting, space agency experts said Melvin the most likely explanation was ice had broken off from the shuttle and it was the movement of these floating shards that caught his eye.

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It may sound like the plot to Hollywood sci-fi blockbuster, but an astronaut claims to have seen an 'organic, alien-like' creature. Nasa engineer Leland Melvin (pictured) made the astonishing claims during a discussion with a conspiracy theorist on social media

It may sound like the plot to Hollywood sci-fi blockbuster, but an astronaut claims to have seen an 'organic, alien-like' creature. Nasa engineer Leland Melvin (pictured) made the astonishing claims during a discussion with a conspiracy theorist on social media

The revelation was made during an exchange on social network Twitter, held between Mr Melvin, 54, who worked as an engineer aboard the shuttle, and Scott C. Waring, who runs the site UFO Sightings Daily.

Mr Waring asked: 'What's your outlook about the existence of intelligent alien life living in our solar system? Have you ever witnessed a UFO? '

Mr Melvin responded he had seen something 'translucent, curved, organic looking' when he was working with colleague Randy Bresnik.

I have joked: 'I was about to say' Houston we have a problem "but know everyone spins-up when those words are uttered from a space vehicle.

The pair called the ground to ask Nasa what it could be and were toll that the sighting was probably ice that had broken away and floated of the Freon hoses.

Mr Melvin dismissed claims by the UFO enthusiast that Nasa's explanation was a cover up but did it admit 'you never know.'

Speaking to MailOnline, Nigel Watson, author of UFOs of the First World War, said: 'I think Leland is winding up alien fans, and as suggested it was probably an ice formation he saw.

'Fortunately, he did not test this explanation by going too close to it, otherwise he might have shot upwards to cling to his face and we all know what happens next.'

The former NFL football player (pictured) says he spotted the object in the payload bay of the space shuttle Atlantis, which was in orbit above the Earth at the time

The former NFL football player (pictured) says he spotted the object in the payload bay of the space shuttle Atlantis, which was in orbit above the Earth at the time

Space agency experts told Mr Melvin (pictured waving) that the most likely explanation was that he had broken off of the shuttle.

Space agency experts told Mr Melvin (pictured waving) that the most likely explanation was that he had broken off of the shuttle.

The comments were made during a Twitter exchange between Mr Melvin, 54, who worked as an engineer aboard the shuttle and Scott C. Waring, who runs the site UFO Sightings Daily. Mr Melvin dismissed claims that Nasa's explanation was a cover up

The comments were made during a Twitter exchange between Mr Melvin, 54, who worked as an engineer aboard the shuttle and Scott C. Waring, who runs the site UFO Sightings Daily. Mr Melvin dismissed claims that Nasa's explanation was a cover up

Nasa launched its first space shuttle, Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-1), from the Kennedy Space Center on April 12, 1981.

In the third year of the following, deployed to a total of 135 missions from US soil.

The shuttle missions came to an end with the Atlantis shuttle (STS-135), which flew 33 missions during its service, on July 21, 2011.

This is not the first time the space agency has been accused of covering up evidence of extra terrestrial life.

Various objects snapped near the International Space Station have been claimed to be alien in origin by conspiracy theorists.

In March, researcher Barry DiGregorio at Buckingham University claimed the Curiosity rover snapped trace fossils created by soft-bodied creatures on Mars.

Images beamed back to Earth from Curiosity appear to show patterns similar to Ordovician trace fossils Dr DiGregorio has photographed here on Earth, I have claimed.

Trace fossils are made by animals going about their lives, like footprints, burrows and waste matter, rather than the remains of the creatures themselves.

According to Nasa, the shapes captured in images from Mars are simply rock crystals that are currently undergoing analysis.

Nasa launched its first space shuttle, Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-1), from the Kennedy Space Center on April 12, 1981. The shuttle missions came to an end with the Atlantis shuttle, pictured launching in this stock image

Nasa launched its first space shuttle, Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-1), from the Kennedy Space Center on April 12, 1981. The shuttle missions came to an end with the Atlantis shuttle, pictured launching in this stock image

The Atlantis shuttle flew 33 missions during its service, but was grounded on July 21, 2011. In the years since, NASA had to rely on Russian modules to send astronauts to the ISS, all of which launch from foreign soil

The Atlantis shuttle flew 33 missions during its service, but was grounded on July 21, 2011. In the years since, NASA had to rely on Russian modules to send astronauts to the ISS, all of which launch from foreign soil

WHEN DID NASA LAST LAUNCH CREWED MISSIONS FROM THE US?

Shuttle Columbia is shown during lift-off from the Kennedy Space Center in 2003

Shuttle Columbia is shown during lift-off from the Kennedy Space Center in 2003

NASA launched its first space shuttle, Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-1), from the Kennedy Space Center on April 12, 1981.

In the third year of the following, deployed to a total of 135 missions from US soil.

Columbia was only the beginning; following in its footsteps, NASA launched Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavor to carry people to orbit.

These launches also allowed for the construction of the International Space Station – the largest structure in space, that's now home to a crew of astronauts from all around the world, conducting important experiments that continue to advance our knowledge of the cosmos.

The shuttle missions came to an end with the Atlantis shuttle on July 21, 2011 after STS-135.

Columbia was only the beginning; following in its footsteps, NASA launched Challenger, Discovery (pictured above in 2011), Atlantis, and Endeavor to carry people to orbit

Columbia was only the beginning; following in its footsteps, NASA launched Challenger, Discovery (pictured above in 2011), Atlantis, and Endeavor to carry people to orbit

In the years since, NASA has had to rely on Russian modules to send astronauts to the ISS, all of which launch from foreign soil.

Now, the space agency is stepping up to bring crewed launches back home.

On August 3, 2018, NASA revealed the nine astronauts that will soon take aboard the Boeing CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX Dragon Crew, to pioneer a 'new era in American spaceflight.'

The crew flight tests will launch from the Kennedy Space Center in 2019.

The shuttle missions came to an end with the Atlantis shuttle on July 21, 2011 after STS-135. Above, Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fl, marking the official end of the 30-year program

The shuttle missions came to an end with the Atlantis shuttle on July 21, 2011 after STS-135. Above, Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fl, marking the official end of the 30-year program

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