NASA, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Some people believe the Black Knight Satellite is an alien spacecraft. NASA says it’s probably just some space junk—likely the remnants of a thermal blanket. Yet the Black Knight conspiracy theory continues to persist. Is there any validity to it?
Whether rooted in a Wikipedia deep dive or documented history, most of the world’s conspiracy theories are hard to prove, which is part of what makes them so alluring … and so dangerous. But they give us just enough facts to entertain our fears—and while there are swaths of evidence against so many of these theories, a few wild-seeming conspiracies have indeed been proven, or at least justified. So which conspiracies are decidedly bogus, and which ones may actually have legs? In this series, Pop Mech breaks down the facts and myths for you.
The Black Knight is a space object that, believers insist, is both artificially made and approximately 13,000 years old. That’s supposedly it in the NASA photo above. The agency says the object, glimpsed very occasionally and “detected” sometimes over the decades, is probably a piece of space junk lost from a mission. But believers cite history dating back to Nikola Tesla of observations of a polar satellite many millennia older than human technology. Could it come from ancient aliens?
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Vice reported on the Black Knight in 2015:
“In 1899, Nikola Tesla heard from aliens. ‘I have a deep conviction that highly intelligent beings exist on Mars,’ Tesla told a reporter from the Albany Telegram in 1923. ‘I caught signals which I interpreted as meaning 1–2–3–4. I believe the Martians used
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