Viral Facebook Live Videos From International Space Station Are Fake

Posted: Oct 27 2016, 9:52am CDT | by , Updated: Oct 27 2016, 10:13pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News

Viral Facebook Live Videos from International Space Station are Fake
Credit: Mashable
  • The viral International Space Station broadcast on Facebook is NOT Live

The false ‘Live’ videos of the ISS viewed 43 million times on Facebook is actually from three years ago.

Currently a series of videos on Facebook showing astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) was generating a lot of excitement. The series of videos have been allegedly circulating on the social media platform as ‘Live’ footage.

However the broadcast which has been generated more than 43 million views is not actually live. Although the pictures and the footage are stunning, with Earth as their background, and from outside the actual ISS where astronauts are at work, the footage is quite old.

The footage is actually a compilation of videos released by the ISS from 1 and 3 years ago, according to Mashable.

Some Facebook pages have been touting the old footage as ‘Live’ and have generated millions of views and comments. The footage of the ISS has generated more than 17 million times on Facebook’s Unilad page, while the page Viral USA generated more than 26 million views on the same footage.

The pages falsely promoted the four hours of videos as live. Only a few were smart enough to realize there was no mention of live footage of the ISS on the official Facebook pages of NASA or the ISS.

The popularity of the videos on Facebook urged BBC to look further into the matter, when BBC asked NASA they clarified the videos are not live from the International Space Station.

Instead the footage must be a compilation of old footage released by them about one and three years ago. One segment of the footage shown on Viral USA shows the astronaut Terry Virts filming his spacewalk back in February 2015. Similarly the footage on Uniladis a spacewalk by Russian cosmonauts carried out in 2013.

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