The crew achieved all objectives of their mission including installing hand-rails and testing a safety device to prevent astronauts drifting into space should they become detached. Initial alignment of the modules did not quite work so as the Shuttle’s robotic arm loosened its grip to try again, several items floated away including the thermal blanket covering, which is the mysterious-looking image captured in the photo.According to the respected space historian James Oberg in his superb history of the incident , the lost blanket burned up when it fell out of orbit about a week after it was lost.So although claims of an ancient 13 000 year old satellite originally from a star in the constellation of Böotes, has reportedly been spotted and photographed by NASA astronauts as it travels in polar orbit; in reality this is not the case.
The origin of the ominous name is part of the enigma; it is impossible to discover who first called it this or indeed why.
Humans have only in the last 60 years had the technology to launch a man-made object into space so what is the logical explanation of tales of an alien intruder on our doorstep?
Until certain of their origin, they were jokingly nicknamed the Little Green Men signals.
Tesla was not hearing the signals from pulsars though and was completely unaware of the nature of what he had really detected (if indeed he picked up anything at all).
It is slightly more likely, though still very far from probable, that what was Tesla detected was not an orbiting satellite but instead signals emitted from natural objects.
Today we know of some natural extraterrestrial repeating sources such as pulsars.Telsa apparently never tried to repeat his observations, claiming that other matters took priority, an astonishingly casual response to so significant a claim. In the 1920s anomalous signals were again detected by amateur radio operators.These were originally of Earthly origin, but their timing was bizarre!Yet the discovery of an Earth-orbiting satellite was reported in a couple of newspapers from the time, and the respected Alias Corona A few years later, the Black Knight seemed have made another appearance when American newspapers reported in 1960 that there was an unusual object in polar orbit, by then both superpowers had satellites in equatorial orbit but polar orbit meant that the satellite could see every part of the Earth, yet neither country admitted owning it.This may seem strange but remember that this was a time of deep-rooted suspicion and espionage not just with each other but now seemingly with extra-terrestrials too.The Tesla Transmissions The first apparent part of this story begins with signals heard by Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) a brilliant Serbian inventor (and described by many thanks to his often eccentric behaviour and opinions as a genuine who spent most of his career in the USA.