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The release of raw archival NASA footage that allegedly shows UFO activity has sparked new debate about extraterrestrial life — and the enduring power of conspiracy theories.
One clip shows a pair of cylindrical lights caught by a shaky hand-held camera while the other one captures what are claimed to be alien craft zig-zagging in front of a space shuttle's window.
But while the footage has been posted with the provocative titles 'UFO called a ground light, then a star by NASA' and 'UFOs quickly take off from NASA video', the astronauts involved have given less exciting explanations.
Mr Gunn attributed the behaviour to cognitive dissonance, where people who are forced to hold two conflicting beliefs re-correct one to alleviate the psychological pain. "Say someone knows smoking's bad for them but they smoke: they'll bring in another belief to correct it, like 'I'm really stressed, it helps me lose weight'," he said. "Coming back to conspiracy theories, people may have learnt that 9/11 didn't happen the way they suspect it. "They bring in another belief, like 'they're just saying that to keep us away from the truth'. "We don't like change in any form."