Those were the shock claims made after video of the apparently unknown object passing the Epsilon 3 rocket launch was uploaded to YouTube by conspiracy theory channel UFO Today.
The rocket was sending a £255 million satellite – which will monitor the Earth’s atmosphere – from Kyushu Island in Japan into orbit.
UFO Today speculated that a “mysterious craft” passed by the rocket as it flew at 25,000mph and it could mean that aliens are monitoring our activity in space.
Thousands watched the Japanese Space agency Jaxa launch the rocket at 6.06am local time on January 18.
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But, the video of the alleged UFO has just surfaced.
In the footage uploaded by UFO Today, after the rocket engaged its secondary boosters, the object, allegedly at the same altitude, appears.