A prominent UFO researcher Scott C Waring has found something strange in the 55 year old photo from NASA that was taken by an unmanned space capsule from the Mercury Project in the early days of the United States space program.  The strange discovery has led the researcher to ask whether alien observers have been keeping an eye on mankind's missions into space from the beginning.

Project Mercury ran for five years beginning in 1958 and ending in 1963 and was America's first mission to put men in space.  As part of the project, there were six manned space flights, including the February 1962 mission in which John Glenn became the first human being to orbit the Earth and the May 1961 mission that launched Alan Shepherd into space making him the first American to make the journey.

But, it was an unmanned mission, Mercury-Redstone 1A on December 19, 1960, that captured this potential evidence of alien life.

"I found a disk in some photos of the Mercury mission. The mission took place in December of 1960, and why wouldn't aliens be interested in watching a historical moment in human history?" Waring wrote on his blog.

"Especially since the capsule was unmanned, there were no worries that they would be seen. It's actually the Earth in the background and the UFO is in space observing the Mercury capsule," Waring continued. "The disk is hard to make out in the first photo, but three photos later its easy to see. It looks like a classic disk with a wedge cut out of it. We are living in a remarkably era, when certain deep truths about the universe come within reach of the human spirit."

This 55 year old photo is not the first time that UFO researchers have found, or at least believed that they have found, evidence of alien spacecraft in early NASA space program photos.  Just four months ago, Waring and another Internet UFO researcher were poring through NASA photos from the pre-Apollo days when they came across not one, but two glowing objects in a photo from a Gemini mission in 1966.

Does this photo provide clear cut evidence of aliens observing our space endeavors?  For some UFO enthusiasts, certainly.  However, before the scientific community could confirm the existence of alien life there would have to be substantially more proof than just a blurry photo taken over five decades ago.  Still, this photo is just another in a long string of strange sightings that cannot be explained and will just continue to fuel the passion for UFO enthusiasts around the globe.