It began as rumors and the typical chatter that accompanies anything NASA does or fails to do. The latest conspiracy theory claims a cover up is underway: the United States and the European Space Agency (ESA) are hiding the fact that Comet 67P is a UFO. Moreover, an inside whistle blower says the Philae lander and Rosetta probe were hacked by aliens trying to make contact with Earth. It all sounds far-fetched, but major news sources are covering the developments that come in the wake of the space lab going silent since “landing” on the comet’s surface.

No sooner than the solar-powered lander harpooned itself to the two-mile long Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, and before mission control monitors could break out the champagne and toast the milestone, stories began cropping up on blogs, social media and major news sites about UFOs, extraterrestrial life forms, and a conspiracy to hide the true nature of the Rosetta probe mission.

One such story tells of a former ESA employee who leaked sensitive information about the 12-year multi-agency project into the outer reaches of space. An unidentified insider warms that more is afoot than a scientific quest for knowledge about how the universe developed.

“Comet 67P is NOT a comet. Some 20 years ago NASA began detecting radio bursts from an unknown origin out in space. It would later be known that these had likely come from the direction of the now named comet 67P. It does show signs on its outside of machine like parts and unnatural terrain.”

Scott Waring, a UFO expert, dismissed ESA’s explanation of the clicking noises emitted from Comet 67P as a “song,” possibly the result of radioactivity or sounds made from its cosmic travel. Waring said the sounds are likely evidence of aliens trying to communicate. Others think the comet’s noise is a warning to humans about probing its mother ship.

“If it was a warning, they would not allow the ESA craft to have landed. I believe the landing of the ESA craft was the equivalent of a first handshake. They will make another move soon probably. Alien structures are on the comet.

Well, the attempt will have to wait a while. According to officials, mission scientists are taking a break after working for four days nonstop ever since lander Philae touched down on the spiraling comet. Besides, there is evidence the laboratory has “gone silent.” Apparently, when the probe touched down, its orientation was in the sun’s shadow, which doesn’t allow it’s batteries to charge. However, before it lost all power, it was able to transmit crucial data back to the Rosetta orbiter.

Some don’t buy the explanation. The growing rumor is that Philae was hacked or even stolen by aliens that were deployed from the mother ship, which is masquerading as a comet. Currently, scientists are sifting through the data they’ve collected to determine their next move. Meanwhile, the rumors about UFOs, aliens and conspiracy theories with the Philae lander and comet, some 311 million miles away from Earth, will continue until the cows come home.