It appears that the Chinese space capsule carrying three crew members that returned to Earth following a 13-day mission on Friday was part of an elaborate hoax and that that the whole mission was in fact staged.
Images of the capsule landing in Inner Mongolia were shown live on television in China but many viewers are skeptical.
This skepticism was further enhanced after it was reported that during the alleged mission the three astronauts were spotted several times in the sleepy town of Welyn Garden City, a small town in Hertfordshire England.
Local resident and author Frederick Forsyth, most famous for his novel "Day of the Jackal" is adamant he saw the astronauts twice during the time they were allegedly in space.
"I first spotted them in Morrisions on Black Fan Road, and then I saw two of them later on that week at the Howard Centre, coming out of Specsavers. This whole thing is like something out of one my books, they never went to space" alleged the 73 year old novelist.
It seems though Forsyth could possibly be mistaken. The Yin family, who own the Great Wall of China restaurant in the nearby town of St Albans believe that it was possibly them who Forsyth saw.
"We were actually in Morrisions and Specsavers on the day he (Forsyth) claims to have spotted the astronauts, it was a simple mistake as my sister and brother and I are roughly the same age as the astronauts" explained Kevin Yin "However we were sorry to say we did not recognize Mr. Forsyth, we kind of mistook him for John le Carre you see, thriller and espionage writers all look the same to us."