The Solway Firth Spaceman, also known as the Solway Spaceman or the Cumberland Spaceman, refers to a mysterious photograph taken by Jim Templeton on May 23, 1964, in Burgh Marsh, situated near the Solway Firth in Cumbria, England. Templeton, a firefighter and amateur photographer, had been taking pictures of his five-year-old daughter in a meadow when he noticed what appeared to be a figure resembling an astronaut standing behind her.
The photograph gained significant attention, with some speculating that it captured an extraterrestrial being or a mysterious spaceman. However, various explanations have been proposed over the years. Some suggested that the figure might be an accidental photobomb, such as a passerby or a person walking away from the camera at a distance. Others proposed optical illusions or issues with the film and development process.
Templeton himself maintained that there was no one else present at the time the photograph was taken, and he denied altering or staging the image. Despite the speculation and investigations, the true identity of the “Solway Spaceman” remains unresolved, adding to its allure as a famous unsolved mystery and a subject of fascination for UFO enthusiasts and skeptics alike.