Astronauts and UFOs
Updated: Apr 11
I’m sure the universe is full of intelligent life. It’s just been too intelligent to come here.
– Sir Arthur C. Clarke writer and co-writer of the screenplay for A Space Odyssey.
I have seen diverse phenomena as: fireballs, rocket launches, ionospheric experiments, satellite re-entries, comets, auroras, bright planets, novae, orbiting satellites, and high-altitude balloons—all of which have been reported as “UFOs” by uninformed witnesses. If indeed there are alien space craft flying around earth with the frequency which UFO devotees are claiming, then I must ask how come I have never seen anything remotely resembling such an object, while at the same time I have managed to see all these various other types of phenomena.
-Astronomer Alan Hale
Since early childhood, I have always believed there are other intelligent life forms in our Universe. It’s beyond my comprehension to imagine otherwise. Thus, I find it sad and very frustrating that mainstream science largely remains dismissive of Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon (UAP).
Yet, numerous astronauts report having personally witnessed UAPs. From my viewpoint, astronauts are among the best qualified individuals to report sightings. They range from highly decorated fighter pilots (Buzz Aldrin and Chuck Yeager) to a Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Dr. Edgar Mitchell). The job requires a cool, level-headed mind, self-control, and the ability to cope with stress and any emergency that may arise. These are certainly not individuals prone to exaggeration, fantasy, or anything “pseudo-scientific.”
Astronauts who have/had reported UFO-related contact are the late Gordon “Gordo” Cooper, Jr., Walter (Wally) Marty Schirra Jr., James (Jim) Arthur Lovell Jr., and Dr. Edgar Mitchell.
Gordon Cooper and Wally Schirra (along with Scott Carpenter, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Alan Shepard, and Deke Slayton) are referred to as the “Original, or Mercury Seven.” They were the original group of astronauts representing NASA’s first human spaceflight program, termed Mercury. (The first non-human launched into space was Ham the Chimp-who flew a suborbital flight for Project Mercury-remember him?). The Mercury program was designed to test human ability to function effectively in space.
Cooper, the youngest of the seven original astronauts, lifted off for the NASA’s final solo space flight. His mission was to orbit the Earth twenty-two times. During his final orbit, Cooper reported to the tracking station (Muchea) near Perth, Australia, seeing a glowing, greenish object ahead of him quickly approaching his capsule. The craft was detected on Muchea’s radar tracking system.
Although the sighting was reported by the National Broadcast System, reporters were later forbidden to interview Cooper about the incident.
Cooper, a strong believer in UFO-related phenomena, testified before the United Nations, stating:
I believe that these extraterrestrial vehicles and their crews are visiting this planet from other planets … Most other astronauts were reluctant to discuss UFOs. I did have occasion in 1951 to have two days of observation of many flights of them. Of different sizes, flying in fighter formation, generally from east to west over Europe.
In 1968, astronaut James Arthur Lovell Jr. served as command module pilot of Apollo 8. His crew included Frank Borman and Bill Anders. Lovell, Borman, and Anders became the first three humans to fly to and orbit the Moon.
Lovell recalled a personal sighting, which occurred during the 1965 Apollo 8 mission. He referred to the unidentified object as a “Bogey.” The following conversation occurred between Lovell and Capsule Communication, (CAPCOM: the astronaut on Earth who communicates with the crew members in their spacecraft).
Lovell: BOGEY AT 10 O'CLOCK HIGH.
Capcom: This is Houston. Say again?
Lovell: SAID WE HAVE A BOGEY AT 10 O'CLOCK HIGH.
Capcom: Gemini 7, is that the booster or is that an actual sighting?
Lovell: WE HAVE SEVERAL … ACTUAL SIGHTINGs.
Capcom: … Estimated distance or size?
Lovell: WE ALSO HAVE THE BOOSTER IN SIGHT …
Reflecting on his historic flight on its fiftieth anniversary, Lovell expressed that prior to the mission:
I thought, my world is only as far as the eye can see. In the country, mountains, hills or a grove of trees can restrict my world. In cities, tall buildings define my world and in this cathedral, our world exists within these walls. But seeing the Earth 240,000 miles away, my world suddenly expanded to infinity. I put my thumb up to the window and completely hid the Earth. Just think, over five billion people, everything I ever knew was behind my thumb. As I observed the Earth, I realized my home is a small planet, one of nine in the Solar System. It is just a mere speck in our Milky Way galaxy and lost to oblivion in the universe.
Years later, Lovell addressed an enthusiastic crowd at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. When asked about the possibility of extraterrestrial life, Lovell stated, “We would all be naive to think we’re the only intelligent life in the universe.”
The late Dr. Edgar Mitchell, who was the sixth man to walk on the moon, publicly expressed his opinion that he was:
90 percent sure that many of the thousands of unidentified flying
objects, or UFOs, recorded since the 1940's belong to visitors from other planets.
Hadfield was a guest on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show (2014), when a caller asked him about the existence of "alien life."
I don't know of any astronauts who think we're alone in the universe," Hadfield replied.
There are just so many galaxies, which are filled with so many stars, which are circled by so many planets ...How could there not be life, even if we haven't found it?*
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