Astronauts and UFO's
"At no time, when the astronauts were in space were they alone: there was a constant surveillance by UFOs." - Astronaut Scott Carpenter All Apollo and Gemini space flights were followed by UFO's. Every time it occurred, the astronauts informed Mission Control, who then ordered absolute silence. NASA officials such as Dr. Otto Binder, Dr. Garry Henderson and Maurice Chatelain stated that the astronauts were under strict orders not to discuss their sightings.
- Gordon Cooper was one of the original Mercury astronauts. On May 15, 1963 he shot into space in a Mercury capsule for a 22 orbit journey around the world. During the final orbit, Major Gordon Cooper told the tracking station at Muchea (near Perth Australia) that he could see a glowing, greenish object ahead of him quickly approaching his capsule. The UFO was real and solid, because it was picked up by Muchea's tracking radar.
In 1951 he had sighted UFO's while piloting an F-86 Sabrejet over Western Germany. It were metallic discs that could out-manoeuver all American fighter planes. Major Cooper also testified before the United Nations.
- Donald Slayton, a Mercury astronaut, revealed that he had seen UFOs in 1951: "I was testing a P-51 fighter in Minneapolis when I spotted this object. I was at about 10000 feet on a nice, bright, sunny afternoon. I thought the object was a kite, then I realized that no kite is gonna fly that high. As I got closer it looked like a weather balloon, grey and about three feet in diameter. But as soon as I got behind the darn thing it didn't look like a balloon anymore. It looked like a saucer, a disk. About the same time, I realized that it was suddenly going away from me - and there I was, running at about 300 miles per hour. I tracked it for a little way, and then all of a sudden the damn thing just took off. It pulled about a 45 degree climbing turn and accelerated and just flat disappeared."
- Joseph Walker said on May 11, 1962 that one of his tasks was to detect UFOs during his X-15 flights. Walker was a NASA pilot. He had filmed five or six UFOs during his record breaking fifty-mile-high flight in April, 1962. It was the second time he had filmed UFOs in flight. During a lecture at the Second National Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Space Research in Seattle he said: "I don't feel like speculating about them. All I know is what appeared on the film which was developed after the flight."
- Ed White (first American to walk in space) and James McDivitt were passing over Hawaii in a Gemini spacecraft in June 1965 when they saw a weird-looking metallic object. The UFO had long arms sticking out of it. McDivitt took pictures with a cine-camera.
- James Lovell and Frank Borman were Gemini astronauts. They saw a UFO during their second orbit of their record-breaking 14 day flight. Borman reported that he saw an unidentified spacecraft some distance from their capsule. Gemini Control, at Cape Kennedy told him that he was seeing the final stage of their own Titan booster rocket. Borman confirmed that he could see the booster rocket all right, but that he could also see something completely different.
- Buzz Aldrin claimed he saw a UFO on his way to the moon, adding: "There was something out there that was close enough to be observed ... sort of L-shaped."
- Edgar Mitchell was an American pilot and astronaut who spoke openly about his belief that UFOs are visits by space aliens. In a series of interviews in 2008 he shocked the world. "I happen to have been privileged enough to be in on the fact that we've been visited on this planet and the UFO phenomena is real," Dr. Mitchell said.
Dateline NBC conducted an interview with Mitchell on April 19, 1996, during which he discussed meeting with officials from three countries who claimed to have had personal encounters with extraterrestrials.