July 24, 2008
Former U.S. Astronaut Claims Aliens Are Real
Dr. Edgar Mitchell, a former NASA astronaut and moon-walker who was a veteran of the Apollo 14 mission, has made a shocking claim that aliens from another planet do, indeed, exist and that governments have been covering it up for over 60 years.
Mitchell, 77, claims extra-terrestrials have visited Earth on numerous occasions and said sources at the space agency who had had contact with aliens described the beings as 'little people who look strange to us.'
Mitchell also went on to say that our own earthly technology was "not nearly as sophisticated" as theirs and "had they been hostile", he warned "we would be been gone by now".
During the Apollo 14 mission, Mitchell and fellow commander Alan Shepard held the record for the longest ever moonwalk at nine hours and 17 minutes following their 1971 mission.
"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," Mitchell said.
"It's been well covered up by all our governments for the last 60 years or so, but slowly it's leaked out and some of us have been privileged to have been briefed on some of it.
"I've been in military and intelligence circles, who know that beneath the surface of what has been public knowledge, yes - we have been visited. Reading the papers recently, it's been happening quite a bit."
He also said that Roswell was real and similar alien visits continue to be investigated.
"This is really starting to open up. I think we're headed for real disclosure and some serious organizations are moving in that direction," said Mitchell, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering and a Doctor of Science degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics
"I thought I'd stumbled on some sort of astronaut humor, but he was absolutely serious that aliens are definitely out there and there's no debating it," said Kerrang! radio host Nick Margerrison, who first broke the news during an interview with the former astronaut.
NASA officials quickly played down Mitchell's controversial comments.
A spokesman for the government agency released a statement saying: "NASA does not track UFOs. NASA is not involved in any sort of cover up about alien life on this planet or anywhere in the universe.
'Dr. Mitchell is a great American, but we do not share his opinions on this issue.'