Apollo 14 Astronaut Edgar Mitchell.  Credit:  NASA

Apollo Astronaut Mitchell Says Aliens Have Visited Earth

Article Updated: 26 Apr , 2016

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This story has been spreading like wildfire across the internet, as well as other news sources, which is not surprising given the topic. In a radio interview in the UK, and in a subsequent article in the Daily Register, former Apollo astronaut Edgar Mitchell said he believes there is life on other planets. OK, that’s not much of a bombshell. But then he went on to say that aliens have visited Earth, and our governments have been covering it up. That was the shocker. Mitchell said he was “privileged enough to be in on the fact that we’ve been visited on this planet and the U.F.O. phenomena is real.” While he didn’t offer any real facts or say that he has actually seen aliens, he said big organizations will soon be offering full disclosure. NASA officials responded to Mitchell’s comments fairly politely with this comment: “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.”

Mitchell was a member of Apollo 14, and was the sixth man to walk on the moon. While he didn’t offer any real proof of his claims, he does seemingly have credentials. However, he alone among the Apollo astronauts makes these types of claims, and has been saying things like this for quite some time. He said on the way home from the moon he had a “transformational, transcendental experience.” After his flight he started the Institute of Noetic Sciences, which “conducts and sponsors leading-edge research into the potentials and powers of consciousness.”

There was another interesting statement by Mitchell during this interview: “There’s more nonsense out there about this than there is real knowledge.”

Of course, the UFO folks have glommed onto these latest statements by Mitchell, but here’s what some of the more reputable news sites have been saying:

New York Times Blog: “While Mr. Mitchell, 77, is certainly entitled to his own views on the issue, the rest of us may need to wait for something more convincing.”

Huffington Post: “Mitchell, a member of the Apollo 14 team, has long held these beliefs despite the fact that he himself has never seen neither an alien or a U.F.O.”

NASA Watch’s Keith Cowing: “I assume you have proof to back up your extraterrestrial conspiracy mongering, Ed.”

Robert Pearlman, the editor of CollectSpace, wrote the following on an online forum:

Based on the nine minute call, it (a) doesn’t seem to be anything tremendously different from prior comments and writings by Dr. Mitchell, and (b) he isn’t actually claiming first-hand knowledge but rather repeating what he was told by others. It is no secret that Dr. Mitchell’s Noetic Science Institute attracts those that believe in extraterrestrials and that he has attended numerous conferences where they have been on the agenda for discussion, thus what he says here is of little surprise (and some might argue, consequence).

Irene Klotz from Discovery interviewed Mitchell after his UK radio interview and here’s an excerpt:

Irene Klotz: I wanted to ask you if there was anything about the radio interview you did that was different from what you’ve said in the past.

Edgar Mitchell: No, there’s nothing different. Several of (the reports of the interview) that I’ve seen come around have some flaws in them. Some of the reports pushed it or spun it incorrectly. NASA had nothing to do with anything I’ve done. I wasn’t briefed by NASA. There haven’t been any sightings as a result of my flight service there, so if that part of it comes out on anything you’ve seen it is just totally wrong.

In this Discovery interview, and in previous interviews, Mitchell has not offered any definite proof of his claims, and said he’s only been “told by people who were utterly sworn to secrecy” about alien visits to Earth. Mitchell grew up in Roswell, New Mexico.

All in all, unless Mitchell can offer definitive proof, his claims will have to be put in the same class as anyone else that makes similar claims, despite his background. Even with the prevalence of cameras and video cameras among the general public and with an abundance of investigative news reporters out there (all wanting to break the news story of the millennium) still, no one has been able to produce credible proof of aliens visiting Earth.

As the Bad Astronomer Phil Plait has said repeatedly, the people constantly looking at the skies, professional and amateur astronomers, have made no claims of UFO’s or aliens visiting Earth. They know what they are looking at in the sky.

For a dose of reality, please see Phil’s take on UFO’s.


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LLDIAZ
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LLDIAZ
July 25, 2008 1:20 PM

STS-180 on youtube and you tell me maybe there isnt something to what he’s saying….

George
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George
July 25, 2008 12:40 PM

Interesting story, and I like your addition of the BA’s comments. I am curious as to what has convinced Mitchell of Alien visitations.

TD
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July 25, 2008 12:46 PM

Thanks a lot. It’s hard enough generating interest in a serious book about the potential cover-up of microbial life on Mars by some moralistic scientists at the height of the Cold War…..now I have to deal with an X-astronaut claiming aliens visited earth, because somebody told him. Anyway, the serious book is “Imminent Discovery”….available at Lulu.com. I think it’s way more interesting than this garbage….but then I might be biased.

joe
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joe
July 25, 2008 12:50 PM

Klaatu barada nikto

Kevin F.
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July 25, 2008 12:54 PM

People keep making these claims, yet none EVER presents solid evidence. I’m really getting tired of it.

Howard
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Howard
July 25, 2008 1:12 PM

Note to NASA: Increase radiation screening and/or air filtering of rock storage on future moon missions to guard against transformational, transcendental experiences.

H-town Mack
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H-town Mack
July 25, 2008 2:18 PM

While there isn’t a smoking gun to all of this, it just amazes me how many credible people have come forward and how it continues to be ridiculed. They’ve found water on Mars and other bodies in the solar system, which most felt was a huge component for the possiblity of life. Yet people remain dismissive of the fact that there could very well be life other than our own out in the universe. Unless we see one independence day style, where they don’t fly away, we’re unlikely to ever get an answer on this in the near future, regardless of how many people come forward.

Per
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Per
July 25, 2008 2:29 PM

This might be of worth to some people:

http://www.netro.ca/disclosure/npccmenu.htm

It’s still entertaining even if you don’t believe.

David R.
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David R.
July 25, 2008 2:30 PM

Why does there always have to be a cover up when the word “alien” is mentioned? Space is big with lots of stars. Some of those stars have planets. Some of them might have aliens. Maybe the aliens travel and maybe they have/will visit Earth. So what. Why is that so shocking? If I were a conspiracy theorist, I would re-think my game plan and focus on actual riddles or puzzles, like the fact that NO ONE has EVER determined how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Tootsie Pop.

starman
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starman
July 25, 2008 2:58 PM

Ed Mitchell’s background lends him credibilty.

A NASA Langley scientist, Paul Hill, did claim sightings (with other witnesses) and wrote a book about the required characteristics of the propulsion of the vehicles he saw.

Their intelligence and reputations, and the testimony of other credible witnesses, should give the skeptics (I among them) pause.

As an aside, the LM pilots tended to have a more profound psychological effect from the flights than the Commanders or CM pilots.

Irwin and Duke went on to become evangelists. No one asked them for physical evidence of a hereafter or supreme being ;^).

hydrazine
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hydrazine
July 25, 2008 3:36 PM

As Carl Sagan said: “extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof.” Even if a person of Mitchell’s dignity says these things he still needs to come up with a bit more tangible evidence than his personal conviction for it to be accepted as a fact.

As for the religious beliefs of Irwin and Duke there is a qualitative difference. God is a spiritual being which (by definition) can not be sampled or measured while the aliens that we are talking about here are presumably quite material and thus physical evidence would be appropriate.

Kind regards,
/Adam

hydrazine
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hydrazine
July 25, 2008 3:39 PM

[Emm… oops… it seems that it was Marcello Truzzi that coined the saying about the extraordinary claims. /Adam]

marcellus
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marcellus
July 26, 2008 12:46 AM

Read ‘A Man On The Moon’, by Andrew Chaikin. He has Ed Mitchell’s story in there.
He is a very intense guy and also one that has a mind more opened to possibilities than most other “professional” people.

As for myself, I seriously doubt any civilization can master interstellar travel. I’m not saying that it can’t be done, but humankind has a LONG way to go.

Al Hall
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Al Hall
July 25, 2008 6:01 PM
I too will not ridicule the man.. however… I will only give him as much credence as anyone else who makes such a claim. If he would have said that he actually saw extraterrestrial beings or even something ‘unusual’ on his mission, then maybe I would be intrigued.. But he didn’t say that… He is a ‘believer’… Nothing more. There is nothing wrong with believing. And if one believes something strong enough, they want to share it with the world.. Even if they don’t have a shred of proof. I can give more than five billion examples.. To me, this is a non-story. Nothing new here.. I think it would be awesome if we have been (are) visited… Read more »
Todd Sieling
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July 25, 2008 7:39 PM
I think there the kinds of proofs we expect, but with something that would be so new to humanity’s experience, I’m not sure we’d necessarily recognize the evidence as such if we saw it. I’m thinking of the way that perceptions are shaped by what we expect to see. I don’t know how true it is or not, but I’ve heard that indigenous populations didn’t see European ships off their coasts as such because they knew nothing of the sort existed. I can imagine that we might have to learn how to perceive alien artifacts, and that some people will be bound to see them before others. If someone person whom I think is stable says they’ve had… Read more »
RetardedFishFrog
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RetardedFishFrog
July 25, 2008 7:41 PM
I saw a UFO. It might have been alien, but I’m sure it was probably U.S. military. I like looking at the topography below when I’m flying. In the middle of the day, flying from Huntsville to Newark, I saw another passenger plane flying in the opposite direction below us. About a plane length behind it, to the right, and a little above it was an orange-reddish colored disc, perhaps 30 feet across keeping pace. I moved my head from side to side to make sure it wasn’t something on the window. The lack of a parallax effect and my keen depth perception ruled that out. It couldn’t have been something moving on the ground at 500 mph.… Read more »
rogueweapon
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rogueweapon
July 25, 2008 7:52 PM

its amazing how social programming has penetrated our society. its never good enough who comes out and actually tries to expose the conspiracy, no matter what credentials the person has. pilots, astronauts, military, etc are labeled ufo nuts and conspiracy theorist where they would be trusted on anything else. unless its on the main stream brainwashing media , it can’t be real. yep move on sheep, there is nothing to see here.

Al Hall
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Al Hall
July 25, 2008 8:28 PM
rogue – It doesn’t matter the source… It matters the evidence.. If Einstein or Darwin or Newton or any others that some may have high regard for said they saw aliens is not important.. or credible… If they can’t prove it.. I’m not calling anybody a “nut”.. It’s possible that God exists.. It’s possible Jesus was the son of “God”.. It’s possible that NASA wants to turn Saturn into a new sun… It’s possible that planet X will kill us all in 2012…. It’s possible that we are the cause of accelerating global warming on our planet.. It’s possible that we have been visited by alien beings…. Yes… It’s all possible… just… Yes….. just…… Prove it… That is… Read more »
quantum_flux
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July 25, 2008 8:56 PM
It’s a sobering experience to discover that we are not being visited by aliens, until you realize the the cost of a human spaceflight is directly proportional to the distances being traveled. Space travel isn’t cheap, and neither is energy. An advanced civilization would have no interest in our society technologically or ecconomically besides what they could possibly mine, plunder, eat, or hoard. That’s just the morality that space civilizations would most likely take on due to the psychological fact of being more wasteful than we are. That is, if a civilization consumes all of the energy of one star system and has to travel to the next star system to survive. On the other hand, a refugee… Read more »
quantum_flux
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July 25, 2008 9:00 PM

Disregaurd that wookie!s Quantum’s du\rngk.

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