Astronaut Edgar Mitchell Says Aliens Exist and They're Friendly

He's been to space and we haven't.
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He's been to space and we haven't.
Astronaut Edgar Mitchell

Edgar Mitchell, a hotdog Navy test pilot who capped his high-flying career with a walk on the Moon, has made a startling claim: not only are aliens real, they are benevolent creattures who saved humankind from turning ourselves to ash in a full-blown nuclear war.

Mitchell was moon-walker No. 6, deploying to the lunar surface in February, 1971. As a PDF of his bio and CV shows, he was already writing for magazines specializing in the study of the paranormal soon after he returned to Earth, publishing "An ESP Test from Apollo 14" in the Journal of Parapsychology in June that year. Even with that legacy in mind, Mitchell's interview with Mirror Online contained statements almost as surprising as a roundhouse from his fellow astronaut, Buzz Aldrin.

"My own experience talking to people," Mitchell told the Mirror, "has made it clear the ETs had been attempting to keep us from going to war and help create peace on Earth."

Mitchell went on to tell the British tabloid that Air Force officers who were assigned to nuclear silos during the frostiest periods of the Cold War told him that "UFOs were frequently seen overhead and often disabled their missiles."

So, yeah, he didn't meet the creatures himself. He heard about it. 

The unknown craft didn't stop with merely disabling missiles, Mitchell continued, they also "shot down" test missiles launched from Pacific bases.

Mitchell's list of accomplishments includes a nomination for the 2005 Nobel Prize, although to be fair anyone can be nominated. As for his claims, even UFO researcher Nick Pope tells the Mirror they sound far-fetched. "It's a nice thought," Pope said, referencing Mitchell's assertion that extraterrestrials are trying to prevent humanity from succumbing to self-destruction. "But if I'm being skeptical, I'd point out that it's almost exactly the plot of the classic 1951 sci-fi movie The Day the Earth Stood Still."

Whatever. Edgar Mitchell walked on the moon. Who are we to doubt him?

Brief doc about Apollo 14's mission.

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