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The world’s two most famous astronauts, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin have both allegedly claimed that UFOs were spotted as they headed to the moon.
In 2005, speaking on the Science Channel, Aldrin spoke about how the crew of 1969 Apollo 11 mission saw unidentified objects out in space.
Neither of the men made any comment about aliens, just allegedly that some objects had been unidentified during their mission, and Armstrong's claims were made via second-hand information.
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Aldrin said: “There was something out there that, uh, was close enough to be observed and what could it be?…
“Mike (Collins) decided he thought he could see it in the telescope, and he was able to do that when it was in one position, that had a series of ellipses, but when you made it real sharp, it was sort of L-shaped. That didn’t tell us very much.”
But he later said that they didn’t report the alleged sighting because he feared it could jeopardise the mission,Hows and Whysreport.
He said: “Now, obviously, the three of us were not going to blurt out, ‘Hey Houston we got something moving alongside of us and we don’t know what it is, you know, can you tell us what it is?’.
“We weren’t about to do that, cause we know that those transmissions would be heard by all sorts of people and who knows what somebody would have demanded that we turn back because of Aliens or whatever the reason is, so we didn’t do that but we did decide we’d just cautiously ask Houston where, how far away was the S-IVB?”
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Dr David Baker, a senior Apollo 11 scientist, agreed with the idea that the crew of the mission had seen something and said NASA knew about the object.
He said: “It was obviously an unidentified flying object, but such objects were not uncommon and the history of even earth orbit space flights going back over the previous years indicated that several crews saw objects”.
In 2007, on Larry King Live, Aldrin said he thought it was “one of the panels from the separation of the spacecraft from the upper stage.”
Meanwhile, Armstrong, who passed away in 2012, is alleged through second-hand information to have made claims of his own.
In words published in Italian publication Avvenire, Italian politician and journalist Sergio Zavoli, said: “I [Sergio] interviewed Neil Armstrong.
“The astronaut confided to me that during the final phase of the approach to the satellite, he had seen a group of mysterious objects nearby.
“At 4.05 am on 21 July 1969, in Houston – when [Mission Control Center] asked him about the interference on radio transmissions – he replied: ‘I see huge objects, they look like spaceships and what is worse they look at us insistently.’”
The article was published in September 2022, two years after Mr Zavoli’s death and 10 after Mr Armstrong’s. His claims are unverified.
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