Skepticism of UFOs, ET look-alikes, Roswell cover-ups, world changing reverse-engineering and Nikola Tesla worshipers took a major hit last week when the man who walked on the moon with Apollo 14 Commander Alan Shepard claimed that extraterrestrials exist.


“I’ve been convinced for a long time that the flying saucers are real and interplanetary. In other words, we are being watched by beings from outer space.”
- Albert M. Chop, former NASA deputy public relations director

Skepticism of UFOs, ET look-alikes, Roswell cover-ups, world changing reverse-engineering and Nikola Tesla worshipers took a major hit last week when the man who walked on the moon with Apollo 14 Commander Alan Shepard claimed that extraterrestrials exist.

Edgar Mitchell, 77, is the former NASA astronaut who holds with Shepard the record for the longest moonwalk, nine hours and 17 minutes in 1971. Mitchell has gone on record before with statements that aliens have visited Earth, and that one of their vessel’s crash landed on a ranch near Roswell, NM in 1947. But his updated claims last week on the British radio program Kerrang seemed even more shocking - and credible.

Perhaps it had something to do with NASA’s startling revelation last month that a photo taken by the Mars Phoenix Lander showing ice melting on the Red Planet, confirmed the existence of water there - bringing Earthlings ever closer to possibility that alien life exists or existed on another world.

Mitchell was quoted on Kerrang as saying that alien beings have visited Earth on several occasions, including the Roswell crash, and that governments have covered up extraterrestrial contacts for six decades.

Mitchell told radio host Nick Marerrison the information has slowly leaked out, and that he and others in military and intelligence circles have been privileged to have been briefed on it.

“We’ve been visited on this planet and the UFO phenomena is real,” Mitchell said.
NASA issued a statement when called by Kerrang saying Mitchell is a great American, but denied any involvement in a UFO cover-up, and said it does not track UFOs.

And, of course one astronaut’s beliefs, even one as respected as Mitchell with his aeronautical engineering degree and Doctor of Science degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics, does not mean that aliens have visited Earth.

Mitchell said a massive disinformation effort has kept a lid on extraterrestrial encounters, but over the years information has leaked out. He said the governments of Belgium, France, Brazil and Mexico have recently opened their UFO files, and the United Kingdom will release its files over the next four years.

Mitchell, who grew up on a ranch in the Roswell area, acknowledged that there is more nonsense than real knowledge about UFO’s and Earth contact in the public domain, but even so, he said 70 percent of Americans accept visitation by alien crafts as fact.

One thing skeptics of extraterrestrial visits have yet to explain, and debunkers have been unable to ridicule away, is the unforeseen invention of the transistor six months after the Roswell incident, and its evolution to the silicon chip and computer circuitry.

That overnight leap from the carbon-based technology used in Edison’s incandescent tube to a silicon-based transistor is universally seen as an inexplicable, an unprecedented leap in human technology. Believers in extraterrestrials say the first transistor constructed on earth was reverse engineered by Bell Telephone Laboratories from a transistor found on the crashed Roswell ship.

Hardly anyone expects aliens who visit earth to be less intelligent than earthlings. Mitchell described them as “little people who look strange to us.” He said they were physically similar to the iconic image which emerged after the Roswell incident, sporting a small frame, large eyes and a large head. Earth technology is not nearly as sophisticated as alien technology, he said. If they had been unfriendly, or warlike, according to Mitchell, “we would have been gone now.”

A little skepticism is almost always good. But, this summer, we have water on Mars, another escalation in UFO sightings, and our own moonwalker, former astronaut Mitchell, claiming “we have been visited.” For many, the road to disbelief in extraterrestrial visitation looks more narrow than ever before.