Astronaut Buzz Aldrin Recounts Sighting
Apollo 11 UFO Encounter or Spacecraft Adapter Panel?
Apollo 11 UFO Encounter
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin Recounts Apollo 11 UFO Encounter
|Three days and
200,000 miles into the flight the Apollo 11 astronauts encounter a UFO
during their flight.
Traveling alongside of the Apollo 11 was a
mysterious object. "There is something out there that was close enough
to be observed and what could it be?" states Buzz Aldrin.
If the object
wasn't part of Apollo's rocket than what was it?
Buzz Aldrin (born Edwin Eugene Aldrin,
Jr.; January 20th, 1930) is an American mechanical engineer, retired
United States Air Force pilot and astronaut who was the Lunar Module
pilot on Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing in history.
On July 20th, 1969, he was the second human being to set foot on the Moon, following mission commander Neil Armstrong.
In 2005, while being interviewed for a documentary titled
First on the Moon: The Untold Story, Aldrin told an interviewer that
they saw an unidentified flying object.
Aldrin told David Morrison, an NAI Senior Scientist, that the
documentary cut the crew's conclusion that they were probably seeing one
of four detached spacecraft adapter panels.
"There is something out there that was close
enough to be observed and what could it be?" states Buzz Aldrin.
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Did the Apollo 11 crew see a UFO on its historic trip to the moon in
1969? Astronaut Buzz Aldrin sets the record straight once and for all.
Their S-IVB upper stage was 6,000 miles away, but the four panels were jettisoned before the S-IVB made its separation maneuver so they would closely follow the Apollo 11 spacecraft until its first midcourse correction.
When Aldrin appeared on The Howard Stern Show on August 15th, 2007, Stern asked him about the supposed UFO sighting.
Aldrin confirmed that there was no such sighting of anything deemed extraterrestrial, and said they were and are "99.9 percent" sure that the object was the detached panel.
Interviewed by the Science Channel, Aldrin mentioned seeing unidentified objects, and he claims his words were taken out of context; he asked the Science Channel to clarify to viewers he did not see alien spacecraft, but they refused.
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In March 1972, Aldrin retired from active duty after 21 years of service, and returned to the Air Force in a managerial role, but his career was blighted by personal problems.
His autobiographies Return To Earth, published in 1973, and Magnificent Desolation, published in June 2009, both provide accounts of his struggles with clinical depression and alcoholism in the years following his NASA career.
His life improved considerably when he recognized and sought treatment for his problems, and with his marriage to Lois Aldrin.
Since retiring from NASA, he has continued to promote space exploration, including producing a computer strategy game called Buzz Aldrin's Race Into Space (1993).
To further promote space exploration, and to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first lunar landing, Buzz teamed up with Snoop Dogg, Quincy Jones, Talib Kweli, and Soulja Boy to create the rap single and video, "Rocket Experience". Proceeds from video and song sales will benefit Buzz's non-profit foundation, ShareSpace.
He referred to a "Phobos monolith" in a July 22nd, 2009 interview with C-Span: "We should go boldly where man has not gone before. Fly by the comets, visit asteroids, visit the moon of Mars. There’s a monolith there. A very unusual structure on this potato shaped object that goes around Mars once in seven hours. When people find out about that they’re going to say ‘Who put that there? Who put that there?’ The universe put it there. If you choose, God put it there…”