Astronauts

2008

I happen to be privileged enough to be in on the fact that we have been visited on this planet and the UFO phenomenon is real. It has been covered up by governments for quite some time now.

— Edgar Mitchell
Apollo 14 Astronaut
Jul 23, 2008

1998

Unlike fighters they would almost stop in their forward velocity and change 90 degrees, sometimes in their flight path… We had practically all the fighters we could muster on the base up climbing as high as they could climb with guys that have binoculars with them… they were round in shape and very metallic looking. And they would come over and do the same maneuvers that we make except everyone once in a while one of them goes ‘zip’ [hand motion]. And you just can’t do that in a fighter.

— Gordon Cooper
Mercury & Gemini Astronaut
Jan 1, 1998

1995

I was testing a P-51 fighter in Minneapolis when I spotted this object. […] It looked like a saucer, a disk. About the same time, I realized that it was suddenly going away from me – and there I was, running at about 300 miles per hour. I tracked it for a little way, and then all of a sudden the damn thing just took off. It pulled about a 45 degree climbing turn and accelerated and just flat disappeared.

— Donald Slayton
Mercury Astronaut
Jan 1, 1995

1994

For nearly 50 years, the secrecy apparatus within the United States Government has kept from the public UFO and alien contact information.

We have contact with alien cultures.

— Brian O’Leary
Astronaut
Sep 18, 1994

1979

It followed us during half of our orbit. We observed it on the light side, and when we entered the shadow side, it disappeared completely. It was an engineered structure, made from some type of metal, approximately 40 meters long with inner hulls. The object was narrow here and wider here, and inside there were openings. Some places had projections like small wings. The object stayed very close to us. We photographed it, and our photos showed it to be 23 to 28 meters away.

[…] Many cosmonauts have seen phenomena which are far beyond the experiences of earthmen. For ten years I never spoke on such things. […] It only flew straight, but then a kind of explosion happened, very beautiful to watch, of golden light. This was the first part. Then, one or two seconds later, a second explosion followed somewhere else and two spheres appeared, golden and very beautiful. After this explosion I just saw white smoke, then a cloud-like sphere.

— Victor Afanasyev
Cosmonaut
Apr 1, 1979

1978

I believe that these extraterrestrial vehicles and their crews are visiting this planet from other planets which obviously are a little more technically advanced than we are here on Earth.

— Gordon Cooper
Mercury & Gemini Astronaut
Nov 9, 1978

1976

Look, I have a pension to worry about. I have a family to take care of, and they told me to just back away from this entirely or else.

— James Irwin
Apollo 15 Astronaut
Jan 1, 1976

1973

I’ve been asked [about UFOs] and I’ve said publicly I thought they [UFOs] were somebody else, some other civilization.

— Eugene Cernan
Apollo 17 Astronaut
Jan 1, 1973