NASA’s former Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, after his returning from the Moon in 1971, he spouted some increasingly bizarre conspiracy theories, mostly regarding aliens visiting Earth, and his latest is no different. In an interview with the Mirror Online, he says that aliens came to Earth to prevent a nuclear war between the U.S. and the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
In the interview, he references the famous White Sands Missile Range facility in New Mexico, where the world’s first atomic bomb – Trinity – was tested on July 16, 1945. “White Sands was a testing ground for atomic weapons – and that’s what the extraterrestrials were interested in,” he said. “They wanted to know about our military capabilities. My own experience talking to people has made it clear the ETs had been attempting to keep us from going to war and help create peace on Earth.”
He went on to say that unnamed Air Force officers had told him their missiles were frequently disabled or shot down by UFOs flying overhead. Why aliens would use interstellar travel to come all the way to Earth and disable a few missiles here and there rather than, I don’t know, making contact or something, is up for debate, I guess.
Let’s give Mitchell a bit of credit though, and talk about some actual science. He was, after all, the sixth man on the Moon and the Lunar Module Pilot on the Apollo 14 mission. This was the eighth manned mission of the Apollo program, and the third to land on the lunar surface. Mitchell, together with his commander Alan Shepard, spent more than 30 hours on the surface, during which time they collected 45 kilograms (100 pounds) of lunar samples and performed various scientific activities. Shepard also famously hit a golf ball during this mission, while Mitchell himself threw a lunar scoop handle like a javelin.
Seeing as humanity is not all that far from realizing the dream of interstellar travel, would it be so ludicrous to believe Mitchell, a highly accomplished man, when he says that the secret of visiting aliens is being kept from the human race?