Unsealed: Alien Files – Astronaut Encounters episode 45: NASA denies UFO accounts and takes measures to prevent astronauts from telling their stories.
In the 1960s we too our first steps into a vast new realm-bound for the Moon. But NASA astronauts would soon find they weren’t the only ones out there.
In April 2011 the FBI declassified decades’ worth of secret government documents that contain thousands of reports of UFO sightings and alien activity. Each episode of this half-hour series tackles one alien case by investigating the previously off-limits government files. The program re-examines key evidence and follows developing leads based on newly released information.
Mass UFO sightings, personal abductions, government cover-ups, and alien news from around the world are some of the topics covered by the show’s panel of specialists, who include journalists, researchers, and radio and TV hosts. After watching an episode of `Unsealed: Alien Files’, you may begin to believe that `we are not alone’.
Unsealed: Alien Files – Astronaut Encounters episode 45
UFO sightings in outer space
UFO sightings in outer space are sightings of unidentified flying objects reported by astronauts while in space that they could not explain at the time. These sightings have been claimed as evidence for alien visits by ufologists. Some of the alleged sightings never occurred: science fiction writer Otto Binder perpetuated a hoax claiming Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong had encountered UFOs during the Apollo mission.
UFO proponents see comments by astronauts or photos processed by NASA as one of the “strongest bodies of evidence” because they are considered to be of high trustworthiness; however, NASA Assistant Administrator for Legislative Affairs, Robert F. Allnut, concluded in a 1970 letter, “after fifteen years of manned space voyages including space stations and landing on the Moon, spacemen have brought back not a shred of evidence – verbal, photographic, or otherwise – for the existence of extraterrestrial spacecraft, or ‘UFOs’.”
In 2009, footage from NASA was posted on YouTube by ufologists which “renew[ed] UFO conspiracy theories that the government is hiding knowledge about its interactions with intelligent life” by relying on a “lack of context” to promote a “collection of indistinct imagery and allegations”. A number of the incidents were collected for an episode of the 2014 television series Are We Alone?.