Talk about shocking -- an Apollo astronaut, one who walked on the moon, yesterdayrevealed
that the U.S. government has had contact with space aliens in the past, but has covered it up.
Maybe not -- the astronaut in question is Edgar Mitchell. And while he does share the record for longest moonwalk, on the Apollo 14 mission, he's also been quite the loon.
Forget the fact that he actually did ESP experiments during Apollo 14.
He founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences; in case you're wondering, "noetic sciences" are pretty much the stuff that most scientists don't consider to be science.
He also claims to have been cured of liver cancer by a teenage healer who did the whole thing "remotely," apparently by brain waves or some other form of noetic science.
At any rate, Mitchell was on an British radio show yesterday and went once again into his alien spiel. Roswell is real, NASA's been covering things up, etc. etc.
In response (listen on YouTube) a NASA spokesman said -- well, no.
At first, the spokesman hems and haws about getting into a pissing match with an Apollo vet, but later he e-mailed the radio show.
"NASA does not track UFOs," the e-mail read. "NASA is not involved in any sort of cover up about alien life on this planet or anywhere in the universe. Dr. Mitchell is a great American, but we do not share his opinions on this issue."
In their response, the aliens cackled, reassured that once more the cover-up is safe.
-- Richard Connelly