Astronaut hero Buzz Aldrin says a mysterious flying object shadowed the first manned mission to the Moon in 1969, according to a shocking new documentary.
"There was something out there, close enough to be observed," says Aldrin in "Apollo 11: The Untold Story," which will be broadcast tonight by Britain's Channel Five.
"Now, obviously the three of us weren't going to blurt out, 'Hey, Houston, we've got something moving alongside of us and we don't know what it is,' you know? We weren't about to do that, because we knew that that those transmissions would be heard by all sorts of people and somebody might have demanded we turn back because of aliens or whatever the reason is."
Aldrin says NASA covered up the UFO encounter. The Apollo 11 mission of July 1969 remains the highlight of manned space exploration, 37 years later.
It's just the latest bizarre news to come from mankind's first visit to the Moon.
Earlier this month, it was revealed that 698 of 700 boxes of Apollo 11 videotape has vanished. The boxes held high-quality footage of the landing, but all but two boxes mysteriously went missing from the U.S. National Archives.
The super high-quality "slow scan" mission footage was recorded to special 1-inch magnetic tape. The only machines that can play the tape are at Goddard Space Flight Center's Data Evaluation Lab ... which is being closed and dismantled by the government in October.
Apollo astronauts had been pleading with NASA to locate the tape and digitally transfer it so historians and scientists could study the high-quality footage. What the world saw on television was a heavily compressed and degraded version of the real video that hid all detail.
The sinister UFO encounter isn't the only secret Aldrin kept from his fellow earthlings. He secretly took communion after the Lunar Module safely landed, too. Despite NASA's "booze ban" in space, the very first liquid ever consumed on the Moon was a glass of red wine!
NASA got in trouble with the atheists for letting astronauts quote the Bible in earlier missions, so Aldrin didn't even tell his wife he had smuggled "the body and blood of Jesus" onto the module. In the famous Simpsons' episode "Deep Space Homer," it is Homer who smuggles potato chips aboard the "Corvair" space shuttle piloted by Aldrin.
Other revelations in the documentary include a Homer-style emergency repair to get Aldrin and Neil Armstrong off the Moon. They realized a circuit breaker switch had broken off -- the circuit breaker that turned on the engine.
Aldrin jammed a common pen into the hole and used that for the switch.
NASA vs. the Flying Saucers
Aldrin's UFO revelation is the latest proof that NASA has been covering up the truth for four decades.
A British computer hacker is currently facing life in an American prison for seeking evidence of NASA's cover-up, and even claims he found NASA photographs from current missions being "fixed" to remove UFOs before the images were made public.
Aldrin is not the first to admit UFOs have bedeviled American and Russian space missions.
Mercury and Gemini hero Col. Gordon Cooper saw his first UFO as an Air Force pilot flying over West Germany in the 1950s. Later, he claimed a UFO actually landed at Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert.
"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," Cooper testified before the United Nations in 1985, according to CNN.
"For many years I have lived with a secret, in a secrecy imposed on all specialists and astronauts. I can now reveal that every day, in the USA, our radar instruments capture objects of form and composition unknown to us."
Astronaut Edgar Mitchell -- the MIT scientist, Navy captain and NASA's sixth man to walk on the Moon -- is also a firm believer in UFOs.
Dozens of retired defense contractors, Air Force and Navy pilots, FAA officials and even NASA administrators came forward in the summer of 2001 to tell their incredible UFO stories to the Washington press corps and demand Congressional hearings.
But the attacks on New York and Washington on September 11 buried the "Disclosure Project" in the memory hole of the "pre-9/11 world."
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