For as long as man has looked to the stars, we’ve wondered about life on other planets. Once the space race was underway, people were sure it was just a matter of time until we had the proof we needed that little green men are real. But, would the government ever let us little guys in on the truth?
There are numerous questions surrounding the cosmos, extraterrestrials, and the honesty of NASA’s and the U.S. government’s involvement in the topic. Thankfully, cheeky astronauts have shared some of their delicious celestial experiences with the public; and they may have done it without permission.
1. In 2003, Yang Liwei became the first astronaut launched into space by the Chinese. That’s quite the honor, right? Well, while on his trip, a strange knock coming from outside the shuttle had Liwei desperately wishing he was back on Earth.
Liwei described the sound as “knocking an iron bucket with a wooden hammer.” When the confused astronaut peeked outside, nothing, or no one, was there. What’s even weirder is that the same sound also plagued Chinese astronauts on missions in 2005 and 2008.
2. Everyone has their own ideas about what aliens might look like, but what NASA astronaut Story Musgrave saw probably goes beyond your imagination. He claims to have seen “eel-like tubes swim through space.” No, thank you.
While Musgrave’s been told time and time again that he most likely saw space junk floating about, perhaps a detached spacecraft hose, Musgrave swears the white, celestial eel thingies exhibited lifelike thrusting motions. That’s all we need to hear!
3. Astronauts love conducting experiments, and from 2009 to 2012, some involved lighting random things on fire. The brainy space explorers found that fire can blaze “at a lower temperature with less oxygen.” One particular finding, however, gave them sheer goosebumps.
Project leader Forman Williams relayed a message to the public. “Thus far, the most surprising thing we’ve observed is continued apparent burning of heptane droplets after flame extinction under certain conditions,” Williams said. Basically, the astronauts witnessed fire burn without a flame!
4. Astronaut James McDivitt claimed he caught a glimpse of a UFO while on the 1965 Gemini 4 mission. “It had a geometrical shape similar to a beer can, and with a little thing like maybe like a pencil or something sticking out of it,” he said.
The press loved this story, so they ran with it like it. Years later, however, McDivitt reviewed an unfamiliar photograph from that 1965 mission, having realized something. “Really what it was, was a reflection of the bolts in the windows,” McDivitt said. Oops.
5. Maj. Gordon Cooper thought his trip around the Earth was free of any snags…until he saw a mysterious green, luminous object charging directly toward his Mercury capsule. The encounter prompted Cooper to speak to the UN regarding his outlandish extraterrestrial experiences.
“I believe that these extraterrestrial vehicles and their crews are visiting this planet from other planets,” he stated. Cooper claimed he witnessed UFOs “flying in fighter formation, generally from east to west over Europe” in 1951.” He wouldn’t budge on these beliefs.