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"Make no mistake, Roswell happened. I've seen secret files which show the government knew about it — but decided not to tell the public."
     Ed Mitchell 

FORMER astronaut Edgar Mitchell is one of only 12 people to have walked on the moon. 

A highly-intelligent scientist, Edgar caused a sensation at a UFO conference in America this month when he claimed he has seen proof that aliens exist. 

In 1971, Edgar became the sixth person to walk on the moon. Now 68, he works as a consultant to the hugely popular science-fiction TV series The X Files. 

In an exclusive interview from his Florida home, Edgar told John Earls why he is convinced there is life on other planets and that aliens have, in fact, landed on Earth. 

"I AM an American astronaut and a trained scientist. Because of my position people in high places confide in me. And, as a result, I have no doubt that aliens HAVE visited this planet. 

The American government and governments throughout the world have thousands of files of UFO sightings which cannot be explained. As a scientist, it is logical to me that at least some of these will have been witness of alien craft. 

As a former astronaut, the military people who have access to these files are more willing to talk to me than to people they regard as mere cranks. 

The stories I have heard from these people, who are more highly qualified than me to talk about UFOs, leave me in no doubt that aliens have already visited Earth. 

I've been interested in the subject since I joined NASA 40 years ago. Probably my most visionary moment was when I actually landed on the moon with Apollo 14. 

I felt an overwhelming sense that the universe itself is in some way a conscious being in its own right. This means that all life-forms, whether on Earth or elsewhere, are all part of one giant consciousness. 

So when I learned that aliens really do exist, I wasn't too surprised. But what did shock me when I started investigating extra-terrestrial reports a decade ago is the extent to which the proof has been hushed up. 

It isn't just the US government which has kept quiet about alien visits. It would be arrogant of an American like myself to assume that ETs would only choose to visit my country. 

Indeed, I've heard convincing stories about governments all over the world that know of alien visits — including the British government. 

Not all governments are anxious to keep their findings quiet. The Belgians have admitted that aliens may be out there and have released information about sightings that cannot be explained away as military planes, weather phenomena and so on. 

There is a very simple reason why governments have been so secretive: fear. 

Modern UFO sightings really began with the Roswell incident in 1947, when a crashed craft containing the corpses of several aliens was found in Roswell, New Mexico. 

Make no mistake, Roswell happened. I've seen secret files which show the government knew about it — but decided not to tell the public. 

There were very good security reasons for not informing the public about Roswell. Quite simply, we wouldn't have known how to deal with the technology of intelligent beings advanced enough to send a craft to Earth. The world would have panicked if we'd known aliens were visiting us. 

The question of whether or not aliens are still visiting us is more complex. 

Such is our existing secret technology that what might look like an alien craft may well turn out to be a top-secret military plane. On the other hand, the craft may be an alien spaceship. Personally however, I'd say, "Yes, it's quite possible we are currently being visited". 

The whole question of extra-terrestrials should be looked at in an historical context. Five hundred years ago, the astronomer Copernicus was condemned as a heretic for saying that planet Earth wasn't the centre of the universe but merely a small part of it. Now we laugh at those long-dead fools for not listening to the truth. People who believe in aliens aren't all cranks and some may be looked upon in the future as visionaries similar to Copernicus. Meanwhile, the majority of us still believe mankind is the biological centre of the universe. 

We will refuse to accept that intelligent life exists outside Earth unless we personally bump into an alien while we're doing the shopping. Is this attitude really any different from those "simpletons" of 500 years ago? 

My training at NASA only allows me to look at things scientifically. Even if I hadn't been shown evidence of alien landings on Earth, the assumption must be that somewhere in the universe another planet is capable of supporting alien life. 

Those life-forms need not be "little green men". The scientists' definition of intelligent life is whether or not it can use and manage information. Even the most primitive microbes on Earth qualify by that definition, and surely there are at the very least similar microbes thriving on planets throughout the universe. If you are starting to think walking on the moon addled my brain and that I'll believe any old crank theory about ETs, think again. 

I would describe myself as a cynic. I wasn't convinced about the existence of aliens until I started talking to the military old-timers who were there at the time of Roswell. The more government documentation on aliens I was told about, the more convinced I became. 

It must be stressed that the wackier people on the fringe of alien matters do the subject no end of damage. Contrary to rumour, there are no alien buildings and structures on the moon. I should know, I was there! 

I even became caught up in these rumours when a theory started that a moon structure was reflected on my helmet during TV transmissions of my landing. That just isn't true. 

It's that kind of disinformation which stops credible people admitting that they too believe in aliens. 

Thankfully, things are changing for the better. It's a snowball effect — the more scientists admit that ETs are a viable prospect, the more they are investigated in a scientifc manner. And the more that happens, the more chance there is of us discovering inarguable proof of extra-terrestrials. 

It helps too that those in possession of documentation of alien visits to Earth are starting to come forward. The military people I spoke to are tired of the secrecy surrounding Roswell and similar cases, particularly as the information is being leaked. 

I firmly believe that this documentation will have to be made public within the next three or four years. And if proof of ETs is finally made public, nobody will be happier than me. 

What I don't think will happen is that I will ever see an extra-terrestrial. I'd love to see one, though it's not the biggest priority in my life. 

But, as they say on a TV show I'm associated with, the truth is out there. 

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Following a statement made by Dr. Steven Greer regarding technology and the efforts to brief government officials on the UFO phenomena, Dr. Edgar Mitchell responded by saying ...

"I would like to add a bit to what Steven had to say. It was a marvelous report, but what I would like to add to it, is that in the briefing of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Intelligence Group, it became very clear that they were naive. They did not really know any more about this effort than we do, if as much. That is because…most of the people in government were not in government when I retired twenty-five years ago, they are younger people. The files going back fifty years just no longer exist. They have either been purged, compromised or whatever. They do not exist. So when we blame government for not being forthright, they really do not have anything to be forthright about, at least at that level. Now, somewhere there’s knowledgeable people... And in my own efforts in talking with these folks, and talking with government, the question often comes up as to how they could have kept this a secret for so long. And friends, they haven’t. It’s been around us all the time, but it has been denied, and obscured.

"I often like to state the condition, the story, the myth, if you will, about Columbus coming here and some of the Indians not seeing the ships simply because it was not in their collective consciousness and their repertoire, they at least did not want to see them. Much of what we’re seeing now is what many people do not want to see either. There has been a massive effort at creating the mind denying the obvious, of saying that you’re not seeing what’s sitting right in front of you right now, thus causing doubt in your own mind. It’s amazingly effective. So, documentation and evidence that is probably the smoking gun type of evidence has been totally compromised by saying that it’s simply not true. So it is not true that they (government) have kept the secret. They haven’t kept the secret, but it has been totally compromised by misinformation and disinformation.

"Now for my own experience, I have had no first hand experience like so many of you. I have not encountered a UFO, and we did not have them trailing us, as far as we know, going to the moon. We did not meet anyone on the moon. We did it just like we said we did. For the last twenty-five years we have dealt with the issue of, on one hand, the flat-earthers who said, 'you didn’t go anywhere, it was all filmed out here in the desert,' and on the other hand, another fringe that said, 'yes you have been there, but you were followed. You were in contact with UFOs. There were beings on the moon that you met and had contact with.' Well, that’s not true either. So, we have walked between these two extremes of misinformation, disinformation and pure ignorance. We did what we said we did, and I want to assure you, from that period up until the current time, NASA was one of the organizations ignorant of this type of activity. And the prevailing wisdom in NASA (at-the-time) was that we did not even think about it. It was a ridiculous idea that we would encounter beings on the moon.

"However, in the last twenty-five years since that time, I became quite knowledgeable and became friends with Allan Hynek.

I know and work consistently with Jacques Vallee, and for me, with all the evidence, it is not a matter of believing, it is a matter of the preponderance of evidence, and the evidence keeps building. The sightings keep happening. So, it is clear that if they are ET — and I will question some of the sightings as to if they are ET — they are making their presence known. I also think that the prevalence in the modern era of so many events — the sightings, the continual mutilation events, the so-called abduction events — that we are looking at likely reversed engineered technology in the hands of humans that are not under government control or any type of high level control — I find that quite alarming.

"With regard to the technology itself, I work with folks who do know what is in our technological data base and what is available to modern armies. The so-called ET technology, the ability to have silent engines and flying machines that make no sound, flying machines that have the characteristics that are consistent with reproduction of UFO sightings, are not in any nations arsenal, but they do exist. So if there are back engineered technologies existing, they are probably in the hands of this group of individuals formerly government, formerly perhaps intelligence, formerly, under private sector control with some sort of oversight by military, or by government. But this (oversight) is likely no longer the case as a result of this access denied category that is now operating. I call it a clandestine group. The technology is not in our military arsenals anywhere in the world, but it does exist, and to me that is quite disconcerting.

"I do work with a number of groups. We do know about some of the things that the technologies are used for, and I want to assure you that these technologies are not that far beyond our current state of knowledge. Now understanding it scientifically, understanding how it can be, is a long way from having a fully developed usable technology. But if in our knowledge we can understand how it has to be in order to create that technology, we’re not that far away. So I want to assure you that we’re not talking about technologies that are so farfetched that we can not understand them. They’re just beyond the technological horizon.

"I want to tell you that it does not appear we need to be using ultra-dimensions and wormholes, etc., for this. It looks like our three-dimensional or four dimensional space-time universe is about what it appears to be, and that we can operate within that space-time universe with these types of technologies. We have tended, like the ancients of old, to have invented myths about too many dimensions and time travel, wormhole travel, etc., and it does not look like that is necessary to explain what we are seeing."

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On January 31, 1971, Navy Captain Dr. Edgar Mitchell embarked on a journey of over 500,000 miles in outer space, that resulted in him becoming the sixth man to walk on the moon, during Apollo 14. This historic journey ended safely nine days later on February 9, 1971 and was made with two other men of valor — Admiral Alan Shepard and Colonel Stuart Roosa.

Scientist, test pilot, navel officer, astronaut, entrepreneur, author and lecturer, Dr. Mitchell's extraordinary career personifies humankind's eternal thrust to widen its horizons as well as its inner soul.

His academic background includes a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management from Carnegie Mellon University, a Master of Science from the U.S. Navel Postgraduate School and a Doctor of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition he has received honorary doctorates in engineering from New Mexico State University, the University of Akron and Carnegie Mellon.

Dr Mitchell has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the USN Distinguished Service Medal, the NASA Distinguished Medal, and three NASA Group Achievement Awards.


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