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Astronauts & UFOs?

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
Date: Tue, 09 Jun 1998 10:26:58 -0400
Fwd Date: Tue, 09 Jun 1998 10:26:58 -0400
Subject: Astronauts & UFOs?

At the risk of setting off _another_ firestorm.....

While reading Nick Redfern's book on a subway train yesterday,
(one of the few opportunities to read hardcopy <g>) I came
across the following. Leading a relatively sheltered life
in 'The Great White North', I don't recall having heard of
this one before.

Perhaps a Canadian colleague 'out-west' would care to check
it out?


Excerpt from:

The FBI Files
Nicholas Redfern

Published by Simon & Schuster (1997)
ISDN 0-684-85148-2

Chapter 6
Soccorro and Beyond
pages 132-135

A heavily censored Bureau memorandum of 2 September 1965 gives
an indication that a source within the National Aeronautics and
Space Administration (NASA) had access to incredible UFO data,
and Furthermore that the same individual was covertly passing it
on to persons without official clearance. According to the
memorandum, 'a source' had advised the FBI office at Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania, that two people (one of whom was a graduate
student at Pittsburgh University were 'acquainted with a NASA
employee, [name censored], and have stated that he furnishes
them information by mail about unidentified flying objects (UFO)
which he obtains from NASA files. The source believes that the
information furnished may be classified'.

The document continued: 'The source said, for example, that
[censored] had seen a motion picture film showing a missile
separation and an UFO appearing on the screen. Prior to the
flight of Gemini 4, [censored] said to watch out for something
interesting because the space ship had devices aboard to detect

Proof that the information imparted by the NASA employee was
considered somewhat sensitive is shown by a further extract from
the document: '[The NASA mole] posts his letters in a mail box
away From NASA and puts hairs in the glue on the envelope so
that the addressee can determine if the envelope was opened.
This source stated he had no reason to believe that the
information was going to any foreign power.'

Claims that US astronauts have seen unusual phenomena outside
the confines of Earth's atmosphere have never been denied by
NASA; however, there is a public belief on its part that such
sightings are of no particular significance, as the following
statement issued by NASA's Public Service Branch shows: 'During
several space missions NASA astronauts reported phenomena not
immediately explainable. However, in every instance NASA
satisfied itself that what had been observed was nothing which
could be termed abnormal in the space environment.' Despite
this, rumours have long persisted that NASA is concealing from
the public data which, if released, would confirm that some UFOs
are extraterrestrial in origin.

In a question-and-answer session following a lecture at the
planetarium in Calgary, Canada, in the late 1960s, Dr Garry
Henderson, a research scientist with General Dynamics, told John
Hopkins, a feature writer with the Calgary Herald, that US
astronauts have not only viewed UFOs, but on occasion have
succeeded in obtaining both still and motion-picture film of
UFOs in flight, and that, 'NASA has instructed the astronauts
never to breathe a word of their UFO encounters'." Henderson's
revelations that NASA has in its possession actual movie footage
of UFOs tend a great deal of credence to the claims of the NASA
individual cited by the FBI in September 1965.

I do not know what became of the NASA source, but there can be
no doubt from reading the relevant FBI records that his name was
known to the Bureau. Presumably, therefore, the FBI would have
informed NASA that one of its employees was talking out of turn.
That the FBI was apparently not tasked with this matter again
(at least, this is the inference one gets from reading the
available papers) suggests that, whoever the source was, he was
swiftly and effectively silenced.

[End of excerpt]


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