Apollo 11 UFO Encounter
From: Dave Stone <dlstone63.nul>
Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2005 16:14:24 -0700
Fwd Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2005 08:02:03 -0400
Subject: Apollo 11 UFO Encounter
A few days ago on The Science Channel, a program called "First
on the Moon: The Untold Story" was aired. About 14:30 min/sec
into the program, there was a 3.5 minute segment that described
a UFO encounter that Apollo 11 experienced during its flight to
To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time that Buzz
Aldrin, an Apollo 11 astronaut, had ever publicly recounted any
UFO experience associated with the Apollo 11 moon mission. Also
of interest, I wonder how the UFO footage that was supposedly
taken from a later Apollo mission obtained?
Below is my transcription of the 3.5 minute UFO segment:
Narrator: But three days and 200,000 miles into the flight,
Mission Control did miss the significance of a cryptic message
from Apollo 11.
Apollo 11: 'Do you have any idea where the S-IVB is with respect
Mission Control: 'Stand-by'
Narrator: The Crew required information on the current position
of the S-IVB, the final stage of the rocket which had been
jettisoned away 2 days earlier. This short message hid an
extraordinary turn of events: Apollo 11 wasn't alone in space.
Buzz Aldrin: There was something out there that, uh, was close
enough to be observed and what could it be?
Narrator: Traveling along side of Apollo 11 was a mysterious
object like this one (a ringed object at close range is shown),
filmed on a later mission. If it wasn't part of their own
rocket, it could only be one thing, a UFO.
Aldrin: Mike (Collins) decided he thought he could see it in the
telescope and he was able to do that and when it was in one
position, that had a series of ellipses, but when you made it
real sharp it was sort of L shaped. That didn't tell us very
Dr. David Baker (Apollo 11 Senior Scientist): NASA knew very
little about, um, the object reported by the Apollo 11 crew. It
was obviously an unidentified flying object, but such objects
were not uncommon and the history of even earth orbit space
flights going back over the previous years indicated that
several crews saw objects.
Narrator: Despite having a clear view of the UFO, the crew were
wary of reporting it to Mission Control.
Aldrin: Now, obviously, the three of us were not going to blurt
out, 'Hey Houston we got something moving along side of us and
we don't know what it is, you know, can you tell us what it
is?'. We weren't about to do that, cause we know that those
transmissions would be heard by all sorts of people and who
knows what somebody would have demanded that we turn back
because of Aliens or whatever the reason is, so we didn't do
that but we did decide we'd just cautiously ask Houston where,
how far away was the S-IVB?
Narrator: Unaware of the drama unfolding in space, Mission
Control radioed the position back to Apollo 11.
Mission Control: 'Apollo 11, Houston. The S-IVB is about 6,000
nautical miles from you now, over.'
Aldrin: And a few moments later, why they came back and said
something like it was 6,000 miles away because of the maneuver,
so we really didn't think we were looking at something that far
away, so we decided that after a while of watching it, it was
time to go to sleep and not to talk about it anymore until we
came back and (went through) debriefing.
Narrator: To this day, whatever it was that the crew saw has
never been positively identified or officially acknowledged.
Dr. David Baker: There were a lot of people within the program
who went off later and became convinced that UFOs existed and
that lead to some concern on NASA's part where they got the
agreement of the crew never to publicly talk about these things
for fear of ridicule.