NASA Astronaut Used To Be A UFO Fan, Not Now
Stories have been told for decades about American astronauts who supposedly have seen unexplained aerial phenomena (as Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton prefers to call UFOs).
But how many astronauts have really reported close encounters with objects that could be verified as actual unknowns? Vanishingly few, it turns out.
Veteran NASA astronaut Tom Jones said he wondered about UFOs long before he joined the space agency.
“I used to be a big UFO fan when I was a teenager, thinking that this was the next great frontier of exploration,” Jones said in a recent interview with The Huffington Post.
“I dropped that opinion later on, after not seeing the evidence that I was looking for.”
In his Smithsonian Air & Space Magazine column, “Ask the Astronaut,” Jones answered a recent question about whether he or other astronauts had ever seen UFOs from orbit. He wrote:
“Astronauts have not seen any evidence of alien life. Reports of unidentified flying objects in images returned from the shuttle or space station, have turned out to be ice crystals, drifting orbital debris, lightning flashes, or meteors streaking through the dark atmosphere below. So far, our search for extraterrestrial life, and other civilizations in space, has turned up no proof of alien civilizations.”
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