Days before the 45th anniversary of the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing, astronaut Buzz Aldrin explained his experience with a so-called UFO in an online discussion.
"On Apollo 11 in route to the Moon, I observed a light out the window that appeared to be moving alongside us," Aldrin said during a Reddit AMA
(ask me anything) session. "There were many explanations of what that could be, other than other spacecraft from another country or another world — it was either the rocket we had separated from, or the 4 panels that moved away when we extracted the lander from the rocket and we were nose to nose with the two spacecraft. So in the close vicinity, moving away, were 4 panels. And I feel absolutely convinced that we were looking at the sun reflected off of one of these panels. Which one? I don't know. So technically, the definition could be 'unidentified.'"
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A 2005 interview on the Science Channel led people to believe that Aldrin had seen a UFO. But Aldrin has said the interview was taken out of context.
"It was not an alien," he wrote on Reddit.
UFO conspiracy theorists have remained convinced that Aldrin saw an alien craft and that he's been covering it up.
Aldrin’s July 8 online discussion matches explanations he gave to Larry King and those conveyed by NASA’s David Morrison.
While explaining that the Apollo 11 UFO sighting was not evidence of other life forms, Aldrin also addressed the possibility of alien life.
“There may be aliens in our Milky Way galaxy, and there are billions of other galaxies. The probability is almost CERTAIN that there is life somewhere in space,” Aldrin wrote on Reddit.
Along with addressing the UFO/alien controversy, the astronaut discussed everything from his confidence that man will visit Mars in the next 20 years, to his opinions of the film “Gravity” (“Sandra Bullock deserves an Oscar.”), to his favorite ice cream flavor (coconut).
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