Sunday, July 20 is the 45th anniversary of the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing, as well as—according to half the Internet—the best-ever sighting of alien spacecraft, by astronaut Buzz Aldrin. Here's the relevant part of the conversation between Aldrin and NASA that was overheard by ham radio operators (according to the site Above Top Secret):
Mission Control: What’s there ? Mission Control calling Apollo 11.
Apollo 11: These babies are huge, sir … enormous…. Oh, God, you wouldn’t believe it! I’m telling you there are other space craft out there… lined up on the far side of the crater edge… they’re on the moon watching us.
At the same time, NASA's live television broadcast of this segment of the moon mission was interrupted by an "overheated camera." To many, that smacked of editing by the United States government, believed since the 1947 Roswell landing to be keeping close encounters secret in case the aliens had technology that the military could use against the Russians.
This begged the question:
Conspiracy theorists treated the question as rhetorical. Which led to "renderings" like this:
Last week, Aldrin said the following in the course of a chat on Reddit:
On Apollo 11 en route to the Moon, I observed a light out the window that appeared to be moving alongside us. There were many explanations of what that could be, other than another 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."
So did the government get to Aldrin? Or was it the aliens themselves?
Related link: My True Area 51 UFO Story