Picture taken during the Apollo 14 mission in February 1971 of US astronauts Alan Shepard (L, first row) and Edgar Mitchell (R). The Apollo XIV mission, the third mission to land on the moon, was launched on January 31, 1971 and landed on the moon on February 5, 1971. (Photo credit should read STF/AFP/Getty Images)
Finally someone had the balls to say what we were all thinking.
I want to start by saying that astronauts are the coolest. They're like if fighter pilots were somehow cooler while also being genius scientists. I'm just saying that we don't talk enough about how badass and brilliant astronauts are. I just think that's an important thing to establish before we dive in.
Apollo 14's Edgar Mitchell recently gave an interview to the where he claimed that peace-loving aliens are the reason everyone on Earth is still alive. Here is a sample of what I'll be calling The Mitchell Theory:
"My own experience talking to people has made it clear the [extra terrestrials] had been attempting to keep us from going to war and help create peace on Earth. I have spoken to many Air Force officers who worked at these silos during the Cold War. They told me UFOs were frequently seen overhead and often disabled their missiles. Other officers from bases on the Pacific coast told me their [test] missiles were frequently shot down by alien spacecraft. There was a lot of activity in those days."
On one hand, this seems absolutely and totally batshit crazy. Hell, it's not dissimilar from the plot of The Day the Earth Stood Still where aliens were concerned with and wanted us to end our use of nuclear weapons. This is depressing. Edgar Mitchell is an American hero! He went to the moon! I don't want Edgar Mitchell to be a conspiracy nut.
But on the other hand, I would assume Edgar Mitchell would have had far greater government clearance on these issues than most people. What if, and I feel crazy even suggesting this, he's totally right? What if the government knows that this will sound crazy and people will dismiss it, and that's the greatest cover they could ever ask for? What if, rather than angry aliens who will one day destroy us or a vast lonely emptiness, space is full of hyper-intelligent protectors out there looking down on us? That's a world I'd love to live in. So, I've decided to believe everything Mitchell says. 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