Astronaut Leland Melvin Says He Saw ‘Organic, Alien-Like’ Creature
Former NASA astronaut Leland Melvin may have opened up a can of worms when he wrote on Twitter that he saw something “curved, organic looking” floating near the shuttle Atlantis while in space.
“I have not seen one in space or on the ground but thought I saw something organic/alien like floating out of the payload bay,” he wrote on Twitter. “@AstroKomrade and I called the ground to ask what it could be and it was ice that had broken off of the Freon hoses.Translucent, curved, organic looking.” He added an alien emoji at the end.
I have not seen one in space or on the ground but thought I saw something organic/alien like floating out of the payload bay. @AstroKomrade and I called the ground to ask what it could be and it was ice that had broken off of the Freon hoses.Translucent, curved, organic looking👽
— Leland Melvin (@Astro_Flow) August 4, 2018
He was asked by the Twitter account UFO Sightings Daily about his thoughts on extraterrestrial life and if he’d seen a UFO or alien.
In another tweet, he wrote that “I was about to say Houston we have a problem but know everyone spins-up when those words are uttered from a space vehicle. Godspeed,” he wrote.
UFO Sightings Daily then asked him if he thought that NASA was lying about the ice claim. He responded: “Hmmm. Don’t think so but you never know.”
But a spokesperson for NASA told Fox News that the agency has “yet to find signs of extraterrestrial life.”
“NASA is exploring the solar system and beyond to help us answer fundamental questions, including whether we are alone in the universe. From studying water on Mars, probing promising ‘oceans worlds,’ such as Enceladus and Europa, to looking for biosignatures in the atmospheres of planets outside our solar system, NASA’s science missions are working together with a goal to find unmistakable signs of life beyond Earth,” the agency said.
The UFO Sightings Daily account, operated by author Scott Waring, later wrote: “I apologize the news gets you in any trouble with NASA. The public believes in you and what you saw, more than they trust NASAs opinion. I didn’t mean for the news to go worldwide, but the public loves you! You are an American hero who also saw an alien life-form.”
@Astro_Flow I apologise the news gets you in any trouble with NASA. The public believes in you and what you saw, more than they trust NASAs opinion. I didn't mean for the news to go worldwide, but the public loves you! You are an American hero who also saw an alien life-form.
— UFO Sightings Daily (@UFO_Sightings_X) August 11, 2018
Pentagon Still Investigates ‘UFOs’
In December 2017, the New York Times and Politico both reported that the Pentagon set up a program to investigate UFOs at the urging of former Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The New York Times reported that it started in 2007 and Politico reported that it started in 2009.
A spokesman for the Pentagon told The New York Times that the program ended in 2012. That official said that the Defense Department still investigates what could be constituted as an unidentified flying object.
“The Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program ended in the 2012 timeframe,” Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White told Politico. “It was determined that there were other, higher-priority issues that merited funding and it was in the best interest of the DoD to make a change.”
White said, “The DoD takes seriously all threats and potential threats to our people, our assets, and our mission and takes action whenever credible information is developed.”
According to Politico, the program was not classified, but only a few officials were aware of its existence.
Reid got funding for the program in 2009 with help from Hawaii Democratic Sen. Daniel Inouye and former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, who both have died since then.