According to Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, two massive alien spacecraft were waiting there to greet him as he and the Apollo 11 Lunar Module touched down on the moon’s surface in July 1969.
Alleged conversations between Armstrong, Mission Control and an unnamed professor also disclose the reasons behind the US government’s shock decision to cancel the Apollo Moon Landing program in 1973.
It was in response to an alien warning.
For the past 40 years the rumour mill has spun itself out of orbit with claims about what Armstrong actually said following his historic moonwalk.
Though the images were grainy, and the quality of the transmission poor, millions of Americans none the less heard Armstrong’s now-immortal ‘One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind’ speech.
But it is what he is alleged to have said next that has caused such fierce debate – and no small controversy – across the intervening decades.
Through the crackle and pop of what many believe was a deliberately contrived poor-quality broadcast, Armstrong was heard to say he could see a ‘light’ on the rim of a nearby crater. Mission Control responded with a request for more information, following which the transmission went dead.
For a full two minutes nothing was heard…
Or was it? According to former NASA employee, Otto Binder, who worked on the Apollo program, US radio hams picked up the following conversation, which was alleged to have taken place during the transmission black-out.
Neil Armstrong: ‘What was it? What the hell was it? That’s all I want to know…’
Mission Control: ‘What’s there? … [garbled transmission] … Mission Control calling Apollo Eleven…’
Neil Armstrong: ‘These babies are huge, sir … enormous. Oh, God … you wouldn’t believe it! I’m telling you there are other spacecraft out there, lined up on the far side of the crater edge. They’re on the moon watching us…’
Though NASA has always denied the authenticity of the transmission, former NASA technician, Maurice Chatelain, revealed otherwise.
‘The encounter was common knowledge in NASA,’ he said in 1979. ‘But nobody has talked about it until now.’
Chatelain also confirmed radio communications were interrupted several times during the Apollo 11 mission ‘in order to keep the truth from the public’.