Starpeople: How many astronauts believe aliens are out there?

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Astronaut Chris Hadfield is a reasonable man, a former commander of the International Space Station, and a social media superstar.

by Alexis C Madrigal (The Atlantic – click here to read the comments)

How Many Astronauts Believe Aliens Exist?
All of them, according to former Space Station commander Chris Hadfield. At least somewhere. 

Astronaut Chris Hadfield is a reasonable man, a former commander of the International Space Station, and a social media superstar.

He recently went on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer show to discuss his life and career when a caller asked him about the existence of “alien life.”

“I don’t know of any astronauts who think we’re alone in the universe,” Hadfield replied.

Now, he’s obviously not talking about the UFO-Area-51 imaginary kind of aliens. He’s commenting on the possibility that somewhere out there, on some other planet, there are the bags of chemicals we call organisms reproducing themselves.

And in that belief, he’s in the mainstream of astrobiological thought, as Lane Wallace explained this week. There are just so many galaxies, which are filled with so many stars, which are circled by so many planets … How could there not be life, even if we haven’t found it?

Starpeople: Why I’m checking on them (and maybe, why they check on me & us)


When I was a kid, the big excitement in the early 1960s in the States was space. We were going to space & to the moon & the stars, and we were making the rockets to get there. We were also making the people to go there, and they were stronger & smarter &  tougher than the average bear, because they had to be. They we going into space!

The Mercury 7 were the early heroes of all this, and I knew them & their stories just like I knew the stats on my baseball cars & the details of all those Hardy Boys books we read…and I loved them.

One of those astronauts, Gordon Cooper, became one of the leading proponents of his belief, based on things he had personally seen, that the Earth was being visited by folks from other planets. You can read a quick version here, and here’s a short video of Col. Cooper addressing this:

Other astronauts have reported seeing things as well, with perhaps the most prominent & articulate being Dr. Edgar Mitchell, the sixth man to walk on the moon (Apollo 14). In this interview with James Fox, he reviews his thoughts & experiences regarding what’s there, and the possible reasons people want to deny it.

Over the last few years, people have asked me what I think, and I usually respond that I’m curious, like everyone else. It’s as simple as this: I’ve personally met over two dozen people who have described their encounters with ETs (extraterrestrials), both visual & actual contact, and they’re reliable witnesses, far as I can tell.

That’s the sort of thing I would like to share, here.

So, being curious, I keep asking questions. Hope you do, too.