A veteran US astronaut says the Cold War ended peacefully because extra-terrestrials visited Earth and kept nuclear war from happening, Fox News reports. Edgar Mitchell, who flew on Apollo 14 and was the sixth man to walk on the moon, says his version of events is based on military sources. Air Force officers "told me UFOs were frequently seen overhead and often disabled their missiles," he tells the Mirror. "Other officers from bases on the Pacific coast told me their [test] missiles were frequently shot down by alien spacecraft." Those UFOs were allegedly spotted over New Mexico's White Sands military facility, where the first nuclear bomb detonation occurred in 1945. Mitchell himself grew up in New Mexico, not far from White Sands and the infamous Roswell site.
"You don't know the area like I do," he adds. "White Sands was a testing ground for atomic weapons—and that's what the extraterrestrials were interested in. They wanted to know about our military capabilities." Of course, doubters aren't hard to find. Nick Pope, who once conducted UFO research for Britain's Ministry of Defence, says Mitchell is "an honorable and truthful man," but the "idea that peace-loving extraterrestrials are here to warn humanity about our destructive ways" is common among New Age UFO lovers. "I'd [also] point out that it's almost exactly the plot of the classic 1951 sci-fi movie The Day the Earth Stood Still." Mitchell's not alone, however: Ex-Canadian defence minister Paul Hellyer claims UFO files have long been hidden as part of an international conspiracy, Huffington Post UK reports.