Buck Nelson - First man on Mars...Moon...oh...Venus too
In the mid-50s, UFO fever had become like a hydra with many heads pulling in different directions…and snapping at each other. Same as today really.
Scientists swelled the ranks of NICAP (1st board)
and discussions were causing hot tempers within the USAF
as everyone sought to stick a pin in a ‘flying saucer.’ In many ways, it was the last period of time for UFOs to be seriously wondered about, in
public, by society’s intelligentsia.
Not everyone was taking the sober approach...
God rides a saucer
Others were yelling ‘Hallelujah’ and seeing the visitors as distant cousins to Jesus. Amen y’all! These beautiful blonde-haired, white folk
from outer space came with all the secrets of world peace, brotherly love and free rides to the moon and beyond. They bore witness to God and Jesus
and only asked for one
thing in return…our Trust.
Without exception, our space-truckin’ missionaries left not so much as a page of their bibles or a cure for hay fever. What they did leave was a
selection of individuals to testify on their behalf and demand just two
things: TRUST…and money.
Over in the Ozark Mountains, Buck Nelson was one such guy who rode the wave of space-age spiritualism for a decade. He began with a photo in 1954 and
had been to Venus, Mars and the Moon by 1957.
Buck’s photo of his first contact
Six months after this, he was visited again and was asked if it was okay for them to land? He said ‘Sure.’ It would be a month later when they
came back to land in one of the straight-up, weirdest
encounter claims in ufological history, mystery and mythology.
Space Brothers go 'commando'
Around midnight, March 5th 1955, Buck was approached by 3 naked men and a ‘400lb’ dog.
The captain was called ‘Bob Solomon’ and
a younger man was called ‘Young Bucky.’ Before duelling banjos
broke the night air, he was
also introduced to the enormous dog, ‘Bo,’ which shook his hand. The 3rd man was friendly and offered no name although ‘Billy Bo Bob jnr’
wouldn’t have surprised anyone.
It takes a special sort of guy to spend time with 3 naked men and their half-ton dog. Bob, Buck, Bucky and Bo?!
Before going aboard the spaceship, Buck had to write down the ’12 Laws of God…on Venus.’
Hold on…these look familiar…
With that done, he was away to Mars where his classic understatement, ‘a good meal’ failed to do justice to the history of the occasion.
From there he was off to the Moon where he and Bo had a walk around the craters. With barely enough time to eat another meal, they were off to
There are more of the same bland descriptions of Venus and those who live there as you can read
Strikingly, Buck describes how everyone he meets wears coveralls. In
Buck’s experience, our Solar System is populated only by men wearing bib-coveralls….and big dogs.
Back on Earth, Buck wasted no time letting the people of the Ozark Mountains know all about his adventures and word soon spread. He opened a festival
called the ‘Spacecraft Convention’ that ran for 10 years and must have made some useful extra income. At its peak, it was allegedly attended by up
to 5000 people.
Reading between the lines of Nelson’s book is like a peek into his inner thoughts. All the benefits he describes on Venus and Mars are the things
that would trouble him most on his farm in Missouri. Out in space, they have no taxes, no roads to maintain...they especially don’t have to tidy
their own bedrooms. There are no Governments or police to hassle folk and women are not seen and not heard. In his idealistic world, men are
God-fearing white-men and get to wear bib-coveralls all the live-long day with no women to bother them. The eating’s good too!
Just as importantly, there was no threat of nuclear energy out in space and Young Bucky made it clear what would happen to America if it didn't
abandon the path they were on...
As 1950s America settled in for the Cold War, people were worried about nuclear power and atom bombs. They were torn between Post-War success and the
dread of a terrible new war. Some of that paranoid conspiracy thinking was born in those years. For many, they wanted ‘space-visitors’ and God to
save them or take them away from it all. So, as the Buck Nelsons told their tales to the believers, they could all dream about white saviours whom
they could TRUST. After all, these star-truckin’ Space Brothers already lived in the light of the Lord and could be trusted more than anyone on
Sources and Links
Buck Nelson - My Trip to Mars, the Moon and Venus. (pdf copy)
Buck Nelson wiki
Flying Saucer Review Vol 1; No2 - Letter from Nelson and the UFO photograph
Ballester-Olmos - The Year in Photos - 1954
Nelson's photo is identified as a double-exposure.