Upcoming 50th Anniversary -- First astronaut UFO sighting?

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posted on May, 9 2013 @ 08:04 AM
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Shortly it will be the fiftieth anniversary of Gordon Cooper's Mercury-9 spaceflight.

Cooper's flight marked the first unambiguous claim of a UFO sighting in space.

Cooper himself has subsequently denied it, but I'm still not satisfied we understand where the story CAME from.

My suspicion is that Clark McClelland, a technician at Cape Canaveral and a secret NICAP operative, sent the story to Keyhoe who released it in Washington.

I've asked Clark this, but he hasn't responded:



Quite an anniversary coming up in a few days. Since you told JFK about astronaut UFO encounters on Mercury flights, I'm assuming it was you who informed Keyhoe about the UFO that Gordo saw on MA-9, the one NBC reported but was officially denied -- can you confirm that please, for the sake of history? Frank Edwards is getting the credit for disclosing it, but he wouldn't have known anything if you hadn't passed the word from inside the Cape, isn't that right?


I'm dismissing the story as a hoax, but then, I would. More to the point, how did the story start?




posted on May, 9 2013 @ 08:52 AM
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You suspect this about Clark, but how do you know that he was a secret NICAP operative? Just curious.

I don't know if I would call it a hoax or just a myth.
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posted on May, 9 2013 @ 11:02 AM
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Originally posted by wtbengineer
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You suspect this about Clark, but how do you know that he was a secret NICAP operative? Just curious.

I don't know if I would call it a hoax or just a myth.
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He has made that claim for years, and showed his membership card pdfs at his website.

The closest he has come to claiming credit for it, is his story about meeting JFK at the Cape and handing him a letter detailing astronaut UFO sightings on every Mercury mission -- I recall he claimed that explicitly. Since that occurred in November 1963, Cooper's mission was in the preceding time period.



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