During transmission of the Apollo 11 moon landing of astronauts Aldrin and Armstrong in 1969,two minutes of silence occurred in which the image and sound were interrupted. NASA insisted this problem resulted from one of the television cameras which had "overheated", thus interfering with the reception. This unexpected problem surprised even the most qualified of viewers who could not explain how in such a costly project, one of the most essential elements could break down for just two minutes.
Some time after the historic moon landing, project director of the base in Houston, Christopher Kraft, made some surprising comments when he left NASA. Some of those comments are included at the end of this piece. The following conversation has been corroborated by hundreds of amateur radio operators who had connected their stations to the same frequency through which the Apollo 11 astronauts transmitted. During the two minute interruption - which was not as it seemed - NASA, Armstrong and Aldrin with Cape Kennedy, censored both image and sound to the major media.
Here is the actual dialogue between the American astronauts and Houston Control Center, reproduced in its entirety:
ARMSTRONG/ALDRIN: "Those are giant things. No, no, no, this is not an optical illusion. No one is going to believe this!"
HOUSTON: "What...what...what? What the hell is happening? What's wrong with you?"
ARMSTRONG/ALDRIN: "They're here under the surface."
HOUSTON: "What's there? (muffled noise) Emission interrupted; interference control calling Apollo 11."
ARMSTRONG/ALDRIN: "We saw some visitors. They were here for a while, observing the instruments."
HOUSTON: "Repeat your last information."
ARMSTRONG/ALDRIN: "I say that there were other spaceships. They're lined up in the other side of the crater."
ARMSTRONG/ALDRIN: "Let us sound this orbita...in 625 to 5...automatic relay connected...My hands are shaking so badly I can't do anything. Film it? God, if these damned cameras have picked up anything-- what then?"
HOUSTON: "Have you picked up anything?"
ARMSTRONG/ALDRIN: "I didn't have any film at hand. Three shots of the saucers, or whatever they were that were ruining the film."
HOUSTON: "Control, control here. Are you on your way? What is the uproar with the UFO's over?"
ARMSTRONG/ALDRIN: "They've landed there. There they are and they're watching us."
HOUSTON: "The mirrors, the mirrors--have you set them up?"
ARMSTRONG/ALDRIN: "Yes, they're in the right place. But whoever made those spaceships surely can come tomorrow and remove them. Over and out."
Christopher Kraft, chief of the Houston base, commented: "The reaction of our men has been very unusual, but I don't doubt that space has influenced them in everything. The example of Armstrong's modesty is not without impact, and Aldrin's altruism provides food for thought. In any case, I think that they all had something in common as they came back to Earth better men than when they left it."
"I SAY THAT THERE WERE OTHER SPACESHIPS."