The UFO Conspiracy Revelations of NASA Astronaut Gordon Cooper

Marcus Lowth
Published Date
March 27, 2017
Last Updated
October 14, 2021
Estimated Reading Time
4 min read
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UFOs, Cover-Ups

Several NASA astronauts have gone on record to state their beliefs in UFOs, their origin, and of extra-terrestrial life. Perhaps none more passionately and consistently though than, Gordon Cooper.

Right up until his death in 2004, Cooper continued to speak out. He would speak about what he clearly came to see as a conspiracy of the withholding of evidence and information. The ever growing disclosure projects around the world, owe much to Cooper’s involvement in their efforts.

Astronaut Gordon Cooper in his space suit.

Astronaut Gordon Cooper in his space suit.

To say Cooper is a credible witness is a huge understatement. His service history as a test pilot and as a NASA astronaut speaks for itself.

Perhaps then, his claims of the authenticity of alien life, as well as secret military projects beyond even the most imaginative sci-fi fanatic, should attract a little more seriousness of mind. After all, this is a man who has not only worked in the upper echelons of the military and NASA. He has also undertaken close work with intelligence agencies around the world, perhaps most notably, the CIA. Further to that, he has spent considerable time at Lockheed Skunk Works. This particular operation is hugely responsible for the “hardware” of the “black budget” programs.

Unlike others who are possibly seeking attention and money from their statements, you have to ask, what would such an accomplished person, considered by most to be at the top of his profession, have to gain from inventing such outlandish incidents. His wealth of experience surely suggests a person such as Gordon Cooper, would know more than most what really goes on behind some of the most secretive of closed doors.

The short video below features various news clips and interview bites with Cooper.

Top Secret Test Flights and Space Missions

Gordon Cooper is one of the most decorated of all NASA’s astronauts. He would spend a total of two-hundred and twenty-two hours outside of the planet in the vacuum of space. His accomplishments are as impressive as they are many. Among them is being the first American astronaut to sleep in space, flying the longest logged flight of the Mercury programs, and being the last American to fly solo for an entire orbital mission.

Despite his wealth of experience with NASA, Cooper’s UFO encounters all took place while he served as a test pilot. The first of these projects would see Cooper take up residence in Germany at a US airbase in 1951. It was while stationed here, he would see strange crafts in the skies.

The strange “metallic, saucer-shaped vehicles” would appear for several consecutive nights. To Cooper, there was no doubt whatsoever that these crafts were under the guidance of intelligent beings. He also severely doubted they were beings indigenous to Earth, sighting his vast experience on such matters.

Perhaps his most famous, and certainly most documented encounter, took place in 1957 in California. Before we look at that incident though, check out the short video below that looks at Project Mercury.

UFO Lands at Edwards Air Force Base, 1957

During preparations for rocket launch tests on 3rd May 1957, Cooper’s team would see a UFO land at Edwards Air Force Base in California. A camera had been set up to record the launches.

Approximately fifty yards away from Cooper’s team, a saucer-shaped craft hovered in the air. It then began to descend to the ground. Three “legs” outstretched from the underside of the craft as it used them to settle on the ground.

After a short while, members of Cooper’s team slowly made their way towards this strange object. As they did so, it rose into the air, ascending high above them and disappearing from sight. All the while, not a sound came from the craft.

Following official protocol for such sightings, Cooper packaged up the film and sent it to the Pentagon for analysis. Not only did he not receive the film back. He would never hear anything from Pentagon about the incident again.

The short video below features Cooper speaking about the incident in Germany and California.

Gordon Cooper’s Letter To United Nations, 9th November 1978

In 1978, Cooper would write an open letter to the United Nations, [1] essentially pleading with them to release information to the public, and to pursue a project to make contact.

Cooper stressed his belief that “our extra-terrestrial visitors” were likely arriving here from other planets. This suggested that they were considerably more “technically advanced” than us. So much so a “top level, coordinated program” should go into action.

He went on to state that, through scientific analysis of UFO encounters from around the world, humans could decide how to “interface with these visitors in a friendly fashion!”

He also clearly states that human beings need to demonstrate that we can “resolve our problems by peaceful means, rather than warfare, before we are accepted as fully qualified universal team members!” What is interesting here is that this sentiment is very similar former Canadian Defense Minister, Paull Hellyer. Hellyer is the arguably the highest ranking official to go on record to attest that extraterrestrials are visiting Earth.

He goes on to speak about his own UFO experiences before he puts forward that “most astronauts are very reluctant to even discuss UFOs!” This is because of the “threat” of people using their names to sell fake UFO stories. Those that do speak out, Cooper claims, “do so very cautiously!”

What Cooper is basically asking for from the UN, is that by lending their name to such a project, it would encourage some of the great minds needed to succeed, to come forward and work in an area they would otherwise stay away from for fear of mocking or cuts to their funding.

The UFO “Cover-Up” Is Real!

Gordon Cooper went on to reveal mountains of information following his request of the UN in 1978.

He would speak of the covering up of information by NASA and other arms of government. Cooper would continually press for the release of this information, becoming heavily involved in UFO disclosure projects.

He would also make claims of aliens being present on Earth. He made the statement that he had been present on a military base when “they brought one in!” Furthermore, he would always heavily hint that the back-engineering of alien technology could “very much be true!” Many took his response to mean they should read “between the lines” – and many still do.

The interview below sees Cooper speak at length on the conspiracy to withhold information from the wider public. It is from some time ago and talks about a great many things. It is however very interesting viewing and thoughts, from a very interesting person.


1 Astronaut Gordon Cooper’s letter to the UN regarding UFO, SETI at Home

Marcus Lowth

Marcus Lowth is a writer with a love for UFOs, aliens, and the Ancient Astronaut Theory, to the paranormal, general conspiracies, and unsolved mysteries. He has been writing and researching with over 20 years of experience.

Marcus has been Editor-in-Chief for several years due to his excellent knowledge in these fields. Marcus also regularly appears as an expert on radio talk shows including Troubled Minds and Unexplained Radio discussing these topics.

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  • James Oberg says:

    Thanks for the constructive response. Both he and Mitchell made it clear they had never encountered UFOs on their space missions nor had any of the other astronauts they knew in Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo. I believe them.

    Cooper’s story [told decades later] about the 1957 Edwards landing is fascinating, in that his account conflicts with every other witness and document [all other sources agree there never was any landing. landing gear deployment, or coverup]. His later years, with advancing Parkinson’s, were characterized by a long series of stories that grew more and more fantastical, including the current “Cooper’s Treasure” program on ‘Discovery’, that appears to be entirely imaginary. Sad that his 1960s heroics were followed by pitiful declining years.

  • Monkey Grip says:

    Cooper did speak with great frustration about how the government controlled all information about ufo related matters. I have not combed his comments referencing NASA specifically but my recollection is he attributed the control to a well organized group with great power that had overwatch of the military, the Dept. Of State & all other departments including NASA. I don’t recall he ever speculated how this overwatch group operated within the government nor do I recall he referenced the group’s existence but he certainly recognized the power and effectiveness.

  • James Oberg says:

    “[Cooper] would speak of the covering up of information by NASA…..”

    Show me.

    • James Oberg says:

      I guess you just made that up. Typical.

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