Former Astronaut Announces: We Are Officially Not Alone

Don't believe in the existence of extra-terrestrials? The US Government disagrees with you, but they'd never admit it in public. At least, that's what one former astronaut is claiming, and wouldn't a former astronaut know?

Admittedly, the astronaut in question, Edgar Mitchell (who flew in 1971's Apollo 14 moon mission) is from Roswell, New Mexico, but that's not the only reason why he is so convinced of our alien neighbors; he claims that he's had it confirmed to him by a Pentagon official, according to a CNN report:

An unnamed admiral working for the Joint Chiefs of Staff promised to uncover the truth behind the Roswell story, Mitchell said. The stories of a UFO crash "were confirmed," but the admiral was then denied access when he "tried to get into the inner workings of that process."

The same admiral, Mitchell claimed, now denies the story.

Mitchell, meanwhile, is unlikely to deny what he considers mankind's true purpose:

Our destiny, in my opinion, and we might as well get started with it, is [to] become a part of the planetary community. ... We should be ready to reach out beyond our planet and beyond our solar system to find out what is really going on out there.

It's a laudably noble hope... I just wish that Mitchell didn't seem quite so paranoid in the story surrounding it.

Former astronaut: Man not alone in universe [CNN] (Thanks, Matthew.)