"They're all over the sky..."
This is Friendship Seven. I'll try to describe what I'm in here. I am in a big mass of some very small particles, that are brilliantly lit up like they're luminescent. I never saw anything like it. They round a little; they're coming by the capsule, and they look like little stars. A whole shower of them coming by.
Check out this amazing audio file where we can hear the amazement of Astronaut John Glenn after his capsule is surrounded by countless, strange UFOs.
This audio transmission can easily be described as one of the most amazing pieces of evidence of a mysterious extraterrestrial presence during manned missions to space.
This old audio file lets you listen into a small part of the conversation between the Mercury-Atlas 6 (MA-6) capsule piloted by John Glenn and CAPCOM, on the 20th of February, 1962, the first manned orbital mission of the United States.
Launched from Kennedy Space Center, Fla., he completed a successful three-orbit mission around the earth, reaching a maximum altitude (apogee) of approximately 162 statute miles and an orbital velocity of approximately 17,500 miles per hour. Glenn's "Friendship 7" Mercury spacecraft landed approximately 800 miles southeast of KSC in the vicinity of Grand Turk Island. Mission duration from launch to impact was 4 hours, 55 minutes, and 23 seconds.
In the audio file, Mr. Glenn refers to his capsule as Friendship 7 and can be heard describing seeing a “brilliant blue horizon” coming up behind him as it approaches sunrise.
Then, he suddenly realizes something peculiar is happening all around him, as he is ‘intercepted’ by countless UFOs which engulfed his capsule.
Here is the transcript of the event:
John Glenn: This is Friendship Seven. It's blinding through the scope on clear. It's started up just as I gave you that mark; I'm going to the dark filter to watch it come on up.
John Glenn: This is Friendship Seven. I'll try to describe what I'm in here. I am in a big mass of some very small particles, that are brilliantly lit up like they're luminescent. I never saw anything like it. They round a little; they're coming by the capsule, and they look like little stars. A whole shower of them coming by.
John Glenn: They swirl around the capsule and go in front of the window and they're all brilliantly lighted. They probably average maybe 7 or 8 feet apart, but I can see them all down below me, also.
Intrigued by the events, CAPCOM asked Glenn to describe the objects, and whether they were impacting his spacecraft.
CAPCOM: Roger, Friendship Seven. Can you hear any impact with the capsule? Over.
John Glenn: Negative, negative. They're very slow; they're not going away from me more than maybe 3 or 4 miles per hour. They're going at the same speed I am approximately. They're only very slightly under my speed. Over.
John Glenn: They do, they do have a different motion, though, from me because they swirl around the capsule and then depart back the way I am looking.
John Glenn: Are you receiving? Over.
John Glenn: There are literally thousands of them.
After having described the objects Glenn gets no response from CAPCOM and asks if he is in contact with anyone while continuing to discuss the strange objects around his spacecraft.
John Glenn: This is Friendship Seven. Am I in contact with anyone? Over.
Eventually, nearly five minutes after describing the events, CAPCOM responds, saying that Glenn sounded a little “garbled”, and is asked what his oxygen levels were.
Strangely, CAPCOM did not address the strange events with Glenn, who explains that the mystery particles are still around the spacecraft.
After realizing CAPCOM is not answering Glenn decided to photograph the mystery objects.
Then, he is asked by CAPCOM how big the particles were and whether they moved by or floated with him.
CAPCOM suggested that the particles may have come from the spacecraft, but Mr. Glenn said this was not the case.
Curiously, after Friendship seven's successful orbit, another astronaut on board the Aurora 7 capsule, Scott Carpenter, also saw the mystery objects in space.
NASA scientists eventually looked into the mystery sighing and concluded that the objects seen in space were just ice particles caught by sunlight.
NASA claimed that ice had accumulated on the outside of the capsule and that what the two astronauts saw were free-floating Ice particles.
However, Mr. Glenn wasn't convinced by the explanation. During his second orbit, he reported seeing the objects again for miles in each direction.
Transcript source: Mercury 6 Space Log
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