Astronauts — Wouldn’t they logically be among the best UFO eyewitnesses, especially because conditions outside the atmosphere would be much more likely to render UFO sightings much more convincing than those seen on ground or in the air? After all, certain common ways of misidentifying mundane aerial phenomena just wouldn’t be there, such as misinterpretations of ordinary things like aircraft, birds, clouds, and balloons.
Claimed sightings and pictures of UFOs liberally pepper the literature, but nowhere else in the same is there anywhere near such an enormous amount of blatant fraud and deception by those UFO proponents personally engaged in distortions of the real reports of astronauts and doctoring, even totally fabricating the photographs offered as alleged supporting evidence for their claims.
A thorough scrutiny of astronaut UFO sightings gives a very strong indication, if not certainty, that every alleged UFO report attributed to astronauts is simply and unequivocally false.
First off, those reports claimed to be genuinely made personally by the astronauts are shown to have been distorted by the UFO media when examined closer, despite the fact that conventional explanations would be obvious. Even if an object in space isn’t a star or planet, this doesn’t strengthen the case for it being a UFO or anything else extraordinary.
Secondly, UFO proponents will often selectively ignore or omit an astronaut’s own description of what they actually did see, persuading some of those who read these reports to believe that any particular sighting was much more mysterious than it actually was.
Mystery-mongering is endemic to the pseudosciences, and UFOlogy is certainly no exception.
In manufacturing these sightings, UFO proponents show themselves greatly untrustworthy by engaging in this often deliberate deception of their readers, making up absurdly sensationalistic claims which they then substitute for the genuine but conventional reports and actual images taken. But it’s usually those UFO magazines with low circulation and those in the UFO community who lazily and poorly if at all research their facts who are prone to doing this. Mostly.
Considering the clearly evident star-power of astronauts, like any appeal to celebrity, and assisted by the often knowing and purposeful deception by some UFO enthusiasts, this situation casts a great deal of doubt on the claim that UFOs are anything more than just a terrestrial psycho-cultural phenomenon and not truly something exotic, like aliens or psychic projections, however seemingly boring and mundane this fact might be.
Pseudoscience and the Paranormal, by Terence Hines, pp. 188-190, published by Prometheus Books, 1988.