In 1957, Leroy Gordon “Gordo” Cooper, Jr., one of the seven original astronauts of the U.S.’s first manned space program, “Project Mercury,” witnessed a UFO landing. He’s another astronaut who claims to have seen a real UFO.

Cooper was part of a select group of test pilots at the Edwards Air Force Base in California in 1957 when he saw a legitimate UFO for the first time, Humansarefree reported.

Cooper states, “I had a camera crew filming the installation when they spotted a saucer. They filmed it as it flew overhead, then hovered, extended three legs as landing gear, and slowly came down to land on a dry lake bed!

“These guys were all pro cameramen, so the picture quality was very good. The camera crew managed to get within 20 or 30 yards of it, filming all the time. It was a classic saucer, shiny silver and smooth, about 30 feet across. It was pretty clear it was an alien craft.

“As they approached closer it took off.”

Cooper claims that when the camera crew handed him the recording, he followed usual procedures and forwarded it to Washington, where he reported the UFO contact. 

“After a while a high-ranking officer said when the film was developed I was to put it in a pouch and send it to Washington. He didn’t say anything about me not looking at the film. That’s what I did when it came back from the lab and it was all there just like the camera crew reported.”

Cooper Jr. is convinced that an extraterrestrial vehicle crashed in Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947 and that the authorities rescued many “alien beings” from the wreckage.

“I had a good friend at Roswell, a fellow officer. He had to be careful about what he said. But it sure wasn’t a weather balloon, like the Air Force cover story. He made it clear to me what crashed was a craft of alien origin, and members of the crew were recovered.”

Cooper was one of a number of high-ranking officials who believed that the people of Earth had a right to know about alien life outside in the universe.

Cooper added, “It started in World War 2, when the government didn’t want people to know about UFO reports in case they panicked,” said Cooper. “They would have been fearful it was superior enemy technology that we had no defense against. Then it got worse in the Cold War for the same reason.

“So they told one untruth, they had to tell another to cover that one, then another, then another . . . it just snowballed. And right now I’m convinced a lot of very embarrassed government officials are sitting there in Washington trying to figure a way to bring the truth out. They know it’s got to come out one day, and I’m sure it will.

“America has a right to know!”