Today a Soyuz FG rocket blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome space centre in
Kazakhstan carrying a man called Maj. Tim Peake who has been called
" Britain's first astronaut". This is not completely true, in
the sense that he's not literally the first Briton in space; however the person
who holds that honour, Helen Sharman, was a designated passenger only on the
technicalities of space exploration. Unlike his compatriot predecessor, Tim
Peake is trained as an active crew-member of a spacecraft. (However I'm sure
there are many British people who've been into space secretly, before and
since, but that's a story for another time). After years of training, "Major
Tim" as he has been dubbed (Just wait for the inevitable cover version of
David Bowie's Space Oddity to hit the
charts) is now in space. His parents, along with his wife Rebecca and their two
sons, watched the rocket ascend from the same launch pad that the first man in
space (supposedly), Yuri Gagarin, did on April the 12th 1961. People all over the world have been cheering him on and
there was a live screening of the launch at the where some of the children came dressed as astronauts. In
Tim's hometown of London Science Museum Chichester, West Sussex, a big party is in full swing. The Soyuz TMA orbital stage
has been heading up to the International Space Station where, at about this afternoon, it docked in order to drop off Tim and his
two crewmates for a six month mission on board the space station. I wish him
all the best. Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-35101643.
When he comes back to Earth I'll have to get in touch with him and ask him a key question: Tim, did you see a UFO while you were up in space? This might seem a strange thing to do. Astronauts are highly-trained sober and rational professionals whose mental health is very carefully screened; why would they see UFO's? However this hypothetical question is made moot by a far simpler actual one: Do astronauts see UFO's up in space? The answer is yes. Some have spoken openly about it like Buzz Aldrin, Gennady Strekalov and Col. Gordon Cooper. Despite this, NASA, Roscosmos, the ESA and all other government space agencies' official position on UFO's is that there is no evidence they exist. As the Disclosure Petition II revealed, this is a lie, see: http://hpanwo-tv.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/what-happened-to-disclosure-petition-ii.html. There are other reasons to suspect that the presence of UFO's in space is being deliberately suppressed. Occasionally strange objects are picked up by approved space footage and the commentary by the astronauts on the scene and mission control is curious. They carefully avoid mentioning the phenomenon and sometimes you'll hear mission control asking the astronauts to alter their radio settings and then they go quiet; occasionally the live feed will also suddenly "go down" due to "technical problems". Here's a good example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiDvkB_rG-Q. This indicates that the astronauts have a separate private communications channel, one that is probably encrypted, for discussing classified issues. So then they must be briefed in to the subject of UFO's and how to deal with them when they appear; including keeping them secret from the media and viewing public. UFO's probably have the status of an "open secret" within the space-faring community. There are a few instances when an astronaut exhibits behaviour that reveals they have not yet been initiated into this open secret. In November 2014 the Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti was involved in a spacewalk outside the ISS when she experienced something that shocked her into gasping and yelling: "Oh my God! Oh my God! Oh my God!..." What's even more interesting is the response of the man assisting her on the EVA. Her Russian colleague does not react to the phenomenon and immediately orders her to be silent. Is he used to such things? Has he been warned beforehand that UFO's sometimes appear and that he should keep that to himself? When this incident occurred, Samantha Cristoforetti was new on the space station and clearly nobody had yet had the chance to take her to one side and have a quiet word: "Samantha... erm... there's a few things you need to know..." Tim Peake is a sane, expert and professional astronaut, but so is Samantha Cristoforetti and she was not included into the circle of those in the know... at least she wasn't at first; obviously she is now. Perhaps Tim Peake knows nothing about the UFO scene up there yet either. In which case, we should watch out for a similar exclamation for Tim as we had from Samantha, albeit perhaps a more masculine, British, stiff-upper-lipped: "Good Heavens above!"
See here for a related article: http://hpanwo-voice.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/man-on-mars-in-this-decade.html.