Some of the cast and crew of the new Star Trek movie, Star Trek Into Darkness, got a chance to speak to some astronauts via Google+ Hangout. The movie’s producer and director, J.J. Abrams started off the questioning asking if they had seen anything strange that makes them believe in aliens. Although the astronauts said they hadn’t, one of the stars of the movie, Alice Eve, says she was not convinced.
The Star Trek cast and crew included writer/producer Damon Lindelof and stars Chris Pine, John Cho, and Alice Eve. They talked to astronauts Michael Fincke and Kjell Lindgren at the Johnson Space Center, and Chris Cassidy aboard the International Space Station.
Abrams was not able to participate in the live event, but he started off the questions with a video that was recorded earlier. He asked:
I wish I could be there, but I couldn’t attend, so I am doing this very important question on video, which is the following. I talked to an astronaut once who told me on one of his missions he actually did see something really strange that he couldn’t explain that made him believe in extraterrestrial life, and my question to you is. Have either of you ever seen anything that made you believe that, or something you couldn’t explain or couldn’t understand, that you didn’t really necessarily share with the public, but that you want to share with us now? Thanks.
That was a great question from J.J., we get that question a lot. We all want to know, ‘are we the only ones out there?’And Star Trek helps us imagine what it could be like if there were other creatures, other people, other species. I spent a whole year in space, 381 days, but it is only 240 miles up, so that’s not very far in cosmic terms. So we think as we go farther out, and into the universe, we might find something out there that we don’t know about. I have never seen anything, maybe Kjell will on his mission, but I think as we go farther out, with the inspiration we get from you guys making these great feats of imagination and excitement, the movies that you make, inspire us to be our best as human beings on planet earth.
Everyone laughed and got a kick out of the question and the answer, Lindelof commented, “What a great answer. Mike, can you confirm you have not been taken over by aliens? It felt a little too polished.”
Fincke said, “No, I have done this before and I am an American human being who loves being part of our space program, and we all look up to you guys to inspire us.”
To which Lindelof replied, “Now we know something is seriously wrong.”
The spirit of the conversation was light and fun. The Star Trek members repeatedly commented on what a thrill it as to be talking to the astronauts, especially one in space.
On an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Eve told Kimmel:
That was definitely the coolest thing we’ve done. I mean, we’ve shared the movie with countries around the world, but we got to Skype… with the guy in a space station. And he was turning around in the air when we were talking to him and when he would talk, he would suddenly let go of his mic and it would just stay there. It was a very weird experience.
However, Eve also says she found Fincke’s answer to Abrams’ question unconvincing. She told Kimmel:
J.J. asked this question, ‘So have you seen alien life?’… and the response that the guys at the NASA base gave us… was so rehearsed and so clear that they had seen (aliens).
She then nervously said she thought she might get abducted for saying this. Kimmel respond “Interesting, so you believe there is a party line that they are given, and they kind of have to regurgitate it.”
Kimmel, obviously enamored by the beautiful actress, asked if she believed in aliens, she said she did and he quickly responded, “then I do too.”
While Eve is not convinced the astronauts are telling the truth, another interesting question would be who Abrams spoke to, and what did the astronaut see to convince him of extraterrestrial life? If any of you happen to bump into him, be sure to ask.
Rumour has it that the original Star-Trek series was concieved after Gene Roddenberry encountered a group of spiritualists who were involved in channeling a group of off-world entities known as “The Coulncil of Nine”. The nine main characters in the Next Generation series was a reference to this and also to the 9 Gods of Greek mythology.
Nowadays there are still individuals who are chanelling information from a number of non-terrestrial sources from a several different star systems. Don’t take my word for it, search Youtube for Darryl Anka who has been channeling a group of entities known collectively as “Bashar” since the mid seventies.
Pathetic piggy-backing off a brainless big-boobed Hollywood star’s ravings. Shame on you.
It is a completely legitimate story, regardless of if it centers around a beautiful actress. I think the most interesting revelation is J.J. Abrams’ claim that an astronaut told him he saw something strange that convinces him of extraterrestrial life. Either way, mainstream perceptions on this topic, including Hollywood, are something we cover.
” I think the most interesting revelation is J.J. Abrams’ claim that an astronaut told him he saw something strange that convinces him of extraterrestrial life”
So you’re into third-hand hearsay, now? The “space UFO” stories are everywhere, but always seem to turn out to be dead ends. Do you think repeating them another million times or so will somehow make them more credible? The Internet is drowning in reverberations and echoes of gossip, confabulation, and confusion, to the point where serious investigators despair of ever filtering out any genuine signals [which I do not doubt could exist]. In this scene, do you act like somebody who is part of the solution, or part of the problem?
If the mythical NASA MIBs never offed Ed Mitchell and Gordon Cooper, what is this legendary ‘secret astronaut’ afraid of? Who at NASA has EVER been punished for saying anything they want to about this subject, or any other?
Now I am piggy-backing off the ravings of a space journalist. Look, I don’t think Abrams would lie. If Abrams really did speak to an astronaut it would certainly be interesting to find out who and what they have to say. They could be staying quiet because of fear of ridicule, not of “NASA MIBs.” Just because other “space UFO” stories have not panned out, it doesn’t mean we should ignore new ones.
I don’t agree with Eve here, but she certainly isn’t alone in her opinion. I don’t think there are NASA MIBs, but it is part of the mythology that there are, and I see it as my duty to report on that as well. It is part of this phenomenon. I can understand your frustration, but I see this as a cultural phenomenon as much as it is a scientific one (see Jung story from yesterday).
Ultimately, I would say this story is certainly part of the solution, because it is the only one that points out that there is a credible piece of information that is worth following up on, and that is Abrams’ account of the alleged astronaut.
I feel compelled to jump into at least part of this “conversation.” I’m referring to the comment by Seryn. I’m not even criticizing the notion that Roddenberry might have hung out with some geniuses who were channeling some “off-world entities.” But are we supposed to even have a clue what you mean when you say they were “The Coulncil of Nine”? Excuse me, Coulncil of Nine? I’m going to take a stab here and suggest you were trying to enlighten us by referring to someone allegedly called the COUNCIL of Nine, as opposed to COULNCIL? How can you mangle something like that and expect anyone to consider what you’re telling us has any roots in credibility?
And could you please get in the habit of actually using the words “allegedly” or “supposedly” instead of just throwing out statements of probable fantasy as exclamations of fact?
Interesting how you (appropriately) say, “Don’t take my word for it.” But then you shave off more credibility by directing us to search out someone else who’s been (where, oh where, is that word “allegedly”?) channeling the Bashar entities during a time when the hippie culture of America had almost completely faded out…maybe the holdovers became the Bashar channelers.
It shouldn’t be too much to ask for healthier doses of credibility from armchair critics who want to throw their 2 cents into the mix. Maybe I should consult the Coulncil of Nine for an answer.
“Ultimately, I would say this story is certainly part of the solution, because it is the only one that points out that there is a credible piece of information that is worth following up on, and that is Abrams’ account of the alleged astronaut.”
I look forward to your follow-up and its results. But may I say that it reminds me of the story Boswell told of Johnson, who is supposed to have quipped, after hearing the news of a friend’s second marriage, “Ahh, the triumph of hope over experience.”
My own experience on these stories is presented at http://www.jamesoberg.com/ufo.html
We shall see. BTW, thank you for your comments Mr. Oberg. Your perspective is certainly an important one, and I appreciate your contributions.
Yes! Finally something about Mitchell.