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Huge cylindrical UFOs spotted in Apollo 9 photo

A government case file added to the Black Vault website recently is an image of the moon taken during the Apollo 9 mission in 1969. The photograph, which can be found on NASA’s website, shows what appear to be three large cylindrical objects. They look as though they are in close proximity to the moon.

Apollo 9 Moon UFOs
UFOs near the moon? Close-up of the moon from NASA Apollo 9 image AS09-23-3500. (Credit: NASA)

At NASA’s website the image is labeled AS09-23-3500. The site lists the technical specifications of the camera the photograph was taken with, but does not include a caption. The only thing listed as a feature is the words, “LUNAR VIEW.”

Apollo 9 AS09-23-3500
Full photo of Apollo 9 image AS09-23-3500. (Credit: NASA)

The Apollo 9 mission was a near-earth orbit mission with the primary purpose of testing the lunar module. It included the first manned flight, the first detachment, and first docking of the lunar module. The crew included astronauts James McDivitt, David Scott, and Russell Schweickart. It was the second manned use of the Saturn V rocket, and launched on March 3, 1969. The crew returned to earth on March 13, 1969.

Gumdrop Meets Spider
Apollo 9 Command/Service Modules (CSM) nicknamed “Gumdrop” and Lunar Module (LM), nicknamed “Spider” are shown docked together as Command Module pilot David R. Scott stands in the open hatch. Astronaut Russell L. Schweickart, Lunar Module pilot, took this photograph of Scott during his EVA as he stood on the porch outside the Lunar Module. (Credit: NASA / Russell L. Schweickart)

The UFO moon image was taken on March 10, 1969. Often UFO images taken by astronauts turn out to be reflections or debris that is closer than it appears. You can download this image from NASA’s website yourself. Zoom in and see what you think.

Alejandro Rojas

Alejandro Rojas is a radio host for Open Minds Radio, editor and contributing writer for Open Minds magazine as well as OpenMinds.tv. For several years Alejandro was the official spokesperson for the Mutual UFO Network as the Director of Public Education. As a UFO/Paranormal researcher and journalist, Alejandro has spent many hours in the field investigating phenomena up close and personal. Alejandro has been interviewed by media organizations around the world, including the largest cable and network news agencies with several appearances on Coast to Coast AM.

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  1. Wow! That’s a pretty fantastic photo! Doesn’t look like a photo apparition. Again, wow!

  2. I checked out the hi-res photo from the NASA website and to me they look like cuts make with a scalpel/craft knife. Don’t forget NASA did cut & splice some photos the old fashioned way and re-photograph the result before releasing them to the public (long before Photoshop was invented). Even the famous Buzz Aldrin ‘full on’ moon shot was edited & added to for compositional reasons (figure cropped to centre & more black sky was added).

    To me, these three lines look like accidental cuts made through a photograph placed on top of the one viewed here. Sometimes the same photographs were layered exactly together before they were cut so that the identical cut sections could then be repositioned for the final new ‘shot’.

    I’m not saying NASA are trying to hide anything; they just like to make a nice composition in their released photos (like the more recent and famous Photoshopped Saturn moon shot made from red/yellow/blue photographs).

    I hope this makes sense. Basically someone was cutting/editing a photo and accidentally cut the moon photo displayed here. I definitely would not describe the lines as being cylindrical in appearance anyway.

    Everyone, please feel free to ridicule my thoughts on this matter.


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