Many researchers, UFOlogists, and nutjobs claim that both Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin saw UFOs shortly after their historic landing on the Moon in in July, 1969. People claims that one of the astronauts referred to a "light" in a crater during their television transmission. Mission Control pressed for further details. The astronauts did not respond.
According to a former NASA employee, unnamed radio operators with their own VHF receiving facilities picked up the following exchange:
NASA: What's there? Mission Control calling Apollo 11...
Apollo11: These "Babies" are huge, Sir! Enormous! OH MY GOD! You wouldn't believe it! I'm telling you there are other spacecraft out there, lined up on the far side of the crater edge! They're on the Moon watching us!
The dark side of the moon -- the alleged location of the Alien Moon Base
In 1979 Maurice Chatelain, a former head of NASA Communications said that Armstrong had
reported seeing two UFOs on the rim of a crater. "The encounter was common knowledge in NASA," he revealed, "but nobody has talked about it until now."
Dr. Vladimir Azhazha, a physicist and Professor of Mathematics at Moscow University said "Neil Armstrong relayed the message to Mission Control that two large, mysterious objects were watching them after having landed near the moon module. But his message was never heard by the public," because NASA pulled it.
Another Soviet scientist, Dr.Aleksandr Kazantsev, says he saw color movies of the UFOs taken by Buzz Aldrin from inside Apollo 11. Buzz continued filming them after he and Armstrong stepped onto the surface of the moon. The UFOs departed minutes after the astronauts came out on to the lunar surface.
UFOlogists claims that Apollo 11's radio transmissions were interrupted on several occasions in order to hide the news from the public. Maurice Chatelain claims that "all Apollo and Gemini flights were followed, both at a distance and sometimes also quite closely, by space vehicles of extraterrestrial origin - flying saucers, or UFOs, if you want to call them by that name. Every time it occurred, the astronauts informed Mission Control, who then ordered absolute silence."
Another researcher says "I think that Walter Schirra aboard Mercury 8 was the first of the astronauts to use the code name 'Santa Claus' to indicate the presence of flying saucers next to space capsules. However, his announcements were barely noticed by the general public. It was a little different when James Lovell on board the Apollo 8 command module came out from behind the moon and said for everybody to hear: 'PLEASE BE INFORMED THAT THERE IS A SANTA CLAUS.' Even though this happened on Christmas Day 1968, many people sensed a hidden meaning in those words."