Is the Buzz Aldrin Lie Detector Test UFO Story a Hoax? Astronaut Says 'It Was Not an Alien'
According to British tabloid The Daily Star, Aldrin has, under the duress of a lie detector, stated that he saw an unidentified flying object while en route to the lunar surface. This has, understandably sparked a lot of debate and controversy, as UFO conspiracy theorists have held this up as the proof that they've been seeking for ages, which finally reveals the truth of what happened while Aldrin was on the moon.
Unfortunately for those who are eager to champion this lie detector test as the definitive smoking gun surrounding alien sightings, the truth is not quite so simple.
As Newsweek noted, Buzz Aldrin has never been shy about discussing his UFO experience. The celebrated astronaut has eagerly discussed it many times over the years, presumably having never been aware that there was any big secret to keep.
After all, why should Aldrin's UFO encounter be kept a secret, when nothing of interest happened?
Speaking about the event, Aldrin is emphatic in his assertion that there was nothing special or otherworldly going on. He merely saw a flash of light that probably came from a piece of the equipment that had taken him to the moon, and he remarked about it. Only years later did he discover that UFO enthusiasts had crafted an entire theory around what he may or many not have seen.
Responding to a comment in a Reddit AMA in 2014, Aldrin has previously explained his experience:
We well understood exactly what that was. And when we returned, we debriefed and explained exactly what we had observed. And I felt that this had been distributed to the outside world, the outside audience, and apparently it wasn't, and so many years later, I had the time in an interview to disclose these observations, on another country's television network. And the UFO people in the United States were very very angry with me, that i had not given them the information. It was not an alien."
It's hard to find a more definitive statement than "it was not an alien."
So the fact that Aldrin has been proven to be telling the truth about his UFO encounter isn't surprising—there's no reason to doubt that he did see something. This doesn't prove the existence of aliens, though, as Aldrin himself is eager to posit a logical explanation based on the sight that he witnessed.
There's also another problem with these claims. To hear that a lie detector was used to vindicate Buzz Aldrin conjures into the mind the image of the astronaut rolling up his sleeve as he volunteers information willingly, but this isn't the case.
In reality, the new, experimental lie detector that was used in this experiment works by monitoring the vocal patterns of a person that is speaking, so as to determine when they might be lying based on changes in their voice.
As such, it seems that the test took an existing piece of audio from Aldrin (remember, he's spoken about this event many times in the past few decades) in order to prove that he wasn't lying.
This test has proven, as much as possible, that Buzz Aldrin isn't lying about having seen a light. This part of the story has never been in doubt. What the lie detector test has not proven is whether or not the light came from an advanced alien spaceship, a theory that Aldrin himself is eager to deny.
There's a lesson to be learned here about trusting news stories based solely on their headlines—especially when written by British tabloid newspapers.
If Buzz Aldrin had seen aliens while on his trip to the moon, one way or another, we'd probably know about it by now.