Cady Coleman on ‘Are There UFOs?’ Aliens, NASA by Uinterview

Astronaut Cady Coleman spoke to uInterview about The Space Between Us, her time at NASA —and the media attention drawn by her UFO “sighting.”


Coleman was an astronaut for NASA from 1992 until her retirement in 2016. She worked with the filmmakers on The Space Between Us for accuracy and information about space travel.

On her first space flight in 1999, Coleman joked with a co-astronaut about spotting a UFO. It was later debunked as a joke between her and her fellow astronauts, despite some conspiracy theorists taking her words to heart. Even today it’s listed as a fact in her Wikipedia page.

“I don’t know if there are or not, I personally have not seen one,” responded Coleman when asked if UFOs are real. “It’s our first day in space ever and we bounced off the ceiling and I think I said something like, ‘Houston, we have an unidentified flying object and it is not very good.’ But not all the parts of what I said got translated to everybody, and a lot of people jumped to bad conclusions. Or not bad, but not what actually happened, at least to me.”

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