UFO sightings prompted Carl Sagan to insist on cyanide pills for first contact

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BRAY’S POINT, Ore. – Famed astronomer Carl Sagan insisted that NASA give its astronauts cyanide pills “just in case,” because Sagan feared a deep space accident or a meeting with a violent race of aliens – that he dubbed as “hunters” – could happen as NASA pushed the boundaries of outer space issues that were awakened by numerous UFO sightings.

“The study of a single instance of extraterrestrial life, no matter how humble, will deprovincialize biology,” said Carl Sagan in his “Cosmos” TV series. It was at this same time, 30 years ago, that Sagan also promoted the Search for Extra-terrestrial Intelligence (SETI). Sagan would later admit to the world that regular UFO sightings had prompted him to create contingency plans for possible alien invasion, and how America’s astronauts might have to deal with hostile aliens. Also, in “Contact” -- a 1979 movie about making alien contact, and based on Sagan’s novel of the same name – it features a commentary by “Contact” movie producers Robert Zemeckis and Steve Starkey, revealing how Carl Sagan “insisted that NASA give out cyanide pills to its astronauts.”

Sagan created the titles "Contact" and "Cosmos" to say we're not alone in this vast universe

At the same time Sagan wrote the hit film “Contact;” he also created the hit 13-part PBS TV series “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage.” Both the movie and TV show point to how humans may have to take precautions when encountering alien life. In the movie “Contact,” for example, the astronaut whose sent to meet the visiting aliens is given a cyanide pill just in case something goes wrong. The view is alien life is far more superior than that of Earthlings, and choosing death over dealing with aliens may be the best option possible.

Also, Sagan noted during his "Cosmos" TV program that "when you see more artists helping us understand extra-terrestrial life on Earth, than look for that first contact." In turn, Hollywood is producing a record number of UFO and alien based films and TV programs that offer "artists" views, from the standpoint of movie producers, directors, actors and writers.

Here at Bray’s Point -- a location that Sagan often mentioned as a “good place for recorded UFO sightings on the West coast” -- there’s even quote from Sagan that’s been mounted on a local sea pine three that states the credo of the Oregon UFO “watchers” group:“We must contemplate our origins. Even if they are not of this Earth.”

Cosmos first major public announcement that UFOs and aliens are not just science fiction

The “Cosmos” TV series celebrates its 30th anniversary this year -- with its first world-wide release in 1981 -- at a time when Sagan was going full force with both his “Contact” movie and “Cosmos” TV program covering a wide range of scientific subjects, including the origin of life and a perspective that man is not alone in the universe.

“We have heard so far the voice of life on one small world only. But we have at last begun to listen for other voices in the cosmic fugue,” explained Sagan on his “Cosmos” TV show.

In fact, just before Sagan’s untimely and “unexpected” death on Dec. 20, 1996 at the age of 62 – after a long fight with “myelodysplasia” – he was set to deliver a statement on the need to make contact with the aliens that occupy Earth and those in the universe who are waiting to make first contact.

Sagan’s “Cosmos” Episode 13: “Who Speaks for Earth” drops the bomb about alien life

In the final episode of “Cosmos,” titled “Who Speaks for Earth?” Episode 13 – that was broadcast worldwide 30 years ago this month – Sagan asked who on Earth would represent the planet when dealing with alien life -- in all its various “gangs” -- here on Earth and throughout the universe that may have designs on colonizing the planet.

“There are billions of inhabited world in the Milky Way Galaxy, perhaps there will be a few populated by the sinker, floaters and hunters (alien life forms that could threaten Earth) which our imaginations, tempered by the laws of physics and chemistry, have generated,” said Sagan during the ending of his “Cosmos” TV series that dropped the bomb on America and the world that “we are not alone in this universe.”

“Believe me,” Sagan asserted.

For instance, in the final “Episode 13” of the “Cosmos” TV series, Sagan points to paleoanthropologist Marky Leakey finding “ash footprints” in northern Tanzania from when a volcano erupted 3.6 million years ago.

“The footprints, she believes, are an early alien hominid, perhaps an ancestor of all the people on the Earth today.”

Image source of Carl Sagan during his farewell during the final Episode 13 of his "Cosmos" TV show: Wikipedia


Submitted by Patrick Fish (not verified) on
This article is loaded with all kinds of errors. And probably a few distortions.

Submitted by Greg (not verified) on
Too many errors to take this article seriously. And this is from someone who wants to believe.

Submitted by Specprogrp (not verified) on
What a load of nonsense. And Sagan never said "an early *alien* hominid," just "an early hominid." You have the nerve to post this crap?

Submitted by PumpkinMayo (not verified) on
Additionally, Contact was released in 1997. Not 1979. There is a significant difference. It would have been impossible to release an adaptation, in 1979, of a novel that was released in 1985.

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