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Ron Patton | December 20, 2023

Christmas is a holiday celebrated by more than 2 billion people globally – it also has many links with space exploration. It is believed that there were at least three UFO sightings near or on the moon during NASA’s missions and each time they referred to them as “Santa Claus.” The fact that no one knows where Santa is at a particular moment in time makes him a perfect candidate for some elementary use of Heisenberg’s Principle of Uncertainty. Consider this: On Christmas night, Santa is in a superposition of quantum states, smeared out around the planet, and each quantum state delivers presents to a single child. But all of this can be made easier if Santa had a starship. Tonight on Ground Zero, Clyde Lewis talks with UFO/UAP investigator Ben Hansen about WHAT DOES SANTA NEED WITH A STARSHIP?



I think that one of the fondest memories I have had about Christmas is when I was teetering on my belief in old Saint Nick and I learned that NORAD tracked Santa.

I thought that was a big deal when I was a kid — and I would watch the news to see the weather man to use his Doppler radar to track him.

I was a kid then –and you believed what you saw on the news –and if your government used NORAD to track Santa it must be a big deal — they don’t do that for just anyone.

I also learned that it’s wartime Santa gets a fighter jet escort — all kinds of cool things to protect him.

When I was a kid — you trusted this information. The Government wouldn’t lie, would they?

Well, you grow up and you find out why NORAD tracks Santa every year.

On November 30, 1955, a phone rang on Col. Harry Shoup’s desk at Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD). CONAD was tasked with watching for a Soviet attack by air and alerting Strategic Air Command. Amid the Cold War, a phone call to Colonel Shoup’s desk could have brought critical news for national security.

However, when Colonel Shoup answered, the little voice on the other end asked “Is this Santa Claus?”

Shoup told the little girl ” There may be a guy called Santa Claus, at the North Pole, but he’s not the one I worry about coming from that direction.”

How did a little girl get through on the red line to Continental Air Defense Command — and why did she ask about Santa?

It all started with a misdial. That year, Sears ran an ad where Santa invited young people to “Call me directly on my telephone.” However, one caller didn’t heed the ad’s warning to “be sure and dial the correct number,” and instead reached Air Defense Command.

The week of Christmas, Shoup’s staff added Santa and his sleigh to the plexiglass map CONAD used to track unidentified aircraft. The joke sparked an idea and CONAD told the press they “will continue to track and guard Santa and his sleigh on his trip to and from the U.S. against possible attack from those who do not believe in Christmas.

In 1958, The North American Aerospace Defense Command NORAD continued—and grew—the tradition.

The Christmas season is always full of wonder and awe and if you can break through the commercialization and read about what the celebration entails you see that it is a time of looking up and seeing wondrous things in the skies.

This is what triggers the curiosity about the wonders of God and what exactly happens when the sun goes down early, and we are confronted with the dark.

The answer is always light — Christmas is the time for lights in the sky — as it was a bright and luminous star that led the Magi to the stable where Jesus was born.

So the story goes. It took a while for the wise men to find the boy Jesus but they followed a star or a light that traveled across the heavens, much like a comet or a meteor would.

Interestingly, there’s some evidence that a pair of planetary conjunctions happened around the historically accepted time frame for the birth of Christ. That could potentially explain the Star of Bethlehem.

Or perhaps it was a Merkabah.

The Merkabah was an upward and downward interlocked tetrahedron that appeared as an orb. The Merkabah means light-spirit-body.

It was an unidentified orb that appeared in the sky above places of great spiritual power. It was a vehicle that carried the righteous or guided the righteous to holy ground.

In the Bible, Ezekiel accessed the three-dimensional Merkabah to ascend to heaven. In the Torah, it is the chariot of fire, some say it was a wheel within a wheel or vortex or pillar of fire.

The Merkabah was known as the sacred shape, the light of the throne of God.

This has led people down the path of believing that something advanced powers these lights. We presume that these “Higher Beings” created us in their image. We assume that they also were part of the construction of temples and pyramids and taught man the ways of advanced sacred geometry.

From there came the practice of magic, which evolved into priesthood which now is seen as science and high-tech. Mankind has touched the monolith and now we send rockets into space.

Christmas is a holiday celebrated by more than 2 billion people globally, so chances are that it’s important to you or someone close to you. However, you may not know that Christmas is a holiday that also has many links with space exploration.

Pretty much from the first moment that humans blasted ourselves off into the void, we’ve been keen to celebrate our most treasured holidays amongst the stars. Starting with the Gemini 6 mission in the late 1960s and stretching to the modern-day

On December 21, 1968, Apollo 8 launched mankind into the moon’s orbit for the first time.

On December 25, 1968, just moments after the Apollo 8 Command module cleared the radio shadow of the dark side of the moon Astronaut Jim Lovell said “Please be advised there is a Santa Claus.” Another voice said afterward “That is affirmative.”

Even though this happened on Christmas Day 1968, many people sensed a hidden meaning in those words.” The rumors persisted that what the crew was indicating was that they came in contact with a lunar UFO.

It is believed that there were at least three UFO sightings near or on the moon during NASA’s missions and each time they referred to them as Santa Claus.

Reference to Santa Claus was first made in the context of NASA space operations by Walter Schirra aboard Mercury 8.

He mentioned a so-called “Santa Claus” and so when Lovell made his statement to the world – most conspiracy theorists will point to the Mercury missions where the errant reference was made.

In the mid-2010s, a woman called Donna Hare went on film to claim that she had worked for NASA at some point in the 70s, and she had a strange tale to tell. According to her, UFOs were a known quantity to NASA back in the day. There were even photographs of UFOs, which the photography department had to airbrush out before the photos went public. She also claimed to have heard a debriefing from one of the moon missions where the crew sighted alien craft, and the codename given to these alleged moon voyagers was “Santa Claus.”

It’s not clear why this codename was given, and Donna didn’t reveal a timeframe, but the alleged incident was probably intended to have happened around December, hence the seasonal designations.

Santa in space?

So now we have to ask ourselves what would Santa Need with a Starship.

Well, there are many reasons why the sleigh just wouldn’t be all that practical these days — when you consider payload, the time he has to take to drop off all the gifts and all of the quantum planning he has to go through to even get the job done.

Now, if the next logical leap of science is to take that knowledge of parallel processing and bring it out of the computer and into our material world we can see that the old traditional Santa Claus model is flawed but the new scientific progress can make the new Santa hypothesis closer to reality.

The fact that no one knows where Santa is at a particular moment in time makes him a perfect candidate for some elementary use of Heisenberg’s Principle of Uncertainty.

Consider this: On Christmas night, Santa is in a superposition of quantum states, smeared out all the way round the planet, and each quantum state delivers presents to a single child.

All of this can be made easier if Santa had a starship.

This theory elegantly avoids all the flaws in the conventional theory. Of course, the smearing of Santa is similar to how an electron is “smeared out” within a certain distance from the nucleus of an atom. Thus he can, quite literally, be everywhere at any given moment.

Another mind-boggling theory is that there are also possibilities that Santa is entirely capable of arriving before he even leaves the North Pole.

It would be possible to see two images of him and then he would take on the characteristics of tachyon particles. Since a tachyon always moves faster than light, we cannot see it approaching.

After a tachyon has passed nearby, we would be able to see two images of it, appearing and departing in opposite directions. Yes, it is all hypothetical but so are Black Holes – well, they are still debating their purpose and whether or not they reveal anything about time and space.

This brings us back to that, ‘Many-Interacting Worlds Theory’, paraconsistent logic, mental voodoo, or the ghost universe proposition.

It can all be real and it can all be some sort of variation of some alien folk tale that the Astronauts adopted to describe a UFO or something else.

After all, Quantum mechanics also allows for things to be transported great distances in little time. Something indistinguishable from magic.

Because their position isn’t a definite point but a wave spread out over space, particles can sometimes “tunnel” through barriers that, according to classical mechanics, they shouldn’t be able to pass.

Santa would have to have been a great scientist able to back engineer what was once considered to be an extraterrestrial space ship — not unlike the top secret black projects that the defense department has been involved with since after World War II.

Recently it was reported that the US Space Force’s Boeing X-37B unmanned, reusable space plane was launched into space atop a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket from Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

The mysterious spaceplane is built by Boeing and operated by the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office and the Space Force. Its last mission ended a little over a year ago after spending 2 and a half years in low-Earth orbit.

This space plane is smaller than the shuttle — and the Pentagon tells us that all it does is special space experiments that are classified.

Just before the X-37B launched, BBC and Spaceflight Magazine published reports suggesting that the orbit of the vehicle is close enough to watch what’s going on with China’s Tiangong-1 space station.

But something happened that NASA and the Space force did not plan on.

They were able to monitor and spy on China’s Space plane and got more than they bargained for.

Just four days after being launched on its third mission, China’s Shenlong (“Divine Dragon”) robotic space plane seems to have placed six objects into Earth orbit. Amateur spacecraft trackers around the world have been following the objects closely for days and have recorded emissions coming from some of them.

The objects appear to be emitting idle “placeholder” signals with no data accompanying them. Place holder signals are similar to the numbers stations that we talked about a few days ago. Just sending out a blip or a buzz to be tracked by the Chinese military.

Satellite trackers have analyzed the signals and are confident that the emissions are coming either from the objects or close proximity to them. This conclusion is based on observing them along their expected paths in the sky, the fact that no other known objects were in the beam of the trackers’ antennas when the data was collected, and the fact that the particular modulation of these signals is “unique and has only been seen from previous Chinese space plane missions using a frequency of 2280MHz.

China’s space plane has exhibited similar behaviors in the past. On its two previous missions — which launched in September 2020 and August 2022, respectively — the spacecraft was seen releasing a small unknown object into orbit. It was speculated that the objects could be service modules, test articles for practicing placing payloads into orbit, or perhaps even small satellites used to monitor the U.S. space plane.

The timing of the two reusable space plane launches isn’t a coincidence. “These are two of the most watched objects in orbit while they’re on orbit. It’s probably no coincidence that they’re trying to match us in the timing and sequence of this.

China has no hesitation to arm its space stations and other large manned space platforms, including its bases on the moon and beyond,” no matter what China’s state-run media have stated.

Meanwhile, the announcement has been made that Space Force and Space Command have reached full operating capability.

General Dickinson made the declaration during a headquarters town hall on Dec. 15, according to a statement. The U.S. Space Command was created in 2019 at the direction of former President Donald Trump.

The declaration of full operating capability met certain criteria, including having the appropriate numbers of skills across the human capital and having the necessary command processes and functions in place.

The Chinese Communist Party has said that it’ll become a “major space power” sometime around 2030 and that it’s planning to double the size of its space station in the next few years.

President Joe Biden said the U.S. Space Command’s headquarters would remain at Peterson Air Force in Colorado Springs, Colorado, reversing President Trump’s plans to move it to Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama.

Thos who will be protecting us in the Space Force are known as the Guardians.

NASA however has been very elusive about just what they know about Space defense and even hinting about UFO disclosure.

Tucker Carlson recently interviewed with whistleblower David Grusch former U.S. intelligence officer. He was one of three witnesses who testified in front of Congress in July about UAPs. After his report, Tucker went on to say that there is a dark element to the UFO phenomenon that has him concerned.

Carlson acknowledged on Redacted that recent whistleblowers and hearings have brought more attention to the topic of UFOs or UAPs (Unidentified Aerial Phenomena). However, he said there would be implications if the public or media had access to more classified information.

On the December 12 edition of the Redacted streaming news show, Carlson told hosts Clayton and Natali Morris:

“The second thing that bothers me is the UFO story … If you talk to people who have actual knowledge of it that they gathered themselves, there are parts of that story that I do not understand at all that is, really, really dark … There’s a spiritual component there that I don’t fully understand. That story bothers me.”

This begs the question –what is the darker element of the UFO narrative that has been suppressed for more than 70 years?

What information if any is the defense department or NASA holding from the public that is so shocking?

The big secret is of course that SETI is sitting on a signal that they claim be proof of a techno signature form another civilization — they are just waiting for it to repeat –and so far nothing.

However, NASA engineers were reportedly left baffled recently after receiving a perplexing series of coded messages from a point in space nearly 15 billion miles from Earth, according to a recent update shared by the U.S. space agency.

The signals, consisting of a strange, repetitive batch of binary code, were coming from a familiar source: the farthest manmade object from Earth.

NASA’s Voyager 1 space probe has started sending a strange data sequence back to Earth.

n 2023, it typically takes over 22 hours for signals from Voyager 1 to reach Earth. However, NASA reports that the probe, currently situated 15 billion miles away from our planet, is experiencing what NASA calla a communications glitch.

Voyager 1 is equipped with three onboard computers: one dedicated to flight data, collecting information from the spacecraft’s scientific instruments, and another handling engineering data, functioning like a coded health bar reflecting Voyager 1’s status.

On Earth, NASA receives the transmitted data in binary code, a language using zeroes and ones to represent letters, numbers, and symbols. Binary code is named as such due to its reliance on only two symbols.

However, a notable issue has arisen as the probe is now exhibiting repetitive behavior, consistently sending the same code snippet.

This repetition has prompted scientists to suspect a malfunction in the spacecraft.

The question is what is the message it keeps repeating?

This reminds me of the first Star Trek movie where V’GER attempted to send a coded message looking for its creator.

The final instruction V’GER received and the culmination of its primary function was to transmit this data to the Creator.

The creator of course in this Case was man.

Likely, the transmitter couldn’t handle the volume of data, since presumably the Voyager probe before it was upgraded into V’GER wasn’t designed to take in such high-resolution information. It needed to transmit the way it did to offload such a massive amount of data in a timely fashion.

Wouldn’t it be outrageously coincidental that this is the case with Voyager 1 and that the Binary message is “We are not alone, must speak with the creator?”

Last year, NASA revealed its decision to deactivate certain systems on both Voyager 1 and its counterpart, Voyager 2. This strategic move aims to maximize their operational lifespan until their plutonium power sources are depleted.

Anticipations suggest that these probes will remain functional until 2030. After reaching this milestone, their transmitters and instruments will cease to function, leading the spacecraft to undergo a shutdown, ultimately drifting aimlessly through space.

These remarkable spacecraft hold the distinction of being the only human-made objects to operate beyond the heliosphere expansive region of the Sun’s magnetic fields and particles that extend far beyond the orbit of Pluto.

The probes are like sending a message in a bottle — and so far the messages are returning — but NASA will only tell us that it is not usable.

How tragic will it be to lose these probes as they were our hope for possible contact with interstellar life.


Ben Hansen has been actively researching and lecturing on the UFO subject at global conferences for the past 13 years.  He has appeared on numerous TV shows and documentaries related to UFO/extraterrestrial topics, including the Syfy Channel, History, Smithsonian, CW, and he currently hosts a UFO series on Discovery+. Ben took an interest in the UAP subject specifically in the area of aviation reports because he is a licensed airplane and seaplane pilot.  Ben completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with a certification in Criminology and Corrections at the University of Utah and a Master’s Degree in Emergency and Disaster Management at Georgetown University.  His thesis paper introduced the concept of global “Reality Compromising Events,” using the hypothetical scenario of extraterrestrial contact to explore the reality transformations and cascading societal effects that might likely occur in such a psychologically intensive event. His website is

Written by Ron Patton

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