Did aliens contact humans before, and did we respond back? Or is it not disclosed to the world?

According to Edgar Mitchell, alien contact have been covered up and hidden away.

Aliens have contacted humans several times but governments have hidden the truth for 60 years, the sixth man to walk on the moon has claimed.

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    Questions on skeptics are expected to have a notable claim that we can check. If you want to investigate specific claims about alien contacts then add some references. The whole area of myths and rumors about aliens is too broad to discuss. Apr 5 '13 at 5:55
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    leading wording, uncited claim, no doubt a duplicate of some age old question about "ancient Aliens" claims by the likes of von Daenicken, which have all been long debunked.
    – jwenting
    Apr 5 '13 at 6:13
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    I don’t know, I think that (after the edit) this is a good question for this site. Yes, the claim is vague but that’s what the common claim (and commonly held belief) is. If we insist on debunking some artificially propped up version of the claim then we don’t actually debunk the claim at all. Apr 5 '13 at 10:21
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    I know this is a topic many people find unserious and look down upon, but in my opinion skeptics should be open for everything. I might have focused the question maybe not exactly the way Madhu originally intended, but with this it should fall within the rules of the site better, and actually be possible to answer in a proper way.
    – Wertilq
    Apr 5 '13 at 11:11
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    Okay, I think we agree it now has a notable claim. We agree that, in principle, we should be open minded about the idea. My only concern is that the question is unfalsifiable. I think most of use provisionally accept that this isn't true without extraordinary evidence, but how can we meaningfully provide an answer? (Skeptics.SE reverses the burden of proof, which makes it difficult to respond.)
    – Oddthinking
    Apr 5 '13 at 11:36

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