Ruth Norman (1900–1993) was an American religious leader who co-
founded the Unarius Academy of Science with her husband Ernest Norman.
The couple discussed numerous details about their past lives and
spiritual visits to other planets, forming a mythology from these
accounts. Ernest died in 1971, prompting Ruth to serve as their group's
leader and primary channeler. In early 1974, she predicted that a space
fleet of benevolent extraterrestrials, the Space Brothers, would land on
Earth later that year. After the extraterrestrials' non-appearance,
Norman stated that trauma she had suffered in a past life had caused her
to make an inaccurate prediction. Undaunted, she rented a building for
Unarius' meetings and sought publicity for the movement, claiming to
have united the Earth with an interplanetary confederation. She revised
the Space Brothers' expected landing date several times, before finally
settling on 2001. Despite predicting that she would live to see the
extraterrestrials land, Norman died in 1993. Unarius continued to
operate and celebrate her leadership after her death.
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