Apollo 11 to Apollo 18 - NASA Conspiracy Theories
What Did the USA Do?
If one removes the opening and ending credits from the film Apollo 18 (2011), what remains is an audio and video record of a US Lunar Mission that looks admirably lifelike and factual.
In this no-frills and non-credited form, the film would likely fool heads of foreign states, school children, and adults that have not viewed much real outer space footage. Cut through with actual black and white Apollo Program video records, the only hint of acting is in the person of the lesser known (to Americans) Canadian and UK actors, along with some color in the newer footage.
Take away the credits, and some clever program director could play the film as a TV news item that would frighten as many people as Orsen Welles's historic radio production of War of the Worlds . It's that plausible. During the showing I attended, audience members were asking one another several times if this film was based on a real event.
Grieving the Lost Shuttle Program
The public might be ready to speak out against the end of the beloved US Space Shuttle Program with allegations of NASA and the White House mishandling a secret final lunar mission. This is a reason that Apollo 18 may seem totally real at first. Not only was the mission a secret, but the two astronauts assigned were not briefed on the actual mission goal.
This recalls to Americans the injustices done to African Americans in the Tuskegee Experiments and to the men in the American West that were exposed without their knowledge to the radiation of nuclear testing in the mid-20th Century. Americans also point to evidence of a long-standing UFO cover up that even some of our nation's astronauts feel is real.
Space Shuttle Challenger exploded for the want of a 16 cent o-ring, sending its crew to death in an instant and we were shocked. Space Shuttle Columbia's crew died, because we had no system to repair a broken shuttle tile on the outer hull and we cried.
"When will it ever end?" the People may ask. It has become commonplace to distrust the American Government in the realm of its citizens' welfare. Conspiracy theories are easier to accept in the afterglow of these injustices.
In 1960s' USSR, Nuclear Submarine K-19 lost much of a full crew to radiation leakage, having no protective gear or replacement parts to suffice -- Its captain complained of having parts too cheaply made by just 2 kopeks (equivalent of pennies in that decade). What happened to the Russians in early space exploration that we do not know?
If we removed the beginning and end credits from this film, the movie looks like actual film footage from a real Apollo moon mission. I don't believe that the 1969 moon landing was a fraud, but that we certainly have the technology to fake a landing today.
HD Trailer, Apollo 18 - Well Done Special Effects
Film Basis in Apollo 11 Controversies
In suborbital flight, John Glenn saw what he felt was evidence of extraterrestrial life.
The objects Senator Glenn long ago saw were large firefly-type lights flitting around outside his capsule window. Buzz Aldrin maintains that he has seen UFOs, even on the lunar surface and audio of that unsettling discovery is available on YouTube. Neil Armstrong maintains he saw something on the moon as well -= something like an outpost building -but has not described it in detail.
Audio tapes published on Youtube (see video below) of Neil Armstrong and Houston Mission Control Center during the Apollo 11 Mission may be discounted by some pundits, but are one basis for the premise in Apollo 18 .
Facts see to appears that if Apollo 11 in 1969 had followed the course plotted by NASA, the LEM would have crashed into the wall or edge of a crater. This surely would have killed the crew or in the best case, stranded them on the surface. Armstrong and his crew made accurate course corrections and Armstrong and Aldrin landed and made exploratory walks safely. Some opinions maintain that the Apollo 11 crew was meant to die in space by a government or espionage-based plan.
As the two astronauts began walking around the LEM on the moon's surface, and then somewhat away from the LEM, something interesting happened. They apparently discovered a structure that they felt was a ship of some type.
On related audio files, Houston personnel repeatedly tell the lunar explorers to walk away from the found object or building and quickly explain that NASA already knew of it. Armstrong and Aldrin received no further explanation and did not speak of it much in public.
Written April 1, 1994 for the later elementary school years, this is the same story as his book for high school and adults, "Carrying the Fire," but it may be even better -- I could not put it down. Many people purchase it for themselves, their children, and their grandchildren. Defintely a collectible at a good price.
Rumor of Moon Landings and Aliens
A rumor formulated that the Russian Space Agency had sent a man to the lunar surface before the Americans ever reached the moon. The story continued that while America was beaten in the Space Race, the Russian craft had crashed and killed the Cosmonaut inside it. True or false, the story makes a good film premise.
Interestingly, Apollo 11's Michael Collins wrote in a children's book that while he felt no fear or dread flying around the moon many times while his crew mates were on the surface, He also never wanted to return to the moon or to outer space.
Mr. Collins worked for NASA a bit longer after returning to Earth from the moon, did other work such as leading the National Air and Space Museum and being undersecretary of the Smithsonian Institution, and retired to tend to his gardens. He does not discuss space exploration much or at all today and in 2014 is a healthy 83 years old.
The camera or cameras from Apollo 11 did not return to Earth.
Apollo 11 Investigates UFO
Astronaut Cameras Recovered
Only One Apollo Astronaut Camera Ever Came Back to Earth
- Unique camera from NASA moon missions sold at auction:The only camera out of 14 to return from NASA moon missions during 1969-1972 was sold at auction in Vienna on 3/22/2014 for $760,000.
- The Hasselblad model camera was sent to the moon with Commander James Irwin in 1971 and was the only one recovered.
If the Apollo 18 Mission was paid for and abandoned, where did the money go? We will likely never learn that answer.
In the film, we see an empty Russian spacecraft and we see moon rocks that are not very attractive. We hear Houston Control telling an astronaut that he is contaminated and will be left in lunar orbit, which will decay and take him to his death, despite his pleas. Would America do this? Many think that portions of our government would do exactly this.
How much of Apollo 18 is real? We may never know. This is the draw of the movie and I would enjoy seeing it again. Lending great reality to this film is the result of its production made in a partnership of US and Russian companies. It should become a top art film in 2011.
Homer Hickam, Jr. has been a coal miner, Vietnam combat veteran, scuba instructor, NASA engineer, and now a best-selling author. This book contains a plausible story that everyone needs to read, because Asteroid Mining is on the near horizon.
A newer rumor for the early 21st Century is one in which President Barack Obama forbids NASA to perform manned space flight to the moon. The rationale for this is said to be that the US Government needs to go up to the moon's surface, without public knowledge, in order to destroy materials or installations that may be sitting on the moon. This may or may not include a crashed Russian spacecraft, crashed American ships prior to Apollo 11, a Russian Moon Base, bodies, or an Extraterrestrial Outpost.
Apollo 18 speaks of 160 missing Moon Rocks from the Nixon and Ford Administrations, given as gifts to foreign dignitaries from the Apollo 11 and 17 Missions. Indeed, about 160 Moon Rocks are missing, victims of loss or theft.
Apollo-Soyuz as Apollo 18?
John F. Kennedy and the Moon - September 12, 1962
© 2011 Patty Inglish
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