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Ron Patton | June 10, 2019
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Over the weekend I decided to do some catch up on some things with my wife. We attended a few movies and spent some time together. Sometimes when we have a moment, we discuss news stories that may be of interest to each other. It is something that I enjoy because she always seems to have some very interesting things to drop on me that I find remarkable.

We were discussing the storm that Donald Trump caused when he tweeted about the moon and Mars and our new space program.

In a tweet, apparently commenting on his own administration’s space policy, the president said: “For all of the money we are spending, NASA should NOT be talking about going to the Moon – we did that 50 years ago.”

He added: “They should be focused on the much bigger things we are doing, including Mars (of which the Moon is a part), Defense and Science!”

The biggest joke about this statement is how the media is making it sound as if Trump was saying that the Moon was somehow attached to Mars in some way. It was obvious that he was talking about the Mars and Moon programs at NASA are part of a broader program that is being proposed.

What the media should have focused on was his comments about Defense and Science and the Military budgets that are preparing for space defense instead of moon landings and landings on Mars.

In fact, later this weekend it was announced that in order to raise money for the next Moon mission, NASA will open up the International Space Station for tourism and other business ventures. The agency will award the bids of enterprises by the end of this fiscal year.

So if you have a desire to scratch space travel off your bucket list, here is your chance.

You have to wait for only a year or two to book a trip on the International Space Station. NASA announced on June 7th 2019 that to support the 2024 Moon mission the agency opens the ISS for business.

Private companies who successfully apply will be able to lease parts of the station for commercial endeavors, for example: for shooting films or for private astronauts.

NASA says that private ISS flights can start as early as 2020. A single night with food and other crucial supplies on the ISS would cost $35,000 at least. Private missions will be limited to 30 days, which means that a space tourist have to pay $1 mil for the longest vacation on the station and that does not include the costs of the launch. The one space tourist section would accommodate 4 persons. There will be only two four-person tours, in the beginning at least.

It should be noted that the ISS is not the property of NASA. The ISS functions under a set of international agreements, namely the U.S. need the consent of partners for the commercial utilization of the station.

The ’space hotel’ on the ISS will have to compete with the Aurora Space Station of Orion Span. This luxury space hotel is set to be open in 2021. The company behind the first space hotel expects to host four wealthy customers for a period of 12 days. The floating experience and the privileged sights would cost $9.5 million. Orion Span will require a three-month training period from the applicants.

One thing that I thought was interesting was how some news organizations were saying that this is the first time “space tourism” was offered on the ISS.

This is not true and the story of the first space tourist and his experience, I recall stirred up conspiracy theories as to what was really going on up in space.

On April 28th, 2001 American businessman Dennis Tito became history’s first space tourist, paying his own way to the International Space Station aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. Forty years to the month after Yuri Gagarin became the first person in space, Tito showed that there was money to be made in human spaceflight – potentially lots of money, as he paid a reported $20 million for his flight.

In June 2000, Tito signed a deal with a company called MirCorp to ride a Soyuz to Russia’s Mir space station. However, those plans fell through in December of that year, when Russia announced that it planned to de-orbit the station.

The Russians agreed to take Tito’s money and offer him a seat on a Soyuz. But the other station partners; notably, NASA and space agencies from Canada, Europe, and Japan were not so thrilled. They informed Russia that they “recommended against” Tito’s mission.

NASA officials said at the time that they didn’t object in principle to the presence of a paying customer aboard the orbiting lab. They just didn’t think Tito’s training would be sufficient by April, which they said was a time of complex and crucial station operations.

So NASA did what it could to keep Tito from getting off the ground in April, according to Tito and Space Adventures officials.

Undeterred, Tito soon made other arrangements. He signed on with Space Adventures, which brokered an April 2001 flight to the International Space Station, again on a Soyuz. The station was a relatively new project at the time, having just begun assembly operations in November 1998.

Eventually, Tito’s perseverance paid off. Over NASA’s objections, he launched on April 28, 2001, becoming the 415th person ever to reach space.

Tito made it to orbit, spent about six days aboard the space station, and then landed in Kazakhstan on May 6, 2001.

Tito reported that he was actually treated with disdain on the space station. He claimed that he had to be escorted everywhere. He claimed that he was always under supervision. He was also told that there were certain times that he was not supposed to look out the windows of the station.

This sparked conspiracy theories over whether or not NASA was hiding something out in space, of course, theorists floated alien theories while others were thinking that maybe there are other things out there that would indicate that there were weapons or even secret military craft in space left over from the attempted moon landings and the Cold War.

Many of you may already know but I have been featured on the Science Channel’s series called “The Truth About the Moon Landings.” I was featured along with researcher Mile Bara and Astronaut Leland Melvin. He served on board the Space Shuttle Atlantis as a mission specialist on STS-122, and as mission specialist 1 on STS-129. Melvin was named the NASA Associate Administrator for Education in October 2010.

It was my appearance on the show, and some documents that I presented on the “Deep Black Space Program” that got the attention of the series producers; however, it was not the primary reason for my appearance.

The primary reason for my appearance was to ask questions about the 1969 moon landing. I have expressed many doubts about the event and have appeared many times to ask questions for honest answers.

The problem is that once you start asking questions you are vilified for doing so. It is not that I am committed to the belief that the moon landing is a hoax – I am just concerned that when you ask some simple questions about the moon landing you wind up getting a lot of people angry.

You can question everything from whether or not the earth is flat to the grassy knoll – but the one thing that creates the most hate-filled rants is questioning the moon landing.

One of my favorite moments in the TV series is when I ask Leland Melvin “Do you believe everything history tells you?” I then tell him “the moon landing did not happen the way history said it did.”

I remember when the producers shot that moment I made Leland a bit angry. That was not my intent. I merely wanted him to check out the history of NASA that never gets reported.

Apparently, that is what the series is doing now and I am noticing that they are already stacking the deck towards the idea that the big bad conspiracy theorist was wrong and that there is nothing more to be said about deep black Cold War projects involving ex-Nazis and the military.

Again, I state for the record that while I want to believe we landed on the moon in 1969 – this history that we are fed in school and in TV specials is not the whole story.

It never has been and I don’t care what chemistry sets are dragged out, how many beakers are blown up and how many reenactments with enhanced footage show up in the next few weeks – the story they want the public to hear is sanitized for the American appetite.

The truth is quite bizarre.

While the U.S. civilian program to reach the Moon, and some details of the Soviet one, were public, there were other aspects of the race to the moon that were more secretive. They included the details of earlier proposals for military activities on or near the moon, the ability to use “moonbounce” for intelligence or communications purposes, and the U.S. intelligence community’s attempt to collect and analyze information about the Soviet lunar program.

We know that technological advances accelerated the Cold War and the space race through the 1960s, and U.S. military and intelligence agencies expounded in further papers on how the moon could be used for military purposes or intelligence gathering.

After some extensive research, there were many declassified documents that may have us question the timeline of events that are part of our history. Some of them were declassified and dumped into the National Security Archive.

Before the mission of landing a man on the moon was definitively assigned to the civilian National Aeronautics and Space Administration, both the Army and the Air Force lobbied to establish outposts on the moon. A two-volume Army study, Project Horizon, argued that there was a need for a military moon base that would be used to develop techniques for surveillance of earth and space, communications relay, and operations on the lunar surface. The study examined not only the technical aspects — the necessary space transportation system, its launch, construction of the base, and communications — but political, management, policy and legal implications.

One Air Force study, produced by the service’s Ballistic Missile Division in April 1960, had alternative titles — one classified (Military Lunar Base Program) and one unclassified (S.R. 183 Lunar Observatory Study). It laid out a six-phase effort, beginning in November 1964 and concluding with a lunar base becoming operational in June 1969. Among the options being considered, according to the study, was a Lunar Based Earth Bombardment System. The second Air Force study, published in May 1961, was the Air Force Systems Command’s Lunar Expedition Plan — LUNEX. A key reason for such an expedition was to demonstrate that the United States could successfully compete with the Soviets in the technology sphere.

A different potential military use of the moon was found in a study produced by Leonard Reiffel of the Armour Research Institute at the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1959. Its title, A Study of Lunar Research Flights, did not reveal the proposed purpose of those flights — to deliver a nuclear device to the surface or to the vicinity of the moon, where it would be detonated. Also involved in the study effort was the yet-to-become-famous astronomer Carl Sagan. Many years later, Reiffell said that the “foremost intent [of such a detonation] was to impress the world with the prowess of the United States” and that the Air Force ended the project when its leadership decided the risks exceeded the potential benefits.

There were many things that I presented to the science channel about secret space programs prior to Apollo that may or may not end up in the TV series I appeared on.

Many were about alleged space stations and outposts on the moon – there was also a document that was leaked by WikiLeaks that indicated that the Soviet Union destroyed an American moon base in 1979.

I made a phone call to the producers to tell them about the document wondering if they needed it for their research. They said they would look into it – I knew that meant no, so I reported in on my show just before I left for Contact in the Desert.

This did not stop my research into possible space stations or even secret space programs during the Cold War.

I am sure many people are unaware that in the 1960s, there were two classes of astronauts: NASA’s astronauts, like those in Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo, and the astronauts selected for a top-secret United States Air Force initiative called the Manned Orbiting Laboratory.

Many documents about the Space Laboratory were declassified nearly five years ago.

The Space laboratory was a cylindrical missile shaped craft. It was designed to hover either in a sun-synchronous or polar orbit and serve as a crewed spy satellite against the Soviet Union. It was proposed that astronauts would be shuttled to and from the station on a Gemini capsule.

Now, according to documents a test model was launched in 1966, but the project never really worked and so it allegedly was scrubbed in 1969.

The U.S. Air Force (USAF) was ostensibly in charge of the Manned Orbiting Laboratory program, but it was really run by the NRO which had been officially created in September 1961 due to an unsuccessful USAF satellite program. From its inception, the NRO’s purpose was to conduct high altitude and Near-Earth Orbit surveillance. The USAF/NRO claimed that the Manned Orbiting Laboratory was canceled in 1969 because unmanned satellites were far cheaper.

In contrast, the Soviet Union decided to merge plans for military space stations dedicated to espionage with its civilian space program. It placed the first manned station in space with Salyut 1 in 1971. The U.S. would follow soon after with Skylab in 1973; a civilian NASA program, which officially was the first manned U.S. space station according to conventional historians.

Skylab ran until 1979 and was dedicated to scientific research. The world was left believing that the NRO and U.S. military relied solely on spy satellites for conducting surveillance from Near-Earth Orbit.

The U.S. Space Shuttle program began in 1981 and conducted a variety of low Earth orbit missions such as placing satellites in space. From 1979, up until the arrival of the first U.S. astronauts at the International Space Station in 2000, the U.S. did not have a manned station in space according to the official public record. Yet, a passage in the diaries of President Ronald Reagan indicated that there was indeed a permanent U.S. presence in Near-Earth Orbit.

On June 11, 1985, Reagan wrote:

“(Had) lunch with 5 top space scientists. It was fascinating. Space truly is the last frontier and some of the developments there in astronomy etc. are like science fiction, except they are real. I learned that our shuttle capacity is such that we could orbit 300 people.”

This, however, is not what we knew about the shuttle programs.

NASA’s Space Shuttle program at the time held a maximum of eleven people per shuttle, and only five were built for space flight. Even if all five took off fully loaded, it would be impossible to place and maintain 300 astronauts in orbit. Reagan had publicly revealed that the U.S. had a secret fleet of military spacecraft that could send up to 300 people to one or more secret space stations in Near-Earth Orbit.

Reagan’s admission is striking evidence that the NRO and USAF had secretly gone ahead in building permanently manned platforms in space that could conduct intelligence gathering and other military tasks. While the public was notified about the cancellation of the Manned Orbiting Laboratory in 1969, it was not informed that the NRO and USAF had secretly gone ahead with plans for a replacement program.

This revelation could also back up the Gary McKinnon story. McKinnon was a hacker who accidentally stumbled on some secret information while hacking NASA and the Pentagon’s servers.

McKinnon was arrested in March 2002 for allegedly hacking into dozens of NASA and Pentagon computers. He has admitted the security breaches but said they were unintentional and that he was looking for evidence of UFOs.

According to McKinnon, he claimed to have found photographs, film, and other evidence of alien spacecraft secretly held by various U.S. government agencies.

He first hacked into NASA’s Johnson Space Center: He found a high definition picture of a large cigar shaped object over the northern hemisphere.

McKinnon later hacked into classified files of U.S. Space Command incorporated into Strategic Command on October 1, 2002.

He found a list of officers’ names. Under the heading ‘Non-Terrestrial Officers.’

McKinnon stated that what he found was a list of ‘fleet-to-fleet transfers’, and a list of ship names. He said that after looking them up. He realized that they weren’t US Navy ships. What he saw made him believe that NASA was keeping a secret about an off-planet space fleet.

He also said that the records revealed that the off-planet shuttles could hold 300 people.

With most of the well-known space programs now in America’s rear-view mirror, we will now be seeing them in a way where they look larger than they were.

The ghostly images of the astronauts will be replaced by high tech NEVER BEFORE SEEN enhancements that will somehow miraculously show up on TV specials showing a space program that is now mostly Hollywood and a lot less science, more emotion than fact and the avoidance of inconvenient data that suggests that space is being prepped as the new battlefield.

Many of us suspected that this was the case and the more we dig deeper into the rabbit hole, the darker these space programs get.

Written by Ron Patton

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