Why we abandoned the Moon
“I believe that this nation should commit itself, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth… no single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind or more important for the long range exploration of space.“
The space program, through NASA, was to have far reaching effects, developing new technologies and forcing the nation’s schools to emphasize the teaching of science and mathematics. It was a dramatic cultural revolution that eventually brought us things like velcro, Star Trek and the internet.
But even before it started, our exploration of the Moon was destined to be short-lived. Despite all the promises and science fiction movies, humans would not build bases on the Moon, mine for minerals or use it as a stepping stone to other planets. In fact, the Moon would soon be forgotten and ignored by space research – why?
There were six manned landings on the Moon as part of the Apollo space program. Before they landed, astronauts orbited the Command Module and took photographs of various features. While the televised interviews were carefully scripted, so were the conversations between the astronauts and Mission Control in Houston which were recorded and broadcasted on both radio and television.
LMP: That’s a spectacular crater.
LMP: That’s what I thought. Yes. There it is.The tracks are across the middle of it.
CMP: Oh God, look at that Moltke; he’s my favorite… Look at that son of a bitch. You see all those roads — triangular roads leaing right past him?
[I’m glad to find this photo, as this type of flying disc is seen in many space footage from NASA. A bright ring, with a dark dot in the middle makes it look like a donut. Another important feature for observation is a dark triangle on one side.
NASA U.F.Os STS-75 – The Tether Incident
On Sunday, February 25, 1996, the Space Shuttle Columbia deployed an experimental tether into orbit. The experiment was called the Tethered Satellite System (TSS- 1R) and it’s purpose of this was to attempt to generate electricity by utilizing Earth’s magnetic field.
LMP: Boy, you can see Highway 1 running right all the way — on the left — all the way up there already. Right beyond Moltke, to the left there.
McMoon Tapes: Lost
The satellites photographed the Moon, developed the film on board and then scanned the film with an analog process whose data was then transmitted by radio to Earth receivers and stored on 2-inch magnetic tape. Each hi-resolution image was 28 x 30 inches when completed.
Behind the counter of an abandoned McDonalds lie 48,000 lbs of 70 mm tapes — the only copy of extremely high-resolution images of the moon.
[Above and below] The Ampex FR900 (restored) in operation.
More information on this project can be found at www.thelivingmoon.com.