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Moonbase Alpha: U.S. Army proposed building a
on the lunar surface in 1958!
In January 1958, Lt. General Arthur G. Trudeau, upon
relinquishing command of troops stationed in South Korea to
become chief of army research and development, promised to
inject a "vigorous attitude" into U. S. Army missile and
In a secret message dispatched to Major General John Bruce
Medaris, head of the army's ballistic missile program, Trudeau
declared a "proposal to establish a lunar outpost to be of
critical importance to the U. S. Army in the future."
Medaris and von Braun promptly organized a task force to
address the project which was to utilize Redstone's new Saturn
boosters to place men and material onto the lunar surface. One
of the men they employed was H. H. Koelle, head of von Braun's
launch vehicle analysis group. Koelle, although enraptured by
rocket science at an early age had not found his way to either
the Raketenflugplatz or to Peenemunde. At the outbreak of the
war he had joined the Luftwaffe, became a pilot, and was shot
down and captured by the Americans. After the war he founded
the German Space Society in 1948 and began a seven-year
exchange of letters with von Braun which culminated in an
offer of employment at Redstone Arsenal, which Koelle accepted
Koelle and his task force set out to propose a daring mission,
beginning with a statement of purpose. Foremost of the
benefits to be reaped from a lunar base would be a unique
reconnaissance and surveillance platform. Additionally, the
lunar base was expected to improve communications on Earth and
deep space by establishing a high-powered relay station. They
also offered the civilian scientific community an opportunity
to establish an independent research laboratory there.
Finally, the lunar base would have provided a low-gravity
launch platform for excursions into deep space.
The Redstone team saw this as much more than imaginative
speculation and theatrical adventures. "Project Horizon" gave
the Saturn boosters a mission. Their report, completed and
rushed to Trudeau on June 9th, 1959, promised landing of cargo
on the lunar surface would begin in January, 1965 with the
first cadre of personnel to follow three months later!
Thereafter, the moonlift project would move into high gear,
and by November 1966, twenty-two months after the initial
landings on the moon, nearly 150 Saturn boosters would have
delivered over two hundred tonnes of useful cargo. An
additional 100 tonnes would be delivered the following year,
including cylindrical tanks twenty feet long and ten feet in
diameter to be used in building a permanent lunar station
capable of supporting twelve scientists or technicians.
Unfortunately, the fates threw a wrench into the game in the
person of Dr. Herbert F. York. As director of defense research
and engineering, he was in a position to dictate scientific
and technical matters to the secretary of defense and he
wasted neither time nor words on Army Secretary William
Brucker and General Medaris. Expressing his belief that
"nothing yet suggested by the military, even after trying hard
for several years, indicates any genuine need for a man in
space," York effectively formed the strategy that would keep
America's Army deeply rooted on terra firma.
Aware that Defense Secretary McElroy wanted to be rid of the
expensive Saturn and knowing no constraints had been placed on
NASA for superboosters, Dr. York offered them not only the
Saturn booster, but the transfer of ABMA's entire rocket
organization of several thousand people!
And that's how NASA got into the big booster business and
that's how America put men on the moon before the advent of
the Shuttle program.
Whether or not the army placed men and materials on the moon
subsequent to the first lunar excursions is a topic of heated
debate. Something is up there! Russian and Japanese
astronomers filmed an enormous vehicle (perhaps one kilometer
in diameter) orbiting the moon, casting a good solid shadow on
the surface as it passed north to south at the estimated speed
of 200 kilometers (124 miles) per second!
That figures out to be 450,000 miles per hour. If the craft
moved on impulse power alone it could travel from the moon to
Earth, a distance of 240,000 miles, in about 25 minutes,
roughly the same amount of time it would take to eat a decent
The Russian scientist, clearly awed by the sighting, said,
"Can you imagine it? A space station that large, traveling so
A TV photographer filming a documentary on a farm near
Bellevue, Wisconsin also inadvertently captured the image of a
large vehicle entering Earth's atmosphere in broad daylight.
Using the Cirrus clouds at 25,000 feet and the height of the
windmill as reference points, the craft was calculated to be
500 feet in length, above 50,000 feet (10 miles) and moving at
14,000 miles per hour! The object was clearly a real nuts and
bolts-three dimensional craft.
If the Army or Air Force is not driving this immense vehicle
out of and into Earth's atmosphere and to the lunar surface,
Dr. York would have good reason to regret his decision to
reject an army base there when we had the boosters and
motivation to do so thirty years ago!
If earthlings are not the owners of that vehicle, then we had
better spend some time and money to discover why it is in
lunar orbit and why it comes to Earth from time to time (to
capture humans or to rotate the Army's lunar crews?) A vehicle
one kilometer in diameter (slightly greater than one-half
mile) obviously required some time, money and effort to build
and most certainly requires a lifting technology of which we
laypeople are unaware.
But if we possessed the ability to lift men and materials to
the lunar surface in the early 1960's, when the world's
collective attention was upon the Vietnam conflict and civil
unrest in America, we most certainly have better technology
now. The VTOL Freighters have been on the drawing boards for
years, particularly those for the military. Using the proven
"Shuttle" hull and tilt turbine engines and scram jets, it
could lift enormous weight from desert bases and place it into
Earth orbit. Three days later (or less) the freighter could be
landing on the moon.
Crews could be rotated every three to six months. Neither the
journey nor the assignment would be outside the bounds of
current technology or physical and psychological constraints.
But the question is: Why? What are the lunar crews doing up
there? If they are mining the lunar surface, what are they
doing with the extracted materials? Is the kilometer-size
vehicle loaded with lunar soil, gold, silver, hydrogen,
oxygen? Does the engine run on the very soil it digs from the
lunar surface? Are there processing plants on Earth to convert
the ore and materials into something worth the time and
effort? Where are they? Who owns them?
The ten seconds of film from the Japanese astronomers is the
most compelling evidence that a huge vehicle is in orbit
around the moon. If it is an Earth vehicle owned and operated
by earthlings for the benefits of humans, fine. If it is a
vehicle from another galaxy or solar system, should we not
find out what they are doing here? If someone here is in
cahoots with them, it's time to find out why, and discover why
we who pay their wages have been excluded from the decision
The Gulf War, which revealed some of the marvels envisioned
during the Vietnam conflict, proved, if anything, that America
can win any war, anytime, against any foe, and do it in a
minimum amount of time with a minimum loss of American troops.
EWACS and AWACS and Joint STARS can pinpoint anything that
moves on land or in the air for several hundred miles in any
direction. Strike aircraft and ground to air missiles can find
and destroy anything man-made that moves within the view of
military detection equipment. Ground forces can be instantly
alerted to the movements of enemy troops and can destroy them
with an arsenal of sophisticated weapons without ever
acquiring them visually.
But do military air forces and ground forces engage UFOs
hovering or cavorting for hours over American cities? They do
There are only a few reasons why the military does not attempt
to intercept and destroy vehicles that have entered our air
space: 1) They have concluded that it would be futile to try
since the (alien) UFOs can always detect and evade incoming
weapons; 2) They don't want to engage the UFOs because they
are American (or allied) secret aircraft and are operating in
American air space with permission; 3) They are alien craft
operating in American air space with permission; 4) The UFOs
cannot be detected with any system currently in American
military inventories; 5) The UFOs aren't really there at all
but, rather, are images projected mechanically or
telepathically to the viewers, which images can also be
recorded on video tape! (Which leaves us with a whole new set
It has been said rather poetically that, "The Sky Keeps No
Memories." Whatever occurs in the ether vanishes when the
event has passed. But video cameras keep rather astounding
memories and we should make every attempt to obtain clear,
sharp images of any unusual craft traversing the skies of
planet Earth (or moon if you have a good telescope).
The Gulf War, like the Vietnam conflict, was a theatrical
diversion to keep the world's attention away from spectacular
aircraft and UFOs that are now orbiting the moon and, perhaps,
freefalling toward deep space with human cargos destined for
the Martian colonies.
Some UFOlogists have insisted for years that America has
military or scientific outposts not only on the moon, but on
Mars as well. They may be right about that but one wonders why
no one has come forward to leak the information to the general
public. Perhaps they are vigorously dissuaded from doing so by
threats of death.
A craft capable of traveling at 450,000 miles per hour could
make the 35,000,000 mile journey to Mars in about 80 hours
(Friday afternoon to Monday morning) whereas a conventionally
powered craft requires about three months.
But if America has developed engines capable of driving space
craft at such fantastic speeds, why do they not use the
technology to propel automobiles, ships and conventional
Number One: Such a revelation to a society based upon a fossil
fuel economy would destroy the very fabric of our cultures.
Millions upon millions of people would become unemployed if
such an engine were to be introduced onto world markets.
At the present time there is simply no room for the perfect
power source in a society designed to either produce fossil
fuels or to be driven by them.*
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