Space Conspiracy Theories
Does questioning space conspiracy theories gives credence to the paranoid or the intellect?
Everything you know about space is a lie. We’ve never been to the moon, Pluto is a hologram, and Obama visited Mars twice. Conspiracy theorists believe all of this and so much more. NASA is one of the top organizations accused of conspiracy theories, and has been since the day it was created. Established in 1958, NASA was founded to compete with the Soviet Union in the space race. After Russia launched Sputnik, people were afraid that they would start building weapons in space. NASA was created to combat this. In the 1960s, John F. Kennedy approved the Apollo program which was aimed at successfully sending a man to the moon. While the Apollo 1 ended in disaster, the Apollo 8 and 10 missions went to the moon to test equipment and take photos but did not land.
1969 marked the year of success with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landing on the moon. Since then, the theorists have come out of the woodwork to point out everything false about the mission. As NASA’s explorations expanded to other parts of the galaxy over time, more and more conspiracies were created about the universe itself. What if planets aren’t real? What if the night sky is actually a projection? These are the things conspiracy theorists think about on a daily basis. To further examine ideas like these, here are some of the best space conspiracy theories.
Nuclear Explosions on Mars
In November of 2014, Dr. John Brandenburg presented his theory at the Annual Fall Meeting of the American Physical Society in Illinois that an ancient civilization on Mars was wiped out by a nuclear attack from another alien race. His research is focused on the "high concentration" of xenon-129 in the Martian atmosphere as well as the uranium and thorium on the surface, which was spotted by NASA’s Mars Odyssey. While scientists have previously pointed out that the appearance of these elements is not surprising since they are natural elements found everywhere, Brandenburg believes they are the remains of two nuclear explosions on the surface of the planet. The scientist says Mars once had a climate similar to Earth and held animal and plant life, as well as intelligent life that would have been as advanced as the ancient Egyptians.
In 2014, a paper titled "The Lucifer Project" claimed that NASA was going to deliberately crash the Cassini space probe into Jupiter’s atmosphere to create a second sun. The Cassini had plutonium fuel rods that would be used as a fission device. This is not the first time this idea has come to light. In 1991, William Cooper wrote a book called Behold a Pale Horse and mentioned how the probe Galileo would be deliberately crashed into Jupiter and how it could create a new sun. This 2014 claim, however, suggests NASA’s involvement in this conspiracy. The importance of the creation of a new sun is that it would be able to heat up Jupiter’s moons and make them suitable for human life. However, a new sun would generate a shock wave of hydrogen and other particles that could have devastating effects on Earth.
NASA's UFO Sighting
In January of 2015, NASA cut a live feed of Earth coming from the International Space Station when a strange shape coming over the horizon emerged. NASA said they experienced technical difficulties and it's not uncommon for the live feeds to be cut once in a while, but the timing of this particular cut got conspiracy theorists rolling. According to Tech Times, "UFO-watchers, who have long distrusted official statements from NASA, are now claiming that the latest drop of the live feed from the ISS as soon as the UFO came into view is an obvious and deliberate attempt to hide what they believe are regular sightings of alien spacecrafts coming close to Earth's orbit." However, this is not the first time people have called out NASA for alien cover ups. In March of 2014, NASA announced it would have to shut down the HD live streaming from ISS due to budget cuts and people believed they were trying to cover up alien sightings.
Based on mythology and readings of ancient texts, Immanuel Velikovsky believed that Mars and Venus caused biblical events. While he was not actually a scientist, he published a book called Worlds in Collision in 1950 which explained that many of the crazy events that happened in the Bible actually did take place and that they were caused by abnormally orbiting planets. Specifically, he blamed Venus’s backwards rotation for affecting Mars and said that the two planets got too close each other and to the sun. British astronomers Victor Clube and Bill Napier bashed Velikovsky and his ideas, saying he "is not so much the first of the new catastrophists; he is the last in a line of traditional catastrophists going back to mediaeval times and probably earlier."
In 2014, the Philae roamer was able to land on comet named 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko thanks to efforts from the European Space Agency. However, the project was not widely announced and the agency reported that they heard unusual sounds coming from the comet. Since the mission was so sudden and billions had been spent on something that seemed so trivial, theorists began thinking there might be something more to this landing. They believe the comet is an alien artifact that might not have wanted to be found. Others suggest that the comet actually has a transmission tower and recent photos of it have shown UFOs in the background, proving that the entire event has to do with aliens and the European Space Agency tried to cover it up.
Eye of Saturn
In the 1990s, the Cassini spacecraft went to Saturn to take pictures but the pictures weren't seen until 2007. NASA was stunned to see a hexagon figure that covered most of Saturn’s north pole. The image was shocking not only because it seemed to be geometrically precise, but also because it is so large that NASA scientists say that four Earths could fit inside the area. NASA does not know how it was created, but conspiracy theorists have some ideas. Some people believe that a pyramid and two concentric circles are visible in the picture. If you pull out a dollar bill and look at the "all-seeing eye" on the back of the bill, people believe the same image is visible in the Saturn photograph. However, most people believe that NASA could have faked the eye and possibly the entire image of the Eye of Saturn.
Nazi Space Program
There are a lot of theories that link the Nazis and UFOs but one theory inp articular states that the Nazis had their own space program and reached the moon in 1945 before anyone else. This is because people confuse an early German rocket program with a space program. Historian Michael Neufeld explains, "People equate a rocket program with a space program and the German rocket program was about building weapons only. That was the only reason Nazi Germany supported rocketry. Their objective was to build the V-2 and, if possible in the future, larger and longer-range weapons." However, people still believe that Nazis made it to the moon and there is even a 2012 movie about it called Iron Sky.
Obama Visited Mars
Apparently President Barack Obama has visited Mars twice. Theorists believe that Obama was enrolled in a space program in the 1980s that took young people to Mars via a "jump room." Andrew D. Basiago, a lawyer in Washington State who served in Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s time travel program Project Pegasus in the 1970s, and William B. Stillings, who was tapped by the Mars program for his technical genius, both confirmed Obama was in their training program. Stillings’s official comment read, "I can confirm that Andrew D. Basiago and Barack Obama (then using the name "Barry Soetoro") were in my Mars training course in Summer 1980 and that during the time period 1981 to 1983, I encountered Andy, Courtney M. Hunt of the CIA, and other Americans on the surface of Mars after reaching Mars via the "jump room" in El Segundo, California." People find this important because they believe this is yet another slight against Obama’s past and it calls into question his integrity as the president of the United States.
New Horizon's Lies
According to theorists, New Horizon's visit to Pluto was a hoax and the stunning images they captured are photoshopped. Some people decided to look through their own telescopes to take images of Jupiter, which is 400 million miles from Earth, and compare them to New Horizon's images it took of the much smaller Pluto from nine million miles way, early in its mission. These people say that their images of Jupiter are clearer than those of Pluto, proving the official Pluto images are fake. People have taken to Twitter and Facebook to voice their opinions and let everyone else know that these images are holograms that NASA created. Meanwhile, others believe that Pluto does indeed exist but NASA is covering the planet up because there is alien life visible on the planet.
Don’t believe the newspapers—we have never been to the moon. Recent polls show that approximately 20 percent of Americans believe that the US has never landed on the moon. Instead, these people believe that the US government made up the moon landing to win the space race against Russia. People cite the lack of an impact crater from the spaceships landing, multiple light sources in the picture, a strange object reflected in the helmet of one of the astronauts, the lack of stars in the images, and many more "strange" occurrences as proof of this idea. Instead, people believe the whole ordeal was filmed on a set in Hollywood by a professional production company. Specifically, people believe Stanley Kubrick, the director of 2001: A Space Odyssey (which was released one year before the moon landing), was approached to direct this fake moon landing and that Kubrick was groomed by the government to pull this off.
German Colonies on Mars
There is a claim from Corey Goode of a supposed German Mars colony built in the 1940s. This was a quest that was independent from the SS quest to establish a weaponized flying saucer during the same time period. The colony was built by secret societies using hidden bases in South America and Antarctica to explore technologies like space time portals developed with records from ancient space programs of the Far East and extra terrestrial advice. This program was kept secret from Nazi leadership and the German military authorities.
These colonies were at the mercy of dust storms that destroyed most of their electronic equipment. They later discovered regions that were more hospitable, but sooner or later they ran afoul of the insectoids and the reptilians: The two species of indigenous Martians.
In 1952 the secret societies of Mars made a show of power and force against Washington D.C. They ended up making an alliance with the US military-industrial complex. Americans wanted to take over the German bases after establishing the alliance. However, the Martian secret societies ended up infiltrating America’s high-tech industries and power positions.
On the 155th day of their mission back in 1984, cosmonauts on the Soviet Space Station Salyut 7 allegedly saw a blinding light which penetrated through opaque walls and illuminated their interiors. They allegedly saw seven angels with halos and wings surrounding the space station. They claimed that each was the size of a 747. They remained there for 10 minutes then later vanished.
A fortnight later, the crew was joined by three other cosmonauts. The same phenomenon occurred again. After the mission was completed, the Soviet authorities brushed off the divinely encounter.
Apollo 10 Landing
According to one theory about the Apollo 10, Thomas Stafford, Eugene Cernan and John Young saw an extraterrestrial body orbiting around the earth that resembled a monolith. Apollo 10 apparently made a clandestine approach to photograph the message and star map etched into the side of the monolith, but electrical emanations from the object wreaked havoc with onboard instruments, almost causing a mission failure
In 1972 the extraterrestrial body was recovered and taken to a research facility hidden north of Bahamas. It was studied by researchers like Carl Sagan and US Army Intelligence and Security Command General Albert Stubblebine who later suffered from cancer. It is believed that the extraterrestrial body emitted some radiations which caused cancer to those studying the terrestrial bodies. People believe that there are many similar extraterrestrial bodies which may have been left by alien civilization.