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Re: An Even More Secret Space Program?

From: David Rudiak <drudiak.nul>
Date: Sun, 10 Oct 2010 10:33:25 -0700 (PDT)
Archived: Mon, 11 Oct 2010 15:19:03 -0400
Subject: Re: An Even More Secret Space Program?

>From: Jay Nelson <jnelson.nul>
>To: UFO UpDates - toronto <post.nul>
>Date: sat, 09 oct 2010 10:40:30 -0600
>Subject: An Even More Secret Space Program?

>Recently, the PBS affiliate in my area has been rebroadcasting
>NOVA's "Astrospies" episode repeatedly. I haven't minded. It's a
>fascinating story about secret manned orbiting spy satellites -
>the USAF Manned Orbiting Laboratory v. the Russian ALMAZ. But
>after watching it the third or fourth time, it dawned on me that
>the show might contain clues in plain sight to an even _more_
>clandestine space program than that of the space spooks.



>In any event much of the Manned Orbiting Laboratory program is
>still classified. Astronaut Al Crews said they were "to take
>pictures and blah, blah, blah, blah". So what other activities
>were planned that never were accomplished which _still_ require
>secrecy after all this time?

>I can't shake the feeling that something funny's been going

I've seen the PBS program twice and never thought about the UFO
angle - maybe.

However the top-secret spy MOL program is a good example of how
the government _can_ keep secrets for decades. It was by pure
accident that it was rediscovered (when somebody found an unusual
blue spacesuit in a mothballed NASA control center).

Secrecy was king. The program came complete with a cover story
put out from the top, namely President Johnson himself
("scientific research"). Even the purpose of the program was kept
secret from the initial group of astronaut candidates, who were
trained separately from the other astronauts. Only the few
finalists were eventually read into the program.

Even after cancellation, all those involved, from astronauts to
engineers, kept their mouths shut for 40 some years. And,
according to the PBS program, most of the MOL program is STILL
classified. It is hard to understand why. The best I can come up
with are modern spy satellites still use 40-year-old technology.
But I doubt that would be of much interest to the Russians or

There are lots of examples like this, such as the British Enigma
code-breaking program, that remained completely secret for three
decades after the war. Several thousand people were involved, but
nobody talked. The British even busted up the code-breaking
equipment, including the first all-electronic digital computer,
lest any of it fall into the hands of Soviet spies. It turns out,
the British got much further into code-breaking than anybody
realized, including the ability to read more difficult German and
Soviet codes at the end of the war.

However, since none of these secret programs were reported on for
decades and largely forgotten until somebody finally rediscovered
them, obviously they were not important and blown into mythical
proportions by authors trying to sell books.

Wait, I'm confusing that with a standard debunking line about

David Rudiak

BTW: The Enigma digital computer has since been reconstructed by
a retired electrical engineer, complete with several thousand
vacuum tubes, and you can see it if you ever visit Bletchley Park
- very interesting place and well worth the trip. If you have old
vacuum tubes laying around, send them over there. They are hard
to come by and they need them badly.

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