« [T]he compelling question has to be asked – has there been a head start program in space and have we been conducting space war operations since Apollo? Has this program been ongoing or was it abandoned after 1979 and then rebooted during the S.D.I proposals of Ronald Regan – the program that was eventually called the Star wars Program. »
The answers are no, no, no and no. The questions were posed by Clyde Lewis of the "Ground Zero"
website/internet radio show, in a long article titled STRATOSFEAR, THE SECRET SPACE WAR
published yesterday. The article summarizes a discussion in a TV studio between Lewis, Space Shuttle astronaut Leland Melvin, and Mike Bara. That's Mike Bara the self-worshipper who, according to the Rational Wikipedia, is homophobic as well as mysogynistic. He constantly claims to be a NYT best-selling author even though IT'S NOT TRUE
Well, the "secret space war" turns out to be the not-very-secret Project Horizon
, a proposal drafted in 1959 to establish a military Moon base staffed by 12 U.S.Army officers, costing $7 billion. Lewis writes:
« As cameras were rolling, we discussed the lunar objectives that were pre NASA including the military’s plan to build a space station on the moon before 1969. Back in 2016, I presented a program where I uncovered documents about Project Horizon a secret space station that was supposed to be built on the moon. »
"Uncovered", eh Clyde? The existence of Horizon
was reported by Astronautix in 2005
and was probably public knowledge well before that. Wikipedia's first page on Horizon
was dated 2 July 2005, and today it's a quite detailed exposition
, last edited nearly a year ago.
One key point to understand about Horizon
is that it never happened
. As the wiki reports (citing John Logsden in 2010),note 1
Eisenhower nixed it as NASA was created as a civilian agency in 1959. In two of his published books,note 2
Mike Bara has suggested that Horizon
may not have been cancelled but may have been secretly built, manned, and declared operational. Clyde Lewis seems to agree:
« We were told that the military was not part of the moon shot in 1969. We are told that it was NASA that sent the astronauts there. So the question is, was the military already on the moon, sent on a secret away mission and was the astronaut’ giant leap merely a show for the public to cheer on.»
Don'cha love those rhetorical questions? They allow speculators to hint that they know more than they're allowed to say, without requiring anything resembling evidence. Again, the answers are no and no.
Well, I headed this article "Ignorant speculator" so perhaps I'd better justify the adjective. The report that Lewis cites estimates that construction of the base would require 61 Saturn I and 88 Saturn II launches through November 1966, with another 64 launches during the first year of operation. Anyone who thinks that program could have been conducted in secret cannot have been anywhere near a Saturn rocket launch. Those things were NOISY.
Another key point is the actual structure envisaged for Horizon
. Here are two illustrations from the report that Clyde Lewis himself cited
(which, by the way, is included in the 2005 Astronautix report):
This thing is not buried out of sight— it's right there on the surface. Before it was even half built, every amateur astronomer in the world would be saying "Er... excuse me... WTF IS THAT?
Lewis provides documentation of three other historical moonbase projects—one of which involved Carl Sagan—but these, like Horizon
, never got beyond the planning stages.
As part of his just-published article, Clyde Lewis seeks to link his speculations to Wikileaks and Julian Assange, who has been in the news lately. He cites REPORT THAT UR DESTROYED SECRET US BASE ON MOON
. This Wikileaks link references a report that seems to have been written in January 1979 and declassified in December 2012, but since there's no content here it's impossible to assess whether the original is credible. "UR" is supposedly code for The Soviet Union. As I've written many times before, we now have such excellent high-defintion photographic coverage of the Moon that any speculations about alien activities, military operations, or vast glass domes look a bit pathetic.
I hope I've written enough to convince any doubters that Clyde Lewis's piece is worthless speculation from two arrivistes
who know a great deal less than they think they do.
 Logsdon, John (2010). John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon
. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-230-11010-6
 "Hidden Agenda" (2016) and "Ancient Aliens and JFK" (2018). In "Hidden Agenda", Bara wrote (p.115) "I see no reason why these plans couldn't have been carried out behind the scenes, in parallel with the public NASA space program.
" In "JFK" he wrote (p. 78-83) "It would have been a fairly simple thing to implement this plan over the next few decades.... My suspicion and speculation is that that is exactly what they did."