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Watch out for the press conference of the "millenium" on CNN, C-SPAN and other major US channels at 9 am (Washington time) Thursday 21 March, 1996.
Former NASA scientists, engineers and other researchers, under the aegis of The Mars Mission -- a grassroots space research and policy group of specialists and citizens -- will hold a major press briefing, Thursday, March 21, 1996 at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. In the planned two-hour event, beginning at 9:00 AM, detailed scientific analysis of possible ancient artificial structures -- found on hundreds of archived NASA and Soviet lunar photographs, and thousands of feet of original motion picture film -- will be presented, using state-of-the-art computer and video graphic systems. This material -- some of it held in a university archive outside NASA for almost a quarter of a century -- is part of acontinuing Mars Mission investigation into possible "suppressed" NASA solar system findings, based on a highly controversial warning contained in a 36-year-old government report:
The Mars Mission's major scientific and political conclusions, to be illustrated with extensive NASA and Soviet lunar photography at the press briefing:
These official mission films -- analyzed over a period of four years, via scientific techniques and computer technologies literally unavailable even to NASA 30 years ago (when the original photographs were taken) -- now provide compelling scientific evidence for the presence of ancient artificial structures on the Moon. Further, it is now apparent that the entire purpose of President John F. Kennedy's sudden, all-out Apollo Program to land Americans on the Moon within ten years was to send American astronauts directly to these ruins, to record them on film, and to bring back physical evidence (including manufactured artifacts) for analysis on Earth.
According to Richard C. Hoagland, head of the Mars Mission and 1993 winner of the International Angstrom Medal for Excellence in Science, who began this intensive examination of NASA and Soviet lunar photography four years ago as part of the research organization's on-going "Mars" investigation, the answer to the question, "Why a NASA cover-up of such extraordinary information?" is simple, if not tragic:
"Look at that New York Times headline; ( Click here to see article in TEXT FORM or see article shared below ) would you reveal the very thing that the best and the brightest' NASA could assemble at the dawn of the Space Age warned could literally collapse civilization': namely, hard physical ruins left by a race of obviously superior beings' -- and in our proverbial back yard,' to boot?! We are 30 years behind where we would have been -- if NASA had been allowed to tell us what they found, at the time these photographs were taken. Imagine the future we would be living now, the discoveries, the scientific and environmental advances the world would be sharing, if fear, coupled with blind and misplaced adherence to authority hadn't intervened . . ."
Hoagland hints that, in addition to the remarkable imaging data on the artifacts, at the press briefing there could be some major political surprises:
"We have evidence that some of the astronauts themselves have attempted to change this 30-year-old policy. But, because they are 'good soldiers', their efforts have been behind the scenes. We are considering presenting this evidence as well.
"It's time for this President to bite the bullet,' to open NASA's files on all of this, and come clean."
For reasons of security, participants in the press briefing -- some of whom currently work on "black projects" for major aerospace companies under direct contract to the U.S. government -- will not be revealed, until shortly before the briefing on the 21st; however, the list of participants does currently include geologists, former NASA engineers, photographic experts, lunar construction engineers, architects, and investigative reporters. Extensive documentation, including hardcopy imaging of specific NASA astronauts "amid the ruins," will be handed out on Thursday.
NY TIMES ARTICLE
A copy of which is available from The Mars Mission, for authentication. Dateline: The New York Times, Thursday, December 15, 1960
This warning was contained in a research report given to the National Aeronautical and Space Administration with the recommendation that the world prepare itself mentally for the eventuality. The report, prepared by the Brookings Institution, said "while the discovery of intelligent life in other parts of the universe is not likely in the immediate future, it could nevertheless, happen at any time."
Discovery of Intelligent beings on other planets could lead to an all-out effort by earth to contact them, or it could lead to sweeping changes or even the downfall of civilization, the report said.
Even on earth, it added, " societies sure of their own place have disintegrated when confronted by a superior society, and others have survived even though changed."
"Clearly, the better we can come to understanding the factors involved in responding to such crisis the better prepared we may be."
The agency's 100-page report, prepared at a cost of $86,000 was for the space agency's committee on beings-in-space studies. The members, headed by Donald M. Michael also recommended further study of other space activities, including the symptomatic and propaganda effects and the implications of communications and weather satellites.
On the question of life in outer space, the report said that if intelligent or super-intelligent beings were discovered in the next twenty years they would probably be found by radio communications with other solar systems. Evidence of such existence "might also be found in artifacts left on the moon or other planets," it said.
An attempt already has been made to contact outer space. Government scientist at Greenbank, West Virginia used radio astronomy in an effort to pick up signals that might have been beamed by intelligent beings. They concentrated on a star about fifteen light years away.
Signals were sent from Greenbank were of a kind that would show to anyone receiving on other planets that they were man-made and not natural phenomena.
*(End of The New York Times article)
Update from Dave Vetterick
Just after I sent you the fax this afternoon about cancelling the press release that was supposed to take place today, I got a call from Carrie Clark with Richard Hoagland's organization, and subsequently spoke to Mr. Hoagland.
He wanted to thank me for my efforts in getting KHOU TV, the Houston CBS affiliate, to send a crew to Washington for his press conference.
Apparently, after getting my message this weekend they were prompted to call Richard. He said they asked all the right questions and decided to send a crew 2000 miles to cover it.
Stations from Seattle and St. Louis among others are also sending teams as a result of people calling and sending messages asking this press conference be covered.
If you have time please post to your WWW page a call to have people contact their local stations as well as C-Span & CNN to ask they cover this important press conference.
C-Span told Richard this morning this is all anyone at the station was talking about. However, they haven't yet committed to cover it live, which is what we'd like them to do.