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A Hidden Mission for
Part I. Landing Among
17's December 07-19 1972 voyage to the moon was the crowning glory and
finishing point of our entire manned lunar
exploration program. The site chosen for this greatest and longest of all Apollo adventures was a small valley located in the Taurus-Littrow
highlands. Because of the towering massifs which rise on nearly
all sides of this site 2000 to 2500 meters, it was also the most dangerous
landing of the Apollo program.
The risks taken to put the Challenger down in
this area were certainly great, and the successful landing a testament to the
skills of mission commander Gene Cernan, veteran of Apollo 10 and Gemini, also driver of Apollo 17's lunar
The payoff for this risk was stated to be the opportunity to sample a larger
and more diverse cross section of geologic and mineralogical materials.
For this aim Gene was accompanied in the lunar landing module by civilian
geologist Jack Schmitt. Command module pilot Ronald Evans remained in lunar orbit,
overseeing the acquisition of much of the photography and orbital data
we'll be viewing in this study.
purely scientific, reasonable, and innocently plausible motive such as stated
above may or may not have been the actual and official reasoning behind taking
such a huge risk. On closer examination of
mission photography, mapping, and transcripts, it becomes increasingly evident
that there may be more involved than was ever stated or written. I intend to
show that there is indeed something much more profoundly shocking about this
area and mission; something obvious that had been hidden in plain site,
hushed, then back-drawer relegated to a time when it could be rediscovered and
brought to attention by some observant and
brave mind at a time of greater social acceptability. This side to Apollo 17
has been left unfathomed for decades. I have no intention to point a
finger at any of the wonderful people or agencies involved in the mission, but
to simply show a wonderful place from a different perspective backed up by
plausible evidences. If the place is truly as anomalous as speculated herein,
it's cause enough and even more reason for us to go back and fully explore the
Moon, and stay.
care has been taken in selecting only the highest quality, low generation,
original Apollo photography presently accessible for this study. All images
contained within are carefully scanned reproductions of original mission
photography where possible. These were obtained and painstakingly correlated
from various NASA Apollo film and photo collections and variations occur.
Recognition and appreciation is due to all the fine people within and without
their ranks who over the years have striven to keep the wonderful photographic
record of our greatest adventure both current and intact. It is imperative
that this photographic record be kept in as pristine form possible. Proper
digitization allows preservation of these priceless film stocks for posterity.
First off we should take a good wide angle
look into the general area. To do this I have selected Apollo metric photo
AS17-m-1218, which gives us a wide yet clear view of the entire vicinity. View
the high resolution version of it by clicking on the photo and take some time
to look around. An observant viewer might quickly recognize an acute geometric
angularity, linearity, and ruggedness on the massifs below.
Our astronauts landed down there.
The image center is 19.5N
-30.9E, and was taken from altitude of 112 km with the sun coming from the east
at about 35
degrees above horizon
Click on image for high resolution photo.
The next photo below is a section from
it, and the area shown is the target of this mission. This image shows us a close look at the
general vicinity of the landing and exploration site, while remaining far
enough away to draw context from the whole of the surrounding areas. The hexagonal
item in the center is South Massif, the two other most prominent mountains
around the landing site are North Massif and East Massif.
As you can see, despite the good amount
of erosion on its south west facet, South Massif is a neatly symmetrical hexagon.
Even at this distance fine structural lineations are evident not only on
it, but the surrounding massifs as well. This is one very anomalous "mountain"
and it is of crucial importance in understanding the actual nature of this
most remarkable location. We will be digging into it with the best imagery
scene is now augmented by freshly scanned versions from the original spacecraft
films and the wonderful zoom imaging technology of Gigapan. For your
No doubt this scene drew the attention of
observant lunar scientists, we have the mission itself to prove that
close up image is an excerpt from the Apollo Lunar Surface Journal showing
a portion of panoramic camera image AS17-2309. The arrow pinpoints the
near exact location of the landing site. The landing itself occurred at
19:54:57 (2:54:57 PM EST) at latitude 20.19080 degrees north, and 30.77168
degrees east, (within 60 feet of the planned landing point.) The valley
pointed to by the arrow is only about 8 km wide. The lineations on the
2300 meter tall South Massif are abundantly clear in this view. From left
to right corner across the longest axis it is approximately 17 km wide;
across it's breadth approximately 12 km. It appears to have escaped notice
as being an almost purely symmetrical hexagon covered by highly rectilinear
striations in all official publications. This "mountain" is quite possibly
a huge partially collapsed arcology. Likewise, it is also surrounded by
numerous other structural anomalies. There is simply far too much evident geometry
in its overall structure for it to be adequately explained as the product
of plainly natural geological processes. The broad reasoning given that it was
the result of an uplift caused by the Serenitatis event does in no way
account for the evident - let me stress this - hexagonal symmetry of this
structure or the linearity of the other massifs around it. Simply put,
there is no reasonable or established model that explains how it could
have formed in the shape it has. In the larger overall views of this area
it is easily observable as well that South Massif's hexagonal structure
is placed in the center of a diametrically opposed square plain
bordered upon by sharply linear massifs of the same nature.
Given the huge amount of planning
that went into all of the Apollo missions it is difficult to imagine
these anomalies could have been merely overlooked. On this issue, the esteemed
Dr. Farouk El-Baz,
Supervisor of Lunar Science Planning himself
has stated that "Not every discovery has been
announced'". A symmetrical, hexagonally shaped,
half collapsed mountain covered with orthogonally geometric lineations is quite a rarity in nature, yet in all the descriptive
studies done of this place, that fact about it is not mentioned. This may be
just one among many of those unannounced discoveries.
It is evidentially plausible that
these oddities could very well be the actual reason the area was chosen
for exploration at all. Apparently there
could have been more than just the
quest of collecting geological samples in mind, for this area bears attributes
of being artificially constructed rather than naturally created. A nearly
inescapable sense of ruined structural artifacts lying buried in the filth of
the ages and the cataclysmic debris of destruction and waste permeates the
viewing experience. Whether or not these items could have
been humanly created from a long lost past or perhaps be of extraterrestrial
origin is not speculated upon here, although artificiality as an explanation
would by necessity generate questions along that line of reasoning. The
strong visual hints of possible artificiality given by the images above
prompt an even closer look, because open possibility is always greater than
This can be done
with the use of a higher resolution photo sectional from Itek Panoramic camera
Click the image to see the properly oriented
high resolution photo.
I've also prepared the full resolution zoomable Gigapan version of this
image, made from original Apollo film scans
The high resolution panoramic photos are
unquestionably spectacular. A detailed visual perusal reveals that the whole
area is full of highly structural linearities. These can be said to resemble
ruined construction patterns more than reminiscent of what we have seen via
aerial archaeology here on Earth. The only catch is that this
happens to be the Moon. Were this an aerial photo of a location on Earth, it
would be a safe bet that both archaeologists and treasure hunters would have
already been over it thoroughly. The area around the top and sides of both South
and North Massifs, the Lee-Lincoln Scarp... the Sculptured Hills... the Access
Region...Hole in the Wall... Nansen..
We will be looking closer at these marvels
over the next few pages.
All these places contain wonders, but
one sticks out particularly.
In perusing the perimeters of South
Massif in all the above images, you may have noticed the dark spot on its
long, bright upper edge, at the terminus of the slope rise where it meets
the plain (Lower long edge in the photo directly above). This is called
That dark spot and local vicinity were
of utmost importance to the mission, and to us all.
II. Where Giants Sleep
a satellite I ride, nothing down below can hide"
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