Excerpts from "Alien Agenda"
by Jim Marrs
The Greatest UFO?
One particularly bright, circular object has been
observed moving through Earth's skies since the
beginning of human history. Every person on the planet
has seen this object. We call it the moon.
Although this object is identified-at least we have a
name for it and we know it's there-the moon cannot be
hastily disqualified as a UFO. Despite six visits by
U.S. astronauts between 1969 and 1972, the moon remains
a riddle to scientists in many regards. The solutions to
these riddles could indicate an alien aspect of our
Before the Apollo
missions, lunar scientists longed for the time when
humans could walk on the moon's surface. By studying the
makeup of our satellite, they hoped to resolve some of
the mysteries of how our planet and solar system came
expert and the first chairman of the National
Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Lunar
Exploration Committee Dr. Robert Jastrow has stated,
"The moon is
the Rosetta stone of the planets."
Six moon landings
later, the public perception was that we had learned all
we needed to about the moon.
However, those same lunar scientists were no closer to
agreement on how to answer even the most basic
questions-such as how the moon was created. Despite the
return of some 842 pounds of rocks and soil samples,
photos and videotape, and the placement of five
nuclear-powered scientific stations on the lunar
surface, there are still no clear-cut solutions to the
Quite the reverse: what we have learned about the moon
in the wake of the Apollo missions has only raised more
Science writer Earl
Rosetta stone remains a mystery. The moon is more
complicated than anyone expected; it is not simply a
kind of billiard ball frozen in space and time, as
many scientists had believed. Few of the fundamental
questions have been answered, but the Apollo rocks
and recordings have spawned a score of mysteries, a
few truly breath-stopping. "
Consider some of
these "breath-stopping" mysteries, or anomalies, as
scientists prefer to call them.
The moon is far older than previously imagined, perhaps
even much older than the earth and sun. By examining
tracks burned into moon rocks by cosmic rays, scientists
have dated them as billions of years old. Some have been
dated back 4.5 billion years, far older than the earth
and "nearly as old as the solar system," according to
Jastrow. The oldest rocks ever found on Earth only date
back 3.5 billion years.
It is accepted by
scientists today that the earth is about 4.6 billion
years old. Harvard's respected astronomy journal, Sky
and Telescope, reported that at the Lunar Conference of
1973, it was revealed that one moon rock was dated at
5.3 billion years old, which would make it almost a
billion years older than our planet. This puzzle was
compounded by the fact that the lunar dust in which the
rocks were found proved to be a billion years older than
the rocks themselves.
showed that the moon rocks were of a completely
different composition from the soil around them. Since
dusty soil is usually produced by the weathering and
breakup of surrounding rocks, the lunar rocks must have
come from someplace other than where they were found.
The moon has at least three distinct layers of rocks.
Contrary to the idea that heavier objects sink, the
heavier rocks are found on the surface.
Stated Don Wilson,
of refractory elements like titanium in the surface
areas is so pronounced that several geo-chemists
proposed that refractory compounds were brought to
the moon's surface in great quantity in some unknown
way. They don't know how, but that it was done
cannot be questioned. These rich materials that are
usually concentrated in the interior of a world are
now on the outside."
Ubell, a former
science editor for CBS television, acknowledged this
[layer], 20 miles deep, consists of lavalike
material similar to lava flows on Earth. The second,
extending down to 50 miles, is made up of somewhat
denser rock. The third, continuing to a depth of at
least 80 miles and probably below, appears to be of
a heavy material similar to the Earth's mantle. . .
"If the Earth
and moon were created at the same time, near each
other, why has one body got all the iron and the
other [the moon] not much? The differences suggest
that Earth and moon came into being far from each
other, an idea that stumbles over the inability of
astrophysicists to explain how exactly the moon
became a satellite of the Earth."
The moon is
extremely dry and does not appear to have ever had water
in any substantial amounts.
None of the moon
rocks, regardless of location found, contained free
water or even water molecules bound into the minerals.
Yet instruments left behind by Apollo missions sent a
signal to Earth on March 7, 1971, indicating a "wind" of
water had crossed the moon's surface.
Since any water on
the airless moon surface vaporizes and behaves like the
wind on Earth, the question became, where did this water
originate? The vapor cloud eruptions lasted fourteen
hours and covered an area of some one hundred square
miles, prompting Rice University physicists Dr. John
Freeman Jr. and Dr. H. Ken Hills to pronounce the event
one of "the most exciting discoveries yet" indicating
water within the moon.
The two physicists
claimed the water vapor came from deep inside the moon,
apparently released during a moonquake. NASA officials
offered a more mundane, and questionable, explanation.
They speculated that two tanks on Apollo descent stages
containing between sixty and one hundred pounds of water
became stressed and ruptured, releasing their contents.
Freeman and Hills declined to accept this explanation,
pointing out that the two tanks-from Apollo 12 and
14-were some 180 kilometers apart, yet the water vapor
was detected with the same flux at both sites, although
the instruments faced in opposite directions.
Skeptics also have
understandably questioned the odds of two separate tanks
breaking simultaneously and how such a small quantity of
water could produce a hundred square miles of vapor.
Additionally, Apollo 16 astronauts found moon rocks that
contained bits of rusted iron.
requires oxygen and free hydrogen, this rust indicates
there must be water somewhere on the moon.