by Michael Jordan
Journal of Alternative Realities
Vol 8, Issue 1, 2000

from UFOArea Website




So Much More Than Green Cheese

Any traveler knows that if you really want to find out everything about a particular destination, there is no substitute for a direct visit.


However, this has not proved to be the case with our mysterious moon. In fact, despite half a dozen visits by astronauts between 1969 and 1972, it's fair to say that more questions have been generated since that period than existed previously:

prompting science journalist Earl Ubell to write in the New York Times,

"The lunar 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"

(Ubell, p.32)

The number of anomalies surfacing as scientists attempt to probe the secrets of the moon's origin, composition and relationship to Earth, can only be described as astonishing.


A Harvard astronomy journal reported in 1973 that one moon rock was found to be 5.3 billion years old, which makes it almost a billion years older than Earth.


In addition, not only did chemical analysis show the lunar dust in which the rocks were found to be a billion years older than the rocks themselves, but that the composition of the lunar rocks differed completely from the soil in the area around them.


If dust and soil are the result of the weathering of surrounding rock, how did this come about?

Geophysicists are at a complete loss to explain how a number of rich refractory compounds such as titanium, usually concentrated in the interior of a world, found their way on to the moon's surface in large quantities.


Ubell asks the question,

"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".

(Ubell, p.173)

Despite the late Carl Sagan's assurance in his 1966 book Intelligent Life in the Universe, that "a natural satellite cannot be a hollow object", there is amazing evidence that the moon could indeed be hollow.


In 1969 the crew of Apollo Twelve, in an attempt to create an artificial moonquake sent the ascent stage of the lunar module crashing back down to the moon's surface.


To everyone's surprise the highly sensitive seismic equipment recorded something totally unexpected. For more than one hour, the moon continued to reverberate like a bell.


Dr Frank Press of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) commented,

"None of us have seen anything like this on Earth. In all our experience, it is quite an extraordinary event. That this rather small impact ... produced a signal which lasted thirty minutes is quite beyond the range of our experience".

(Marrs, p.6)

When Apollo Thirteen's third stage was deliberately sent hurtling into the lunar surface by radio signal, crashing with the impact of eleven tons of TNT, NASA claimed that the moon, "reacted like a gong." Seismic equipment as distant as one hundred and seventy-three kilometers from the crash site recorded reverberations lasting for three hours and twenty minutes and travelling to a depth of thirty-five to forty kilometers.


Writer Don Wilson in Secrets of Our Spaceship Moon, claims that one NASA scientist had admitted that the United States government had conducted a series of experiments (without any public announcement) to determine if the moon is hollow.


Nobel prize winning chemist Dr Harold Urey suggested that the reduced density of the moon was due to the fact that large areas inside the moon were "simply a cavity" and of MIT wrote,

"the Lunar Orbiter experiments vastly improved our knowledge of the moon's gravitational field ... indicating the frightening possibility that the moon might be hollow."

The burning question that everyone would like answered is how our moon came to be there in the first place.


It's the only moon in the solar system that has a stationary, near-perfect orbit. Even stranger, its centre of mass is about eighteen hundred meters closer to the Earth than its geometric centre (which should cause it to wobble), but the moon's bulge is on the far side of the moon, away from the earth. How did it come to be in orbit with its precise course, altitude and speed?

Coupled with this is the 'coincidence' that the moon is just the right distance, not to mention the right diameter, to completely cover the sun during an eclipse, causing Isaac Asimov to comment,

"There is no astronomical reason why the moon and the sun should fit so well, it is the sheerest of coincidences, and only the Earth among all the planets is blessed in this fashion."

In his excellent book Alien Agenda, award-winning writer Jim Marrs includes this fascinating passage from science writer William Roy Sheldon:

"It is important to remember that something had to put the moon at or near its present circular pattern around the earth. Just as an Apollo spacecraft circling the Earth every ninety minutes, while one hundred and sixty kilometers high, has to have a velocity of roughly twenty-nine thousand kilometers per hour to stay in orbit, so something has to give the moon the precisely required velocity for its weight and altitude.


The point - and it is one seldom noted in considering the origin of the moon - is that it is extremely unlikely that any object would just stumble into the right combination of factors required to stay in orbit. 'Something' had to put the moon at its altitude, on its course and at its speed. The question is: what was that something?".

(Sheldon, 1970, p.58)

Two Russian scientists, Michael Vasin and Alexander Shcherbakov advanced an amazing theory in relation to the origin of the moon, in an article published in the Soviet journal Sputnik, in 1970.


In the article entitled, 'Is the Moon the Creation of Alien Intelligence?' they theorize that the moon is not a completely natural world but a planetoid that was hollowed out by the technology of intelligent beings who directed it through the cosmos and placed it in precise orbit around the earth.


In their extraordinary article the Soviet scientists wrote:

"Abandoning the traditional paths of 'common sense', we have plunged into what may at first seem to be unbridled and irresponsible fantasy. But the more minutely we go into all the information gathered by man about the moon, the more we are convinced that there is not a single fact to rule out our supposition. Not only that, but many things so far considered to be lunar enigmas are explainable in the light of this new hypothesis".

(Marrs, p.10).

In support of this idea, writer Don Wilson in Secrets of Our Spaceship Moon, appeals to scientists to re-examine the theory in keeping with new information supplied by the Apollo missions, adding,

"Scientists themselves are continuing to uncover bewildering and baffling scientific facts that indicate that the moon is not what it seems, but a world that may not be entirely natural"

(Wilson, p.11).

Having examined and rejected a number of theories, modern science now tends to be leaning towards the same process that gave a multi-moon system to the outer planets, as a theory for the origin of our moon.


The problem with this line of reasoning is that it does not explain why instead of a collection of smaller moons, an Earth that is too small has finished up with a moon that is too large.

According to Zecharia Sitchin in Genesis Revisited (1990), some answers are provided if we go back to Sumerian cosmogony. The assertion here is that the Moon originated not as a satellite of Earth but of the much larger planet, Tiamat, which they placed beyond Mars, which would qualify her as an outer planet. The Sumerian cosmogony describes an unstable solar system caused by emerging gravitational forces disturbing the planetary balance and causing moons to grow disproportionately.

Using as his source the poetic words of the Enuma Elish, Sitchin wrote in The 12th Planet,

"the new planets 'surged back and forth'; they got too close to each other ['banded together']; they interfered with Tiamat's orbit; they got too close to her 'belly'; their 'ways' [orbits] 'were troublesome': their gravitational pull was 'overbearing' [excessive, disregarding the others' orbits]."

(Sitchin, 1978, p124).

Amazingly, the eminent scientist George Wetherill, writing in Science in 1985, uses words, according to Sitchin,

"that are astoundingly similar to those of the Enuma Elish. He speaks of 'lots of brothers and sisters' moving about, colliding with each other, affecting each others orbits and very existence. He uses the same word ('battle') as the Sumerian narrative to describe the conflict between these 'brothers and sisters' "

(Sitchin, 1978, p.125).

According to this ancient cosmogony, one of the eleven moons of Tiamat did grow to an unusual size as a result of the instability of the newly formed solar system.


This moon 'Kingu' proved to be increasingly disruptive to the other planets, particularly when Kingu was raised to the status of a full planet:

She gave him a Tablet of Destinies,
fastened it on his breast.…
Kingu was elevated,
had received a heavenly rank.

Sitchin states that,

"in the ensuing Celestial Battle... Tiamat was split in two; one half was shattered; the other half, accompanied by Kingu, was thrust into a new orbit to become the Earth and its Moon."

(Sitchin, 1978, p.127)

For hundreds of years observers including Plato, Eratosthenes and Aristarchus have reported the appearance of mysterious lunar transient phenomena.


In the early nineteenth century Sir John Herschel in England saw unidentified lights on the moon during an eclipse and noted that some of the lights appeared to be moving above the moon. Other astronomers of the period reported seeing geometrical patterns of lights that resembled city streets.


On July 29, 1953, John O'Neill observed a nineteen kilometer long 'bridge' straddling the crater Mare Crisium. Following the report of his discovery to the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers, he was subjected to verbal attack from a number of astronomers.


However just one month later, famous British astronomer Dr H. Wilkins verified his sighting. Since that time other equally strange objects have been photographed on the lunar surface.


'The Shard' an obelisk shaped object discovered in 1968, towers nearly two and a half kilometers above the Ukert area of the moon's surface, and another feature, 'The Tower', is an amazing spire that rises more than eight kilometers from the Sinus Medii region. Dr Bruce Cornet, a geologist and paleontologist, who submitted these photographs to laboratory study commented, "No known natural process can explain such structures."

As far as the Apollo missions are concerned, rumors have circulated for years about what the astronauts are reported to have witnessed on the lunar surface.


In Above Top Secret: The Worldwide UFO Cover-up, Timothy Good stated that former NASA Chief of Communications Systems Maurice Chatelain, claimed that astronaut Neil Armstrong viewed two UFOs resting on the rim of a crater.

"The encounter was common knowledge in NASA, but nobody has talked about it until now."

Soviet scientist Dr Vladimir Azahzha, a physics and mathematics professor, has stated,

"Neil Armstrong relayed the message to Mission Control that two large, mysterious objects were watching them after having landed near the moon module, but his message was censored by NASA."

(Good, p.381)

In general the astronauts, nearly all military officers controlled by security regulations, have maintained a united front. However, there have been exceptions.


Dr Edgar Mitchell on the Oprah Winfrey Show of July 19, 1992, suggested that all information regarding UFOs had not been released, adding,

"I do believe that there is a lot more known about extraterrestrial investigation than is available to the public right now (and) has been for a long time... It's a long long story, it goes back to World War II when all of that happened, and is highly classified stuff."

(Good, p.206).

Colonel Gordon Cooper, in a letter to a meeting of the United Nations in 1978, to discuss UFOs, stated,

"I believe that these extraterrestrial vehicles and their crews are visiting this planet from other planets, which are obviously a little more advanced than we are here on Earth."


Any interested person looking back at the objectives stated by NASA at the beginning of the Apollo Lunar Program would have to wonder what went wrong. Why did the missions come to a complete halt after Apollo Seventeen?


Many members of the public and most scientists queried the end of the moon missions, when more questions than answers were being generated by the flights.

"It's like buying a Rolls-Royce and then not driving it because you want to save money on gasoline", complained Dr Thomas Gold, professor of astronomy at Cornell University

(Ubell, p.66).

Jim Marrs in Alien Agenda writes that moon researcher George Leonard observed that prior to the lunar landings there was much media speculation on the profitable aspects of a colony and mining operations on the moon.


All such talk ended abruptly after the Apollo missions were cancelled.

"We put enough billions into the [US Space program] to pull all the major cities of America out of debt, and then some. And after the successful Ranger, Surveyor, Orbiter and Apollo flights, we dropped manned lunar exploration like a hot potato", he noted.

(Marrs, p.25)

Does this mean then, the end of manned lunar exploration? In an attempt to find some answers to this question, let us shift our attention to PSI research and, specifically, to the mental process that makes possible the perception of details from distant locations, bridging the normal constraints of time and space, namely Remote Viewing (RV).


A recent book by perhaps the most highly regarded and experienced remote viewer, Ingo Swann, entitled "Penetration – The Question of Extraterrestrial and Human Telepathy," provides yet another dimension of speculation to the lunar question.


Were it not for Swann's long and distinguished career as perhaps the father of RV, as a remote viewer for US military intelligence, as well as his involvement as a renowned PSI researcher, instructor and writer, then there would be no hesitation in completely omitting his strange claims from this article.

In 1975, two years after the Pioneer space-probe had revealed the high level of accuracy of the information about Jupiter that Swann had previously obtained by RV, he received a call from Washington, DC, telling him that it was very urgent that he come to Washington himself to meet a Mr Axelrod.


This led to a chain of events that can only be described as bizarre, including a long journey under strict supervision by twin guards, by car, helicopter and elevator, wearing a hood to ensure no likelihood of place recognition, concluding in an underground facility.


Here he meets the mysterious Mr Axelrod, who is completely familiar with Swann's work at the Stanford Research Institute, and who persuades Swann, in return for a thousand dollars a day, to undertake an RV mission that is so secret that it exists without any paper trail. A condition of his employment is that he agrees not to reveal any details of his assignment for at least ten years, having been assured that after that time the mission would have 'disappeared'.

After a period of time during which Swann and Mr Axelrod discuss the protocols of RV, the latter finally gets to the purpose of the mission. Ingo Swann's task is to RV a specific section of the moon.


Swann reflects,

"I had no idea what Mr Axelrod wanted. Maybe they, whoever THEY were, were looking for places to build moon-bases. Maybe THEY had lost a secret spacecraft or something along those lines."

(Swann, p.45).

At his initial RV session, Swann realizes that his coordinates are for the far side of the moon.


He views whitish sand with some sort of repeated pattern like rows of large tractor treads on the sand and becomes a little confused when he senses something like an atmosphere. At this point he is given another set of coordinates and, finding himself in an entirely different site, believes that he is back on Earth.


So he apologizes, has a break and then tries again using the same coordinates as before, only to find he is seeing the same thing:

" 'I am in a place which is sort of down like in a crater I suppose. There is a strange green haze like a light of some kind. Beyond that, all around is dark though. I am wondering where the light is coming from...' I jolted to a stop again. After a moment Axel prodded. 'Yes, what else?' 'Well you won't like this, I guess. I see or at least think I see, well... some actual lights... sort of like lights at football arenas, high up, banks of them ... up on towers of some kind.'


Axel stared at me for a moment. He was NOT smiling. 'Well I see lights! But how can they be on the Moon?'... There was no answer forthcoming from Axel. I pressed onwards. 'Have the Russians built a moon-base or something? Is that what I'm supposed to remote view?' Again no answer. 'How high are the light towers?' Axel interrupted... I swallowed again.

'Well if I compare it to something I am familiar with in New York, about as high as the Secretariat building at the United Nations - which has thirty-nine floors in it.' Axel narrows his lips. 'You can see that then?' 'Am I, then, to assume this stuff IS on the Moon? If so, this is more than a moon-base isn't it Axel?' Again no answer. So I continued: 'But this stuff is big. Does NASA or the Soviet space program have the capabilities of getting such large stuff on to the moon?'


As I talked myself through all this, a certain glimmer began to dawn in the recesses of my mental darkness. I suddenly stopped speaking. I stared incredulously at Axel. 'You mean 'am I to assume this stuff is' not OURS! Not made on Earth?' Axel raised his eyebrows, trying to grin. 'Quite a surprise, isn't it?' he said."

(Swann, p 50).

After many more lunar 'visits', Ingo Swann finds towers, lights, machinery and strange looking buildings,

"a lot of domes of various sizes, round things like small saucers with windows. These were stored next to crater sides, sometimes in caves, sometimes in what looked like airfield hangars... I found long tube-like things, machinery-tractor-like things going up and down hills ... obelisks which had no apparent function.


There were large platforms on domes, large cross-like structures. Holes being dug into crater walls and floors obviously having to do with some kind of mining or earth-moving operations."

(Swann, p.56).

Finally he sees some kind of entities or humanoids busy working in a dark lime-green fog who start talking excitedly and gesticulating in his direction.


He writes,

"Immediately I felt like running away and hiding which I guess I psychically did, since I 'lost' sight of this particular imaging.

"I think they have spotted me Axel…"


Axel said in a calm, low voice, so low I hardly heard it at first.

"Please quickly come away from that place."


My eyes were wide as understanding drained in.

"You already know they are psychic, don't you?"


Axel raised his eyebrows and gave a deep sigh. And, at that point, he abruptly closed his folders.

"I think we had better end our work here."

(Swann, p.57)





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