Mountains of the Moon

Speaking of the moon and ancient history…

ufo-armstrongHere at Wondercabinet, we usually try to cleave pretty closely to the documented or demonstrable side of Weird History, but every once in a while it’s fun to just let ‘er rip with wild speculation.

The most commonly floated conspiracy theory about the lunar space mission(s) is that we never went at all. Because, because… the shadow angles and the crosshairs, and where are the stars? and what about those hotspots? and why is little Danny wearing that Apollo 11 sweater in Kubrick’s elaborately coded but oh so glaring admission (a.k.a. The Shining) that he helped fake the whole thing? All of these arguments have been floated and debunked ad nauseum. For our money, that particular variant of the What If game is thoroughly played out.  Rather than trying to poke holes in all the things they did show us, we find it much more interesting to think about all the things they didn’t. In fact, if anything, the whole “Moon Landing Hoax” strikes the true conspiracy theorist as an elaborate bit of smoke and mirrors designed to misdirect. Have we really not been back because we can’t afford it? What about those two minutes of radio silence during the first mission, or the rumors that ham radio operators, listening in at the time, heard Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong describe two huge UFOs observing them? There are transcripts of that alleged intercept out there. There’s even a photo supposedly taken by Aldrin (see above). But we’re still operating in the realm of shadow evidence, so to speak. Unacknowledged and apocryphal. Might it be possible, as in the case of the Black Knight Satellite, to glean something extraordinary from NASA’s own published photos and declassified reports?

AS15-9297 fig39HRApollo 17 was our last manned mission to the moon. It touched down in an area called the Taurus-Littrow Valley. Though it was never publicly discussed, we now know one of its primary research goals was to investigate a geological anomaly (codenamed “Nansen”) that had been observed from the aerial photos of the previous lunar missions at the base of a humongous hexagonal mound called South Massif (see exhibit A in the photo at left). Looks a hell of a lot like a doorway, doesn’t it? Like, say, the entrance to an ancient burial mound. Well, whatever it was, it got the team excited enough to go there first, with much haste. A man named Keith Laney has created an extremely detailed and cogently argued analysis of the more curious aspects of this particular agenda and we defer to him for his greater expertise. Needless to say, the public was never informed about what was found there, or if they were, they were told is was just a simple crater.

An apparent throwaway photo from the ride over there tells a different story. A story so mind blowing it threatens to rewrite everything we know about… well, everything. In its published state, it appears every bit as “sunstruck” as its official NASA caption implies. But with a little tweaking, a different image emerges. What, exactly, are we looking at here? An inadvertent photo of some small part of the moon rover, as NASA claims, or something much, much bigger?

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Two more parting thoughts to throw just a little more fanciful fuel onto the fire: A)Looking at the photo in question, and thinking about the earthly monuments to which it favorably compares, certainly casts a strange, correllary light onto the original designs for the Apollo 17 mission patches that were ultimately rejected by NASA (see below). B) The ancient name of the mountain range that provided the source of the Nile river is The Mountains of the Moon.

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