Another object was photographed from the command module of
Apollo 12, the ‘Yankee Clipper.’ On the original NASA print the object is very small, however,
an enlargement highlights what appear to be control panels and lights. NASA has refused to pass comment on the photograph. On their return to Earth, the following transmission was made
in respect of a bright red object flashing below them over India:
Apollo 12: Also right in the centre of
the Earth, now we have some real bright light shining, staying on that, Dick is
looking at it with binoculars. It’s real bright.
Mission Control: Roger. Understand. Does it appear to be coming from your nadir
point, which should be just off the eastern coast now?
Apollo 12: Yes. It looks like its
coming just about out of the centre of what we’re looking at. I would say down
from Burma and east of India.
Mission Control: That’s just about your nadir.
Apollo 12: I
can’t imagine what this is.
Mission Control: We can’t either. We’re checking the possibilities.
Apollo 12: (As checks were being carried out.) It’s a steady light and it appears in size to
be as big as any of the thunderstorms flashing.
Mission Control: Roger. Understand.
Apollo 12: Its hard to tell if it is
exactly in the centre of the Earth or not. It’s pretty close to being right in
the centre. Maybe just a little bit to our right – whatever that means. Just a
little to the side that the Sun did not go behind the Earth on." (21)
Yet again, the space
programme had encountered something it could not explain; this time something as
large as a thunderstorm flashing up at the spacecraft from lower down in the
Earth’s atmosphere. Again, no solution has ever been publicly forthcoming.
Apollo 13 also joined the ranks of the missions that
encountered strange phenomenon. This mission is best remembered for the near
disaster that befell it and the crew’s enduring limp home, however it should
also be remembered for anomalous phenomena it photographed before the oxygen
tank explosion. These pictures included the red, cigar shaped object shown
above. Apollo 13 also photographed NASA catalogue number 13-60-8609 , which
appears to show an object over the lunar surface.
This second photograph shows two
objects with the Moon in the background.
The object to the right hand side lacks any definite form, however computer
enhancement of the left-hand object shows it to be solid and not a reflection.
NASA however has refused to comment on this photograph.
This object has a cylindrical or cigar shape that will continue to be a feature
of unknown objects observed both in space and above the Earth.
Apollo 14 (31st January – 9th February 1971)
continued the tradition of photographing anomalous objects in space with this
object seen manoeuvring over a crater on the surface.
Apollo 15 (26th July – 7th August 1971)
continued the intrigue in the summer of 1971 as astronauts David R. Scott, James
B. Irwin and Alfred M. Worden landed the lunar module Falcon at the
Capcom: You talked about something mysterious …
Apollo 15: Okay, Gordy, when we pitched around, I’d like to tell you about something we saw
around the LM [Lunar Module]. When we were coming about 30 or 40 feet
out, there were a lot of objects - white things – flying by. It looked like they
were being propelled or ejected, but I’m not convinced or that.
Capcom: We copy that. Charlie. (22)
Apollo 15 is also credited with taking a sequence of photographs of blue
objects that appeared to hover and change shape over the Moon’s surface. The
picture (right) shows one such blue object.