Up to this mission, Apollo crews had comprised a mixture of
astronauts with civilian, airforce or even civilian backgrounds. However Apollo
12 was strictly a Naval affair, the military agency that had allegedly captured
a UFO during the war and been at the forefront of the technological battle since
that time and the agency that had invaded Antarctica ‘after’ the war had ended
to root out "flying objects which could fly from pole to pole at incredible
speeds." As the Apollo 12 journey got underway, observatories from all over
Europe began reporting that they had sighted two bright flashing unknown objects
in the spacecraft’s vicinity, and that these objects could even be sighted
through large telescopes. One of the objects appeared to be following Apollo 12,
the other in front of it.
The day following their launch, and 132,000
miles into their mission, the astronauts reported to mission control: "We have
had an object which is in the same place all the time and appears to be
tumbling. We have had it with us ever since yesterday and it just seems to be
tagging along with us … Its usually out our centre hatch window when our roll
angle is about 35 … maybe that will give you a clue and somebody can figure out
… what we are really looking at." (18)
No solution was forthcoming, and the journey to the Moon continued. The Apollo
12 – Mission Control discussed the sighting further: Apollo 12: OK. I wonder
what that could be then?
Mission Control: OK. We’ll go back to the drawing board.
Apollo 12 The object is very bright
and it is obviously something that is tumbling. It is tumbling one and one-half
revs per second or at least it is flashing us about that. Dick is going to tell
you what star it is nearing.
Later in the same conversation; Mission Control: … it’s kind of tough to say just what the heck that could
Apollo12: We’ll assume its
friendly anyway, OK? (19)
As the mission continued, strange noises were picked up and
recorded in the log:
Alan Bean: Do you hear a lot of background noises Pete?
Pete Conrad: Kind of static and things?
Alan Bean: I keep hearing a whistle.
Pete Conrad: That’s what I hear. Okay.
Dick Gordon: (Ten minutes later) Hey, Houston, do you hear this constant beep in the
Mission Control: That’s affirmative.
We’ve heard it now for about the past 45 minutes.
Dick Gordon: That’s right, so have we. What is it? (20)