New Documents Shed Light on NASA’s Secretive ‘Project Moon Dust’

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Something strange crashed in Kecksburg, Pennsylvania on the night of December 9, 1965. Individuals as far away as Windsor, Ontario saw as a fireball streaked through the sky, sputtering hot metal debris, prior to knocking into Kecksburg in the night. The U.S. Army sealed the location and recovered whatever had actually fallen from the sky. Theres still no solid answers as to what crashed in Pennsylvania that night, however new files tied to an old claim against NASA have revealed a few of the missing out on pieces.A Freedom of Information Act request from The Black Vault, a clearinghouse for declassified documents, has uncovered new files connected to the Air Forces Project Moon Dust– a sustained effort to recover items and particles from spacecraft that had crashed to Earth. Several people have actually been looking for these records for decades and NASA has actually long claimed they were either ruined or lost.Investigative journalist Leslie Kean wanted to discover the reality in 2002 and went on the hunt for info about Project Moon Dust and the Kecksburg event. A year later she sued NASA, claiming it was keeping back. “After formerly promising to carry out an expedited look for files connected to the 1965 Kecksburg UFO crash case, NASA had actually stonewalled and was keeping documents, leaving no option but this one,” Kean said in an article in 2009. In 2007, NASA lastly offered and relented over the files it had and concurred to pay Keans legal costs connected to the claim. Some of the files related to Kecksburg and Project Moon Dust were apparently lost forever. According to a NASA public affairs document included in this most current round of files, NASA sent its files to the National Archives for safekeeping two years after the Kecksburg event. In 1996, the National Archives told NASA that the files had actually been marked as lost given that 1987. Get In The Black Vault, which asked the Government for all its files related to the claim with Kean. It got 220 pages back, consisting of some fragments of the Project Moon Dust records. The files also detailed the reasons that they were so difficult to discover– NASA had ruined a number of them as part of a regular cleaning out of old records.The 220 pages are an interesting grab bag of NASA interactions describing battles to find records and State Department communications about Project Moon Dust. The diplomatic cables are especially intriguing and paint a picture of NASA in the 1960s hurrying around the world attempting to choose up every scrap that fell from the sky for research study. One diplomatic cable recounts the trouble NASA had in collecting a piece of debris that fell in Zambia.” [Contact] says fragment steps 17 by 11 feet, is made from aluminum … and appears too big for pickup by Zambia Air Force Caribou unless cut into,” one cable stated. “Took twelve men to carry piece thru challenging surface to strip, but 4 men could lift.” According to the files, NASA later identified the Zambia fragment as a piece of the Apollo AS– 203, an unmanned test craft NASA launched in 1966. The documents are complete of the minutiae of the early days of Americas venture into space when anything crashing to Earth could be part of somebodys space program. What, precisely, landed in Kecksburg that night in 1965? In 2005, simply ahead of the 40th anniversary of the event, NASA revealed it was a Russian satellite. NASA couldnt prove its case since the records had been lost. “As a rule, we dont track UFOs. What we could do, and what we apparently did as professionals in spacecraft in the 1960s, was to take an appearance at whatever it was and offer our expert viewpoint,” a NASA spokesperson stated in 2005. “We did that, we boxed (the case) up which was the end of it. Regrettably, the files supporting those findings were misplaced.”That wasnt NASAs line in 1965. “Investigations of pictures and sightings of the fireball indicated its course through the environment was probably too steep to be constant with a spacecraft returning to from Earth orbit and was most likely a meteor in a prograde orbit from the vicinity of the asteroid belt, and most likely ended its flight over western Lake Erie,” it said in an archived news release from 1965.
NASA has steadfastly stated that the Kecskburg was not the result of an extraterrestrial crash. “One of NASAs key objectives is the search for life in the universe. To date, NASA has yet to find any reputable proof of extraterrestrial life; however, NASA is checking out the solar system and beyond to help us address essential questions, consisting of whether we are alone in the universe,” NASA told Motherboard in an email. “We lead the U.S. federal governments search for extraterrestrial life, be it near to home, in the worlds or moons of our solar system, or deeper into area. NASA does not actively search for UAPs and the absence of robust information is the main issue for clinical research study of UAPs and to identify whether they are natural or human-made phenomena– there is no present information to support that UAPs or UFOs are proof of alien innovations.”The reality of the Kecksburg occurrence is probably lost to time. That is, of course, unless more files are collected from deep inside the federal governments archives that can confirm NASAs existing story. As The Black Vault and the Freedom of Information Act have repeatedly proved, in some cases it just takes a fresh set of eyes and a brand-new set of questions to get a little closer to the truth.

Theres still no solid responses as to what crashed in Pennsylvania that night, but new files tied to an old lawsuit versus NASA have revealed a few of the missing pieces.A Freedom of Information Act demand from The Black Vault, a clearinghouse for declassified files, has uncovered brand-new files related to the Air Forces Project Moon Dust– a sustained effort to recover things and debris from spacecraft that had actually crashed to Earth. According to a NASA public affairs document included in this latest round of files, NASA sent its files to the National Archives for safekeeping two years after the Kecksburg occurrence. The files also detailed the reasons why they were so difficult to discover– NASA had actually damaged many of them as part of a regular cleansing out of old records.The 220 pages are an intriguing grab bag of NASA interactions explaining battles to track down records and State Department communications about Project Moon Dust. According to the files, NASA later determined the Zambia piece as a piece of the Apollo AS– 203, an unmanned test craft NASA introduced in 1966. To date, NASA has yet to discover any reliable proof of extraterrestrial life; nevertheless, NASA is exploring the solar system and beyond to assist us answer essential concerns, consisting of whether we are alone in the universe,” NASA informed Motherboard in an email.