Item description for Dark Mission: The Secret History of NASA by Richard C. Hoagland...
For most Americans, the word NASA suggests a squeaky-clean image of technological infallibility.
Yet the truth is that NASA was born in a lie, and has concealed the truths about its occult origins. Dark Mission documents this seemingly wild assertion.
Why is the Bush administration intent on returning to the moon as quickly as possible? What are the reasons for the current "space race" with China, Russia, even India? Remarkable images reproduced within this book provided to author Richard C. Hoagland by disaffected NASA employees provide clues why, including information about suppressed lunar discoveries.
Mystical organizations quietly dominate NASA, carrying out their own secret agendas behind the scenes. This is the story of men at the very fringes of rational thought and conventional wisdom, operating at the highest levels of our country. Their policies are far more aligned with ancient religions and secret mystery schools than the facade of rational science NASA has successfully promoted to the world for almost fifty years.
Dark Mission is proof of the secret history of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the astonishing, seminal discoveries it has repeatedly suppressed for decades.
Richard C. Hoagland is the former science advisor to CBS News, author of The Monuments of Mars, and a frequent guest on the popular radio programs Coast To Coast and The Art Bell Show.
Mike Bara is a consulting engineer for Boeing aircraft. This is his first book.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 6" Height: 1.3" Weight: 1.8 lbs.
Release Date Oct 16, 2007
Publisher Feral House
ISBN 1932595260 ISBN13 9781932595260
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More About Richard C. Hoagland
Hoagland served as a Curator of Astronomy & Space Science at the Springfield Museum of Science, located at The Quadrangle in Springfield, Massachusetts, and as a science adviser to Walter Cronkite and CBS News during the Apollo program.
Richard C. Hoagland currently resides in Tijeras, in the state of New Mexico. Richard C. Hoagland was born in 1945.
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SCIENTIFIC CONFUSION Sep 15, 2008
I'M SURE THE AUTHORS HAD SOMETHING TO SAY. I COULD NOT SEE IN THE PICTURES WHAT THEY WERE CLAIMING WAS THERE. THEY ALSO LEFT OUT THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF PUBLISHING-AN EDITOR! YOU WADE THRU A TON OF VERBAGE FOR ONE NUGGET OF INFORMATION OF TRUTH, YOU GET SO TIRED YOU DON'T CARE.
NASA Derangement Syndrome Sep 6, 2008
Richard C. Hoagland just loves to bash NASA. (aka "Never A Straight Answer", as he is so fond of saying over and over and over....) But the truth is, without NASA he would be nowhere. Without such a convenient scapegoat to blame, he might actually have to provide annoying things like "proof" for his hare-brained theories and wild-*ssed claims.
But the really scary part is that Mr. Hoagland appears to genuinely believe the outlandish ideas he espouses. He applies Occam's razor in reverse: all things equal, the most fantastic, improbable and outrageous explanation must be the truth.
Wake up! If there were any truth to these claims, then WHY would NASA cover it up? For an organization fighting budget cuts for over 35 years, you would think that they would jump at the chance to disclose something which would effectively get them a blank check from the taxpayers.
Richard, *please* get some psychological help, before it's too late!!
Beam me up, Scotty Sep 1, 2008
Consider the following:
(1) The "Face" on planet Mars is an artificial structure and the "face" is part of a city on Cydonia Planitia (a region of Mars) . (2) Numerous objects surrounding the landing sites of the Mars Exploratory Rovers (called Spirit and Opportunity that are still exploring Mars) are, in fact, pieces of Martian machinery. (3) There are large semi-transparent structures constructed of glass on the moon's surface. (4) The twelve moon-walkers "have had their memories selectively edited" so that they no longer remember seeing evidence of a lunar civilization. (5) The evidence of a advanced civilization that once existed on the moon and Mars is being suppressed by NASA.
The above five claims are just some of the tamer claims (there are many, some of which really (I mean really) become outlandish) that you will find in this book, authored by Richard Hoagland (perhaps best known as "principal investigator" of the Internet site called the "Enterprise Mission", an organization that examines NASA data for the "possibility of archaeological ruins on Mars and the Moon") and Michael Bara (an aerospace structural engineer).
(For those that don't know, the name "Enterprise" was used for the name of the spaceship or "star ship" in the 1960's science fiction television show "Star Trek." The title of this review is actually a popular phrase from that TV show. Montgomery "Scotty" Scott was the Enterprise's Chief Engineer.)
Each chapter of this book has black and white images or pictures at the end of the chapter. The chapter's narrative indicates when the reader is to look at a particular picture. I counted over 200 captioned images.
As well, in the middle of the book are nearly thirty color captioned images.
As far as the pictures go, I had trouble seeing what the authors saw unless I used a heavy dose of imagination. These pictures reminded me of a Rorschach test (after the psychiatrist who had this last name) or more generally an inkblot test where the person looking at the blot states freely what he or she sees. I predict that hardcore science fiction readers and/or those that cannot distinguish between science and science fiction will adore reading this book.
I also noticed that all the images were manipulated (enhanced, filtered, etc.) in some way. If you manipulate photos enough, you're bound to come up with something interesting.
With respect to the main narrative, I noticed that it was filled with assumptions, beliefs, a jumping to conclusions, etc. Conspiracy theories abound in this book. Thus, conspiracy addicts should also enjoy reading it.
It also seems to me that Hoagland "lost it" in the last few pages of the book's epilogue. To see why, you're going to have to read the book. (Hint: the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter probe with its high resolution camera did not reveal in images released in April 2007 what Hoagland expected.)
Finally, before I even began reading the main narrative of this book, I first read Hoagland's brief biography on the last page. (Hoagland seems to be the principal author.) There were things that I read in it that didn't seem right. I checked his credentials on the Internet. My suspicions were confirmed!! There are significant problems with his credentials.
In conclusion, if you are either a conspiracy addict and/or a hardcore science fiction reader, then you should thoroughly enjoy this book.
Review written star date 21831.8
(first published 2007; introduction; 12 chapters; epilogue; main narrative 540 pages; endnotes; acknowledgements; about the authors)
Great story, but poorly presented Aug 29, 2008
This story is not just interesting, it's fascinating; and it is also credible. However, the authors have chosen to present their arguments in a format that is evocative of tabloid yellow journalism. In doing so, they have undercut their intended effect: to bring serious consideration to what may be a very compelling story.
Their book is full of dizzying tangents, and stories-within-stories. Their paragraphs contain many unnecessary parenthesis, quotes, and dashes that make reading annoying.. Their pictures and corresponding captions may be significant to the trained eye; but, to the layman, they are, for the most part, thoroughly unconvincing. To be fair, there are a few compelling pictures and arguments, which, if the reader can overlook the tiresome read, can be stimulating.
It does not seem that the authors availed themselves of the services of a professional editor.
Waste of time and money Aug 18, 2008
Poorly written, and the book is of poor quality, with dubious and biased opinions. The endnotes are inferior, and obviously the book is an exercise in self-aggrandization for the author.