The day NASA covered up Men on Mars

man on marsIt started as a day like many others for Jackie and her NASA colleagues whose job in 1979, was to monitor NASA’s telemetry equipment with the Viking Mission. If anything went wrong with the equipment, her job was to get it back up and running as fast as possible. What she and her colleagues saw on video monitors down stairs from the main telemetry room shocked them profoundly. Two men in environmental suits casually walked up to one of the Viking Landers on Mars, and proceeded to do something to the Lander’s equipment. Jackie and her colleagues couldn’t believe their eyes and quickly ran upstairs to the main NASA telemetry room to check if the main video feeds showed the same thing. They were locked out!

NASA was covering up video evidence of men walking around on Mars. A far more advanced space program than NASA’s, already had astronauts up there. What Jackie and her NASA colleagues saw that day was video evidence of a highly classified space program with astronauts and one or more bases on Mars!

The incident involved NASA’s Viking Mission that lasted from 1976 to Nov 1982 when the last of the two Viking Landers, Viking 2, was officially retired. A caller to a Coast to Coast AM radio show in 2006, revealed what she and her colleagues saw while working for NASA back in 1979. The caller identified herself as Jackie and said her job was to monitor the down-linked telemetry for the Viking mission. She talked with the show’s guest, John Lear and the host, George Noory. What follows is the transcript of the interview where Jackie revealed what she and her colleagues saw:

George: Wildcard line you’re on the air with us, hi there…

Jackie: I’m Jackie, I’m from North Las Vegas … John I hoping you can solve a 27 year old mystery for me. Do you know what was going on in 1979 … on Mars.

John: No….

George: What was going on in 1979 on Mars?

Jackie: Well, I used to work at NASA during that time, handling downlinked telemetry. One night on our video monitors while the little Viking Rover was running around, I see two men in suits, not necessarily space suits, they look protective, but they didn’t look like the bulky things that our astronauts use. They came over the horizon walking towards the Viking’s [inaudible] … and our vision got cut off. I didn’t see what they did with it or anything else …

John: They were probably making repairs.

Jackie: That’s what I was wondering, whether they were our guys or not…Do you know what kind of suits they wore?

John: Well they wouldn’t have to wear very much. There’s enough atmosphere to walk around without a space suit on Mars. Same as there is on the Moon. It’s like about 15,000 feet on Earth. Now you can go through a 24 hour acclimation program on the moon and you can walk around without a space suit. Same thing on Mars, you don’t need a spacesuit. If they had one it was just minimal.

George: Did you have any other witnesses there while you saw this?

Jackie: Well out of the workers, there was probably half a dozen of us… You’ve seen the typical NASA things where they’ve got all the monitors.

George: Oh, yes. So you had a few people out there monitoring the monitors

Jackie: You’ve got about … The people that were up there, and then there’s about half a dozen of us downstairs. It was just maintaining the equipment, because if anything went wrong we had to get it up quick so they didn’t miss the telemetry.

George: You folks must have been amazed at what you saw.

Jackie: Yeh, because when we saw that and they cut off our video downstairs, of course we ran upstairs. They’ve got almost side doors upstairs with those little windows. Have you been there?

George: I have not. No.

Jackie: Ok, well they’ve got those side doors going up to the back. What we call the nose-bleed section in most stadiums and stuff. But anyway, we go up there and we could look through the little window, because they had just locked the door. They normally don’t lock it on us. But anyway they just locked the door and then we saw some more on their monitors, and then they came over, and taped some paper over the door.

Jackie’s description of what she and her colleagues saw is very revealing about how NASA deals with evidence of a highly classified space program and how this is kept from its employees and contractors.

First, there’s a secret space program that has humans on Mars. The Martian astronauts can walk around in some kind of minimal environmental suit, rather than the more bulky space suits worn by astronauts. This suggests that there is a thin Martian atmosphere and walking around in it requires similar equipment to walking around at high altitudes, as John Lear described.

Second, the Mars based astronauts perform various functions on NASA equipment to maintain or extend the service life of Mars landers and rovers. This helps explain the very long and surprising service life of Mars rovers such as Spirit and Opportunity that ‘fortuitously’ have had surface dust removed from their solar panels by the Mars wind,  thereby extending their service life for years.

Third, there was no malfunction with the video telemetry equipment because when Jackie and her co-workers ran upstairs to the main telemetry room they could see through a small window on the door that the main video monitors were showing the same thing.

Fourth, the secret space program’s existence is highly classified. Jackie and her co-workers clearly did not have the security classification to know about the Mars program, and so they were locked out of the main telemetry room. As Jackie said, normally the door was unlocked, so the incident involved classified information and only those with the necessary clearance were allowed access.

Fifth, Jackie was seeking information about the incident from John Lear, suggesting that she and her other colleagues were told to simply forget about the incident, and concentrate on their job assignments. For NASA employees the risk of losing their jobs and security clearances for violating security, was powerful incentive to stay quiet for years. For Jackie, it took 27 years to publicly come forward.

Finally, there was at least one person or more in the main telemetry room that had sufficient clearance and “need to know” whose responsibility was to ensure that personnel without clearance would be locked out. It was this individual(s) that arranged for the main telemetry room to be locked, and the small window to be papered over.

The important question that now arises is whether or not Jackie is genuine. She certainly appears sincere in the audio recording, and doesn’t appear to be grandstanding or making it up. She appears to be genuinely seeking information about an incident that happened 27 years earlier in 1979, when she worked as an employee with NASA, and has left her puzzled ever since. Importantly, Jackie’s information is consistent with what a number of whistleblowers have said (see here and here) about a classified space program with bases on Mars, and a thin breathable atmosphere requiring only minimal protection from the elements.

Jackie’s revelation is startling first hand testimony that a highly classified secret space program exists that as early as 1979, had astronauts on the Martian surface interacting with NASA equipment. NASA is not only covering up the existence of highly classified program with Martian astronauts from the general public, but also covering up the program’s existence from its own employees.

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