Season 2 Episode 1 had a series of items related to “NASA secrets”, along with a hodge-podge of talking heads, me included, with comments more or
less related to the editorial narrative.
Topic 1 -- x-15 UFO [Robert white], UFO author Birnes describing a strange object, followed by narrator describing an object that ”seems to shadow
his X-15 as he zooms through the upper atmosphere at more than 5 times the speed of sound. The object keeps pace with the fastest aircraft humanity
has ever produced for several minutes, before White begins his descent.” Stanton Friedman, who knows nothing about the event beyond what he read in
the ‘National Enquirer’, proclaims: “I don’t know what it was but it certainly –as far as we know – was not one of ours.” Birnes, who
knows even less, adds: “If a film exists of an object outside that cockpit you can bet we’ll never see it.” I and another real spaceflight
historian get to talk about how the craft was flying through near-vacuum where small stuff flaking off will fall through space on parallel courses, no
mystery, which is also what the X-15 team thought.
That’s why the program’s narrative was so deceptive, implying the craft was in the atmosphere when the blip [shown with a fanciful animation that
bears no resemblance to the pilot’s actual description of ‘a piece of paper a few inches wide”, or the released photos] paced the ship, and then
flew off only when White turned back towards Earth [which he never did, his craft simply fell back from the edge of space on a ballistic arc with no
steering needed]. Once back in the atmosphere, the objects vanished.
An excellent but LONG account of the internet debates over this case was in Magonia, by aerospace historian Curtis Peebles. The original link seems
broken but here it is on Wayback: web.archive.org...
Topic 2 – Kecksburg and missing NASA boxes [probably news clippings]. Narrator describes dazzling fireball seen flying over Pennsylvania….
“Thousands see it as it races across the Canadian border into the united states…” Birnes adds it made long ess curve over Ohio, then western
border of Pennsylvania….”the people who saw this thing come down say it was a controlled landing, not a crash. “ Friedman claimed, “people saw
this thing coming down from the skies, an object acorn shaped. “ The path of the fireball was pretty well established, in a straight-line course
over southern Ontario, and despite Freidman’s dramatization, nobody claimed to see it in flight looking ‘acorn shaped’. I wasn’t quoted. See
Item 3 was Tunguska, was it an atomic explosion? Some NASA guy had a theory it was a comet, no indications of any NASA secrets, and although I
wasn’t quoted my views are here [tbs]
Item 4 was the Phobos monolith ‘space oddity’, neat photographs and clashing talking heads [not mine].
Item 5 was the doomed Columbia shuttle reentry “zig-zag”, called “Columbia’s flashpoint”, and had good series of interviews with astronauts
Duane ‘Digger’ Carey and Tammy Jernigan, and the actual photographer Peter Goldie. The narration was garbled because it said stuff like “at the
moment Goldie takes his shot…” without making it clear the image was a time exposure, and the shuttle had drawn a persistent line across the sky
in advance – I explain it better here: ‘www.jamesoberg.com...