Richard Harrison Truly was born November 12, 1937, in Fayette, Mississippi. He attended the Georgia
Institute of Technology, where he received his bachelor of aeronautical engineering in 1959. In 1964, he attended what is now the Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base in California, where he later became an instructor.
Following MOL, Richard Truly joined NASA and became a member of the astronaut support crew and capsule communicator (CAPCOM) for all three manned Skylab missions in 1973 as well as the 1975 Apollo-Soyuz mission. He piloted Columbia in 1981 and served as space shuttle commander during the third Challenger mission in 1983, after which he left NASA to become the first commander of the Naval Space Command. He returned to NASA one month after the tragic Challenger explosion that killed all seven crew in 1986.
Truly became head of the agency for three years starting in 1989. Already a retired vice admiral in the U.S. Navy, he has since held a number of distinguished academic, government, and professional positions.
His decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, two Legions of Merit, and the Distinguished Flying Cross, as well as a host of honors from NASA.
Source: PBS NOVA Astrospies
Also on Pegasus
Truly left NASA in 1983 to become the first commander of the Naval Space Command, Dahlgren, Virginia.
He served as NASA Administrator from 1989-1992
Source: NASA Biography
So from the first Secret Astronaut program, through Vice Admiral of the NAVY, through directorship of NASA, to the first Commander of the NAVY SPACE COMMAND I would say we have established the program is real...
Now in a recent thread here at ATS I presented some material that was interesting... I will NOT say which thread or what it was about. During the course of the thread I was contacted by several people and the dialog is still ongoing. During that email discourse one of the people I was introduced to was John L Philips. The reason I am being cryptic is because this door was opened for me and I have not yet had the chance to step in and see where it leads... so I have no intention of messing up a good thing...
However since the following document IS in public domain... I will toss it in here as an 'interesting coincidence' and follow up later when I can... (also there are watchers here ) I also make no claims as to his current status other than what is written in the following NASA biography... so don't be putting words in my mouth. I just don't believe in coincidences
John L. Phillips
John L. Phillips (Ph.D.)
PERSONAL DATA: Born April 15, 1951 in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, but considers Scottsdale, Arizona to be his hometown. Married to the former Laura Jean Doell of Scotia, New York. They have two children. Enjoys skiing, swimming, kayaking, and hiking.
EDUCATION: Graduated from Scottsdale High School, Arizona, in 1966; received a B.S. degree in mathematics from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1972; an M.S. in aeronautical systems from the University of West Florida in 1974; and an M.S. and Ph.D. in geophysics and space physics from UCLA in 1984 and 1987, respectively.
SPECIAL HONORS: National Merit Scholar; graduated second of 906 at USNA; awarded the NASA Space Flight Medal, NASA Distinguished Service Medal, the Gagarin Medal, the Komarov Diploma, the Los Alamos National Laboratory Distinguished Performance Award, and various military awards.
So here we have a distinguished gentleman that is a NAVY/NASA astronaut, holds two of RUSSIA's highest space awards and has Los Alamos connections...
SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE: STS-100 Endeavour (April 19 to May 1, 2001). During the 12-day, 187 orbit mission, the crew successfully delivered and installed the Canadarm-2 robotic arm. They also delivered experiments and supplies aboard the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module Raffaelloon its maiden flight. Phillips was the Ascent/Entry Flight engineer and was the intravehicular activity coordinator during two space walks.
ISS Expedition 11 (April 15 to October 10, 2005). Phillips launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan aboard Soyuz TMA-6, and served as NASA Science Officer and Flight Engineer aboard ISS. During their six-month stay aboard ISS the crew continued station maintenance, worked with scientific experiments, performed a spacewalk in Russian spacesuits from the Pirs Airlock, and hosted the “return to flight” visit of the Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-114). The ISS-11 crew landed in Kazakhstan on October 10, 2005. In completing his second mission Phillips logged 179 days and 23 minutes in space including an EVA totaling 4 hours and 58 minutes.
Read the rest here... its quite an awesome career...
John Phillips Bio
His current job description...
...a robotics specialist supporting operations on present and future missions.
I think I will nick name him "Scotty" even bears a little resemblance
For the OP I will just list these programs with a brief referecnce and later I will expand on them.
There are a lot that tie into the NAVY Space Program and this will take a while to put together
US NAVAL OBSERVATORY
We all know this one and it has been around since December, 1830
The United States Naval Observatory (USNO) is one of the oldest scientific agencies in the United States. Located in Northwest Washington, D.C., it is one of the few astronomical observatories located in an urban area; at the time of its construction, it was far from the light pollution generated by the (then-smaller) city center.
Established by order of Secretary of the Navy John Branch on 6 December, 1830 as the Depot of Charts and Instruments, the Observatory rose from humble beginnings. Placed under the command of Lieutenant Louis M. Goldsborough, with an annual budget of $330, its primary function was the restoration, repair, and rating of navigational instruments. It was made into a national observatory in 1842 via a federal law and a Congressional appropriation of $25,000. Lieutenant James Melville Gilliss was put in charge of the project, which was completed in 1844.
The observatory's primary mission was to care for the United States Navy's marine chronometers, charts, and other navigational equipment. It calibrated ships' chronometers by timing the transit of stars across the meridian. Initially located downtown in Foggy Bottom (near the Lincoln Memorial), the observatory was moved to its present location in 1893, atop Observatory Hill overlooking Massachusetts Avenue, amidst perfectly circular grounds.
Now the USNO has long been pointed to by conspiracy people as being in the thick of it
* John Lear with the Hansen/Simon Newcomb Lunar atmosphere deal
* Z Sitchin using R Harrington's work for Planet X
* Time manipulation involving the Philadelphia Project and currently issues involving shortening of time and the Schumann Resonance factor
Here are some links:
* United States Naval Observatory (USNO) - Main Official Site
* United States Naval Observatory (USNO) - Time Portal
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