Originally posted by heathwithnoteeth
reply to post by bluestreak53
well someone should buy this
not sure if there were more issues produced in august of that year, but as the name states "Aviation Week" then there may be four issues in August.
Good idea, but unfortunately, the wrong issue. The correct issue was August 23rd, 1953 (according to this web source): www.presidentialufo.com...
The information was posted in one short paragraph:
Pentagon scare over the observance of two previously unobserved satellites orbiting the earth has dissipated with the identification of the objects as natural, not artificial satellites. Dr. Lincoln LaPaz, expert on extraterrestrial bodies from the University of New Mexico, headed the identification project. One satellite is orbiting about 400 miles out, while the other track is 600 miles from the earth. Pentagon thought momentarily the Russians had beaten the U.S. to space explorations.
Obviously the Russians DID beat the US to space explorations by launching Sputnik, three years later.
I seemed to get the impression that Jim Oberg was pooh, poohing the discovery on the basis that asteroids don't just randomly come into earth's orbit. Exactly! But it appears that this was the explanation provided by LaPaz and Tombaugh. Additional news articles indicating that Clyde Tombaugh was engaged in a search for "orbiting satellites" were published in newspapers in early March 1954.
It should be noted that some people thought that the "moonlets" were actually orbiting spaceships, and they actually tried to make contact with the spaceships by radio (read more about this episode in the linked page).
I do agree with Jim that there is nothing to link this "discovery" with the "Black Knight" satellite account that came several years later.