All be it that Adamski apperantly made some inaccurate
observations there are also corrobative elements which were
made well before manned space flight.Adamski reports as
"I was amazed to see that the background of space is totally
dark.Yet there were manifestations taking place all around us,
as though billions of fireflies were flickering everywhere, moving
in all directions, as fireflies do.However these were of many
colours, a gigantic celestial fireworks display that was beautifull
to the point of being awesome."
On 20 February 1962, nine years after Adamski's first alleged
flight in space, astronaut John Glenn, orbiting the Earth in the
Mercury 6 space capsule, described a similar scene;
"At first light of sunrise - the first sunrise I came to - I was
still faced back towards the direction in which I had come from with
normal attitude and just as the first rays of sun came up on to the
capsule I had glanced back down inside to check some
instruments and do something and when I glanced back my
reaction was that I was looking out into a complete star field -
that the capsule had probably gone up while I wasn't looking out
the window and that I was looking into nothing but a new star
field.But this wasn't the case, because a lot of little things that I
thought were stars were actually a bright yellowish green about
the size and intensity as looking at a firefly on a real dark night,
there were literally thousands of them."
I might add that John Glenn reported this sighting to Nasa
headquarters where the people there nearly had a fit, thinking
that the heatshield was disintegrating.On landing and inspecting
the Mercury 6 capsule they found nothing wrong with it.
Corroboration was provided by Soviet cosmonauts Vladimir
Komarov, Konstantin Feoktistov and Boris Yegorov in Voskhod 1
on 12 October 1964;
"The luminous particles were visible only against a black sky
with the sun shining from the side.Their movement is
strange.Sometimes we saw two particles moving towards each
other.The general feeling was that these tiny particles came from
our ship.Apparently, these are simply dust particles that are
found everywhere, even in the cosmos."
There remains discussion as to what the nature of the 'firefly
phenomanon' is.Some say it's caused by sunlight shining on
sublimated particles ejected from the thrusters used for
positioning the spacecraft.Water and urine dumped from the
spacecraft could also cause similar effects.Micrometeoroids
(space dust) remains the best explanation in the previous
Adamski also received an explanation while visiting the kitchen
area.He was told that by means of rays or high frequencies food
was cooked.He was also told that we here on Earth were
experimenting with that method.Today micro-wave ovens are a
common house hold item.
One cannot escape Adamski's obvious inaccurate descriptions
which gave rise to much ridiculing, yet some remain intriguing;
"I was amazed to see how completely wrong we are in our ideas
about this, our nearest neighbour.Many of the craters are actually
large valleys surrounded with rugged mountains, created by
some past terrific upheaval within the body of the moon.True,
some of the craters had been formed by meteorites hitting the
Moon's surface, but in every such case, these craters showed
definite funnel bottoms.And as I studied the magnified surface of
the Moon upon the screen before us, I noticed deep ruts through
the ground and in some of the imbedded rock, which could have
been made in no other way than by a heavy run-off of water in
times past.In some of these places there was still a very small
growth of vegetation perceptible.Part of the surface looked fine
and powdery, while other portions appeared to consist of larger
particles similar to coarse sand or fine gravel."
With the obvious exception of the 'very small growth of vegetation'
all these descriptions were confirmed years later.Prior to
unmanned landings on the Moon, astronomers argued about its
surface structure.Dr. Thomas Gold for example, stated in 1955
that the lunar maria (seas) were covered with a layer of dust, so
thick that anyone attempting to land in one might be swallowed
up.Neil Armstrong dispelled those speculations by reporting "
the surface is fine and powdery".
Adamski's detractors have to be impressed by the identical
descriptions in each case, however his description of 'a small
animal, four-legged and furry' that he saw on the lunar surface
through a viewing screen hasn't been confirmed.
Perhaps Adamski's most outlandish claim was made after his
third trip when he was again shown the Moon's surface on a
viewing screen.On this occasion he was shown views of the
other side of the moon.He supposedly saw a temperate section
around the equator, with snow-capped mountains, forests,
lakes, rivers and even a fair-sized city where, he was informed,
human beings could live comfortably, given sufficient
In defence of this claim, Desmond Leslie pointed out that
several photographs taken by the Apollo 8 crew show
pronounced greenish hues on the lunar surface, giving the
impression that one is looking at high altitude forests.One
picture shows what looks like a beautifull blue lake.If the best
camera's on Earth recorded the Moon in this way, Leslie argued,
then Adamski can be forgiven for falling victim to an optical
illusion.He also points out that Adamski had poor sight and
suffered from a cataract, but hated to admit it and never carried
his glasses around with him.The poor eyesight may explain
some inconsistencies in his descriptions but it hardly explains
the fact that he claimed to have been told by his hosts about the
forests, lakes and rivers and so on.
Fred Steckling, a supporter of Adamski who also claimed to have
had several meetings with the space people, argued that the
areas on the Moon which Adamski described as being inhabited
were in fact protected by giant invisible domes created by
magnetic rays which effectively maintained the air pressure at
7.5 pounds per square inch, thus shielding the occupants from
the harmfull lunar enviroment.
French researcher Rene Fouere proposed a similar hypothesis
to account for Adamski's descriptions.If the extraterrestials
colonists on the moon were technologically superior to us, they
might have been able to produce and contain an artificial
atmosphere.A giant atmosperic bubble, within which lakes could
be created, rivers made to flow and snow made to fall.
Rene Fouere proposes another interesting hypothesis.Since the
images of the moon were projected on a viewing screen, Fouere
speculates that these might have been faked;
"If Adamski really did meet extraterrestials, one might have
thought the latter had deliberately shown him a false picture so
that our men of science, reading Adamski's book later, might be
convinced of the author's intellectual folly and dishonesty and at
the same time, of the non-existence of the extraterrestial
craft.After all, the extraterrestials, if they exist, may perhaps not
be so keen that we should believe in their existence."
Today this is known as 'The Plausible Deniability Factor'.The
claims of a contactee are such arranged that the reader can
make up his mind either way.He or she can come to the
conclusion that the contactee is a fraud or that the contactee is
genuine.Free will is not impaired.
( For an overview of the different photographers of the 'scoutcraft',
here's an excellent site.
Here's another possible explanation for some of Adamski's
claims on the Moon.Strange phenomanon on the moon have
been observed over time.These could simply have occured by
natural processes.(Moonquackes, gas releases, meteorite
impacts and so on)
LTP or Lunar Transient Phenomanon.
On the 7th of March 1971, a transmission was send back to
Earth by the equipment left from the Apollo missions.A 'breeze' of
vapour was detected, roughly a 100 square miles wide.Dr. John
Freeman jr. and Dr. H.Ken Hills, physicists of Rice University
theorised that water vapour was released from deep within the
moon apperantly by moonquackes.
In 1958 Sovjet astronomer Nikolay A. Kozyrev of the Astrofysics
Observatory on the Crim photographed a gas eruption in the
Alphonsus crater.Kozyrev reported seeing fluorescent gasses
escaping.He also saw a redish glow (characteristic for
carbonmixtures) which spread out and vanished after an hour.
In 1963 astronomers of the Lowell observatory saw a redish
phenomanon at the top of mountain ridges near the Aristachus
crater.Days later another observatory reported coloured lights
which were visible for more than an hour.
In 1671 a French astronomer Gian Domenico Cassini also
director of the Paris observatory reported a small white cloud on
In 1787 sir Frederick William Herschel reported seeing three
bright spots, four 'volcanos' and lights that moved 'above the
In 1968 NASA published technical report R-277 titled
'Chronological Catelogue of Reported Lunar Events'.It's a list of
570 reports of Moon anomalies between 1540 and 1967.Due to
the many reports off lunar observers who saw bright and
flashing lights, colour displays, clouds and nebulas in craters on
the moon.NASA started operation 'Moon Blink' in 1966 and in
August of that year 28 lunar phenomanon were detected.
Orbiter 3, a probe that made photographs in preporation of the
Apollo missions photographed a structure on the moon in the
Ukert region which is 2.4 kilometers high and was nicknamed
'The Shard'.Dr. Bruce Cornet, an independant geologist states
that he can't find any natural explanation for such a structure.The
Lunar Orbiter 3, photo 84m showed another structure in the
Sinus Medii region.This structure goes straight and measures
over 7 kilometers and is nicknamed 'The Tower'.The top of the
tower seems to have a kubical shape, measuring 1,6 kilometer
Maybe clouds on the moon isn't such a radical notion afterall.
(Continued in Part 4)