John Smith — the missing astronaut in 1973 and returned in 2000
John Smith was born in 1941. A child of the harsh war years, he from early childhood dreamed of becoming a pilot. Dream was able to implement fairly easily. After school motivated and hardworking boy soup came in 1960, the military College of the us air force and successfully completed it.
Came his turn to show his fighting ability — a young pilot sent to Vietnam. Long he did not stay there, but «Medal for Vietnam service» received. However, evil tongues say that this medal was given to anyone who has made at least one sortie.
But John Skeet was more ambitious plans. Flew for ten years, more than 9 thousand hours, major Smith decided to apply for admission to the astronaut corps.
It has become a space garbage man, or rather a sweeper. The essence of his work was aimed at cleaning up near-earth space from a variety of fragments of carrier rockets, broken satellites and other space junk. Without a doubt, this mission is noble, and the work of the «medics near-earth space» enough.
In the radiation belt
It is worth remembering what time these events took place. After the end of the lunar program «Apollo» the administration of President Reagan made the SDI program.
In the very near future was to deploy in near-earth space of the whole complex of space vehicles designed to detect and destroy ballistic missiles and warheads a potential enemy.
Apparently, John Smith and his colleagues, among others, have been obliged to experience the tools that could be used for more serious work, including for the destruction of foreign spy satellites. Anyway, John Smith in late October, 1973 was launched on the new ship, which was disguised as an ordinary satellite to be launched by order of the Pentagon.
The first three days the flight was fine, but then failed the system of maneuvering and orientation of the spacecraft. Thus, the ship and its pilot were in the area of operation of the radiation belts that, as is known, adversely affects not only the body but also on the technique. Administration NASA have tried to save the astronaut, began emergency preparations to launch another missile. But the connection with Smith was broken completely.
In the confusion no one noticed that along with the signals of the Smith in the air aggressively climbed some strange radio noise. Only then, after analyzing the recordings, suggested that the source of these sounds is somewhere in the constellation of the Triangle. The radiation is highly active during the flight Smith, with time also began to weaken, and then completely disappeared.
After the incident in space within a few days all the workers of NASA were in a state of shock. The first recovered superiors, and strictly ordered all the staff under threat of immediate dismissal to forget about the incident cosmic tragedy, as if it never happened. This launch vehicle, manned by John, noted in the documentation just as unsuccessful, and the astronaut was written off as deceased in an accident during a training flight.
The personnel of the military space forces — the area is absolutely secret, and nobody was worried that this story might get out. It could be at the finish if she recently received an unexpected, downright fantastic continue.
Thunder for employees of NASA at the end of 2000. Lost American spacecraft suddenly accidentally discovered. How did this happen? A Amateur astronomer from the Fiji Islands have recorded an unknown celestial body on orbit of 480 kilometers and reported it to the U.S. space Agency.
The specialists of the Agency have put in a specified area of your radar, then rummaged through the archives and came to the conclusion that the missing once the ship Smith… re-emerged from obscurity and in the moment went down…
Later on it was a matter of technique. Though the ship still didn’t respond to our hails, NASA decided to take advantage of the fact that the object is dropped to a more reasonable height, and made an attempt to remove it from orbit. In early 2001, this operation has managed to implement during the next flight, «Shuttle» «endeavour». Fixing the cargo in the transport compartment, the «endeavour» landed safely. And when discovery opened, it appeared that the cabin was still Smith and… alive. But unconscious, since the temperature inside the ship was close to absolute zero.
When the temperature began to gradually increase, someone from experts has noticed that the astronaut like showing signs of life. The help is urgently called for specialists in cryogenic medicine. Little by little, the astronaut was able to revive. And then it turned out that the Earth has returned… not John Smith! Then who did?
The first suspicions arose after NASA’s medics and specialists of one of the leading military hospitals USA checked the condition of the patient with his medical records. Immediately found a strange discrepancy. For example, few people know that the heart of man in most cases is not left, as is commonly believed, and almost in the center of the chest, it is only partially shifted to the left. Sometimes there are people who have heart shifted to the right. Moreover, such an anomaly as a rule, leads to deterioration of health and well-being. According to the map, Smith was once that person. The current patient’s heart was normal, the left shift.
In addition, the medical record will Smith has been recorded traces of broken ribs, received in childhood. The current patient, all the ribs were perfect. Some pretty big mole, fixed on the body of John Smith mentioned in the «Special features», the newly arrived astronaut was completely absent.
Well, it can be the little things that can be somehow explained. But the data concerning the intellectual abilities of the individual. The old Smith had difficulty with higher mathematics, and the returning astronaut freely extracted cube roots of 18-digit numbers… Become known, and other oddities. In particular, it was found that in the personal notebook of an astronaut, which is issued to each pre-flight, 100-sheet has only half. And out of 50 pages of only 24 John strange is dotted with small symbols, not similar to Oriental characters, nor the ancient ideographic writings, nor letters of any modern alphabet. In General, the specialists have any crazy hypothesis: returned to the Earth not John Smith, but a humanoid creature, which responds to that name and which was replaced by a genuine astronaut. Who, what and why it did is unclear.
This incident carefully classified. But while the authorities decided what to do, John Smith somewhere mysteriously disappeared. No one saw him leave from the protected areas. No one noticed that someone had left the guarded territory of the base. Nevertheless, the fact remains that John Smith left the residence, or rather imprisonment. And while a thorough search yielded nothing. Just had an astronaut, and — no!
Us military as clams, not responding to the article about the strange astronaut published in the media. Well, they are not used, but ordinary Americans are inundated with letters asking to tell more in detail about this story and Congress, television and Newspapers. In response — silence…