I couldn’t resist:
Freemasonry: “When man reaches new worlds, Masonry will be there.”
The above was a quote from the December 1969 issue of the The New Age Magazine, the official magazine of the Supreme Council 33° A.&A. Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of the Southern Jurisdiction, Washington, D.C. (See the details here.) Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr., 32°, visited the Scottish Rite headquarters at the House of the Temple in Washington, September 16, 1969, after the historic moon landing of Apollo 11, and brought back the Freemasonic flag that he took with him to the moon.
The Apollo program was rife with Masons; they were proud of being involved, and weren’t shy about advertising the fact.
In the November 1969 edition of The New Age Magazine, there is an extensive article by Kenneth S. Kleinknecht, 33°, the Manager of the Apollo Program Command and Service Modules; Deputy Manager, Gemini Program; Manager, Project Mercury.
On page 13, we read:
Note how many of the astronauts themselves are Brother Masons: Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr.; L. Gordon Cooper, Jr.; Donn F. Eisle; Walter M. Schirra; Thomas P. Stafford; Edgar D. Mitchell, and Paul J. Weitz. Before his tragic death in a flash fire at Cape Kennedy on January 27, 1967, Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom was a Mason, too. Astronaut Gordon Cooper, during his epochal Gemini V spaceflight in August of 1965, carried with him an official Thirty-third Degree Jewel and a Scottish Rite flag. Via the lunar plaque, the Masonic ensignia and flag, and the Masonic astronauts themselves – Masonry already is in the space age. Can we doubt Freemasonry and its spiritual relevance to the modern era when even its material representatives have today made historic inroads into the infinite expanses of outer space?
Back then, Freemasonry wasn’t shy about admitting that the “Craft” is essentially a spiritual endeavor, either. In fact, right before Kleinknecht writes some bios on the Masonic astronauts (as well as Mason James Edwin Webb, the NASA administrator from 1961-68), he includes these words: “The mission of the Craft has always been one of salvation, but until now its field of endeavor was the individual and the bringing of him to the light. Masonry cannot think in these terms now. All men everywhere must hear our message or all men everywhere will perish” (ibid., pp. 15-16; my emphasis).
Kenneth S. Kleinknecht, by the way, was/is the brother of C. Fred Kleinknecht, 33°, Sovereign Grand Commander, The Supreme Council, 33° (Mother Council of the World), Southern Jurisdiction, USA, Washington.
Apollo 14: Science instruments (circled left) and the lunar module descent stage (circled right) are connected by a footprint trail
A US spacecraft has captured images of Apollo landing sites on the Moon, revealing hardware and a trail of footprints left on the lunar surface.
The release of the images coincides with the 40th anniversary of the first manned mission to land on the Moon.
The descent stages from the lunar modules which carried astronauts to and from the Moon can clearly be seen.
The image of the Apollo 14 landing site shows scientific instruments and an astronaut footpath in the lunar dust.
It is the first time hardware left on the Moon by the Apollo missions has been seen from lunar orbit.
The pictures were taken by Nasa’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft, which launched on 18 June.
The spacecraft is carrying three cameras on board: one low-resolution wide-angle camera and two high-resolution narrow-angle cameras mounted side-by-side.
These are known collectively as the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) instrument.
“The LROC team anxiously awaited each image,” said the instrument’s principal investigator Mark Robinson of Arizona State University.
“We were very interested in getting our first peek at the lunar module descent stages just for the thrill – and to see how well the cameras had come into focus. Indeed, the images are fantastic and so is the focus.”
The camera instrument was able to capture five of the six Apollo sites, with the remaining Apollo 12 site expected to be photographed in the coming weeks.
Future LROC images from these sites will have two to three times greater resolution.
Long shadows from a low sun angle make the locations of the lunar modules’ descent stages particularly evident.
The image of the Apollo 14 landing site had a particularly desirable lighting condition that revealed additional details.
The Apollo Lunar Surface Experiment Package, a set of scientific instruments placed by the astronauts at the landing site, is discernable, as are the faint trails between the module and instrument package left by the astronauts’ footprints.
The LRO satellite reached lunar orbit on 23 June and captured the Apollo sites between 11 and 15 July.
Though it had been expected that LRO would be able to resolve the remnants of the Apollo missions, these first images were taken before the spacecraft had reached its final mapping orbit.
Not only do these images reveal the great accomplishments of Apollo, they also show us that lunar exploration continues,” said LRO project scientist Richard Vondrak of Nasa’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, US.
“They demonstrate how LRO will be used to identify the best destinations for the next journeys to the Moon.”
Although the pictures provide a reminder of past lunar exploration, LRO’s primary focus is on paving the way for the future.
Data returned by the mission will help Nasa identify safe landing sites for future explorers, locate potential resources, describe the Moon’s radiation environment and demonstrate new technologies.
Ahh, but according to Chris Knowles of the Secret Sun, the powers that be doth protesteth too much; Space/Gods, Moonshots and Masonry
Today is the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, which was supposed to start the Age 0f Interplanetary Colonization.
Needless to say, that never happened.
Some would say that a moon landing never occurred, thusly that’s why no colonization happened.
Other explanations are among the more mundane; like apathy and lack of funding.
Either way, the past 40 years have been disappointing as far as space exploration ( human ) is concerned.
Whether the whole thing has been a fraud or not, the people of Earth should demand that exploration of the Universe is the most tantamount thing to ensure future human survival.
Not going silently into that good night like some human-haters suggest we do to ensure ‘Gaia’s’ survival.
July 19th’s Paracast features paranormalist Christopher O’Brien, who talks about his own experiences with Fortean unknowns and other subjects such as cattle mutilations and the ‘Taos Hum.’
Another good one from Gene and Dave!