Black Knight Satellite
According to the conspiracy theory of the Black Knight Satellite, an extraterrestrial space probe, of which NASA is concealing existence and origin, has been in near-polar orbit of the Earth for about 13,000 years.
The name "Black Night", dating back to the late 1980s, was attributed "retroactively" and comes from science fiction literature: in 1988 "Disneyland of the Gods" was published, a book by John Keel already known for his theories on Mothman and on the Men in black, in which the author claimed the existence of an alien spaceship named "Black Knight Satellite" in orbit around our planet.
The related conspiracy theory leads to this "anomalous unidentified object" a whole series of unrelated but abundantly documented stories, starting from the 1950s: monitoring agencies around the world have revealed that they have picked up radio signals from the anomalous object for over 50 years because the Black Knight satellite has captured the interest of numerous governments including the United States, Russia and China.
- In 1954, UFO researcher Donald Keyhoe told newspapers that the United States Air Force had reported that two satellites had been detected in orbit around the Earth. At that time, no country had the technology to launch a satellite.
- In February 1960, the TIME wrote that the US Navy had detected a dark-colored object in orbit thought to be a Soviet spy satellite and subsequently identified as "what remained of te lost Air Force Discoverer VIII satellite".
- In 1963, astronaut Gordon Cooper reportedly reported a UFO sighting during his 15th orbit in Mercury 9 however neither NASA mission transcripts nor Cooper's personal copies show that such a report was made during orbit.
- In 1973, Scottish author Duncan Lunan analyzed long delay and echoes first heard by amateur radio operator Jørgen Hals in Oslo, speculating that they could have come from a 13,000-year-old alien probe located in an orbit around the terrestrial Moon coming to the conclusion that they had produced a star map, pointing the way to Epsilon Boötis, a double star in the constellation of Boote.
These conclusions were later retracted by Lunan himself as the result of "blatant errors" and "unscientific" methods.
On December 11, 1998, ten years after the release of John Keel's book, during the eighty-eighth mission of the Space Shuttle Program, the crew of the Space Shuttle Endeavor took a series of photographs that, once they reached the public, sparked the conviction that Black Knight was real and not just fictional fiction, making the whole story take on all the connotations of a real conspiracy theory.
At that time, the International Space Station was being assembled, and astronaut Jerry Ross explained that during one of the extravehicular activities needed to complete the union and connection between the US Unity Module and the Russian Zarja Module, one of the four thermal covers to isolate the metal pins that anchored the modules to the shuttle was lost and floated without recovering it.
However, in two minutes NASA astronauts were able to take a photographic sequence of the object moving away from the initial core of the Space Station, registered under the number 025570, which after a few days burned on impact with the Earth's atmosphere.
What NASA says would be nothing more than space debris is still under discussion between conspiracy theorists and scientists.
Many UFO experts and researchers claim that the anomalous object is stuck in polar orbit around our planet: it would therefore be an artificial satellite-probe of extraterrestrial origin, sent to earth to monitor humanity about 13,000 years ago and whose existence it would be kept under wraps by NASA and the US government.
Some also speculate that the alleged reconnaissance probe would carry an alien message from the Izar star system.
In support of their thesis, the ufologists bring some of the frames of the sequence taken during STS-88 in which the object appears to have a black metal surface.
Although the cosmonauts have explained on several occasions that the thermal blanket - originally white on one side and silver on the other - would appear dark because it is backlit and that the perception of the "metal surface" is simply due to an optical effect produced by the reflections of sunlight, believers don't do this and cite history dating back to Nikola Tesla of observations of a polar satellite many millennia older than human technology.
The authors of pseudoscience believe that there is a connection with the phenomenon of long delayed echo and report that Tesla himself collected a radio signal that was repeated several times in 1899 that was believed to come from space: he would therefore have been the first to intercept transmissions from by Black Knight.
The Black Knight Satellite and the Ancient Aliens
Could The Black Knight Satellite come from ancient aliens?
Some ufologists, analyzing the Black Night photo, hypothesized that the vehicle may actually be Pakal's spacecraft, an alleged Mayan spaceship repeatedly cited by Erich von Däniken. Many believe that it is an ancient Anunnaki spaceship, while others speculate that it would be a spaceship of an alien race called Dargos.
To further foment the extraterrestrial thesis is added an alleged will of NASA to cover up everything and hide the documentation, following the move, in 2011, of the "incriminated photos" to a new site "Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth".
To counter the conspiracy theories that arose following the episode, in 2013 NASA released other video footage of the object moving away from the initial core of the International Space Station and the conversations in the cabin but, to date, the debate is still open.
“My brain is only a receiver, in the Universe there is a core from which we obtain knowledge, strength and inspiration. I have not penetrated into the secrets of this core, but I know that it exists.”
― Nikola Tesla
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