Non-Human Architects on the Moon
Alternative researchers of the Moon's artificial installations find fertile ground for their theories in the government proposals aimed at creating manned colonies. They explain the need for them as humanity’s response to existing extraterrestrial bases. The central argument for many analysts in the field contends that the massive (in some cases miles-wide) and ancient architecture on the Moon is not of human construction. Commenting on this idea, a Brookings Institution report presented to NASA in 1961 speculated that “. . . artifacts left at some point in time by these lifeforms might possibly be discovered through our space activities on the Moon”. (Interestingly, the 2020 Artemis Accords also include a section outlining their belief that “protecting historic sites and artifacts will be just as important in space”). Repeated irregularities across a collection of lunar images strongly suggest that structures are present. Allegations abound of NASA destroying or classifying incriminating photos to keep them from the public. Claims of airbrushing and editing rooms housed deep within government facilities have surfaced, helping to explain the absence of any damning evidence in the images that are cleared for release.
One well-known whistle-blower, Army Intelligence Officer Phillip Corso, had a long and respected career with the military, at one point working at the Pentagon under Lt. General Arthur Trudeau. Trudeau became Director of Army Research and Development when the Project Horizon report was first commissioned, noting in the report's first pages that he felt the objective “to establish a lunar outpost to be of critical importance.” As Corso tells it in his bestselling book, The Day After Roswell, the lunar bunkers described in Horizon never materialized, mainly due to the hostile actions of the current inhabitants deterring any new-comers from their Moon base.
Corso believed that the structures appearing in photos were the property of territorial aliens who had entrenched themselves on the far side ... and that they had been issuing warnings to any would-be trespassers. Many investigators maintain that this explains why official manned expeditions to the Moon ceased after the Apollo 17 astronauts returned home in 1972.
One notorious bit of hearsay commonly cited as evidence of lunar inhabitants involves Neil Armstrong and his first moonwalk. As the story goes, shortly after Armstrong stepped onto the surface, he noticed unidentified craft monitoring their landing site from the rim of a nearby crater. He quickly switched over to a private communication channel and relayed what he saw to NASA Mission Control: “There are other space craft out there… lined up on the far side of the crater edge… they’re on the Moon watching us.” Thankfully, some enterprising HAM operators back on Earth also heard the exchange and amplified it on radio for posterity.
This narrative is reinforced by William Tompkins in his book Selected By Extraterrestrials. In the autobiographical work, Tompkins describes a time when he worked as an employee for an aerospace company that contracted with NASA during the Apollo missions. He claims that the critical nature of his role with the program allowed him access to the Launch Operations Center during Apollo 11’s landing. According to Tompkins, the Landing Module had exterior- mounted cameras that provided a live feed of the events to those at NASA. It was through this private channel that he witnessed that the crater the astronauts touched down in “had tremendous size[d] vehicles parked around part of its rim.” Adding his name to the legend (as is often the case), prominent researcher in the field of UFOs and cover-ups, Dr. Steven Greer ‘disclosed’ the fact that “close friends and very close family members of both Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin have separately told me that indeed there were numerous, large UFOs around the crater where the Lunar Module landed.”
Backing up this version of events, in a chapter covering the Apollo flights from his 1979 book, retired NASA communications engineer Maurice Chatelain relates a story that circulated through the agency during his time working there. He claims that the Apollo 13 mission failed due to alien intervention. Tying his tale back to aspects of Project A119, Chatelain explains that the crew was sent with a nuclear payload, designed to explode “some moon base established by extraterrestrials". The famous “malfunction” experienced by the Apollo 13 astronauts was in fact “caused deliberately by a UFO ... to prevent the detonation of the atomic charge.” This story of an attempted lunar base bombing mission is more or less corroborated by U.S. Air Force Colonel Ross Dedrickson who worked at the Atomic Energy Commission during most of the 1950s - the era during which they were connected with Project A119's study to nuke the Moon. In an interview with the Disclosure Project, Dedrickson asserted that multiple different missions attempted to send nuclear bombs to the Moon, only to be foiled by something off-world each time.
In fact NASA’s own transcripts are rife with peculiar conversations between Mission Control and the Apollo astronauts. Mentions of “tracks”, “blocks”, “domes”, “flashing lights”, and “organized” structures are sprinkled throughout the broadcasts. Within their broader context some of the exchanges leave room for reasonable doubt. Even so, their word choices portray strong descriptions of artificial items.
Apollo 15 astronauts James Irwin and David Scott: “They sure look beautiful,” Irwin commented with amazement about the delineations of uniform thickness they observed in the side of a crater. Scott noted the pattern they saw: “Talk about organization!” Irwin concurred: “That’s the most organized structure I’ve ever seen!”
Apollo 16 astronaut Charles Duke: “Beyond the domes, the structure goes almost into the ravine that I described and one goes to the top… to the northeast there are tunnels…”
Apollo 16 Lunar Module Pilot: “I’m looking out here at Stone Mountain and it’s got – it looks like somebody has been out there plowing across the side of it. The beaches – the benches – look like one sort of terrace after another, right up the side.”
Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Schmitt: “I see tracks - running right up the wall of the crater.”
One of the first books about alien lunar structures to receive wide attention was George Leonard’s Somebody Else is on the Moon, which landed on shelves in 1976. His work demonstrated how colossal machines were visibly excavating the landscape. Using data from NASA seismographs left on the Moon, Leonard posited that the rumblings they detected were evidence of large mechanical “rigs” over a mile in length, set inside craters as part of an immense lunar mining operation. In his estimation, the work of these contraptions was the cause of the surplus of craters to be found on the orb’s far side. Leonard also calls upon the familiar “tracks” seen crawling across the Moon’s contours as further proof of purposeful engineering. While the depictions in his book are mostly a collection of sketches he himself drew of structures and machines he claims to have detected through both careful study and connections at NASA, Leonard personally thought of his volume “as a preliminary report, a first approximation of the truth.” The interesting ideas identified in his publication helped to form the foundation of ensuing conspiracies and hypotheses about a presence on our Moon.
In his 1991 book, Behold a Pale Horse, infamous alternative researcher William Cooper claimed that a globalist plot known as Alternative 3 was the impetus for the creation of a colony of human infrastructure on the Moon. In this scenario, the elite of the planet would flee to their outer space refuge to escape the looming destruction of Earth. This combined effort between American, Soviet, and Extraterrestrial governments led to the creation of an installation known as LUNA on the far side of our nightly neighbor. The complex boasted a series of “[d]omes, spires, tall round structures which look like silos, (and) huge T-shaped mining vehicles that left stitchlike tracks in the lunar surface,” according to Cooper, a former member of the Navy and Air Force.
Some curious photos produced by other researchers on the subject, father and son duo Fred and Glenn Steckling, seem to show artificial vehicle tread-marks roving over craters. The image, published in the book We Discovered Alien Bases On The Moon, comes from Apollo 14 photographs. The indications of machines on the Moon presented in their tome follows George Leonard’s earlier thesis regarding vehicles and large-scale mining of the Moon’s resources.
The granddaddy of flushing out anomalous structures obscured within space images is Richard Hoagland. He is widely renowned for identifying ancient architecture off-world on both Mars and the Moon, while also suggesting analogous connections between the layout of the remnants on each. Hoagland is also a big proponent of the validity of the “face” on Mars captured in NASA’s Viking spacecraft images, and has done an exhaustive analysis of its shape, alignment, and features. Other famous Hoagland claims about our Moon include a 1.5 mile tall monument he dubbed “The Shard,” protruding from the landscape; an unnatural triangle pattern within Ukert Crater; and a celebrated image, “The Castle,” that he distilled from Apollo 10 Frame 4822. It’s a construction that the expert estimates stands upwards of 7 miles in height.
Hoagland’s detractors (and there are legions) lob accusations of image manipulation, claiming he ratchets up various filters and heavily processes photos to create misleading “noise” within a picture that can look like geometric shapes or patterns where they weren’t visible before. They claim these “tweaks” only help to amplify the effects of pareidolia, a psychological phenomenon that causes people to see something specific within a random image. Popular examples of this include spotting faces in clouds or seeing meaningful shapes within a Rorschach inkblot test. Hoagland speaks often of “refinements” and “enhancements” to the images he presents and does not attempt to hide his techniques - quite the opposite, actually. In 1994 he gave a three-hour presentation at Ohio State University on the topic to a sizable audience. The lecture included in-depth breakdowns and discussions of his photographs, which were simultaneously projected onto a large screen behind him for easier scrutiny.
A military insider who backs up Hoagland’s interpretations, Sgt. Karl Wolfe, served as a photographic technician in the U.S. Air Force from 1964-1968. He worked with an organization that processed images from spy satellites, and tells of a time in 1965 when he was told by another member of his group that “we’ve discovered a base on the back side of the Moon.” He was shown a composite of lunar images that had been assembled into one larger mosaic, revealing that “there were spherical buildings ... there were very tall towers, and things that looked somewhat like radar dishes, but they were large structures.”
Other supporters of an extraterrestrial Moon-occupation include Dr. John Brandenburg, a Ph.D. in Theoretical Plasma Physics. He contributed heavily to NASA’s Clementine mission to the Moon in 1994. The probe was sent to meticulously map the barren lunar landscape. In a documentary interview, Brandenburg claims that the true, hidden objective of the orbiter was “to check out if someone was building bases on the moon that we didn’t know about.” The physicist’s perspective on the existence of lunar bases was clear: “I look on any such structure on the moon with great concern because it isn’t ours, there’s no way we could have built such a thing. It means someone else is up there.”
Internet sleuths dusted off their magnifying glasses in 2012 when a press photo from NASA’s own website added new clues to the premise of alien bases on the Moon. The NASA image showed an employee cavalierly leaving a printed photo out on his desk. The staff member’s schematic included some odd, artificial-looking rectangular shapes within the close-up shot of the Moon. The image is suspicious to say the least, as more than one geometric figure or outline seems visible. NASA explained away the anomaly, labeling it as a grid line added after the fact to help identify the impact zone for a probe sent to the Moon. Aimed at the south pole as a part of the Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) program, it was sent under the auspices of discovering water locked within the Cabeus Crater. Nonetheless, some observers believe the real objective of LCROSS was to deliver a nuclear payload to the bases shown in the printout on that NASA employee’s desk (a la Project A119).
Frustratingly, the most convincing evidence for established bases on the Moon (manned or otherwise) remains anecdotal - existing in a maze of proposals, testimonies, and perplexing images. When assembled and considered, the disparate pieces lend strength to the idea that something might exist on the Moon; if not installed there by ancient off-world residents, then possibly by a terrestrial government or secret space program. Humans have certainly exhibited a resolute focus on the matter as demonstrated by myriad government proposals and declassified documents that stress its strategic importance and plausibility.
As the looming 2024 Artemis deadline draws nearer, the Moon’s mysteries remain enigmatic. Debunkers argue that ‘tricks of the eye’ or deliberate image tampering are to blame for any structures purportedly observed in outer space. Only through visiting the sites and exploring the aberrations touted by researchers can some of our questions be answered. As humanity further opens the door to private and commercial travel, along with future residency on the Moon, a deeper understanding of our orbiting neighbor is certain to emerge. Let’s just hope all the prime real estate isn’t already spoken for when we arrive.