Missing Space Probes & Satellites
Star Wars &
The Face On Mars
Aliens On The Moon
1989 The Russian Probe,
Phobos 2 was lost under mysterious and
unexplained circumstances. Russian Colonel Marina Popovich has since
that Soviet missions had determined that the probe's namesake, Phobos
2, one of
the moons of Mars,
is in fact artificial and hollow.
1992 The Office of
Strategic Defense Initiative (Star Wars)
convinces NASA to send an unmanned probe to the moon. The probe,
"Clementine I," is launched into a polar orbit around the moon.
Because of it's high orbit it is able to map almost the entire surface
moon. Scientists are shocked to find that the surface variation in
is up to twelve miles, not five miles as previously believed. They
that some of the moon's mountains are a half-mile taller than Mount
the highest mountain on earth. Clementine orbits around the moon for
seventy-four days and then malfunctions.
1992 The Mars Observer is
launched. The Observer is designed
to provide an extremely detailed mapping of the entire surface of Mars
the latest technology, including short laser bursts bounced off the
pin-point accuracy. Originally, NASA has no plans to put a camera on
Why? Nonetheless, scientists fight NASA like cats and dogs. They win
and an innovative
new system of cameras is installed.
1994 The Jet Propulsion
Laboratory loses contact with Mars
Observer just hours before it was scheduled to begin orbiting the Red
This was the first failure of its kind in seventeen years. Several
reasons are given for the loss of the Observer, but no really knows
Mars Observer is never heard from again.
1994 A NASA investigatory
panel announces, "No one will
probably ever know exactly what happened to the spacecraft." The
attempt to understand the Observer's silence was hindered because the
spacecraft telemetry was turned off before the pressurization of its
as it prepared to enter orbit around Mars.
Man made space debris in Earth's orbit
January 1994 Turkish TURKSAT I and
BULSAT I communications satellites
are lost when a French Ariane launch vehicle's third-stage propulsion
July 1995 China loses its
Apstar-2 satellite when launch vehicle
explodes. Hughes Space and Communications Company and Great Wall
Corporation disagree as to the cause of the explosion.
April 1995 United States
satellite NOAA 13 vanishes from orbit.
1995 Russia's Mars space
probe is lost when a booster
malfunctions and falls back to earth carrying 270 grams of live
Two years later, health officials attribute a worldwide increase in
rates to highly active radioactive material being disbursed into the
from falling and disintegrating satellites.
1995 Two Russian spy
satellites are announced to have been
lost by the Russian Embassy. (Don't
you just love it, both the U.S. and Russia now "announce" the
launching of "spy" satellites?)
1995 Launch of Athena
rocket from Vandenderg Air Force Base
1996 The Cosmos 1275
satellite disintegrates. The crash is
attributed to a collision with space debris.
after being launched from
Vandenberg on an Athena rocket.
1997 The final booster on a
Russian-made Proton-K rocket
fails. The "communications" satellite it was carrying falls into an
orbit of only 125 miles up instead of the 22,500 mile-high orbit it was
for. The lower orbit makes the satellite totally useless and subject to
into the atmosphere and burning up.
Aliens & Astronauts