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Re: NASA Commissions Book To Prove Moon Landing

From: Richard Hall <hallrichard99.nul>
Date: Wed, 06 Nov 2002 23:55:14 +0000
Archived: Thu, 07 Nov 2002 12:42:59 -0400
Subject: Re: NASA Commissions Book To Prove Moon Landing

>From: Bob Young <YoungBob2.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Tue, 5 Nov 2002 12:43:58 EST
>Subject: Re: NASA Commissions Book To Prove Moon Landing

>>From: Richard Hall <hallrichard99.nul>
>>To: ufoupdates.nul
>>Date: Mon, 04 Nov 2002 22:37:38 +0000
>>Subject: Re: NASA Commissions Book To Prove Moon Landing

>>>From: Bob Young <YoungBob2.nul>
>>>To: ufoupdates.nul
>>>Date: Mon, 4 Nov 2002 10:28:05 EST
>>>Subject: Re: NASA Commissions Book To Prove Moon Landing

>>>NASA has always been a publisher of books and other educational
>>>materials disseminating the fundings of space research. Who do
>>>you think wrote those books? Authors.

>>I assume by "fundings" you meant to say "findings,"

>Yes, sorry, my index finger just twitched.

>>but please give me the title of one (1) (uno) BOOK that NASA (as an
>>organization; not some past NASA employee) authored.

>I believe that I said, "publisher", and that "authors" wrote

>>Technical reports, sure (I am a past technical editor of many U.S.
>>Government reports). But to the best of my knowledge, not books

>Well, I just grabbed one off of my shelf, "On Mars - Exploration
>of the Red Planet 1958-1978", published by NASA as part of the
>NASA History Series. It's authors are Edward Clinton Ezell and
>Linda Neuman Ezell, the former a curator at the Smithsonian and
>the latter a Graduate student at George Washington Univ., at the
>time of publication. Edward Ezell had been historian at the
>Johnson Space Flight Center beginning in 1980.

>The work is a hefty 535 page paperback, which certainly
>qualifies as a "book" as far as I can tell. On the last page is
>a list of 22 other books published in the series.

>>and especially not on controversial subjects.

>Well, it covered the issue of whether the Viking science
>experiments really found evidence of life or just chemistry,
>citing Gil Levin for the latter and other participants for the

>One can't get much more controversy than that - in science that
>is. "Did the experiment find life or didn't it?"

>>You do not seem to be aware of Charles Fort and
>>his writings and world view. Are you?

>I am familiar with the genre. One of the NASA history series, on
>NASA sounding rockets, was authored by William R. Corliss. I've
>got a couple of his forteana-packed volumes. They make good
>bookends for my shelf of UFOria authored by people like the
>late, great Donald Menzel, Uncle Phil, Bob Sheaffer, Ray Craig,
>Allan Hendry, Otto Bilig, Sagan, Ol' Doc Condon - my, my they
>just goes on and on.


Okay. But I still think we are talking apples and oranges here.

I believe that the Oberg commissioned book is quite unique and
unprecedented in the history of NASA publishing. And "the genre"
(whatever that means) is not Charles Fort. He had many followers
or "disciples" who did not necessarily adhere to his principles
and his outlook and reasoning.

Colin Bennett does to a certain degree, but I am disappointed to
see his solipsistic (solpisim) response on this List, as Bruce
Maccabee has properly pointed out.

I can easily say that both you and he exist only in my mind, but
where does that get us?

No. As you should realize, I am a strong proponent of the
scientific method, properly applied, not necessarily the way
science is always practiced. I certainly don't agree at all with
Bennett's view that there are no objectively established facts
or truths.

One of those is that we definitely landed craft and
humans on the Moon.

 - Dick

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