NASA STS-88 was the first Space Shuttle mission to the International Space Station (ISS). It was launched on December 4, 1998 from John F. Kennedy Space Center and lasted until December 16, 1998.
It was flown by Space Shuttle Endeavour, and took the first American module, the Unity node, to the station. As STS-88 was the first space shuttle mission to ISS, it was remembered by history. However, it will be also remembered by strange photos that astronauts took with their cameras, and that are still available on the NASA web servers both in low and Hi resolution – Free for public review, and speculations.
When you see the photos, you can understand the “point of interest” and the reason for speculations, that goes from claims that it is nothing more than a thermal foil which broke apart from ISS, via space junk from one of the previous missions, to claims that it is UFO – Extraterrestrial satellite named “Black Knight” – by some internet users.
What is the real “Black Knight”? Black Knight was United Kingdom’s first indigenous rocketry project, vehicle to test and verify the design of a re-entry vehicle for the Blue Streak missile between 1958 and 1965. However, because of the speculation about what happened to it, and the shape of the unknown “Satellite” seen on NASA’s photos, internet community adopted the Black Knight name for this “UFO”.
First, once you start searching through the internet for the Black Knight UFO images official statement from NASA, you can learn that many people allegedly sent e-mails to NASA with the questions regarding, mentioned, so-called “Black Knight” satellite. Again allegedly, no one received the answer.
By not responding to the questions, and in the same time not removing photos from their servers, NASA placed fertile soil for many theories, that even today, 15 years later, rock Internet community.
Recently, someone uploaded on YouTube a video with compiled “Findings” which “proves” that “Black Knight” UFO is really UFO, that it is there 13,000 years and that truth is again hidden from the ordinary people. The whole story heavily depends on alleged broadcasting from Black Knight. But it is widely accepted theory in internet communities.
Now, if you think that we will debunk this story, you can stop reading. We will not try to prove it either.
Since there is always many untold, top secret stuff, and that many weird phenomenons happen every day, that no government will ever tell the complete truth about their real findings regarding sensitive matter that can shake the very foundation our World relies on, we will just write our findings regarding “13,000 year old Black Knight Satellite”.
The whole story about Black Knight depends on, as we already mentioned, alleged radio transmission broadcasting from this satellite that, according to some people, can be heard even today. However, no one seems to know, or avoids to share, exact frequency where it can be heard. But it is important – That Radio Transmission is the foundation of the theory. Story about this strange object in Earth’s orbit has unofficially began 13.000 years ago, but we will be back on this later.
According to public comments on various internet social places, first one to officially mention unknown broadcasting from outer space was Serbian scientist Nikola Tesla in 1899. While experimenting with radio-waves, he noticed a signal, which was not coming from Earth.
According to bibliotecapleyades article, after his initial reception of enigmatic radio signals in 1899, Tesla worked for many years to perfect the receiving and transmitting equipment that was needed to better pick up and translate the possible alien broadcasts. At first the signals were nothing more than rhythmic sounds, almost a Morse code type of transmission he reported.
Around 1918, Tesla started receiving what he believed to be voice transmissions, except the voices he was picking up were not human. Instead, Tesla wrote “The sounds I am listening to every night at first appear to be human voices conversing back and forth in a language I cannot understand. I find it difficult to imagine that I am actually hearing real voices from people not of this planet. There must be a more simple explanation that has so far eluded me.”
Dr. Hugh Mansfield Robinson, conducting a set of radio experiments in 1921, received intelligent signals on the thirty-thousand-meter wavelength. Ernest B. Rogers, the engineer in charge of the test felt compelled to state that “the signals were of extraterrestrial origin, as there were no sending instruments of that power on Earth at that time.”
In 1925 Tesla wrote that “I am hearing more phrases in these transmissions that are definitely in English, French and German. If it were not for the fact that the frequencies I am monitoring are unusable for terrestrial radio stations, I would think that I am listening to people somewhere in the world talking to each other. This cannot be the case as these signals are coming from points in the sky above the Earth.”
Radio enthusiasts in the 1920s discovered a phenomenon which they labeled LDE (Long Delayed Echoes). Signals sent out from Earth sometimes came bouncing back several seconds later, as if they had been reflected back by something in space. In a few instances some LDEs returned days, months, even years later. Researchers in Europe reported LDE’s in 1927, 1928 and 1934. The echo pulses were delayed from three to fifteen seconds.
Stop here! Let’s consider for a moment, that “Black Viking” IS broadcasting something, and that it is NOT LDE.
We tried to compile some information from the internet, and allegedly, when the Cold War started, both sides – the USA and the Soviets, paid attention to the signal (both of them knew about it) coming from Earth’s orbit. Since the two sides were trying to get to the space first, both thought that the signal is from a satellite undetectable launched by the other side. We cannot confirm this information since it is more hear-say, but you can give it a try.
In “Disneyland of the Gods”, by John Keel, he reports that “In February 1960 the US detected an unknown object in polar orbit, a feat that neither they or the USSR had been able to accomplish. As if that wasn’t enough, it apparently was several sizes larger than anything either country would have been able to get off the ground. And then, the oddness began. HAM operators began to receive strange coded messages.”
In 1965, Soviet scientists Gennady B. Sholomitsky, Nikolai Kardashev and I. S. Shklovskii, received world wide attention when they announced that they had received radio signals from beacons of some super-civilization in space. These signals, they said, were ordered and indicative of interplanetary intelligence. Later, other radio astronomers discovered that these signals were coming from celestial bodies that we now know as quasars.
In 1970‘s, a Scottish author, Duncan Lunan said that he managed to decode one of the transmissions, and that it corresponded to a star chart. A star chart which would have been plotted from earth 13,000 years ago, and focused on the Epsilon Boötis star system.”
HAM operators said that they don’t know what is it, Russian scientists heard quasars, Tesla heard people and Morse code, and Duncan Lunan deciphered Star System coordinates. What’s more interesting and mysterious is that the chart’s coordination corresponded with Earth’s position 13.000 years ago, what is believed to be the close date of the arrival of the ”satellite”.
Even though not likely, it can be, somehow, rationally explained. But now comes the tricky part. Apparently, in the message that Duncan Lunan allegedly decoded, there was something else – A Statement.
“Start here. Our home is Epsilon Boötis, which is a double star. We live on the sixth planet of seven, coming from the sun, which is the larger of the two. Our sixth planet has one moon. Our fourth planet has three. Our first and third planets each have one. Our probe is in the position of Arcturus, known in our maps.”
So, now we are spooked. Story about it sounds quite remarkable, but, there is no scientific confirmation of what it actually is, at least, we weren’t able to find it. On website where “Believers” hang out, everyone think that the story is more-less true, that satellite is extraterrestrial, that NASA teases us with those images (image 1, image 2, image 3, image 4). They also believe that Black Knight can appear and disappear from radars, and that it can be seen on clear sky at night.
On the other side, “Debunkers” believe that on images is shown nothing more than piece of thin thermal foil, space junk, bean size broken piece, or whatever else it can be called but not in any case an extraterrestrial object.
But why didn’t NASA give any official statement about this? People want to know!
Ah … If you stop and think for a moment, what difference will it make even if they post official statement to 15-year-old question? But we can tell you one thing – they certainly will NOT tell that it is “13,000 old Alien Spacecraft that points us to the planet of human origin”. Or else the next thing that would happen would be Cylons invading Earth.
Who knows what is the Black Knight. According to the photographs, it doesn’t seem “natural”. It could be some space debris, really strange-looking asteroid, Chuck Norris’ toy thrown in space, or something fourth. Maybe the ”fourth” solution is the source for more UFO theories. Perhaps Lunan was right, but maybe one day we will find out what is this strange object in Earth’s orbit.
Meanwhile, even though Knowledge is Power, Governments are wright – Ignorance is a bless too.