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Ten Years Later: Remembering The Fated Concorde Flight AF4590

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July 23, 2010: Yahoo News Editors / The Starting Point – July 23, 2010

Ten years ago, the Concorde was the fastest and safest commercial airliner on the planet.

Since its debut in 1969, the turbojet-powered supersonic plane flew well-to-do travelers from London and Paris to New York City and Washington D.C. in less than half the time of other airlines.

That all changed on the afternoon of July 25, 2000, when an Air France Concorde jet crashed shortly after take-off from Charles de Gaulle Airport, killing 113 people, BBC News reported.

The only fatal incident involving the Concorde occurred that day when Flight 4590 struck a titanium fragment left on the runway by a Continental Airlines DC-10 that had taken off four minutes earlier, reported. The debris punctured a tire on the Concorde, causing it to explode. A piece of rubber hit the fuel tank, which burst into flames. As the fire spread to the left wing, the engine stalled and the aircraft dropped out of the sky.  

According to ABC News, the jet crashed into the Hotelissimo Hotel in Gonesse, France, killing all 100 passengers and nine crew members on board as well as four people on the ground. Rescue crews made it to the scene within eight minutes, but it still took them three hours to get the blaze under control. Click here to view photos from the scene.

The disaster, coupled with rising maintenance costs and the slump in demand for air travel following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, eventually led to the Concorde’s demise. The final Concorde flight occurred in the fall of 2003, after which time the entire fleet was retired.

In its heyday, the Concorde regularly crossed from Europe to the States in less than three and a half hours, which allowed westward-bound passengers who paid attention to changing time zones to arrive before their departure time. The Concorde also set numerous world records, including the fastest transatlantic flight (2 hours, 52 minutes and 59 seconds), Reuters reported. In 1992, the Concorde circumnavigated the world in 32 hours, 49 minutes and 3 seconds to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ New World landing.

A ceremony in honor of the crash victims will be held in Gonesse, on Sunday morning. Scheduled events include a speech from a witness to the crash and a moment of silence.

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: I remember two very distinct science and technology events in 1969: The now questionable ‘moon landing’ by Apollo 11 on July 20, and the introduction of the Concorde…  – SJH

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Written by Steven John Hibbs

July 23, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Boldly Going Nowhere: NASA Scraps Program To Put Man On Moon

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June 14, 2010: Jacqui Goddard / Times Online – June 14, 2010 

Nasa has begun to wind down construction of the rockets and spacecraft that were to have taken astronauts back to the Moon — effectively dismantling the US human spaceflight programme despite a congressional ban on its doing so.

Legislators have accused President Barack Obama’s Administration of contriving to slip the termination of the Constellation programme through the back door to avoid a battle on Capitol Hill.

Constellation aimed to build upon what was arguably America’s greatest technological achievement, the first lunar landing of 1969, by launching new expeditions to the Moon and to Mars and worlds beyond. Mr Obama proposed in February that it should be scrapped because it was “over budget, behind schedule and lacking in innovation”, but he has met opposition in Congress, which has yet to approve his plan.The head of Nasa, Major-General Charlie Bolden — an Obama appointee — has now written to aerospace contractors telling them to cut back immediately on Constellation-related projects costing almost $1 billion (£690 million), to comply with regulations requiring them to budget for possible contract termination costs.

The move has been branded a “disingenuous legal manoeuvre” and referred to Nasa’s inspector-general for investigation. “It’s bordering on arrogance by the Administration to boldly and brazenly go forward with this approach. It shows a blatant disregard for Congress,” said the Republican Congressman Rob Bishop, of Utah, whose constituency stands to lose thousands of jobs. Two weeks ago the Senate passed legislation that compels Nasa to continue work on Constellation unless Congress directs otherwise. That legislation is due to be signed into law by Mr Obama this month while Congress continues its deliberations over his proposal to cancel the current space space progamme.

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, a Texas Republican and member of the Senate’s Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, said: “The timing of Nasa’s decision to push forward with these actions now, before this becomes law, is highly questionable.” Nasa is “willfully subverting the repeatedly expressed will of Congress”, she added.

Scott Pace, a former Nasa executive and now the Director of the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University, said: “The effect will be to stop work on Constellation and lay off or transfer people to other jobs. If Congress then says it wants to continue going ahead with Constellation, those people will be difficult to re-hire. It’s already a difficult situation, but this will introduce more instability.”

Constellation was born in 2004 from President George W. Bush’s vision for returning Americans to the Moon by 2020 and using it as a base to build the knowledge and technologies for a manned mission to Mars by 2030. Since then, more than $9 billion has been spent on designing and building the necessary space vehicles.

An independent review panel appointed by Mr Obama last year concluded, however, that without an extra $3 billion a year Constellation was on an “unsustainable trajectory”. In his proposed budget for the 2011 fiscal year, unveiled in February, Mr Obama made it clear that there would be no extra money for its continuation. The proposal has yet to clear Congress.

Distinguished space veterans, including the first and last men to walk on the Moon, Neil Armstrong and Gene Cernan, have complained that the abandonment of Constellation will set America’s space capabilities on a “downhill slide to mediocrity”. They say that, while Mr Obama has outlined a vision for Nasa that includes sending people to Mars at some point, it lacks a concise plan for developing the rockets and spacecraft to get them there.

“The Administration has no planning, no programme and no idea — they’d just have these things happen mysteriously,” Mr Bishop said. “Rockets aren’t something that Wal-Mart puts on its shelves. You have to have a plan for how you get from A to B, and Obama has just said we’ll work it as we go along and maybe some day we’ll end up on an asteroid or the Moon or somewhere. The bottom line is, those ‘maybes’ will never happen.”

Private rocket developers, to whom Mr Obama proposes outsourcing the task of carrying crews and cargo to the International Space Station after the shuttle fleet retires, are making advances. Ten days ago Elon Musk, a spaceflight entrepreneur — and founder of the online payment system PayPal — launched a near-flawless test flight of his Falcon 9 rocket, which is designed to take payloads and ultimately human beings into space.

Triumphs and Tragedies

Oct 4, 1958 A year after the Soviet Union launches Sputnik, the US Congress passes “an Act to provide for research into the problems of flight within and outside the Earth’s atmosphere, and for other purposes”. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) is born

Feb 20, 1962 John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit Earth. The Russian Yuri Gagarin had made the first space flight a year earlier. Glenn returns to public adulation and later becomes a US senator

May 25, 1961 President Kennedy announces that he is setting the United States the goal of reaching the Moon by the end of the decade

January 27, 1967 Three US astronauts die in a fire during a simulated take-off, the first to die in the space programme

July 20, 1969 Neil Armstrong takes man’s first step on the Moon and plants an American flag, a significant propaganda coup. The US is still the only nation to have put a man on the Moon

April 13, 1970 An oxygen tank explodes aboard Apollo 13. It becomes clear that there is not enough air in the capsule to keep the three astronauts alive. They manage to board the self-contained Lunar Module and land safely in the Pacific

April 12, 1981 The US launches Columbia, its first space shuttle and the first spacecraft to land on a runway instead of in the sea

Jan 28, 1986 The Challenger space shuttle explodes 73 seconds after take-off, killing its crew

April 24, 1990 The Hubble Space Telescope comes online after being carried into space by a US shuttle

Feb 1, 2003 Columbia breaks up over Texas returning from its 28th mission, killing the crew

Feb 1, 2010 President Obama announces plans to cancel additional funding of the programme to return US astronauts to the Moon by 2020

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: Albeit I believe that the United States has put men on the moon, I do not believe it happened on July 20, 1969. Also, I think this is a guise to hide the actual technology that the US has already developed for more dubious and nefarious purposes in the future– SJH 

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How Stanley Kubrick Faked The Apollo Moon Landings – 7/20/69

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Jay Wiedner – July 20, 2009

It has now been forty years since the fabled moon landings by NASA and the Apollo gang. When it comes to the subject of the moon landings, people tend to fall into two belief groups. The first group, by far the bigger of the two groups, accepts the fact that NASA successfully landed on the moon six times and that 12 human beings have actually walked on the surface of the moon. The second group, though far smaller, is more vocal about their beliefs. This group says that we never went to the moon and that the entire thing was faked.

This essay presents a third position on this issue. This third point of view falls somewhere between these two assertions. This third position postulates that humans did go to the moon but what we saw on TV and in photographs was completely faked. Furthermore this third position reveals that the great filmmaker Stanley Kubrick is the genius who directed the hoaxed landings.


But why fake the moon landings at all? What would be the motivation? Authors Joseph Farrell and Henry Stevens both have shown us undeniable proof that Nazi scientists had developed advanced flying saucer technology as early as 1943. These authors also show that the US Government brought these same Nazi scientists into this country in order to build these highly advanced flying machines.

Furthermore, they believe that the idea that aliens from outer space are invading the Earth is a clever cover story concocted by NASA to hide this technology.

Many sources inside the military industrial complex have related to me that after John Kennedy was shown the flying saucer technology early in his Presidency, he realized that the advances in technology promised by the flying saucers could solve many of the pressing problems of the world. He saw that releasing this exotic technology would point the way towards cheap and environmentally friendly energy among other things.

Soon after seeing the flying saucer technology, JFK made his famous speech asking NASA to land a man on the moon before the decade was out. Many insiders believed that this was a ploy by JFK to get NASA, and the secret government, to release their saucer technologies. Since it was obvious to everyone that standard rocket technology could not get man to the moon and back, JFK may have thought that NASA would be forced to release the knowledge of the technology behind the flying saucers in order to fulfill his vision and get to the moon by the end of the 1960’s. JFK’s ploy was therefore intended to free this advanced technology from the insidious hands of the shadow government.

After the assassination of Kennedy in 1963, NASA began a new plan that would solve the problem that JFK initiated. This new plan would allow NASA, and the shadow government, to keep the saucer technology secret and to still make it look like standard rocketry had taken man to the moon and back.

Someone high up in the shadow government decided to fake the entire moon landings in order to conceal the United States’ extremely new and advanced Nazi technology both from us, the citizens and our enemies.

In some ways NASA’s position on this was understandable. We were in the middle of the cold war with the Soviet Union. Did we really want to show the Russians what we had?


In early 1964 Stanley Kubrick had just finished his black satire Dr Strangelove and was looking to do a science fiction film.

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Written by Steven John Hibbs

July 20, 2009 at 12:34 pm

NASA Lost Moon Footage, But Hollywood Restores It – (Re-Edits It!)

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Seth Borenstein / Associated Press – July 16, 2009

Whos taking this picture of Armstrong coming down the ladder?

Who's taking this picture of Armstrong coming down the ladder?

WASHINGTON – NASA could put a man on the moon but didn’t have the sense to keep the original video of the live TV transmission.

In an embarrassing acknowledgment, the space agency said Thursday that it must have erased the Apollo 11 moon footage years ago so that it could reuse the videotape.

But now Hollywood is coming to the rescue.

The studio wizards who restored “Casablanca” are digitally sharpening and cleaning up the ghostly, grainy footage of the moon landing, making it even better than what TV viewers saw on July 20, 1969. They are doing it by working from four copies that NASA scrounged from around the world.

“There’s nothing being created; there’s nothing being manufactured,” said NASA senior engineer Dick Nafzger, who is in charge of the project. “You can now see the detail that’s coming out.”

The first batch of restored footage was released just in time for the 40th anniversary of the “one giant leap for mankind,” and some of the details seem new because of their sharpness. Originally, astronaut Neil Armstrong‘s face visor was too fuzzy to be seen clearly. The upgraded video of Earth’s first moonwalker shows the visor and a reflection in it.

The $230,000 refurbishing effort is only three weeks into a monthslong project, and only 40 percent of the work has been done. But it does show improvements in four snippets: Armstrong walking down the ladder; Buzz Aldrin following him; the two astronauts reading a plaque they left on the moon; and the planting of the flag on the lunar surface.

Nafzger said a huge search that began three years ago for the old moon tapes led to the “inescapable conclusion” that 45 tapes of Apollo 11 video were erased and reused. His report on that will come out in a few weeks.

The original videos beamed to Earth were stored on giant reels of tape that each contained 15 minutes of video, along with other data from the moon. In the 1970s and ’80s, NASA had a shortage of the tapes, so it erased about 200,000 of them and reused them.

How did NASA end up looking like a bumbling husband taping over his wedding video with the Super Bowl?

Nafzger, who was in charge of the live TV recordings back in the Apollo years, said they were mostly thought of as data tapes. It wasn’t his job to preserve history, he said, just to make sure the footage worked. In retrospect, he said he wished NASA hadn’t reused the tapes.

Outside historians were aghast.

“It’s surprising to me that NASA didn’t have the common sense to save perhaps the most important historical footage of the 20th century,” said Rice University historian and author Douglas Brinkley. He noted that NASA saved all sorts of data and artifacts from Apollo 11, and it is “mind-boggling that the tapes just disappeared.”

The remastered copies may look good, but “when dealing with historical film footage, you always want the original to study,” Brinkley said.

Smithsonian Institution space curator Roger Launius, a former NASA chief historian, said the loss of the original video “doesn’t surprise me that much.”

“It was a mistake, no doubt about that,” Launius said. “This is a problem inside the entire federal government. … They don’t think that preservation is all that important.”

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: “…all that important”? They lost and/or erased the video of the Apollo 11 moon landing? Arguably the most important single “event” of the 20th Century? They didn’t lose the master tapes of The Wizard Of Oz, Ben Hur, The Ten Commandments, Citizen Kane, Casablanca, Lolita, The Maltese Falcon, Perry Mason, I Dream Of Jeannie, or Scooby fucking Doo!

Hollywood is remastering the erased “originals”? Don’t they mean they are recreating the fraud on new film with 21st Century technology to convince the naive public of the fraud they perpetrated upon all humanity to cover their asses because we now know it was all a complete fraud?! Kind of like watching Westerns from the 50’s that have been recolored (by Turner Networks) with Chemtrails streaking across the pristine skies to acclimate the masses to that? Paying attention?

I personally watched the 1969 Apollo 11 “moon landing” as an 8 year old boy in northwestern Illinois. Even then, I had questions as to the validity of the footage. As years have passed and I have researched that so-called “infamous” day in history, I am more convinced now than ever that the entire production was just that – an elaborate Hollywood production! This is yet another desperate attempt by this illegitimate government to cover up another colossal lie!Tonka

Where are the stars in either of these images?

Where are the stars in either of these images?

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Written by Steven John Hibbs

July 17, 2009 at 1:34 am