Space jammin’ with NASA’s nemesis Ken Johnston

Trainer to the astronauts Dr Ken Johnston discusses Neil Armstrong, aliens and NASA’s transparency with Parvathi Benu

Published: 20th February 2017 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th February 2017 09:40 PM   |  A+A-

A photograph showing the moon’s surface Courtesy: Dr Ken Johnston

Express News Service

H e was one of the four Civilian Astronaut Consultant Pilots from the Apollo Moon Program to have trained Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins for the Apollo 11 Mission.

Dismissing the term ‘whistleblower’, Dr Ken Johnston says that all he did was provide the public first-hand information that they deserve to know. And how did he accomplish that? He released doctored images to prove that NASA had manipulated photographs to hide unexplained structures and anomalies on the lunar surface. 

Neil Armstrong,Buzz Aldrin,Michael Collins

 Though 75 years old, his enthusiasm to talk about space, Mars, extraterrestrials (yes, you read that right) and even Star Trek is no less than that of a 13-year-old’s. When we caught up with him at lectures at Hindustan International School and University, he had a lot to share about the Apollo Mission and of course, aliens. 

Do you believe that aliens exist?
Yes. Don’t you? Your ancient history suggests that extraterrestrials came to our planet. Back in 1958, we unearthed proof that Eisenhower did meet with extraterrestrials. There is so much evidence not only to prove that there are aliens, but also that they have an impact on this planet.

How did you develop an interest in aliens and space?
Back in those days, I would watch series like Buck Rogers in the 25th Century and Flash Gordon. I wanted to go to space. My father was a pilot and I wanted to be one too.

Pictures: Sunish P Surendran


And then you went on to train Neil Armstrong..
Not just Neil Armstrong. We were a team of four and our job was to test the lunar mission module in the vacuum chambers to ensure that the systems were safe to be taken to space. In the process, we trained Neil, Buzz and Michael to land it on the moon.

What is your take on the ‘moon landing - faked’ controversy?
(Laughs) We still have people who think that Earth is flat. Once a reporter told Buzz Aldrin that he didn’t go to the moon and he punched him. Even the latest satellite pictures show the same lunar footprints. 
How did you manage to get first-hand information about extraterrestrials?
Once we were done with the first three missions, I was put in charge of photographing and documenting their exact location. One day, my boss ordered me to destroy these images.

I reminded him that the government had paid for them and that they should be made public to which he replied, “No. Get rid of it. I don’t care what you think.”
But why?
Because there were elements in the pictures that were unexplainable. You can now download them for free from my website. You can see the lunar anomalies too. It looks like something has been smudged out. Way before Photoshop, they would paint things out.

Once, when I walked into the photo lab, I saw a woman painting something out. She called herself a ‘stripper’ and said that she was paid for it. This really upset me as I was in charge of keeping a record of things. I guess that’s why they call me a whistleblower.
How transparent is NASA?
People like me, who’ve gotten into trouble with NASA, have a different expansion for the acronym — Never A Straight Answer.
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