How Area-51’s top secret cover was almost blown by Skylab astronauts

We have come a long way in the last few years as the US government and the CIA have been forced to admit the existence of the secret test facility at Groom Lake, Nevada. Although I no longer subscribe to the “nuts and bolts” alien theory, I still think there is far more to Area 51 than many people are prepared to countenance, even those working within the conspiracy research arena. I anticipate that many of the top secret robotics programmes are being run here by DARPA; it is well known that drone technology was in development at Groom Lake two decades ago.

Astronauts Gerald Carr, Edward Gibson and William Pogue were the third and last Skylab crew launched into space on November 16th, 1973.

Their mission was a qualified success and as part of it they took photographs of the Earth from space – including those of the ultra-high security Area 51.

However, when they splashed down 280 kilometers southwest of San Diego on February 4th the first signs of a problem arose.

Under the terms of a long-standing agreement between NASA and the US intelligence community all images taken from space were to be examined by the National Photographic Interpretation Center in Washington D.C.

They discovered pictures of Groom Lake and the panic caused by this traveled as high as the CIA Director, William Colby.

On April 19th, 1974, Colby sent a memo to undisclosed colleagues with equivalent security clearance stating, ‘The issue arises from the fact that the recent Skylab mission inadvertently photographed the airfield at Groom Lake.

‘There were specific instructions not to do this,’ the memo stated, and Groom ‘was the only location which had such an instruction.’

This one memo confirms that the CIA considered Area 51 the only place on Earth too sensitive to be photographed from space.

This was because although it was tacitly known amongst intelligence personnel that aircraft such as the U-2 spy plane and A-12 – the precursor to the legendary SR-71 Blackbird – were being tested, ‘there were a lot more things going on at Groom than that’.

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