At the center of one of the most controversial conspiracy theory lies the notorious Apollo 20 mission, along with the strange things it found on the far side of the Moon.
In 1972, NASA shut down the Apollo Program. Budget cuts due to money being needed elsewhere and the public losing its interest was the official explanation. But not everyone was convinced this was the truth.
Many conspiracy theorists became convinced the space program continued covertly and that Apollo 18 and 19 found evidence of extraterrestrial presence on the Moon, but Apollo 19 was lost due to a catastrophic collision. Despite running into problems as well, Apollo 20 succeeded in recovering alien technology as well as a humanoid female in suspended animation.
In 2007, several videos were posted on YouTube by William Rutledge, a man claiming to have been one of the Apollo 20 astronauts. Initially, he gave few details regarding the controversial videos showing long-deserted structures on the Moon and an alien-looking ‘girl’ inside a crashed giant spaceship.
Fortunately, Italian researcher Luca Scantamburlo managed to contact Rutlegde and got more info on the subject.
When asked how he got involved with NASA, Rutledge responded:
NASA didn’t employ me, USAF did. I had worked on the study of foreign technology, Russian only. Studied about the N1 project, AJAX plane project, and the MIG Foxbat 25. I had some skills for using computer navigation and was a volunteer for the MOL-Gemini project. USAF later recalled that I had been chosen for Apollo 20 because I was one of the rare pilots who didn’t believe in God (and it has changed since 1990), but it was a criterion in 1976. It was not the status of the NASA astronauts. Not believing in God made the difference. That’s all.”
According to Rutlegde, Apollo 20 was launched in 1976, and was the result of a joint American-Soviet venture.