In the first half, former assistant professor, and lecturer with NASA's Johnson Space Center, Rod Pyle offered his insider's perspective on the most unusual and daring space missions ever devised inside and outside of NASA, some flown, and others that never got off the ground. While NASA has currently been considering a manned mission to Mars, this is not the first time such a proposal has been floated, he said. Going all the way back to the 1950s, we've been told a Mars mission was just "20 to 30" years away, starting with Wernher von Braun's plans in 1953.
While Pyle doesn't believe there is a "secret space program" with covert technologies, he noted that in the 1950s and 60s, there were US Army and Air Force "Project Horizon" plans for militarized American moonbases that never materialized. One of the projected weapons for the moonbase was a bazooka-style nuclear warhead that was actually tested, he revealed, adding that there was concern that the Russians would set up a base on the moon first. Additionally, the Air Force had a proposal for a surveillance space station in the 1960s, with an immense telescope to look down at the Russians. He also touched on Nazi rocket spaceflight plans, NASA's Gemini missions, and the fatal first flight of the Soviet Soyuz spacecraft.
Recognized as an unconventional thinker who raises legitimate questions about humanity's history and prehistory, Graham Hancock has challenged the entrenched views of orthodox scholars. In the latter half, he shared his insights and evidence, as well as recent travels to the world's most mysterious archaeological sites. Hancock contends that a global cataclysm wiped out an advanced civilization around 12,000 years ago and made us a species with amnesia. This timeline is backed by a new theory that there was a large cometary impact during the geological Younger Dryas period from 12,800 to 11,600 years ago, he reported.
One of the most extraordinary correlations to this timeline is the Gobekli Tepe megalithic site in Turkey which dates back nearly 12,000 years and is a "giant archaeological mystery," Hancock remarked. It was previously thought that only hunter-gatherers lived in that time period, yet the site, discovered by Klaus Schmidt in the 1990s, contains sophisticated astronomical features, and 20 ft. high pillars carved from stone with artistic designs. This was also the time that agriculture first emerged. He correlated Gobekli with some of the ancient works in Egypt such as the Sphinx, which may be far older than it was originally thought, and cited the work of rogue Egyptologist John Anthony West who is facing a battle with cancer.