Captain Ben Anderson and the Mysterious Apollo 18

Due to budget cuts and the reassignment of priorities to the Skylab mission, NASA’s last lunar mission was Apollo 17.  A few years ago, footage surfaced of another – secret – mission that occurred in December of 1974 disguised as a satellite launch. This footage was edited together and released as a ‘found footage’ film. Just this week, notes from a journalist’s interview Apollo 18 Captain Ben Anderson about the impending mission were found in the bottom of box at a garage sale.  There is no way to verify the authenticity or even the author of this interviewer.

Interviewer: Captain Anderson, you were selected to lead this new Apollo mission, years after the last lunar mission.  Why were you selected?

Anderson: There is no Apollo 18 mission, I have no idea what you are talking about.

Interviewer: If that’s true, why has the air space around Kennedy Space Center been reserved for the standard three-day launch window.

Anderson: Oh, you mean the satellite launch?  I didn’t know they were calling that an Apollo Mission.  No, I know nothing about that.  In fact, I’m not even in the Astronaut program.  When they cancelled the remaining lunar missions, pretty much all of us just went back to the Air Force.

Interviewer: Is that why you are still living ten miles from Merritt Island here in Florida?

--- this part of the interview is irreparably smudged and unreadable

Anderson: And that’s why we have to go back… someday… just not now.  Or anytime soon?

Interviewer: Do you know how many moon rocks have gone missing since they were given as gifts to dignitaries?

Anderson: 160.  I mean, I think it’s something like that… I read.  I don’t know.  I heard someone tried to sell one.

Interviewer: Not stolen, just missing.

Anderson: You seem to be asking me questions you already know the answer to. Now if you don’t mind, I’d just like to drink this Dewars and soda in peace.

Interviewer: If there is something on the moon, something not human, don’t you believe Americans have the right to know?

Anderson: Do you think they want to? Are we prepared to deal with that?  I’m sorry I have to go.

Anderson got up and left. Without paying. His short was wrinkled and he looked like he hadn’t slept in days.  The paper has someone tailing his car tonight so we’ll know where he goes.  I think there is someone at another table watching me.  Blue shirt, blonde hair. Dress slacks.  Shoes look military issued and don’t seem to match the rest of the attire.  He’s coming over.

-- the notes abruptly end here, but shoved in the notebook a few pages back is a receipt for two drinks dated December 18, 1974 --


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In the award-winning film set in the Cold War, a dysfunctional space capsule orbits the earth, losing oxygen, with a helpless British astronaut suffering hypoxia locked inside. With limited contact from his own team, he must turn to the deeply suspicious Russians and Americans for help, nations who don’t even know he’s up there.

One Man, One Mission, One Choice... Who will he Trust?

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