The Mysterious Case Of NASA’s Missing $1.1 Billion Moon Lander | Beyond Earth


NASA has released photos, videos, and audio recordings
of its Apollo missions. CapCom: We copy you down, Eagle. Narrator: So there’s little
left about these missions that we don’t already know,
except for one mystery that’s been hiding in
plain sight for decades: One of NASA’s Apollo lunar
modules may be missing. That’s right, missing. And not even NASA seems
to know where it is. Houston: Engines on
five, four, three, two, all engines running. We have liftoff. Dave Mosher: Where is Lunar Module 14? What state was it in? Does anybody have it? Does anybody know where it’s at? Narrator: From 1962 to 1970, NASA commissioned Grumman Aircraft to build 15 space-worthy lunar modules for its Apollo program. Each one was labeled
Lunar Modules 1 through 15 and cost around $150 million to make, or about $1.1 billion today. Newscaster: Charlie Brown was
selected by the astronauts as the codename for the
Apollo 10 command module, and his friend Snoopy was the call sign for the lunar module. Mosher: NASA launched 10 of
these lunar landers into space. Six of them landed on
the surface of the moon and brought the astronauts back. Other four were used for practices and dry runs, future missions. And there were five that
were left on the ground. Narrator: Three of those five
that never went to space, Lunar Modules 2, 9,
and 13, are in museums, which leaves us with LM-14 and 15. Lunar Module 15… Mosher: Was another lunar lander that was being built for Apollo 20, which, of course, never happened. They turned it into scrap metal. So that leaves us with
one lunar lander, LM-14. On the Smithsonian’s website, there’s a page listing the lunar landers and all of their fates. Lunar Module 15 is listed as scrapped, but if you go up one row and
you look at Lunar Module 14, it says “Not Used.” What that means, we don’t know, and that’s what started this
adventure in the first place. Narrator: To be clear, it is not easy to hide one of these landers. Once complete, they’re
the size of a small house and weigh about 35,000 pounds. Mosher: Now, when we started
looking into Lunar Module 14, things were a little weird. The documents that we had access to said incomplete or not used. It didn’t say anything
about it being scrapped. It didn’t say it was in
any institution or museum. And so we started digging into this. Narrator: NASA and the Smithsonian didn’t have evidence to its whereabouts, the Cradle of Aviation Museum didn’t know, and even historians at Northrop Grumman, the original manufacturers of the lunar modules, were stumped. Mosher: But one of the experts
that we talked to said, hey, I think it’s at
the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. We looked into that, and it was not it. It was an early prototype
from the Apollo program, a lunar module that was never
supposed to fly into space. Narrator: And then we got a lead. Sort of. Mosher: There was a
document from March 1978 that is a disposition, or a list, of everything in the Apollo program. What it was, what its code number was, and where it’s located. And that document is missing Page No. 9, which is the page that
describes where Lunar Module 14 would be located or what
happened to it, if anything. Narrator: Yeah, it sounds exactly like some sort of Hollywood spy thriller, but this actually happened. Nobody could find this document. Even one of NASA’s
historians looked for us and couldn’t locate it. And the same went for
the National Archives. We finally got some clue
as to what happened to it from University of
Houston’s space archive. Mosher: Hi, this is Dave
Mosher with Business Insider. Is this Jean? Jean: Hi. Yes, it is. Hi, Dave. Mosher: Hi. So, I heard you found
Page 9 of that document. Can you read it to me,
tell me what is says? Jean: Next to LM-14, it
says “Mission Cancelled.” Mosher: Mission canceled. And then is there anything
else that it says? Jean: The next column says remarks. It says, “Deleted from program.” Mosher: Deleted from program. [laughs] It doesn’t say where it
went or what happened to it? Jean: No, it does not. Mosher: OK. Narrator: So we were at a dead end. And, to be fair, this
wouldn’t be the first time a moon lander has been lost to history. In 1969, the lunar lander for Apollo 10 was ejected into space as part of a dry run for Apollo 11. Newscaster: Ground contact was maintained with the ascent stage until
its batteries were depleted, some 12 hours later. Narrator: NASA didn’t track
the lander at the time, so it was missing, floating
somewhere in space for decades. Until, in 2019, a group
of enthusiasts from the UK said they were pretty sure they found where it was floating in space. So, if those guys could
find a lost lunar module in the vast expanse of space, why does nobody know where a
moon lander on Earth has gone? Charles Duke: OK, this has got to be the greatest sight ever. Narrator: So we had pretty much given up on uncovering the truth. That was, until we got ahold of Paul Fjeld a few weeks later. He’s obsessed with these lunar landers. Mosher: In fact, he worked with the Cradle of Aviation Museum to retrofit LM-13 into an
Apollo-style landing site within the museum. Narrator: So, here’s what he had to say about our grand
missing-lunar-lander mystery. Paul Fjeld: 14 actually
never really got built. I’m not gonna bet my son’s life, but I’ll bet a lot of money that there’s not a scrap of LM-14 left. Narrator: Of course, that would explain why there’s no photos of it. Mosher: The really revealing
thing that Paul showed us was this progress chart from Grumman of the lunar landers that
were under construction right before NASA canceled
the entire program, and it shows that LM-14 was
about 1% to 5% complete, based on Fjeld’s analysis. So the farthest that
technicians at Grumman got was basically cutting out
all of these pieces of metal and starting to assemble
them, weld them together, before NASA canceled the program. We also spoke to two other
space-flight-history experts, and they also think
that LM-14 was scrapped, but they’re not entirely certain of that. Fjeld: I’m gonna say they would’ve said, look, we got a bunch of F-14s that are just starting to
come off the line here. This is what’s the future for Grumman. We need all the metal that we can get. This is some lovely 2024 aluminum, 7075 structural aluminum. Can we use that on F-14s? Sure. Narrator: So LM-14’s Frankensteined pieces maybe did fly, in a way. And perhaps they’re in an
aviation museum right now, as part of a jet. Newscaster: In this strange, metallic bird rides the ancient and
endless dream of all mankind. Narrator: But we may never know for sure. Fjeld: I can’t guarantee
that, you know, some guy didn’t just drive it off the lot and it’s now sitting in his
basement or up in an attic that his grandkids have no
idea what the h— it is. Who knows? [laughs]

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100 thoughts on “The Mysterious Case Of NASA’s Missing $1.1 Billion Moon Lander | Beyond Earth

  1. My guess is they didn't actually build it, they built 14 but said they would build 15 for extra budget so they could put some money in their pocket

  2. Damn its so amazing to me how Nasa could just misplace a billion dollar machine! Its no wonder this country is in such big debt. The american peopleneed to sue the government so theu can pay the national debt. We didnt ask for all these ships planes helicopters tanks guns bombs etc! Why do we put up with such negligence!

  3. That guy at the end with the nervous laugh saying it might be in some guys basement….maybe it's in his basement🤷‍♂️

  4. The Earth is flat Walt Disney and Hollywood were involved with the staging of the moon landing simple research proves all that the flat Earth society but they don't teach people in the baller eather'ssociety about the truth don't forget we're just a flying through space waiting for an asseroid to take us out
    NASA Nationals Airspace Surveillance Authority.
    Otherwise known as the NSA National Surveillance Authority
    No one's ever been to the Moon operation fishbowl can't get through the dome

  5. Is it IN the Saturn V Rocket on display in Huntsville? Or the rumor that we had a final 'secret' Apollo mission. But how does one light off a Saturn V with out anyone knowing?

  6. This particular Lunal Module was taken apart and used in the Apollo Application Program (AAP) to built Skylab. Everybody knows that. Please stop this nonsensical spread of deep fakes.

  7. OK, Here is what happen! They started to build LM14 and like it is said in this video they stop the build right at the start. Only some of the metal had been cut. After some time, they printed out new paperwork for the building of LM15. They started back up using the parts for LM14 to make LM15. How do I know this, because I use to work in Aerospace? All paperwork for LM14 never got printed out. This is how it is done.

  8. Sears and kmart are not going to sell any more stores any one owed from them is to live with Amazon employees for their bad choices

  9. 1:19 . The LEMS from apollo 11 and up were the only ones to land on the moon. Apollo 10 was the first CSM + LEM to orbit the moon.

  10. Wrong. Apollo 14 and 15 landed on the moon. the ones you see in museums are either Built by the museum themselves. or Actual Apollo LEM's. Apollo 16 was scrapped, and 17 + 18 Are in museums.

  11. Nasa is a tax-well. Lander 14 was just another part of this compartmentalised military program. Was it built? Doesn't matter, it was paid for by the american public.

  12. Simple mined Fools , WTF do you think happened , the Aliens took it ffs. The entire Moon is an alien Space ship. Do a little research and think outside the box once in a blue moon, F- ing Morons……….

  13. Why cant anyone see now that all this is fake. Look at that ship. Hiw is ig getting backing the moon. People are brainwashed and belive what the liars and the thiefs tell them to believe

  14. Ask where all the film footage is? Ah it's also missing. Ask where the stars are at in all the videos oh they are also missing

  15. What an intresting and unique topic… Great work, just great investigating and presentation to say the least. 👍🇺🇸❓😕

  16. Seeing as it was only 5% welded, or less, it could be anywhere. The raw metal was probably put back into stock and used in planes made by Grumman. (Bethpage L.I.) Grumman was the builder of the LM.

  17. okay guys let me help you out. There is no lunar module 14. It does not exist because the moon landing was a hoax sir. They're just using your valuable time and wasting it making you go down the rabbit hole that has no end.. so you keep going down the hole digging and digging and digging and inevitably you'll never get anywhere. Please note I am not insulting you, I am somebody who tells it as it is and is giving you a fact.it never existed if NASA says they have no idea where it is and this was the greatest accomplishment in human history that should tell you it never was built.. if you really want to waste your time get a fancy telescope and try to find exactly where all the material that was left from the Apollo missions is located on the moon… hahaha, you'll never find the location either and you'll never see any physical remnants of the debris that was left behind.. isn't that weird or maybe you guys can just accept the fact that we never went to the f**** Moon.

    of course Japan found it but can't release the videos or photos of it because it's national security. Isn't that f**** hilarious… By the way Japan is our little b****..

  18. What processes and/or policies would lead to a "deleted from program" designation?
    Who were the decision makers and what was their reasoning for the "deleted from program" designation?
    What were the contractual obligations of Grumman after deleting LM 14 and LM 15 from the program?

  19. The document you were hunting did reveal this. Just not under LM14. Note LM13. It was completed at Gruman expense as a display piece. Way back in the early 70’s, my Dad then a Gruman employee took me to the big party for staff and family where they showed off the final LM completed. We got to set eyeballs nice and close to it. That was LM13. And unlike all the others, they could actually let everybody into the room up close with it, since it wasn’t gonna fly. No clean room rules. I think 15 was scrapped as you suspect for aluminum etc. 14 was never really assembled. But any completed subsystems such as electronic modules would have been diverted to spare parts for the ones that did fly. Any odd Apollo LM relics that show up amongst NASA junk, or in peoples garages quite likely might have originally been intended for 14. I wish Dad was still around to ask. He would have known the answer for certain. He moved from the LM to F-14 programs.

  20. Sooo they just found an off the books lunar lander that would be an amazing thing to have if you were to shoot or fake the landing footage and he adds to the hype of humans going to the moon with saying a company that received over $1Billion hadn’t looked at the LEGO directions yet so it just wasn’t assembled?🤷‍♂️ dude come on….??

  21. NASA: we don't know and pretty much don't care where it's at.
    Some dude trying to impress NASA: well I found it and have it in my storage.

    …..Next couple of hours military, NSA, CIA agents and personnel are at the storage confiscating it.

  22. NASA is not able to get even quarter of the load to lower orbit, that it said it brought to the Moon. They Hitchhike on Russian Space Vehicles to mostly Russian built Space Station.
    IT'S EASIER TO FAKE MOON LANDING.

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