Space fakery

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Field of research investigating media fakery, science fakery etc. used by the space agencies, such as NASA to present to the public material about alleged space travel, Moonlandings and other fictional stories.
Fakeologist:[Fakeologist 1]

"NASA is the myth creator for Space"

Space fakery budget

330 billion dollars is spent on space. Each year.[1]

Future space fakery

Space Hotel

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"World’s First Space Hotel Will Have Artificial Gravity and Open in 2025

Yet another organization is making strides toward helping ordinary citizens spend time in outer space. The Gateway Foundation has announced plans to build the world’s first space hotel, with an aim to have 100 tourists per week by 2025. Named after controversial rocket scientist Wernher von Braun, who was affiliated with the Nazi party early in his career and later went on to serve as director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, the Von Braun Space Station will be assembled on-site by robots and drones.

Designer Tim Alatorre was inspired by concepts von Braun described in the 1950s. The space hotel will be shaped like an enormous wheel that spans a 623-foot diameter and slowly rotates to generate a gravitational force. Twenty-four pressurized pods dot the outer ring of the wheel. These interconnected modules will include private residences, as well as hotel rooms and separate quarters for the station’s crew working. Several modules will also be sold to governments that wish to use them as research centers."[MSM 1]

Elon Mars

Elon Musk's SpaceX is planning to build a "1 million people city on Mars by 2050".


September in Space fakery


  • 100 Years Ago [written in and not updated since 2008!]
    • September 3, 1908: Orville Wright began flight testing the Wright Flyer for the army at Fort Myer, Va.
  • 75 Years Ago
    • September 30, 1933: Three Soviet pilots flew the army balloon USSR to a record altitude of 60,695 feet. It stood 118 feet tall when fully inflated.
  • 50 Years Ago
    • September 17, 1958: The NASA/Advanced Research Projects Agency Manned Satellite Panel was formed to draft plans for future manned spaceflight. The panel collaborated with the military as well as the NASA Langley Research Center and NASA Glenn (then Lewis) Research Center.
  • 30 Years Ago
    • September 1978: The USSR launched two spacecraft toward Venus → to study the planet's atmosphere and surface. Venera 11 was launched on September 9 and Venera 12 was launched on September 14.
  • 25 Years Ago
    • September 22, 1983: NASA launched the Galaxy 2 commercial communications satellite using a Delta rocket.
  • 20 Years Ago
    • September 29, 1988: NASA launched space shuttle Discovery, the first shuttle flight after the Challenger disaster. During the four-day mission, the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-3 was deployed and the crew conducted about a dozen experiments.
  • 15 Years Ago
    • September 12, 1993: NASA launched space shuttle Discovery to deploy the Advanced Communications Technology Satellite (ACTS) and the Orbiting Retrievable Far and Extreme Ultraviolet Spectrometer telescope. ACTS was developed by NASA Glenn and was the first high-speed, all-digital communications satellite.
  • 10 Years Ago
    • September 24, 1998: A solar flare caused a major geomagnetic storm, a temporary disturbance of Earth's magnetosphere triggering a vivid display of northern and southern lights.
  • 5 Years Ago
    • September 27, 2003: The European Space Agency (ESA) launched Small Missions for Advanced Research in Technology 1 using an Ariane-5 rocket. ESA's first lunar mission tested solar electric propulsion and investigated chemical elements on the moon's surface. ESA intentionally crashed the spacecraft into the moon at the end of the mission.
    • September 29, 2003: Balloonist David Hempleman-Adams became the first person to fly across the Atlantic in an open wicker-basket balloon. His flight began in Sussex, New Brunswick, Canada and ended in England after 83 hours of flight.
  • """Present Day"""
    • September 10, 2008: The European Space Agency will launch the Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) → satellite from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia. GOCE will map Earth's gravity field to develop a model for measuring ocean circulation and sea-level change."[MSM 2]

NASA, Soviet Space Program, other agencies

Name From year date To year date Types Location Information
Soviet space program,
Yuri Gagarin,
Earth orbit,
Manned mission
1961 04/12 1961 04/12 psience,
Space travel
Soviet Union [MSM 3][Cluesforum 1]
Apollo program
Moon mission
Manned mission
Moon landing
1961 07/16 1972 12/19 psience,
Space travel,
Moon landings
United States [Fakeologist 2][Fakeologist 3][Cluesforum 2]
Apollo program,
Moon mission,
Manned mission,
Moon landing,
Apollo 11
1969 07/20 1969 07/21 psience,
Space travel,
Moon landing
United States [Fakeologist 4][Fakeologist 5][Fakeologist 6][Fakeologist 7]
[Fakeologist 8][Fakeologist 9][Cluesforum 3][Cluesforum 4]
Apollo program
Moon mission
Manned mission
Moon landing
Apollo 13
1970 04/11 1970 04/17 psience,
Space travel,
Moon mission
United States [Fakeologist 10][MSM 4]
1973 05/14 1979 07/11 psience,
Space travel,
Space station
United States [Cluesforum 5][MSM 5]
Space shuttle program,
Challenger Disaster
1986 01/28 1986 01/28 psience,
Space travel,
Space station
United States [Cluesforum 6][2][MSM 6]
Pale Blue Dot
1990 02/14 1990 02/14 psience,
Space travel
United States [MSM 7]
Space Shuttle
1992 05/07 2011 05/11 psience,
Space travel,
Space station
United States [MSM 8][Cluesforum 7][Cluesforum 8] [Cluesforum 9][Fakeologist 11][Fakeologist 12] [Fakeologist 13][Fakeologist 14][Fakeologist 15]
ISS is lunched
1998 11/20 psience,
Space travel,
Space station
United States [Cluesforum 10][MSM 9]
Max Shuttleworth in space, calling Nelson Mandela, promoting AIDS research
2002 04/25 2002 05/05 psience,
Space travel,
Space station
United States [Fakeologist 16][MSM 10]
Mars Science Laboratory
11/26 Landing 2012 08/06 psience,
Space travel
United States [MSM 11][Cluesforum 11]

Planetary missions

After the Apollo program, missions to the different planets of our solar system have been claimed happened.[MSM 12][MSM 13][MSM 14][MSM 15]

Name Year launched Date launched Operators Description Primary targets Secondary targets Notes
Mariner 10 1973 11/03 NASA NASA set a strict limit of $98 million for Mariner 10's total cost, which marked the first time the agency subjected a mission to an inflexible budget constraint. No overruns would be tolerated. Mercury, Venus Earth, Moon [MSM 16]
Viking 1 1975 08/20 NASA Scientists found that the observed Shapiro delays of the signals matched the predictions of General Relativity. Mars [MSM 17]
Voyager 2 1977 08/20 NASA Voyager 2 is expected to keep transmitting weak radio messages until at least 2025, over 48 years after it was launched. Jupiter, Saturn Uranus, Neptune [MSM 18]
Pioneer 12 1978 05/28 NASA The most remarkable discovery was that the ratio of 36Ar/40Ar isotopes much higher than in the atmosphere which seems to indicate that the genesis of the Venusian atmosphere is very different from that of Earth. Venus [MSM 19]
Mars Global Surveyor 1996 11/07 NASA On 6 December 2006 NASA released photos of two craters in Terra Sirenum and Centauri Montes which appear to show the presence of flowing water on Mars at some point between 1999 and 2001. The pictures were produced by Mars Global Surveyor and are quite possibly the spacecraft's final contribution to our knowledge of Mars and the question of whether water exists on the planet. Mars [MSM 20]
Mars Pathfinder 1996 12/04 NASA The lander sent more than 2.3 billion bits of information including 16,500 pictures and made 8.5 million measurements of the atmospheric pressure, temperature and wind speed. Although the mission was planned to last from a week to a month, the rover operated successfully for almost three months. Mars [MSM 21]
Cassini 1997 10/15 NASA, ESA,
ASI (Italy)
Its mission ended on September 15, 2017, when Cassini's trajectory took it into Saturn's upper atmosphere and it burned up in order to prevent any risk of contaminating Saturn's moons, which might have offered habitable environments to stowaway terrestrial microbes on the spacecraft. Saturn, moons of Saturn Moon, Venus, Jupiter [MSM 22]
2001 Mars Odyssey 2001 04/07 NASA The mission was named as a tribute to Arthur C. Clarke, evoking the name of 2001: A Space Odyssey. By December 15, 2010, it broke the record for longest serving spacecraft at Mars, with 3,340 days of operation. Mars [MSM 23]
Mars Express/Beagle 2 2003 06/02 ESA The spacecraft's fate remained a mystery until it was announced in January 2015 that NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, using HiRISE, had found the probe intact on the surface of Mars. Mars [MSM 24]
[MSM 25]
Spirit 2003 06/10 NASA The primary surface mission for Spirit was planned to last at least 90 sols. The mission received several extensions and lasted about 2,208 sols. On August 11, 2007, Spirit obtained the second longest operational duration on the surface of Mars for a lander or rover at 1282 Sols, one sol longer than the Viking 2 lander. Viking 2 was powered by a nuclear cell whereas Spirit is powered by solar arrays. Mars [MSM 26]
Opportunity rover 2003 07/07 NASA Opportunity remains active as of March 15, 2018, having exceeded its operating plan by 13 years, 323 days (in Earth time). Opportunity has continued to move, make scientific observations, and report back to Earth for over 55 times its designed lifespan. In December 2014, NASA reported that Opportunity was suffering from "amnesia" events in which the rover fails to write data, e.g. telemetry information, to non-volatile memory. The hardware failure is believed to be due to an age-related fault in one of the rover's seven memory banks. As a result, NASA had aimed to force the rover's software to ignore the failed memory bank, however amnesia events continued to occur which eventually resulted in vehicle resets. In light of this, on Sol 4027 (May 23, 2015), the rover was configured to operate in RAM-only mode, completely avoiding the use of non-volatile memory for storage. As of March 15, 2018, Opportunity is still functioning on the surface of Mars, and is slated for further scientific exploration. It is currently parked in its 8th Martian winter and should 'wake up' around the end of March 2018. Mars [MSM 27]
Rosetta 2004 03/02 ESA The Rosetta mission orbited Comet Churyumov–Gerasimenko for 17 months and was designed to complete the most detailed study of a comet ever attempted. Rosetta's Philae lander successfully made the first soft landing on a comet nucleus when it touched down on Comet Churyumov–Gerasimenko on 12 November 2014. The probe also flew in the shadow of Mars. During that encounter, the solar panels could not be used since the craft was in the planet's shadow, where it would not receive any solar light for 15 minutes, causing a dangerous shortage of power. The craft was therefore put into standby mode, with no possibility to communicate, flying on batteries that were originally not designed for this task. This Mars manoeuvre was therefore nicknamed "The Billion Euro Gamble". The flyby was successful, with Rosetta even returning detailed images of the surface and atmosphere of the planet, and the mission continued as planned. Comet Mars [3]
[MSM 28]
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter 2005 08/12 NASA It has enough propellant to keep functioning into the 2030s. An article in the journal Science in September 2009, reported that some new craters on Mars have excavated relatively pure water ice. After being exposed, the ice gradually fades as it sublimates away. Mars [MSM 29]
New Horizons 2006 01/19 NASA Images from July 1 to 3, 2013 by LORRI were the first by the probe to resolve Pluto and Charon as separate objects. Pluto, Charon moons of Jupiter [MSM 30]
Juno 2011 08/05 NASA Juno carries a plaque to Jupiter, dedicated to Galileo Galilei. The spacecraft also carries three Lego minifigures representing Galileo, the Roman god Jupiter, and his sister and wife, the goddess Juno. Jupiter Earth [MSM 31]
Curiosity rover 2011 11/26 NASA In December 2012, Curiosity's two-year mission was extended indefinitely. On August 5, 2017, NASA celebrated the fifth anniversary of the Curiosity rover landing and related exploratory accomplishments on the planet Mars. Curiosity's design will serve as the basis for the planned Mars 2020 rover. As of March 15, 2018, Curiosity has been on Mars for 1993 sols (2047 total days) since landing on August 6, 2012. Mars [Cluesforum 12]
[MSM 32]


Orion III spaceplane model Science Museum London.jpg

Allegedly there are thousands of man-made satellites in Space. A selection:[MSM 33]

Name Year launched Date launched Operator Description Notes
Sputnik 1957 10/04 Soviet Union First satellite [MSM 34]
Telstar 1 1962 07/11 NASA First communication satellite, first Transatlantic broadcast [MSM 35]
Relay 1 1962 12/13 NASA First Transpacific broadcast to Japan, of the assassination of JFK [MSM 36]
Syncom 2 1963 07/26 NASA First geosynchronous satellite [MSM 37]
Syncom 3 1964 08/19 NASA First geostationary satellite, first Olympic broadcast [MSM 37]

Space telescopes

Allegedly numerous Space telescopes are floating in Space. The data acquired by these telescopes is used in astronomy on Earth. It remains to be researched if the data is actually coming from Earth-based telescopes or made up or a combination of both.[MSM 38] New missions are planned for the future.[MSM 39]

Name Year launched Date launched Operator Notes
Hipparcos 1989 08/08 ESA [MSM 40]
Hubble 1990 04/24 NASA [MSM 41]
Compton Gamma Ray Observatory 1991 04/05 NASA [MSM 42]
SOHO 1995 12/02 NASA, ESA [Cluesforum 13][MSM 43]
Chandra X-ray Observatory 1999 07/23 NASA [MSM 44]
Odin 2001 02/20 SSC (Sweden) [MSM 45]
INTEGRAL 2002 10/17 ESA [MSM 46]
Spitzer 2003 08/25 NASA [MSM 47]
Swift 2004 11/20 NASA [MSM 48]
Fermi 2008 06/11 NASA [MSM 49]
Kepler 2009 03/07 NASA [MSM 50]
Planck/Herschel 2009 05/14 ESA [MSM 51]
[MSM 52]
WISE 2009 12/14 NASA [MSM 53]
IRIS 2013 06/27 NASA [MSM 54]
Gaia 2013 12/19 ESA [MSM 55]
Astrosat 2015 09/28 ISRO (India) [MSM 56]


It is claimed that hundreds of exoplanets have been discovered. The source of the discoveries varies from ground-based telescopes to the Keppler and Hubble Space Telescope space props.[MSM 57]

Name year date Discovered by
Space-based in bold
Description Type Location Notes
HD 114762 b 1989 05/04 McDonald Observatory First discovered exoplanet
"Suspected" in 1984, discovered in 1989
Confirmed in 1991
Texas [MSM 58]
[MSM 59]
51 Pegasi b 1995 10/06 Haute-Provence Observatory First visible light discovered exoplanet psience
Chile [MSM 60]
Fomalhaut b 2003 11/13 Hubble Space Telescope First "directly imaged" exoplanet
Informally named after Semitic deity Dagon
Space [MSM 61]
[MSM 62]
WASP-12 b 2008 04/01 SuperWASP Due to its extremely close orbit to its star, it has one of the lowest densities for exoplanets ('inflated' by the flux of energy from the star). The planet takes only a little over a day to orbit the star. May have an exomoon. "Egg-shape planet" psience
Space [MSM 63]
Kepler-7 b 2010 01/04 Kepler Space Telescope One of the first five exoplanets to be confirmed by NASA's Kepler spacecraft, and was confirmed in the first 33.5 days of Kepler's science operations. "Styrofoam planet" psience
Space [MSM 64]
Kepler-11 2011 02/02 Kepler Space Telescope 6 exoplanets within an orbital range smaller than Venus's, richest exoplanetary system found. psience
Space [MSM 65]
Kepler-16 b 2011 09/15 Kepler Space Telescope The planet orbits in a circumbinary orbit around a (K-type) and (M-type) binary star system. It has been called "Tatooine planet", "Again and again we see that the science is stranger and weirder than fiction" said John Knoll, a visual effects supervisor at Industrial Light & Magic, who worked on several of the movies. psience
Space [MSM 66]
Kepler-35 b 2012 04/19 Kepler Space Telescope The proximity and eccentricity of the binary star as well as both stars have similar masses results the planet's orbit to significantly deviate from Keplerian orbit. psience
Space [MSM 67]
Kepler-64 b 2012 10/15 Kepler Space Telescope The first known transiting planet in a quadruple star system, first known circumbinary planet in a quadruple star system, and the first planet in a quadruple star system found. It was the first confirmed planet discovered by psience
Space [MSM 68]
Kepler-444 2015 01/27 Kepler Space Telescope 5 exoplanets smaller than Earth in an orbital range smaller than Mercury. Sun-like but old star and 2 red dwarfs. psience
Space [MSM 69]
TRAPPIST-1 2017 02/22 Spitzer Space Telescope
Very Large Telescope
7 exoplanets around red dwarf, all supposedly tidally lockedin a smaller orbital range than Mercury. psience
Space [MSM 70]


Name year date Discovered by
Space-based in bold
Description Type Location Notes
911 Agamemnon 1919 03/19 Heidelberg Observatory The largest Jupiter trojans and a suspected binary asteroid from the Greek camp, approximately 160 km (100 mi) in diameter psience
Germany [MSM 71]

Pictures of Earth

Allegedly the first so-called photo of the Earth was taken by Apollo 8 in 1968.[MSM 72] But there is an earlier one, from Lunar Orbiter 5 in 1967.[MSM 73]

See also




Clues Forum



  1. World’s First Space Hotel Will Have Artificial Gravity and Open in 2025
  2. NASA - September in Space travel
  3. Wikipedia: Vostok I
  4. Wikipedia: Apollo 13
  5. Wikipedia: Skylab
  6. Wikipedia: Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster
  7. Wikipedia - Pale Blue Dot
  8. Wikipedia: Space Shuttle Endeavour
  9. Wikipedia - International Space Station
  10. Wikipedia - Max Shuttleworth
  11. Wikipedia: Mars Science Laboratory
  12. Wikipedia - List of missions to Mercury
  13. Wikipedia - List of missions to Venus
  14. Wikipedia - List of missions to Mars
  15. Wikipedia - List of outer planetary missions
  16. Wikipedia - Mariner 10
  17. Wikipedia - Viking 1
  18. Wikipedia - Voyager 2
  19. Wikipedia - Pioneer 12
  20. Wikipedia - Mars Global Surveyor
  21. Wikipedia - Mars Pathfinder
  22. Wikipedia - Cassini-Huygens
  23. Wikipedia - 2001 Mars Odyssey
  24. Wikipedia - Mars Express
  25. Wikipedia - Beagle 2
  26. Wikipedia - Spirit
  27. Wikipedia - Opportunity rover
  28. Wikipedia - Rosetta
  29. Wikipedia - Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
  30. Wikipedia - New Horizons
  31. Wikipedia - Juno
  32. Wikipedia - Curiosity rover
  33. Wikipedia - List of communications satellite firsts
  34. Wikipedia - Sputnik
  35. Wikipedia - Telstar 1
  36. Wikipedia - Relay 1
  37. 37.0 37.1 Wikipedia - Syncom
  38. Wikipedia - List of Space telescopes
  39. Wikipedia - List of planned Space observatories
  40. Wikipedia - Hipparcos Space Telescope
  41. Wikipedia - Hubble Space Telescope
  42. Wikipedia - Compton Gamma Ray Observatory
  43. Wikipedia - SOHO Space Telescope
  44. Wikipedia - Chandra X-ray Observatory
  45. Wikipedia - Odin Space Telescope
  47. Wikipedia - Spitzer Space Telescope
  48. Wikipedia - Swift
  49. Wikipedia - Fermi Space Telescope
  50. Wikipedia - Kepler Space Telescope
  51. Wikipedia - Planck Space Telescope
  52. Wikipedia - Herschel Space Telescope
  53. Wikipedia - WISE
  54. Wikipedia - IRIS
  55. Wikipedia - Gaia Space Telescope
  56. Wikipedia - Astrosat Space Telescope
  57. Wikipedia - List of exoplanet firsts
  58. Wikipedia - HD 114762 b
  59. Wikipedia - HD 114762 b (fr)
  60. Wikipedia - 51 Pegasi b
  61. Wikipedia - Formalhaut b
  62. Wikipedia - Dagon
  63. Wikipedia - WASP-12b
  64. Wikipedia - Kepler-7b
  65. Wikipedia - Kepler-11
  66. Wikipedia - Kepler-16b
  67. Wikipedia - Kepler-35b
  68. Wikipedia - Kepler-64b
  69. Wikipedia - Kepler-444
  70. Wikipedia - TRAPPIST-1
  71. Wikipedia - 911 Agamemnon
  72. Wikipedia - Apollo 8
  73. Wikipedia - Lunar Orbiter 5

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