Was the «Black Prince»?

This strange story began for me in a deep childhood. I remember as now — sitting in a room reading a novel AP Kazantsev "Faetians." In addition to other literary delights, in the novel, in particular, there is one curious episode. In high-Earth orbit, astronauts (of course, Soviet! Novel itself was written in 1972, and of course, the "Faetians" more than once emphasized the fact of our superiority in space) investigate some mysterious celestial object — an object known as the "Black Prince" (" PE ").

After an external reference astronaut gets inside the object and removes a number of artifacts of regular geometric shape. As it later turns out that the alien … "An interesting plot device" — I thought. However, the author's notion here was minimal …

Something circling Earth …

Much later, in the modern, post-Soviet, Russian, I learned that, most likely, the "Black Prince" there really is!

So, what was known was significantly (from unofficial sources)?

In 1955, astronomers at the Earth's orbit have recorded a strange object, the maximal diameter of about 10 meters, ovoid (egg-shaped) form, presumably coated graphite — that is almost completely black. The object was clearly visible in the background, or the moon, or when he closed the stars … Since ovoid (it was called the "Black Prince") was seen in the two years before the launch of the first artificial satellite, immediately there was a logical assumption of extraterrestrial origin … it is estimated that object approached the orbit altitude of 26 000 to 80 000 km.

But the most interesting — "Prince" was flying against the rotation of the Earth! (Usually all boosters fly during rotation. This gives a good boost in speed — for example, start with the equator — more than 450 meters per second.) And again, "The Black Prince" flew in a disadvantageous orbit — which meant that he launched the most powerful missile, for which 450 meters per second — a trifle and trifle …
Or the fact that he came from the outside. From the far, outer, space …

A date with a mystery

November 9, 1967 the U.S. launched a spacecraft with three astronauts on board. The names of the crew members are unknown so far. Call them, say, 1, 2 and 3. The ship changed orbit twice before entered the path of rapprochement. November 12th ship hovered, to level the orbital velocity of 55 meters from the "Black Prince." "Emergency" was completely black, and the volume of the orbital "aristocracy" was about 1820 cubic meters. Of course, there could be no question about how to deliver the entire artifact on Earth. Too big …

2 and 3 astronauts went into space and using jetpacks suits, slowly circled the "Black Prince." No survey has been conducted, in order to avoid radio coverage of the Soviet Union or any other country. Astronauts were photographing and filming a special device. Engines and windows at the "state of emergency" was not (and perhaps could not find), but on closer inspection found a door covered with impenetrable armor, like a turtle …

Somehow he managed to open … Astronaut 2 cautiously went inside … However, what he saw, is not known. The American ship had been delivered a few small items and … mummy. All this was successfully returned to Earth. Apparently, the "Black Prince" was not just quickly leave the astronauts, but also mined (small nuclear charge) …

Because in 1970, this facility has been undermined in orbit, so that no one (in those years — the only Soviet cosmonauts) were not visited on board the "Black Prince" … radiological methods was determined the age of the "space" mummy — about 10 000 years. Artifacts studied in laboratories on Earth were very similar to the products of masters of ancient Egypt, but performed at a higher level of technology … what exactly are the "Black Prince"? The tomb of the great Pharaoh, running at a very high orbit thousands of years ago? That explains the lack of windows. But why the hatch? Clearly, you first need to be placed inside the mummy, but why then the entrance aperture was not bricked? Supposed to visit the grave of heaven? I wonder — what?

"PE" — just a modern fairy tale?

It is likely … But try to understand what was possible in this story. So, November 9, 1967 in the U.S. was launched automatic ship "Apollo 4" ("A-4"). This was to develop apparatus designed for a flight to the moon, to remove up to 400,000 km from Earth. It turns out that the "A-4" could easily "visit" "Black Prince." The crew … also, apparently, could be on the board, however, for conspiracy, the astronauts would have flown in silence (not together, of course, but without radio communication with Earth.)

Difficult, but also achievable, the more that I could apply a special radio code in a dialog with the Earth. "Apollo" is actively increasing the height of its orbit maneuver. Jet engines for spacewalk by Americans had already been used. Another detail — it turns out that the "A-4" was the first ship of the new series (such as "Apollo"), which flew astronauts — a full crew — three. And immediately with an unusual mission: to catch up in the space that is not known and it is unclear how to investigate … Feel? Certainly.

But here's a stubborn fact: December 21, 1968 U.S. to overtake the Soviet Union, to launch lunar orbiting spacecraft "Apollo-8", the official version, only the second ship of the "moon" series with the crew! Except for small thrusters and maneuvering, with a single traction (power which allows the ship to return to Earth) engine! If the engine failed, the three astronauts would forever remain in orbit of the moon or lost in the depths of the universe … But, if it was implemented such an adventurous expedition, you may have a chance, and a manned mission to "Apollo-4"? Consequently, the "Black Prince" could exist? Another mystery of the cosmos and space …

Vladimir Gracia

Abnormal News № 25 (601) 2012

Category: UFOs and aliens

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