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FALLING STAR

by

Philip Chen

Copyrighted © 2010 Philip M. Chen

2011 Revision

This book is based in small part on real events; any descriptions of such events are fictional.  All characters in this work are fictitious and not based on any one person or persons. Any resemblance to real people, living or not, is absolutely coincidental.

Copyrighted © 2010 by Philip Chen

All Rights Reserved

(Including all reproduction rights

in any form whatsoever and in

all media that exists today or

may exist in the future,

in part or in whole.)

Published by

Eight East Lawn Strategic Consulting, LLC.

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ISBN: 145389845X

EAN-13: 9781453898451

ASIN: B003YCPK4C

Cover Image © Tomo.Yun

(www.yunphoto.net/en/)

 

 

Contents
Foreword
1967: First Encounter
1967: The Investigation Begins
1967: Mike
1967: Found
1967: Free Swimming
1969: Face to Face
1970-1993: The Intervening Years
1993: The Silence Ends
1993: Awakening
1993: The Coffee Shop
1993: Mildred
1993: Somewhere in Minnesota
1993: Call to Duty
1993: Missing in Action
1993: Ambush
1970: The Navajo
1993: Identification
1993: Des Moines
1993: Watching
1993: Defection
1993: Dimitri
1993: The Uncloaking
1993: Closing In
1993: Clarity
1993: War
1993: Martha
1993: The Future

 

 

Foreword

 

 

"What if all of us in the world discovered that we were threatened by an outer -- power from outer space -- from another planet."
The Honorable Ronald Reagan
President
United States of America
(Chicago, May 5, 1988)

Nature abhors a vacuum; particularly a political vacuum. The collapse of the Soviet empire has provoked such a vacuum.

The Russian nuclear missile threat has diminished. Sunken Soviet submarines lie on the ocean floor, slowly bleeding their radioactivity into the sea. The hastily contrived tomb of what was once Chernobyl crumbles away, creating homes for vermin and winged predators.

With the demise of the Russian nuclear missile force, the attention of American defense scientists and engineers suddenly turned away from Earth to the stars. We're now told that asteroids and comets crashing through the heavens will wreak havoc on Earth, ending life as we know it.

Nemesis. Is the impending terrestrial collision with a five-mile wide asteroid flung into the Earth's orbit by a dwarf star called Nemesis real, imagined, or a handy means of disguising something else? Something so horrific that even the ones standing watch would rather not comprehend. Why else would the defense establishment continue to pump the nation's increasingly scarce financial resources into Star Wars technology ostensibly meant to counter a Soviet missile onslaught, now believed to be have been forever abated.

The juxtaposition of the death star Nemesis and the demise of the Soviet empire must be placed in its proper context. Certain disparate events from the last several decades need to be analyzed.

The United States Navy suddenly intensified its series of geomagnetic profiling flights in the late sixties. Using specially equipped Lockheed P-3B Orions, these flights paid special attention to the Caribbean Sea and the persistent rumors of magnetic anomalies in this region. Aviators reported that their compasses could not be depended upon when flying routes through this area. Some actually became disoriented, crashing into the sea.

About the same time, the United States government launched an extraordinary effort to probe the hydrosphere, the Earth's vast and unforgiving oceans. It was called the "last frontier." These studies were also concentrated in an area located off the coast of the United States in the Caribbean, just south of Bermuda.

Research funds poured forth as though someone had opened King Midas' vaults. Then, just as quickly, the funding dried to a meager trickle. There continued to be rumors from time to time of secret projects. Occasionally, a scientific paper would disclose an event that suggested massive oceanographic research was still underway.

In the early seventies the public was surprised by the accidental unveiling of the
Glomar Explorer
. The
Glomar Explorer
was a mysterious ship, ostensibly designed to conduct deep ocean drilling. Its cover as a deep sea drilling platform was blown when newspapers published accounts of non-drilling equipment on its decks. When confronted, the American government retorted that the
Glomar Explorer
had a simple mission: retrieve sunken Russian submarines.

It seemed that the borders of the last frontier had shut for all time, but not without the news of the so-called "Morrow Affair," news that was quickly disavowed. Even today the official word is that there was no Morrow Affair, that no anomalous magnetic signature was ever recorded in the Caribbean or anywhere else, for that matter, and that the
Glomar Explorer
was built only to salvage sunken Soviet submarines.

About the same time, NASA began several ambitious programs to explore deep space. Radio telescopes probed the heavens for errant radio signals. Called SETI, the program searched for intelligent life. Plans for Hubble were started and deep space probes were accelerated. It seemed the nation urgently needed to prove that life was unique to this planet. The event called Roswell continues to dominate national debate, despite the government's best efforts to cover it up -- it was after all "just a weather balloon."

Attention has been given to the heavens not for just scientific reasons, but for military ones as well. The need for a manned space station became a critical component of the military mission -- the need for "high ground." The United States military concerned itself with attacks from putative Russian missiles fired from orbiting launch stations -- an event leading to the development of Star Wars technology.

With the advent of the nineties the Russian military system collapsed, suddenly the Russian bear wasn't so fearsome anymore. The demise of the ursine threat did not abate the need for this missile-intercepting technology. Despite the urgent need for deficit reduction and the fundamental redirection of all the world's major economies, neither Star Wars nor Space Station Freedom has suffered deep cut-backs.

Nemesis now sits where Khrushchev once banged his shoe on the lectern wood.

 

 

1967: First Encounter

0900 Hours: Monday, March 20, 1967: Somewhere Over the Atlantic Ocean, West of Bermuda

Buffeted by surprisingly gusty winds for a brilliantly clear day, the propeller-driven Lockheed P-3B Orion bumped along just one hundred feet above the turbulent ocean surface.  Creaking squeals of metal rubbing against metal bared the struggle of the aluminum machine; fighting to stay airborne against the unrelenting pounding and shifting forces of nature.

As if the low-pitched groans and twisted squeaks of the anguished metal structure weren't enough, the harnessed men on the Orion were violently tossed about by the constantly changing winds of March.

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