Unsettling secrets about space agencies

Are you curious about some of the untold stories of space agencies? Read on to learn about some of the mysterious things

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Once again, we are living in the era of the Space Race. The interstellar conflict has carved itself out of the ashes of the Cold War into the 21st century. Our global leaders are readying to lock horns in a duel. Other me to win cosmic supremacy.

The current Space Race is much longer than the one between the United States and the Soviet Union in the 1900s. Today, dozens of candidates are eager to touch the sky with their national flags or company logos. . From Beijing to Bavaria, Bangalore to Jeff Bezos’ boardroom, plans are being drawn up, and spacecraft designs are being finalized.

But with the abundance of space agencies, there are countless scandals. Many Listverse writers have told of NASA’s dubious history before, but for some reason, they chose to ignore America’s aerospace rivals. Shocking. After all, these organizations are clamoring to leave. Behind the raised front of the ISRO or the curved white exterior of the European Space Agency, there are all sorts of tortuous misconduct. Here are some of the worst secrets that plague space agencies today.

Indian Aerospace Director Proclaims He Was Poisoned

Until recently, Tapan Mishra was a senior figure in the Indian aerospace industry. While at ISRO, India’s national space agency, he was involved in surveillance satellite technology. But in 2017, the scientist claimed he was the victim of an assassination attempt after someone tried to poison him.

On May 23, Mishra alleged that he was fed a poisoned snack at ISRO’s headquarters in Bangalore. The scientist suffered acute blood loss due to the poison. The next day he was taken to the hospital for treatment. He has experienced severe medical problems, including difficulty breathing, skin breakouts, and lack of oxygen.

It was later revealed that Mishra had been poisoned with arsenic trioxide. With this information, the doctors could proceed with treatment and save Mishra’s life. Mishra says his treatment lasted for two years. During that time, he was sacked as the Space Applications Center (SAC) director.

Mishra claims that other efforts have been made toward his life. The former director said he survived the explosion in his lab when the SAC caught fire. He also alleges that someone left poisonous snakes in his house. [first]

Israel’s Security Director Believes In The “Galaxy League” Of Aliens

A former Israeli security chief has communicated about a foreign conspiracy he believes led to the US President. Haim Ashed, who previously headed a cosmology doctorate from the Israeli Ministry of Defense, is said to have contacts with key officials on Earth, a “Galactic Federation.”

He told the Yediot Aheronot newspaper that the aliens hoped to understand more about humanity. Astronauts are said to have scoured the universe in search of information about “the make-up of the universe.”

Ashed explained to a shocked journalist that American officials had teamed up with extraterrestrial explorers to build an “underground base in the depths of Mars.” He claims that Donald Trump is about to uncover a cosmic conspiracy during his presidency. But the former president was instructed to keep quiet to prevent mass frenzy.

“The unidentified flying objects have requested not to announce that they are here,” Escher explained. “Humanity is not ready yet.” 

Mysterious deaths in Russia’s Star City hospital

In 2020, Russia’s State Health Service became the subject of a suspicious investigation after three doctors fell out of a hospital window for nine days. Two died; The other person was hospitalized with a broken skull.

The first, Natalya Lebedeva, was the head of the emergency medical services team at Star City – the training ground for Russian cosmonauts. When the Covid-19 outbreak began, Lebedeva is said to have treated Moscow’s first coronavirus patient. But the astronaut doctor soon fell ill with the virus itself. On April 20, the 48-year-old man was taken to the Federal Scientific Clinical Center in Moscow. Just four days after the treatment, Lebedeva collapsed from the sixth-floor window of the hospital. She died instantly.

The hospital turned Lebedeva’s death into a terrible accident. But two more doctors fell from the hospital’s window a few days later. Yelena Nepomnashchaya, a senior doctor in Siberia, collapsed in the middle of a conference call. He was taken to the hospital, but he tragically died after a week of intensive care.

Ambulance doctor Alexander Shulepov is being treated at Novusmanskaya Hospital after contracting Covid-19. Less than two weeks before the fall, he posted a video online claiming that hospital officials had forced him to work despite being ill with the virus.

Secret Space Cannons of the Soviet Cold War

The Kremlin was rife with paranoia at the height of the Cold War. Soviet officials were concerned that the US was about to attack their prized spacecraft. So in the 1970s, they produced an artillery weapon that could work in space.

The Soviet space cannon was a very secret project. Designed by Aaron Richter, the R-23M Cartec can fire thousands of rounds per minute. The 14.5 mm cannon fires 200 grams of ammunition at a speed of 690 meters per second. In-ground testing, the weapon is said to have penetrated a metal canister from a mile away.

One of the Soviet Union’s most ranked projects during the Cold War, scientists aboard the Almaz space station installed the R-23M Kartec as a self-defense weapon. Almaz, named after the Russian term for diamond, is a military outpost at the edge of Earth’s atmosphere equipped with sophisticated spying technology.

During the Cold War, the Kremlin denied maintaining a weaponized reconnaissance station. But decades later, it was revealed that he had not only built a space cannon but had also fired it into space. Soviet officers conducted a test fire on January 24, 1975, in which about 20 projectiles were fired into the atmosphere. They also fired the ship’s jet engines to balance the recoil.

Test results have never been made publicly available. However, when updating the Almaz design, the Soviet Union decided to replace the cannon with a pair of interceptor missiles. 

Japanese space agencies were involved in the bribery scandal

In 2018, Japanese officials raided Japan’s national space agency JAXA over a political scandal. Kazuki Kawabata was arrested for bribery. He was accused and later convicted of taking bribes from chief executive Koji Taniguchi.

Taniguchi won and dined with the politician several times while on loan to JAXA. He gave Kawabata $1.4 million worth of food and drink (equivalent to $13,000). In return, Kawabata helped him with various favors. This included convincing astronaut Satoshi Furukawa to attend an event at Tokyo Medical University. Kawabata is currently serving a 3-year suspended prison sentence for his deception.

Jim Bridenstine NASA’s Controversial Administrator

Jim Bridenstine is one of the numerous controversial people who led the US space agency. The former politician drew tremendous criticism when he became an administrator of NASA. After a demanding selection process, he gave up the role in 2018.

A climate change skeptic, Bridenstine hates America. He was also slammed for his lack of scientific knowledge. Until recently, NASA was almost always led by someone with a background in science. Bridenstine is seen as an interventionist politician. People were worried that he would try to commercialize NASA. However, after three successful years as head of NASA, he resigned in 2021.

Hackers hacked four satellites.

Flying through the atmosphere is a potential weapon web. Today many satellites orbiting the Earth are exposed to cyber-attacks. Companies like SpaceX and OneWeb have swelled to fill the skies with satellite brands. But amid all that fuss, cyber experts say they’ve overlooked the security issue of their spacecraft.

Who comprehends what havoc they could cause if hackers get into these satellites? On the one hand, they could disable spacecraft or jam their signals, which would be a nightmare for us on Earth. But, even more worryingly, they could take control of the satellite’s propulsion and steer it into something.

NASA has repeatedly been the victim of satellite hackers. In 1998, hackers took control of ROSAT, a project cooperating with the German Aerospace Center. They compelled the satellite to point its solar panels directly at the Sun. This caused its battery to bottle and burn ROSAT, which crashed on Earth in 2011. 

Return of Britain’s Secret Rocket Park

Westcott Ventre Park, Britain’s shadowy Cold War analysis center, is coming to life. During the stalemate of the 20th century, Westcott was home to a UK rocket research facility. There, scientists made all kinds of pioneering discoveries. Most notably, he developed the engine for the Skylark rocket. Between 1957 and 2005, about 450 Skylark rockets were launched into space. Spacecraft historian Doug Millard named the spacecraft “an unsung British hero.”

After the ending of the Cold War, Westcott Venture Park was defunct for decades. But nowadays, the secretive research center is back after an £8 million ($11 million) acquisition by the UK Space Agency. Engineers are said to be functioning on hybrid engines for supersonic cars, powering space probes, and building rocket engines that absorb liquid oxygen from the air. 

Indian governments falsely accused scientists of espionage

Rocket scientist, Nambi Narayanan’s world is turned upside down when the Indian government accuses him of being a spy. In 1994, South Asian authorities arrested a refrigeration engineering expert. He accused them of conspiring with Pakistan to steal technology. The press reported that two honey traps trapped him in the Maldives. Narayanan was thrashed by interrogators, locked up with a serial killer, and hated by people all over the country. The tension drove his wife crazy.

But, two years later, the case against Narayanan was revealed. The local government fabricated the whole thing. The scientist has compensated 18 million rupees ($250,000). In 2018, the Supreme Court extended an investigation into his fake arrest.

Global leader launch space militarization program

Until recently, the concept of ​​a militarized space force was something that existed only in the realm of science fiction. Semi-autonomous laser-firing spacecraft and satellites seem like strange fantasies. But now, space is a field for international conflict. Both Russia and China are rumored to have military capabilities in outer space. Now, the US and France have also launched their space forces.

In 2019, Donald Trump founded a new branch of the US armed forces: the Space Force. The exact nature of the Space Force remains unclear. But Trump claims he will defend American interests on the battlefield of heaven. “Space is the newest battleground in the world,” he said at an event in Maryland. “Among the grave threats to national security, America’s preponderance in space is critical.” 

Months later, France’s Emmanuel Macron revealed plans to establish a “senior commander in freedom.” On the eve of Bastille, the European chief declared that the French Air Force would be renamed the Air and Space Defense Force. French Defense Minister Florence Parly told reporters she expected to have weaponized satellites in orbit by 2030. Parley announced that the spacecraft would be armed with machine guns or weapons. high power laser. 

But some experts worry that these increased stresses could have disastrous consequences. Mark Gubrud is a physicist and Professor of Peace, War, and Defense at the University of North Carolina. He stresses that the actions of global leaders are drawing dangerously close to an arms race in space. He warned that this chain of events could end in “destabilization and nuclear war.”

“I am calling for a new campaign for space weapons control,” Gubrud told reporters. “There is no war in space. There are no weapons in space. There are no weapons aimed at space.”