Nearly 38 years to the day that it was lost at sea, the capsule of astronaut Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom was raised from the floor of the Atlantic ocean just north of the Bahamas. Grissom's spacecraft, Liberty Bell 7, was lost on July 21st, 1961 when the hatch prematurely blew after splashdown.

Grissom's mission was originally scheduled to be launched on July the18th, but was scrubbed because of bad weather. Rescheduled for the 19th at 7:00 AM, it was scrubbed again because of the weather forcing a two day delay because the liquid oxygen had already been loaded. When the mission eventually went, it was as smooth as Alan Shepard's previous sub-orbital flight on Freedom 7 until the hatch blew and the spacecraft sank.

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The spacecraft had remained at the bottom of the Atlantic until a recent salvage expedition sponsored by the Discovery Channel. The expedition had originally caught our attention because it was launched on April 20th, 1999, one of the repetitive "ritual dates" we have seen come up again and again in NASA's long history (see Table of "Coincidence"). The capsule was found in early May and when we heard that mid-July was the target for recovery, we were of course intrigued. Mid-July is awfully close to the 21st, but more importantly to the 20th, yet another critical ritual date that has sprung up in NASA lore. Most everyone is aware July 20th, 1969 is the date that Apollo 11 landed on the Moon and that man took his first steps on another world. It is also the date that Viking 1 achieved another human first, the first successful landing on Mars in 1976 (and yes, we did notice that in the "Flashback" segment of the July 20th, 1999 editions of CNN's "Headline News" they illustrated the Viking 1 mission by showing images of our old pal, the Face on Mars).

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Grissom is also a man whose story is filled with sad ironies and interesting twists. He was not only one of the original Mercury 7, but like many of them was a 33 Scottish Rite Freemason. Despite the accident, Grissom was slated to be the first man on the Moon. As commander of Apollo 1, he was tragically killed in the infamous fire that also took the lives of fellow astronauts Roger Chaffee and Ed White. This event took on a more dramatic turn earlier this year when the Grissom family charged that Gus and the other astronauts had in fact been murdered. Even a year prior to that, Enterprise principal investigator Richard Hoagland had asserted the same thing on the Art Bell radio program. This idea was not based on an investigation of the wreckage of Apollo 1, as the Grissom families claim was, but rather on the "usual suspects" --  the strange coincidence of the fire taking place at the same moment as a special White House space reception. A ceremony had been set up at the White House to commemorate the signing of the UN space treaty of 1967. Jim Lovell, commander of Apollo 13, noted that this coincidence was "weird" in his book "Lost Moon:"

"The invitation said 6:14 pm. It actually said that. Not 6:15, or 6:13, but 6:14. It was unclear to me what they were going to do with the extra minute."

What they were doing was setting it up so that the fire fell precisely in the middle of the signing ceremony.

As the fire roared through the command module and the doomed astronauts tried vainly to get out, the stars had already sealed their fate.

In the skies above Washington, as the ceremony was taking place, Alnitak in Orion's belt was at 33.

The view from the cape, where the test was being conducted and the fire had broken out revealed Comet Encke, the lead object in the Taurid Meteor stream, at 33. 

And at the then future Apollo 11 landing site, where Grissom would have taken those first steps into immortality, Alnitak in Orion's belt was dead on the horizon.

And the view from Giza, the linch pin of the entire NASA/Egypt/Masonic connection, found Alnilam at the magical tetrahedral location of 19.5.

All of this is richly symbolic and consistent with our previous decoding of NASA's celestial hi-jinks. To have Encke, the veritable embodiment of chaos and death in the Egyptian system, hanging over the Cape as the fire broke out is as strong an omen as one could find. The symbolic message of all this seems to be "A Mason is about to be sacrificed." But why was he sacrificed, and why is his memory now being "resurrected" on a ritual date?

Clearly, someone in the Johnson White House was not in favor of having one of Kennedy's men be the first on the moon. To prevent it, they took the risk of killing the entire program (assuming that was not the whole objective in the first place). The "owls" it seems, were more than willing to end the lives of three hero's to make sure the "right" people got to the moon first.

Against this backdrop of suspicions, we watched the unfolding events in the Atlantic closely even as the rest of the nation focused on the tragic death of JFK Jr.

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Liberty Bell 7 was found north of the Bahamas and raised more than 3 miles from the sea bed in a slow, excruciating manner. When the spacecraft finally did crack the surface it was 2:15 AM on the 20th, and we had our trusty copies of Red Shift 2 armed and ready.

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Finding Orion's belt star Mintaka at 19.5 below the horizon when viewed from the recovery site was not at all unexpected. This recovery had the smell of a ritual procedure written all over it from the beginning. What was surprising was when we cycled through the usual "temples" set up by NASA around the solar system, and found even more correlation's.

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At the same moment at Giza, Regulus, the "heart of the lion" and representative of the Egyptian god Horus, was 19.5 over the plateau ...

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... And on Mars, at the Viking 2 landing site, we found Sirius (Isis) at 33 below the horizon.

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We found yet another interesting alignment at Cydonia itself, with the comet Encke, the lead object in the Taurid meteor stream, at -19.5.

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So in essence, the "Resurrection" of Grissom's capsule took place at a specific time and place so that all of the key gods in the ancient Egyptian pantheon could observe from "sacred positions" in the heavens. This overwhelmingly symbolic act was played out before Osiris, the god of resurrection, at the site of the recovery. Horus, the son of Osiris was at Giza, Isis, mother of Horus and wife/sister of Osiris was at the Viking 2 site, and Set, as represented by Taurus/Encke was at Cydonia. In the years that we have been tracking this NASA/Egypt connection, rarely if ever have we seen such a complete roll call of the Gods of the Nile.

Another key point here is that each of these gods are intricately interwoven with each other in the myths. It is not as if we have just pulled a god from over here and one from another era and claimed a connection. Isis, Osiris, Set, and Horus are all part of the same story, all from the same mysterious "Zep-Tepi" (The First Time) for which even the Egyptians themselves have no clear recollection.

This all smacks of long term plan, a predilection for ritual and reverence that can only be described as compulsive. As if to reinforce the point that this is all about cycles and repetition, the expedition made sure that they brought the capsule back to Port Canaveral on the 21st, 38 years to the day that it had left on its sub-orbital voyage.

Given that Grissom was robbed of his place as the first man on the Moon by the Apollo 1 fire ( a position for which he was selected by Kennedy's NASA appointees), this set of correlations is chilling. The position of Encke at Cydonia is especially interesting. As we head into the November passage through the Taurid Meteor Stream, why the sudden need to "resurrect" the fallen Masonic hero on the same weekend that Kennedy's son was lost in an apparent accident? What cycle is about to be completed?