In the late 19th century, Nikola Tesla built and operated a high-voltage receiver in Colorado Springs. In 1899, he started to pickup strange signals which he speculated were “intelligently controlled signals” that originated “from another world.” While his advanced equipment allowed him to be the first to make this type of statement, he certainly wouldn’t be the last. Starting in the 1930’s, astronomers began reporting similar findings. In 1953, Dr. Lincoln La Paz of the University of New Mexico stated that he believed that he had found the source when he sighted a satellite in space.
The following year, newspapers, including the St. Louis Post Dispatch and the San Francisco Examiner, reported an announcement from the US Air Force that two satellites were found to be orbiting the Earth. At that time, man did not yet possess the ability to launch objects in Earth’s orbit.
That changed in 1957 when the USSR launched Sputnik 1. The Russians reported that the mystery satellite, which by that time had become known as the Black Knight, was “shadowing” Sputnik 1. Later that year, Dr. Luis Corralos of the Communications Ministry in Venezuela photographed it while taking pictures of Sputnik II as it passed over Caracas.
By the beginning of the next decade, both the US and the USSR had their own satellites in orbit. But on February 11, 1960, newspapers everywhere reported something shocking: that somebody else also had something in orbit. A radar screen had detected a foreign object that wasn’t claimed by the Americans or the Soviets. It was described as a dark, tumbling object.
3 years later, astronaut Gordon Cooper reported seeing a greenish UFO while on board Mercury 9. This time, it was also witnessed on the radar screens by approximately 100 people at NASA’s Muchea Tracking Station near Perth, Australia. Later, an official explanation was supplied that stated that Cooper’s electronics malfunctioned, and he breathed in too much CO2 which gave him hallucinations.
The Black Knight had generated plenty of interest by this time, and in 1973, Scottish researcher Duncan Lunan went back to earlier data collected by Norwegian scientists. This data had originally been gathered in 1928, when the scientists received echoes several seconds after making a transmission. Lunan’s deeper analysis of the data discovered that it was a star chart pointing to Epsilon Boötis, a double star in the constellation of Boötes. His belief was that the Black Knight was transmitting a 12,600 years old invitation from someone in Epsilon Boötis.
As recently as 1998, the Black Knight was back in the news when the space shuttle Endeavor made its first flight to the International Space Station. Astronauts aboard took many photographs of a strange object, which were widely available to the public on the NASA website. But soon all of the photographs had disappeared. They reappeared some time later with various descriptions explaining them all away as pieces of debris or space junk.
Both the US and the Russian governments have acknowledged at least the possibility of the existence of the Black Knight. While we still don’t know what the object is, it’s up there right now, tumbling through space just above the atmosphere.