Article by Katy Forrester and Emma Parry June 17, 2020 (thesun.co.uk)
• Bob Oechsler, 71, who worked as a mission specialist for NASA in the 1970s and used his expertise in robotics to study the UFO phenomena, died on June 6th. Oechsler worked on the docking collar of the Apollo-Soyuz project, the first international space mission between Russian and the US, plus several other deep space projects.
• Oechsler claimed to have been invited to be a consultant for NASA’s ill-fated ‘Cosmic Journey Project’, intended to be a traveling exhibition featuring a full-scale mock-up of a space shuttle. The exhibition was to include a ‘UFOs and extraterrestrials’ exhibit. He claimed to have had meetings with top Pentagon brass about the exhibit. One enthusiastic general suggested “showing an alien/ET corpse in a cryogenic tank.”
• “The general described the tank as a space-age looking coffin with blue tube lighting inside the clear lexan cover, propped up at an angle so it wouldn’t look so much like a casket,” Oechsler said. “It seems (the general) was concerned about using the real thing versus a mock-up…” The general asked Oechsler how it might be presented to show the public that it was a real ET corpse. Oechsler suggested that “it could be authenticated with official plaques of some sort… a companion autopsy report with color photographs” to help the credibility aspect. “As a matter of fact,” said Oechsler, “I got the impression they had a lot of (alien) bodies to choose from.” The project was shelved in the early 1990s for budget reasons.
• Oechsler said that in 1989, he spoke with former Director of Naval Intelligence and Deputy Director of the CIA, Admiral Bobby Ray Inman who informed him that the US Government had possession of technology of non-human origin. In a recorded telephone conversation, Oechsler asked the Admiral: “Do you anticipate that any of the recovered (UFO) vehicles would ever become available for technological research? Outside of the military circles?” Admiral Inman replied, “I honestly don’t know. Ten years ago the answer would have been no. Whether as time has evolved they are beginning to become more open about it, there’s a possibility.”
• Oechsler was assigned to analyze video footage of a lantern-shaped UFO. Working from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, Oechsler concluded the UFO was not a radio-controlled model. Oechsler also investigated a Canadian UFO sighting when a family watched a UFO land in their field.
• In an interview with BBC Radio 1 in 2007, he described a UFO he’d been shown as “… about a 30 foot diameter disk shaped craft. It had a small dome around the center portion. There were protruding flanges equidistant around the outer edge.”
• Directors of the shelved NASA project later denied that Oechsler ever worked for the project, and that the proposed exhibition was always planned to feature only mock-ups of aliens and flying saucers. In fact, NASA denied almost everything about Oechsler.
• Oechsler’s work in the field of UFOlogy in the 1980s and 1990s shot him to worldwide fame as he investigated a series of high-profile cases. British crop circle investigator, Colin Andrews, told The Sun, “I presented with him on several occasions in a number of countries. Bob’s research was greatly respected.”
Ex-mission specialist Bob Oechsler, who worked for the US space programme in the 1970s, used his expertise in
robotics to study the UFO phenomena and made some startling discoveries.
Oechsler, 71, died on June 6 after a two and a half year battle against lung cancer.
According to an online obituary, he “passed away peacefully surrounded by family” in Edgewater, Maryland.
He leaves behind wife Kristen and children Dan, Tracey and Skylar, along with two grandsons and siblings.
Colin Andrews, a well-known British crop circle investigator, told The Sun: “My sincere condolences to the family and friends of well known UFO researcher Bob Oechsler.
“I presented with him on several occasions in a number of countries. Bob’s research was greatly respected.”
Bob worked on the docking collar of the Apollo-Soyuz project, the first international space mission between Russian and the US, plus several other deep space projects.
But his work in the field of UFOlogy in the 1980s and 1990s shot him to worldwide fame as he investigated a series of high-profile cases.
Bob was allegedly invited to be a consultant for the Nasa-backed ‘Cosmic Journey Project’, a travelling exhibition featuring a full scale mock-up of a space shuttle and space camp.
One third of the exhibition was to feature UFOs and extraterrestrials, including a 600-seat auditorium that became a Bio-Tech spaceship and a UFO pre-show area with interactive kiosks.
Bob claimed he had meetings with top brass from the Pentagon who backed the project. Recalling an alleged discussion he had with a general in Washington, Bob claimed their talk involved an “exhibit showing an alien/ET corpse in a cryogenic tank”.
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