NASA Whistleblower Ken Johnston donates copies of Apollo missions archive to Roswell UFO Research Center

By Karen Christine Patrick 
June 3, 2016

(This press release is available on with pictures)

Roswell, NM - Dr. Ken Johnston Sr, whistleblower and witness to the image manipulation at NASA in Houston during the Apollo days, is donating a copy of his book series, “KEN’S MOON.” The the three-book series includes the archives of Apollo mission photos he obtained during his tenure working at the Lunar Receiving Lab in Houston, Texas at the Johnson Space Center. Included in the donation is other information about Ken Johnston and video clips of interviews he has done over the years, including a BBC TV program that was filmed at the Smithsonian. 

Ken's archives has been of interest to researchers for decades because of the interesting artifacts and anomalies that have been found on these early-edition lunar photographs. 

Johnston was interviewed in the made-for-tv movie, “Aliens on the Moon” on the Syfy channel that aired in 2014. 

Johnston's books and archives are being donated to the International UFO Museum & Research Center in Roswell, New Mexico. The city of Roswell has embraced its place in the history of UFOs and has become a gathering place for people interested in ufology and extraterrestrial life. The UFO conference held 4th of July weekend, brings in top-level researchers and speakers. The growing collection of material for research into ufology at the center is world reknowned.

What makes Ken Johnston’s archive particularly interesting to researchers is because it was created right during the busy days of the Apollo missions. Most researchers today only have access to the current database of images that are in electronic format. Researchers have noted, there are significant differences between images in Ken’s archives and what is available to the public. Johnston is an eyewitness to NASA personnel scrubbing out details of photos and painting over the stars in the sky.

When Johnston was working at the Lunar Receiving Lab at the Johnson Space Center, for reasons that have never been adequately explained, NASA officials ordered the destruction of five full sets of the irreplaceable photos of the missions that had been kept for use and study by scientists and NASA employees.

Johnston argued with his boss because he thought that the extra sets of photos could be shared with universities and scientific institutions. Because his boss expressly stated, “I don't care what you do, just get rid of them,” Ken had found his loophole for keeping two sets, one set that he gave to a university has all but disappeared, The other he kept for his own records. Three sets of photos went into the dumpsters behind the building as ordered. He's kept this set over many years and shared them with various researchers.

In 2015, Johnston met with researchers Bret Colin Sheppard and Karen Christine Patrick of the Lunar Anomaly Research Society, a group on Facebook. Members of the group study artifacts and anomalies found in lunar photographs including ancient structures, modern technology, and UFO craft seen on the moon. ( )

Johnston, Sheppard, and Patrick became Team “KEN’S MOON”  named after the book series. Together, they put the information into ebook format which has now been published as Ken’s autobiography, a catalog of mission reports, and the photographic archive. These are all available on the website

In thinking of the different ways to preserve this material, one day it occurred to the team that it would be an excellent idea to donate a set of copies of the books to the International UFO Museum and Research Center in Roswell, New Mexico so that the archives could be available to patrons of the research center, on permanent display.

About Team “KEN’S MOON”

Dr. Ken Johnston Sr was a marine pilot and one of four Civilian Astronaut Consultant Pilots for NASA where he tested spacesuits and other equipment as his first consulting job for NASA.  Later, he became a primary trainer for astronauts to learn the systems of the Lunar Module (LM) that eventually was used to land on the moon during the Apollo missions. His last position with NASA was working in the Lunar Receiving Lab. Ken currently is retired and works as a leader in the Civil Air Patrol in New Mexico. “KEN’S MOON” the book series, is about Ken’s human experience and of his collection of historical Apollo mission photographs.

Bret Colin Sheppard is the progenitor of  the Lunar Anomaly Research Society (LARS) and has been researching lunar anomalies for many years. Bret is the graphic consultant on the project and did the layouts for the “KEN’S MOON” series of books. Bret is an artist, photo analyst, and is working on a book that will be published in 2017 called “Digital Moon” a book about his journey into studying lunar photography.

Karen Christine Patrick was the editor of the “KEN’S MOON” created the website for the project, and published the book on Karen is a consultant with the organization, The Dr. Edgar Mitchell Foundation for Research into Extraterrestrial Encounters ( and co-hosts an internet radio show about experiencers, people who have been abducted or are contactees. She interviews researchers on the topics of ufology and exopolitics. The shows can be heard at the network's website, Aquarian

About the International UFO Museum and Research Center

The Roswell UFO Museum is a 501c3 non-profit educational organization with the mission of educating the general public on all aspects of the UFO phenomena. The museum maintains its position as the serious side of the UFO phenomena. 

The museum is located at 114 North Main Street, Roswell, New Mexico, telephone number: 1-575-625-9495


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Anomalies found by Bret Colin Sheppard, Anomalist in photos in the archive of Ken Johnston:



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The story of Ken Johnston’s archive of historic NASA photos and his decision to go public with evidence of the manipulation of those images from the Apollo moon missions is the stuff of legend in the alternative history community. The basic story is that Ken discovered a disturbing situation in the secret halls of our hallowed space agency. At the Lunar Receiving Laboratory, Ken was the Director of the Data and Photo Control Department, responsible for all the photographs and data generated by the contributing scientists from around the world. He also produced and edited the NASA Lunar Sample Information Catalog for each of the Lunar landing missions.

One day, Ken enters the room where he sees strange activity. Given that he feels a sense of responsibility for the integrity of the NASA collection, he inquires as to what is going on. He spoke with several people who called themselves “strippers” because they were stripping out details in lunar images that might be hard to explain. That day, they were at the task of painting out the stars in particular lunar images. The unusually lame excuse given was that the stars in the lunar sky would “confuse people.” This was alarming for Ken to discover. He found out also that “smudging out” anomalies on images was commonplace.

Ken’s story could be counted as a minority report in NASA’s branded panorama of American heroics. The US Government and the American people had allocated significant financial and other resources toward the goal of reaching the moon at the behest of our young President Kennedy. The idea was to see what was there, to share that information to the world, and elevate the knowledge of mankind. To discover that the artifacts of that effort might have been manipulated was highly disappointing. It is this scenario being asserted by Ken Johnston, the very human being, who at one time, had watch over the chain of evidence. Ken saves, for his personal work profile, a set of photo prints that become "Ken's Archive", now a legendary legacy, here now presented to the public.



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