Ken Johnston Sr was one of four Civilian Astronaut Consultant Pilots from the Apollo Moon Program. Ken is a retired aerospace worker, served as a US Marine, and is a well-known NASA Whistleblower. Ken is well known because he was a witness to history, to NASA image manipulation, and he saved an archive of early Apollo-era photos that are original to the time before NASA digitized and created an on-line database of images. Johnston used a loophole in the orders he was given to destroy five sets of 10"x8" glossy photo prints from the Apollo program. When he worked in the Data and Photo Control Lab in Houston during the moon missions, he saved a set for his own records. His archive is prized by researchers and lunar anomaly hunters because it has been discovered that there has been an intentional, systematic, physical and digital manipulation of NASA imagery and media in order to cover up what was found on the moon and recorded in film and photos by the Apollo astronauts.
Johnston was born at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, in 1942, grew up in Texas and Oklahoma, and studied at The Oklahoma Military Academy, and Oklahoma City University before he enlisted in the military. Ken enlisted in the US Marines in August 1962 and reported to Pensacola as a Marine Aviation Cadet for flight training in September 1964. Before Ken left the USMC in 1966, he had earned his FAA Pilot's License as a Single and Multi-Engine Instrument Rated Flight Instructor and was a qualified avionics technician.
Johnston was hired by The Grumman Aerospace Corporation that was the principal contractor for the Apollo Lunar Module. His job was to assist with cockpit instrument development and training in Houston, Texas. His title at the time of his hiring was "Civilian Astronaut Consultant Pilot," one of four such men, receiving much of the same training as astronaut candidates, but especially giving feedback to the engineers on the development of systems. Then, Johnston assisted in training astronauts on the use of the systems of the Lunar Module in a giant, vacuum-sealed pressure chamber with the LTA-8 Lunar Lander, used as a simulator. Johnston has the record for the most number of hours spent in the LTA-8 simulator, currently now on display at the Smithsonian Institute, working to solve all kinds of problems that might arise during the actual missions.
When Apollo 11 touched down, the mission goals changed at NASA and Johnston was re-assigned to a different contractor as part of the NASA effort. From 1969 to 1972, still during the moon landings, Johnston was employed by Brown & Root Corporation, principal contractors to NASA for the management of the Lunar Receiving Laboratory, where all the moon rocks were stored, curated, cataloged and in some cases distributed to scientists who had successfully applied to carry out analysis in their own labs. Johnston also curated and handled photos, film, and other media. An important part of Johnston's duty as the manager of the Data and Photo Control Department was to package and ship lunar samples to science labs, together with photographs documenting their exact location and orientation on the Moon. As such, he had in his office several sets of photographs and film taken by Apollo Astronauts with their chest-mounted Hasselblad cameras.
One day, when the moon rock distribution wound down, Johnston was instructed by Bud Laskawa, his boss, to destroy what remained of the photo archive, five sets in all. Ken argued that maybe American university science departments would like to have these precious records, but Laskawa became frustrated and said, "I don't care what you do with them, just get rid of them." On that technicality of "I don't care what you do with them," Johnston kept one set as a personal collection which he still has to this day. Johnston has since had them re-scanned digitally with no digital alterations or "cleaning up" and put online for the public and researchers to explore.
Johnston continued to pursue his dream of being an astronaut, applying to NASA for the 1977 astronaut selection for duty as a Space Shuttle astronaut but was turned down on the basis of academic qualifications, NASA decided that the ideal astronaut was no longer a jet-jock, but someone with advanced degrees. At that time, Johnston only had 3 BS Degrees. Ken worked with NASA one more time in an educational outreach program where he was known as a "Solar System Ambassador," a purely voluntary appointment, going to schools and events, sharing all kinds of facts about man's exploration of space.
In 1996, at the request of Richard Hoagland, Ken agreed to go public with his knowledge of what he experienced at NASA at the National Press Club regarding the Lunar base he witnessed in an Apollo 14 film of the Lunar surface. Later that day, Ken interviewed at the Smithsonian Institute, where he talked about the LTA-8 Lunar Module. Johnston was careful to keep his Ambassador activities separate from his being pursued by alternative researchers about incidents he experienced during his time at NASA that were very unusual. Because he disclosed publicly the irregularities he saw during the Apollo Era, Johnston was asked to resign from the Solar System Ambassador team by JPL for telling the truth. Johnston's story has been shared in numerous books and articles, he has been interviewed extensively on radio programs, and he has been featured in numerous video projects and on TV.
Johnston went on Coast2Coast AM Radio to share his contention that NASA knows there is evidence for both modern and ancient artifacts on the moon, as well as an active base there. He interviewed with George Noory on "Beyond Belief," on Gaiam TV, telling about working as a manager at the Data and Photo Control Department in Houston, having access to highly detailed film and negatives taken during the Apollo missions. Once, Ken was the technician showing a 16mm film shot by Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell to officials at NASA and some scientists, surprisingly, all were watching when they saw a shadow cast in the bottom of a crater. Ken says of the film footage, as the Lunar Module passed over, "... as we approached it, in the dark area there were five domes lit from the inside and a little plume that looked like steam, streaking up above it."
Ken tried one more time to achieve his dream of space travel and in mid-2013 and was one of the 202,586 applicants for the one-way only trip to Mars offered by the Mars One project. He was short-listed as one of 1,058 "quarter-finalists" on 30 December 2013. As the oldest applicant, he was dropped from the final grouping that used age as criteria. Ken helped to promote the Mars One program with his knowledge of the Apollo-era manned missions.
Ken Johnston Sr is the author of books, "KEN'S MOON" where he talks about his life and experiences at NASA and a new book, due early 2018, "REGRESSION OF A WHISTLEBLOWER" about an insightful hypnotic regression session that occurred in 2016, with a transcript, helping him recover the details of multiple contact experiences.