Review: The Dark Side of Space Disaster Theories
Jim Oberg share his thoughts on Dark Mission: The Secret History of NASA by Richard C. Hoagland and Michael Bara.
"As an egregious â€œbad exampleâ€ of wrong causes, a recent book (Dark Mission, by Richard Hoagland and Michael Bara) spent a lot of time muddying the waters over a series of NASA Mars mission failures in the 1990s. This isnâ€™t just some remote corner of an intellectual ghetto on the Internetâ€”the book came within one tick mark of making it onto the New York Times bestsellers list for paperback non-fiction (it reached #21 nationwide). So as an exercise in cultural self-defense and in proselytizing sound â€œspace safetyâ€ history, here is a detailed look at the claims, the delusions, and the errors in that bookâ€™s treatment of these space accidents."