Mystery surrounds why NASA never returned to the moon!
Why did the Apollo missions 18 – 19 – 20 really get cancelled?
All three cancelled missions were so-called ‘J-series’ missions like Apollos 15–17 (Apollo missions were originally planned in lettered series, becoming more ambitious as they proceeded through the alphabet). These missions called for astronauts to stay on the lunar surface for three days or so and make three moonwalks.
They would take advantage of improved procedures and technology developed with the experience of the earlier landings, for example on these missions the crews wore upgraded spacesuits permitting greater comfort and mobility and they rolled over the Moon’s terrain in Lunar Roving Vehicles to increase the area explored.
The Lunar Modules used were of an updated design allowing heavier loads of gear to be carried to the surface. The last three Apollo missions delivered substantial scientific returns, and one can only speculate on what the cancelled missions would have found.
Apollos 18-20 were intended to visit a couple of large impact craters, the hope being that the samples returned would include ancient rocks from deep inside the Moon. Recent unclassified reports also state one target was “an object that appears alien to the moon”
Apollo 19 was penciled in for December 1973. The landing site would have been the floor of the prominent crater Copernicus. It is here that the report claims is the site of the mysterious object.
The crew would have been the same as Apollo 13 – Fred Haise (CDR), William Pogue (CMP) and Gerard Carr (LMP).