[Note to mods: I am not advocating anything here. I am being curious. ]
Richard C. Hoagland calls himself "a former NASA consultant", although that claim is dismissed as groundless (or exaggerated). However, I have just came across this blog post discussing 4th Conference on Planetology and Space Mission Planning, which took place in 1972, at the time of Apollo 17 launch. The post discusses that the conference proceedings have never been published (which it attributes to the financial problems of the event organizers); however, it includes a conference agenda. Between Asimov, Mailer, Sagan, Minsky, etc. we have:
Considering that the conference was ridiculously expensive, that's pretty surprising. I'd guess that his employer had to finance the trip. Looking around I found this site debunking Hoagland, which contains the following quote:Richard Hoagland: The Space Shuttle
Hoagland at a mission control. On top of this, somewhere on the Hoagland's site there is a black-and-white photo from the Apollo/Viking era (judging by the clothes and furniture style), which shows Hoagland and some other guy in an office standing above a table covered with photographs. The caption goes something like "Hoagland points out problems with [Lunar Orbiter? Viking?] data to NASA scientists". Unfortunately I have been unable to locate that photograph now (that site is a mess), but let's assume for the sake of discussion that it exists.I was standing beside science writer Richard Hoagland at Voyager mission control at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, gazing intently at one of the television monitors displaying Voyager 2 images of Europa.
My question then is the following:
Hoagland seems to take his credentials from the fact that he was somehow involved with NASA in 1970s. There is evidence of him actually visiting the NASA facilities and hanging out with NASA scientists. So, does anyone know:
1. What was Hoagland actually doing in the 1970s? Is anyone familiar with his employment history?
2. Hoagland apparently was visiting NASA facilities in that era. Now, I am not that familiar with U.S. customs, but I don't think you can just walk around NASA facilities without getting a badge or something. He claims that he was a "NASA consultant", but does that mean he was actually contracted? Or, was he just going around the facilities with a press accreditation?