Neil Armstrong’s Search for an Ancient Library in the Amazon | NASA’s Unexplained Files
August 1976, Astronaut Neil Armstrong
is embarking on a perilous mission, not to the moon,
but to the jungle.
He is searching for a secret cave system in Ecuador
known as Cueva de los Tayos.
Over 100 people are gathered for this.
We’re talking Ecuadorian Military,
British scientists from around the world,
Armstrong is no ordinary explorer,
and these are no ordinary caves.
There’s a legend attached to these caves, which involves
a metal library made of gold.
There were these books made of metal inscribed
in mysterious language that no one understands,
but presumably, that contain some unimaginable store
of knowledge just waiting to be discovered.
Armstrong is traveling with Stan Hall, a Scottish engineer,
who first alerted him to the possible existence
of an ancient library hidden underground.
Stan Hall’s daughter recounts the pair’s
Some people believe that the metal library contain
information from a civilization from beyond this planet that
showed us how to build the pyramids
and other such features in the Earth.
The knowledge contained in this metal library
could turn what we think we know about ourselves and our world
right on its head.
So what amazing secrets does the library contain?
According to legend, the lost library
contains details of a technology that
originated on another world.
But why is such a story given credence
by such a well-known and respected man of science,
the great Neil Armstrong.
And as some are asking, was his interest
in extraterrestrial secrets sparked by a close encounter
of his own?
Over half a billion people watched
Armstrong land on the moon in 1969
as pictures were beamed back to Earth.
It’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.
But some claim that the transmission was interrupted
for a full two minutes.
That’s unheard of.
What happened to those two minutes?
NASA vehemently denies anything strange happened.
Others aren’t so sure.
When Neil Armstrong came back from the moon,
almost immediately, stories began to circulate.
Supposedly, while on the moon, Neil Armstrong
switches his communication channel to the medical officer,
and he says something.
He says, they’re on the edge of the crater,
and they’re watching us.
We can verify the position.
They were relating that they were seeing things
on the rim of the crater, and by things
I mean extraterrestrial beings and vehicles.
People report that he was or we were warned off the moon.
Now, none of these reports can be substantiated.
It’s a mind boggling story, but some
find corroboration in Armstrong’s behavior
on his return to Earth.
Something happened to him up there.
He was changed.
He was touched.
Neil Armstrong returned from the moon
and showed what appears to me to be
signs of post-traumatic stress.
I think that he encountered things
on the journey to the moon and on the lunar surface
much closer encounters than simply watching
lights out of his cockpit.
NASA denies the astronaut encountered anything
unexpected on the moon.
Armstrong never discussed what was said in the missing two
minutes of audio.
He turned inward.
He became a very private person.
The one thing that he did do though is
to go on this expedition into this cave.
And we have to wonder, what was he
hoping to find in this dark subterranean world?
What did he think was going to be down there?
Social Science Professor Petronio Jaramillo
claimed to have seen the ancient metal library in 1946
when he was just 17 following a map given to him by his uncle.
From his accounts, it sounded like Jaramillo
was describing Aladdin’s cave.
The library itself was amazing to behold,
thousands of volumes of metal books each
weighing about 40 pounds.
And on the pages are impressed characters and symbols.
If there’s one in a million chance that it’s true,
shouldn’t we go back and look for this golden library?
30 years after Jaramillo claimed
to have found the library, Armstrong sets out to discover
if the legend is real.
Getting to the entrance of this cave is a nightmare.
You’re talking dense jungle.
You’re talking crazy animals that can kill you,
viruses, all kinds of hazards.
It’s literally Indiana Jones.
To enter this mysterious underworld is treacherous.
It’s literally this black void in this big abyss.
Once inside the caverns, Armstrong and Hall
They made their way through chamber after chamber
of cathedral-size spaces.
It looks as if these chambers, so inaccessible and so far
from human civilization, have not been
formed by natural processes.
The caves had straight walls and right angle turns
unlike any other natural formation.
This must be thousands of years old.
So how is this possible?
As Armstrong presses further into the cave complex,
he makes a macabre find.
They actually came upon a burial chamber.
There was a seated skeleton that was dated to 1,500 BC.
1,500 BC predates King Tutankhamun.
It predates the siege of Troy.
At this distant time, Ecuador was one of the most advanced
areas in all of the Americas.
The tomb was located in such a way that the rays of sunlight
on the summer solstice would come through the cave entrance
and– and strike this tomb.
So it appears to perhaps have had
some kind of cosmological significance the way
it had been placed.
This was not just a typical burial
this was an important person in an important location.
But after venturing several miles along difficult tunnels,
the expedition is forced to turn back.
My father, Neil Armstrong, did not find the treasure,
but they mapped about 10 miles worth of the cave system.
But it’s known now that this system stretches far beyond.
We could be looking at hundreds of miles worth of cave systems.
Armstrong returns to his farm in Ohio
and doesn’t discuss why he went looking
for the legendary library.
What did he feel was so important down there
in that hole that he was willing to sign
his name onto this venture?
He became more and more reclusive,
according to some people.
And he was a very private man to begin with,
but whatever his experiences were,
I think they tended to kind of close him off.
But then, in 1994, at the White House, 20 years after his quest
to find the ancient metal library,
Armstrong gives a strangely-worded speech.
We have only completed a beginning.
We leave you much that is undone.
There are great ideas undiscovered, breakthroughs
available to those who can remove one
of truth’s protective layers.
That’s a very tantalizing quote from Neil Armstrong,
almost mystical in its nature how
he talks about uncovering the layers to some hidden truths.
What did he mean by that?
Could this library hold the secrets of the galaxy?
Is that why Neil Armstrong went on this expedition?
Finding this library could prove
a possible link between our ancient cultures
and extraterrestrial ones.
Eileen Hall wants to resume her father’s
and Neil Armstrong’s quest by leading expeditions
into the caves.
If we find this treasure and find
it have a link to any extraterrestrial life, what
we’re looking at is an endless pool of questions.
To the believers, the mystery still endures.
The cavern is still there.
Those metal books are still out there somewhere in the jungle
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