Newly released documents reveal a wide variety of duties for the classified Air Force project, the Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL). Credit: NRO

Newly released documents reveal a wide variety of duties for the classified Air Force project, the Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL).
Credit: NRO

 

A treasure-trove of historical data – pictures, film and numerous documents – has been released by the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) regarding the secretive Cold War U.S. Air Force project known as the Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL).

The first of three MOL astronaut groups. Credit: U.S. Air Force

The first of three MOL astronaut groups.
Credit: U.S. Air Force

The NRO release of MOL information was timed for an event held on October 22 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio.

Former MOL crew members took part in the event under the title: “The Dorian Files Revealed: The Manned Orbiting Laboratory Crew Members’ Secret Mission in Space.”

Credit: NRO

Credit: NRO

 

 

 

 

 

The audio from the museum’s October 22 event has been posted at:

http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Portals/7/av/mol_panel.mp3?ver=2015-10-28-121530-427

Note: Special thanks to Rob Bardua in the public affairs division at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force for providing the link.

The MOL program ran from December 1963 until its cancellation in June 1969. According to the National Reconnaissance Office, the MOL program spent $1.56 billion during the program’s life.

As reported earlier, you can dig into thousands of pages of declassified documents on MOL, along with pictures and other resources, by going to:

http://www.nro.gov/foia/declass/MOL.html

 

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