by Charly Mann
Chapel Hill holds many mysteries and secrets, but the one I witnessed and photographed on August 20th, 1961 is the least well known. On that morning a NASA Space Capsule crash landed just a few miles outside of Chapel Hill, and I am likely the last living person who saw that event. Fortunately I had a Leica M3 35 mm camera with me and took more than a dozen color photographs of the capsule, and I will share many of those pictures for the first time in this article. I will also reveal why I believe this event has been covered up for more than five decades.
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What is it that binds us to this place as to no other? It is not the well or the bell or the stone walls. or the crisp October nights. No, our love for this place is based upon the fact that it is as it was meant to be, The University of the People.