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chapter: Aliens

Q: What is CST? Is there an "Alien Space Cathedral" in New Mexico?

Recent media have spoken about a "symbol" being carved in the hillside near its location in rural New Mexico in the southern United States.  The symbol talked about in the media is the Church of Spiritual Technology’s corporate logo.  Because the facility is in such a remote area, the only way to it is by way of a nearby airstrip.  The corporate logo is carved into the ground to help pilots find the airstrip, as there is no control tower or air traffic control.  The logo is NOT visible from outer space!

CST Airstrip

Church of Spiritual Technology  (CST) is a California non-profit religious corporation.  It is the owner of the copyrights to L. Ron Hubbard’s works and licenses their use.   CST  is not involved in the ecclesiastical management of Scientology Churches or the delivery of Scientology religious services.  Its day-to-day activities are the long-term preservation of L. Ron Hubbard’s writings and lectures.  It deals in cutting edge long-term archival preservation methods to ensure that Mr. Hubbard’s written and recorded works will be preserved for future generations.

The facility in the area is one of the archival storage sites containing preservation copies of Mr. Hubbard’s writings and lectures.  

Archival sites are common among religions.  The Mormons have a large genealogical archive in Utah.  The Vatican’s archives house documents going back more than 2,000 years.

The purpose of this archive is so that future generations will have available to them all of L. Ron Hubbard’s technology in its exact original form, no matter what happens to the society. 

Aside from that, using land to display the logo of a corporation’s headquarters is not uncommon as you can see here:

Corporate Messages

The use of tracts of land or the tops of structures to communicate corporate messages that can be seen from the air is not uncommon.  In a book entitled, Off the Map, authors Alex and James Turnbull catalog some of the interesting messages that can be seen from the air.  These include:

1.  A Chinese power station that has marked their tanks “oil” and “water” to help airborne firefighters.

Castle Peak Power Station
 
2.  Caterpillar Tractor Company using a tract of desert to advertise its name.

Caterpillar Tractor  

3.  Dole Pineapple carving a pineapple in one of their fields.

Dole Pineapple

4.  BMW auto manufacturer putting their logo on the top of a structure to be seen from the air.

BMW Headquarters

5.  Pecan farmers in Lac Cruces, New Mexico using a section of the desert to advertise their product.

Pekan Farmers

More about CST on Scientology.org (click here)

By the way, the nonsense about an Alien Space Cathedral was published by a tabloid reporter with the name of John Sweeney. Read about him at freedommag.org.