Rosetta Flies By "Something"
Very Strange ....
By Richard C. Hoagland
© 2008 The Enterprise Mission
The evening of September 5, 2008, ESA (the European Space
Agency) successfully flew its unmanned "Rosetta"
spacecraft within 500-miles of a tiny (~ 3 miles across), newly-discovered
(1969) asteroid, known as "2867 Steins." The
diminutive asteroid was not the prime objective of Rosetta's
eleven-year projected Mission ... but only an interim "port of call"
(one of two asteroid fly-bys on Rosetta's highly involved itinerary
- see below).
The real objective of the 3-ton European spacecraft, launched
in 2004, is an unprecedented deep space chase -- involving three
repeated encounters with the Earth, one of Mars ... and the two aforementioned
asteroid fly-bys ... all carried out enroute to the ultimate target of
The eventual rendezvous (and orbit, with touchdown of
another small, sub-spacecraft -- called "Philae") ...
of a small periodic comet orbiting the Sun in a 6.6-year, highly
elliptical orbit (German diagram - below) -- Comet
Said rendezvous to be achieved in ... 2014.
The "opportunistic" Rosetta encounter with the
asteroid "Steins" (which "just happened" to lie along
the complicated route to the real Mission objective -- the comet
rendezvous with 67P), thus represented both an early scientific and "operations"
bonus for Rosetta ... as well as something of a risk.
Yes, future 2014 spacecraft observations at the comet
could be substantially enhanced by the practice gained during the initial
Steins asteroid fly-by in 2008 (and, the other asteroid, "Lutetia,"
in 2009), but taking science data from such objects was never built into
original spacecraft design; so, mission operations at Steins (which
were expected to involve several highly unusual spacecraft maneuvers ...
below) could have actually resulted in physical damage to the spacecraft
(or its instruments) during the improvised encounter!
For this reason, Rosetta Mission designers initially planned
to simply fly-by asteroid 2867 Steins "in the blind" ... taking
NO science data during
the time of actual Closest Approach!
However, this post-encounter morning -- September 6, 2008
-- there will be an ESA "Steins science press conference"
after all, to be held at Rosetta's European Space Operations Centre (ESOC)
in Darmstadt, Germany. At this press briefing, results of scientific
data taken during that encounter will, in fact, be presented;
one of the reports being that "the Rosetta spacecraft came through
[the Encounter] with flying colors ..." -- as
noted by Dr. David Southwood, ESA's Director of Science and Robotic
"... Steins might be small, but we're making
big science here", said Southwood. "The better we learn
to know the different kinds of asteroids, the better we will understand
our origins in the past. Moreover, when such Solar System wanderers
escape from the belt they could become a threat to Earth. The better
we know them, the better we will be able to mitigate the risks some
of them might present in the future."
This glowing assessment of the Rosetta fly-by, however,
initially neglected to mention one significant "detail"--
The mysterious and immensely disappointing electronic
of the spacecraft's only Narrow-Angle Camera (NAC) ... some nine minutes
(and more than 3000 miles) BEFORE the closest approach of the spacecraft
to the asteroid!
"The software switched off automatically,"
said Gerhard Schwehm, the Mission Manager and head of Solar Systems
Science Operations at ESA. "The camera has some software limits
and we'll analyze why this happened later ...."
This completely unexpected (and hugely disappointing)
"software glitch" resulted in a loss of ALL the highest-resolution
imaging data from Rosetta (including high-resolution multi-spectral and
color views) of "2867 Steins" -- leaving only the five-times-lower-resolution
Wide Angle Camera (WAC) data for visual analysis.
However, even in these lower-resolution WAC images, it
was immediately apparent that "2867 Steins" was a "curious
object" indeed; its overall appearance (below, left) was intensely
"geometric" -- resembling nothing as much (freely touted in
the official ESA press
releases) as "a diamond in the sky" (below, right) ... complete
This extraordinary first impression is easily confirmed
by a quantative geometric comparison (below) ....
This 2-D appearance is further substantiated by the 3-D
Rosetta team prepared and conveniently posted on their website (get
out your red/green glasses - below).
Steins really IS a 3-D "diamond in the sky."
* * *
Naturally, when geometric-looking objects are imaged in
space -- by either NASA, or (now) by various other space agencies around
the world -- we here at Enterprise, who have relied upon geometric
criteria in our research for almost three decades now, pay more than
casual attention ...
For, as the late Dr. Carl Sagan so famously noted:
"Intelligent life on Earth first reveals itself
through the geometric regularity of its constructions ...."
-- Carl Sagan, "Cosmos"
(Random House, 1980)
This dictim has been the single most reliable archaeological
indicator of "ancient ruins" here on Earth ... for over a hundred
years [below: note the difference between recently excavated ruins at
Armana, Egypt in this satellite image (casting sharp, "rectilinear"
shadows from "newly dug-out walls and other vertical structures")
... and those ruins still buried under the sands (evidenced by muted,
but still equally rectilinear surface outlines ...)].
As readers of Enterprise well know,
this baseline archaeological standard of "intelligence" on this
planet has been the core foundation of our ~30-year-long investigation
into NASA (and other ) imagery of potential "ancient intelligent
ruins" located on other planets in this solar system (such
as this startling example of identical "raised rectilinear
on Mars by NASA's Mars Surveyor - below) ....
By far, the ultimate expression of this "geometric
intelligence criterion" was our discovery, just a few years ago,
that an entire outer solar system object seems to follow this
essential "geometric intelligence criterion":
Iapteus -- the third largest satellite in the Saturn
system -- was imaged in 2004 by
NASA's Cassini Mission; on the best
Iapetus images sent back to Earth, the distinct, straight-edged, highly
geometric outline of this entire ~900-mile-diameter "moon"
is strikingly, blatantly apparent (below)--
An astonishing, inescapable, major solar system anomaly
-- still ... totally ignored by NASA -- even
as its extraordinary implications have been thoroughly and scientifically
addressed by Enterprise ... .
* * *
With this as backdrop, when the startling, highly-regular
"diamond-shaped" images of tiny "2867 Steins" first
appeared on the
official ESA website, we couldn't help but wonder--
"Could this, too, be an ancient, artificial
solar system object ... and not an 'asteroid' at all!? Could
ESA have been that lucky ... on its first time
However, a detailed look at the initial data (below) was
very disappointing; not only were the Closest Approach images NOT "high
resolution" ... they appeared severely compromised by a variety of
(also suspiciously "geometric"...), highly amateurish-looking
In short, given the spacecraft trajectory and published
capabilities of even its Wide-Angle Camera, we expected a LOT more
from the ESA "Steins" encounter ....
All the released images taken by Rosetta were acquired
according to previously uplinked computer commands, stored on-board --
updated by the latest navigation information. In turn, these computer
instructions (at the appropriate time) commanded the spacecraft to autonomously
reorient itself in space, before the actual fly-by, in such a way that,
during those critical few minutes of Closest Approach, the entire
spacecraft (relative to the Sun and Steins) physically "flipped itself"
This maneuver allowed Rosetta to track the radically
changing geometric relationship of the asteroid ... relative to the spacecraft
... in "real time," so that the cameras (and other on-board
sensors) remained pointed directly toward the tiny, high-velocity
target ... even as the sun-angle and pointing direction in space changed
radically in those critical few minutes (below).
This daring (and, until September 5th, totally untested)
set of complex spacecraft maneuvers was initially
rejected by Rosetta Mission planners as "too dangerous"
for the long-term Mission. This concern was due primarily to
undue thermal stresses such a maneuver would have placed on the spacecraft
and its instruments -- by rotating their electronics toward the Sun "in
those critical few minutes."
However in the end, curiously, the maneuver was ultimately
deemed "an acceptable risk" after all ....
Taking that spacecraft risk (however large or small ...)
resulted in a complete visual record of the Encounter (at least, in Wide-Angle
imaging ...), as well as data from about 14 other on-board instruments,
which the ESA scientists said they planned to use in "characterizing
the chemical composition" of "2867 Steins" -- as well as
its "reflectivity, surface texture, spin axis orientation, etc.,
etc."; because of this courageous Mission Operations' decision, at
least the Wide-Angle Camera on Rosetta was able to record the asteroid
throughout the whole Encounter period (above) -- securing views (below)
of almost 180 degrees of 2867 Stein's remarkable diamond-shaped surface
as Rosetta approached ... then passed ... the village-sized asteroid--
All at over 5 miles per second!
In the "zero-phase" released WAC image of the
sunlit side of 2867 Steins (below, left), not only is the asteroid's remarkable
overall "diamond shape" strikingly apparent ... but, at least
four, regularly-spaced "bright flanges" can also
be seen -- stretching across Steins visible circumference in an obvious
Each "flange" ... carefully aligned exactly
in the "diamond girdle plane."
This extraordinary degree of 2867 Steins' "geometric
faithfulness" to the basic "diamond cut," coupled with
the placement of these regularly-spaced "protruding flanges"
all along one plane ("the girdle" ...)--
Compellingly argued for--
* * *
It was at this point in our Enterprise Mission/Rosetta
investigation that we got a break; a few hours after its formal September
6th press conference, ESA quietly released an
animated version of Rosetta's entire "Steins' approach and recession
profile" on its official
Rosetta website -- composed of a series of actual, successive Wide-Angle
Camera images taken during the Encounter (below).
Surprisingly, the images making up this animation turned
out to be of MUCH higher quality than the half-dozen or so "stills"
released at the earlier ESA Steins press conference -- allowing further
Enterprise analyses of what Steins "actually might be ...."
Then, a few more days following the September 6th Steins
press briefing, members of the Rosetta team quietly released the one
and only published Narrow-Angle Camera view from the Encounter (and,
in color ...) -- a
composite image (red, green and blue) taken about ten and a half minutes
(~3500 miles) before Closest Approach (below, far left).
Unfortunately, because Rosetta was still "over a
continent away" from the asteroid when this image was acquired (more
than the distance from Los Angeles to New York!), it is of even lower
resolution than the later, wide-angle shots previously released.
However, despite this lower resolution, the earlier perspective
on the asteroid from this vantage point turns out to be critically significant:
This unique view allows us to see about ~ 10-degrees "further
to the west" than any other approaching Rosetta images released so
far ... into the previously unseen "western hemisphere" of Steins.
It is also (because of the overall Rosetta fly-by trajectory) taken significantly
below the "diamond girdle plane" -- which allows a
unique "looking up" perspective on the "flanges" --
for critical comparison with the much later WAC images, which (again because
of the encounter geometry) were taken "looking somewhat down"
... from above "the girdle" as the spacecraft receded
from the object ....
When this most opportune NAC color
image is even moderately enlarged and enhanced (below), it therefore reveals
a fascinating amount of new and critical geometric detail
... reinforcing our initial impression (from the later WAC images) that
the "two halves" of Steins -- left and right -- in fact, differ
radically in their overall appearance!
The key question (to be answered by further scientific
analysis, of course) is ... "why the dramatic difference?"
Strikingly apparent in this enhanced NAC image is further
evidence of "the extraordinary symmetry and order" exhibited
by the "girdle" surface features recorded on the later WAC images;
a remarkable, "highly organized" geometry ... now confirmed
to completely extend across this previously unseen "western hemisphere"
as well ....
For example: it is clear, even from this reduced resolution
image, that there are more of those mysterious "raised vertical flanges"
noted previously -- still following "the girdle plane" around
this object (comparison below - between two different-processed versions
of the same NAC color image -- with the "paired sets of
flanges" noted by the circles).
Second, one can also see a marked symmetry (vertically
and horizontally) in the location of the two largest shadows
in this hemisphere (as well as a distinct absence of random "impact
craters" ...) -- with a marked "curve" to the shadow on
the left (above). This provides strong indication that this left-hand
"curved shadow" is not, in fact, the shadow of a crater
rim ... but is actually caused by an equally-curved "vertical buttress"
on the "diamond's" facing hemisphere -- the one directly in
front of the approaching spacecraft camera. A "buttress" extending
downward from above the "girdle plane," to the "culet"
at the "diamond's" tip (see again the "cut diamond diagram,"
In fact, judged by the placement and geometry of both
these shadows, and the light areas in-between (determined by the known
illumination angle to the sun - 34 degrees), there appear to be three
such "massive buttresses" visible in this new hemisphere, arrayed
neatly at 60-degree angles--
Left ... center ... and far right (below).
Again, such blatant symmetries are NOT the hallmark
of any "natural" objects ... however much
the ESA team -- totally ignoring their own extraordinary geometric evidence
-- tried to sell the idea to the press that "... Steins is just another
example of a typical solar system asteroid."
* * *
Perhaps the most mysterious (and
potentially revealing) aspect of this object -- 2867 Steins -- is this
striking hemispherical asymmetry, seen in a simple comparison
of several images taken before, during, and after Closest Approach (below);
while the hemisphere turned toward Rosetta as it approached (below - image
#1) is marked by an extremely reflective ("high albedo") surface
... the right-hand side further to the east (images #2, 3 and 4) present
a much duller ... and far more familiar cratered view--
Long before Rosetta got close enough to Steins to resolve
it as "an object," one of the on-board cameras repeatedly
imaged its pinpoint appearance (below) against the background stars,
recording the resulting "light curve" as Steins rotated every
6.05 hours in front of the approaching spacecraft.
This recorded light curve (below, left), besides nailing
down the rotational period of Steins, was also used to construct a mathematical
model of what the close-up images (to be acquired weeks later, during
the actual fly-by) might look like (below, right); as you can see ...
based just on their computer manipulation of this light curve -- of literally
"a rotating point of light" -- the "modelers" turned
out to be amazingly correct!
Steins' light curve also plays directly back into our
earlier observation re the images: unequivocally confirming that one hemisphere
of this increasingly remarkable object is significantly more
reflective than the other; the light curve data (above, left) demonstrates
that -- as Steins rotates in space -- this quantifiable difference
in reflectivity between the two opposing hemispheres--
Steins average visual albedo is 35% -- the high end of
brightness for "an asteroid" (the average asteroid albedo range
is from 1% to around 20%). This extreme reflectivity for Steins (and striking
difference in hemispherical reflectivity ...) thus provide additional
clues as to what Steins could really be ....
* * *
An even more dramatic example of this remarkable hemispherical
dichotomy is a comparison between a "reduced brightness view"
of the NAC approaching color image (below, left), and a WAC B&W image
of the opposing hemisphere (below, right) -- the latter appropriately
reduced in resolution to match the left-hand image.
This comparison clearly underscores the fact that, while
the bright, western hemisphere of Steins (above, left) presents
a "highly organized," structural appearance ... the
far duller eastern hemisphere (above, right) presents, as previously
noted, that much more familiar cratered view ....
Raising again the crucial question: "why this dramatic
In this comparison (below, left - top and bottom), we
have taken two of the WAC images and traced the
"line of dichotomy" between these two distinctly different hemispheres,
as they changed perspective between the two successive images (below,
right - top and bottom); the surface to the left and below the red line
(west and south) appears distinctly more reflective and far less
cratered (even after we've suppressed most of the intrinsic brightness,
to being out the detail) than the surface to the right and above the red
line (east and north); the latter presents a seriously battered
meteor appearance ... created by many conspicuous impacts, large and small.
Independent observations of these craters, quoted in subsequent
news reports, made by members of the Rosetta team itself -- re, the
anomalously large number of craters appearing on such a tiny asteroid
-- were quite revealing ....
"... images beamed from the spacecraft show
the diamond shaped asteroid looming like a threat from the famous
Asteroids computer game before the deeply pockmarked surface becomes
clear. It has provided scientists with their closest look at an
asteroid to date. Huge impact craters up to 1.2km wide can be seen
covering the surface of the 3 mile diameter asteroid in a far
higher concentration than would be expected for such a small object.
"'There is also a chain of seven craters
that we would not expect to see on such a small body,' said
Professor Uwe Keller, a principal investigator at the European Space
Agency (ESA), which is behind the Rosetta mission. 'We normally
see craters like this on moons like our own. We have to look at
why they are there, but clearly Steins has a complex
collision history [emphasis added] ...."
The largest crater on Steins' surface -- the one completely
dominating the northern "pole" (below, red arrow) -- is
so large (~1 mile across ...), compared to the 3-mile diameter of
the Steins itself that, according to Space.com
"[the ESA] scientists were amazed that the asteroid survived
the impact [emphasis added] ...."
In addition to this major, potentially catastrophic crater
(in the officially-processed ESA image, above), what also can be seen
in this image is the brilliant left/right "dichotomy" discussed
earlier; the striking contrast between the extremely "high-albedo
surface" to the left (the "front" of Steins, as Rosetta
approached ...), and the heavily-cratered, much less reflective
surface to the right (in this image), in this processing, is overwhelmingly
Such a startling difference in reflectivity between hemispheres
"only 90 degrees apart," again, on such a tiny object, is simply
NOT explicable by any normal "phase-angle scattering effects"
typically used to analyze such solar system objects (a surface changing
its apparent reflection because of a changing observation angle -- between
the spacecraft, Stein's surface and the Sun); for, in this case, the total
angle subtended by this 3-mile-wide asteroid, as seen from the Rosetta
spacecraft, was essentially unchanging in this view ... only
about 2 degrees, "at the max"--
Across such a minor angle, there should be NO such dramatic
"phase effects" -- at all!
Yet, in Stein's case -- mysteriously -- there obviously
The only reasonable explanation for this otherwise baffling
reflection phenomenon must lie in some kind of fundamental "compositional
difference ..."; the hemisphere
of Steins that (by fortunate circumstance ...) was facing the Rosetta
spacecraft as it approached -- with the Sun directly behind the
camera (the so-called "zero-phase perspective" - below, left)
-- is somehow dramatically different from the surface
further around to the east ... recorded as the spacecraft viewed this
tiny object a few minutes later from a position some 90 degrees to its
approaching view (below, right).
It is this composition
difference which, somehow, must be responsible for not only in
the remarkable change in surface brightness as one moves further east
... but for the simultaneous presence of all those impact craters
on that same (somehow, much less reflective) surface ....
If one looks closely at one of the
best Rosetta images taken during Closest Approach (below, left), one can
actually see several "layers" (below, right) to that
surface ... on the eastern side of Steins; these successive layerings
(marked in red, green and blue ...) appear to descend -- from
"higher" levels in the west (toward the left) to "lower"
levels in the east (to the right) ... as one moves further around the
object toward the shadow line.
So, what could that be all about?
* * *
The simplest model for all this -- the one that best explains
all these remarkable observations -- is that "Steins"
is, indeed, an artificial object ... that has suffered, as Rosetta
scientist Uwe Keller termed it, "a complex collision[al] history."
This Enterprise "artificial" model
predicts that, because of those collisions, one entire half of
this small celestial body has suffered massive stripping of a former,
highly reflective "outer casing" or "outer hull"--
A "casing" which is still (more or less ...)
intact across one hemisphere -- the side that Rosetta captured
with its one distant NAC image before the fly-by (below, left) -- but
is now heavily cratered and abraded in the hemisphere the spacecraft imaged
with its WAC Camera at Closest Approach and after (below, right)!
This model neatly and comprehensively accounts for the
smashed and battered appearance of this eastern hemisphere ... which is,
in fact, comprised of the same underlying structural components
(now, all-but-obliterated - below, right) as those seen on Steins'
opposing western hemisphere, during the approach (above, left).
What is also apparent, because of the much higher resolution
images taken of this eastern hemisphere, is the striking appearance of
several additional geometric features on this fascinating object
-- most notably, what appear to be enormous, distinctly separated "windows"
(yes, windows ...) -- aligned horizontally, in two parallel rows, just
above Steins' highly reflective "girdle" (above, right).
These amazing, familiar-looking artificial features are
then joined (further to the east ...) by an even more compelling detail
-- what appear to be exposed "structural components" (resembling
a giant "box-like structure"... ), located above the "gridle"
-- at the top of one of those massive "buttresses" seen on Stein's
If this is what this feature really represents -- an exposed,
major structural element of "Steins" -- it has likely been stripped
of its protective covering and exposed by more of the same major impact
damage seen all across this hemisphere. This same type of damage has apparently
removed almost all the rest of Stein's brilliantly reflective covering
in this entire hemisphere, except for western sections of "the girdle"
(below, left) ... and some additional regions around the pointed "culet"
at the base of Stein's basic diamond shape.
Careful examination of this remarkable
image also reveals a myriad of additional geometric features that -- taken
all together -- form compelling testimony as to the potential true
nature of this extraordinary object.
* * *
So, let's summarize the major conclusion of our month-long
Enterprise analysis of "2867 Steins":
Based on a variety of evidence, including
the preliminary results of the Rosetta spacecraft's fly-by ...
it is increasingly unlikely that Steins is, in fact,
a "natural" solar system object!
If this hypothesis is correct (a Big "If" ...),
then Steins is also certainly NOT "made of rock" (as astronomers
have been assuming ...), but is, in fact, a 3-mile-wide manufactured
artifact -- currently of unknown surface composition --
about the size of a small "town."
It is something WE
could build in "zero-G," even given the antiquated technology
of NASA ... if we had the funds.
Based on telescopic visual and IR spectral data gathered
from Earth prior to Rosetta's fly-by, Stein's external composition could,
in fact, actually be some form of "refined metal"; this is based,
in part, on its unique spectrum -- classified as "E" according
to planetary catalogues -- making Steins among the rarest of all asteroid
types ... a spectral classification shared by only about 30
other objects in the entire solar system (as evidenced by this comparative
spectral graph - below) -- out of over three hundred thousand
Steins' rare "E-type classificiation" was reinforced
by some (still unpublished ...) Rosetta close-up spectral observations
from the fly-by, "snuck in" to the Spectember 6th ESA morning
press conference by Principal Investigator for the Visible and Infrared
Thermal Imaging Spectrometer (VIRTIS), Angioletta Coradini, commenting
"We didn't expect to present data today. But we got part of the data
and they are really exciting ...." Thus Coradini was
able to give a quick "sneak preview" of a couple of the VIRTIS spectral
graphs of Steins (below) -- clearly (with a much higher "signal-to-noise
ratio") supporting the uniquely "flat spectum" of these
(A more complete explanation of what Rosetta discovered
-- in terms of Steins' key surface composition -- is awaiting peer-reviewed
scientific publication of the VIRTIS data ....)
"E-class" asteroids, historically, have also
shown unique reponses to reflected
"... the most unusual feature of these observations
is that all exhibit very high polarization ratios, u =
0.8 ... Values larger than zero are caused by wavelength-scale near-surface
roughness and inhomogeneities and/or subsurface or multiple
scattering [emphasis added] ...."
According to these recently published Arecibo
radar observations -- specifically of two medium-size E-class asteroids,
"44 Nysa" and "434 Hungaria" -- some of the radio
waves reflected back to Earth (remember, from asteroids spectrally identical
to "2867 Steins" ...) could actually be coming, not from their
surfaces ... but from multiple reflections deep inside!
According to these "highly polarized" radar
observations, the two E-type objects are also about 20 percent more
efficient at reflecting radar signals overall ... compared to any
other type of asteroid!
These combined observations are
thus totally consistent with E-type asteroids being a) covered with some
type of highly
efficient, electrically conductive "casing" and
b) also being, essentially--
In other words, the data suggest that some of the radar
echos are literally returning from deep within -- "scattered"
multiple times (thus, polarized ...) by countless reflections
between the flat, geometrically-spaced walls of innumerable interior
corridors and rooms!
Based on the preceeding Earth-based visual and radar observations
of these E-class objects -- combined with Rosetta's history-making fly-by
of the first example seen in close proximity -- Steins could, indeed,
now be the best-known representative of a totally new class of
solar system "object"--
One of only a few dozen "E-type"
ancient space platforms ... still orbiting the Sun ....
* * *
Which bring us to the "speculative" (and therefore,
fun!) part of this analysis.
Obviously, all the images and data we've presented here
on the Steins fly-by can easily be verified, by referring directly to
the appropriate ESA Rosetta
websites. The correlative ground-based scientific data (Steins' spectral
classification as an "E-type" object ... the remarkable Earth-based
radar observations of similar E-class "asteroids," etc., etc.)
can be read at the various links included, above.
The proper scientific interpretations of these
data, however, are a bit more difficult ....
Declaring any solar system object (as we also
did with Iapetus
...) convincingly "artificial," is immediately frought with
complications -- from the quality (and quantity) of scientific data made
available "by the authorities" on which to make such an assessment,
to the political and psychological climate extant at the time when such
a hypothesis is ventured ... especially the "political."
In terms of Steins, it should now be obvious (to any objective
observer ...) that it is anything but ... "asteroid-like."
Its extraordinarily specific topological symmetry
(a "diamond"), coupled with its remarkable, repeating geometry
reinforcing that perception (regularly-spaced vertical protrusions in
its surface, but only in the 'diamond girdle' plane ... the "buttresses"
... and remnants of complex, surface structural remains ....), all argue
compellingly for Steins as artificial. The "asteroid's" marked
overall assymetry (in terms of the light unevenly reflected by
the two opposing hemispheres ...) -- on an object otherwise remarkably
... anonymously ... symmetric -- completes the "artificial"
Yet, even venturing such a "hypothesis" -- without
significantly better resolution imaging evidence in hand -- is
guaranteed to bring about a rain of diatribes against the individual
proposing such a "model" ....
This is why, amid the self-congratulations going on around
the Rosetta Mission throughout that first post-fly-by Saturday morning
press briefing, as soon as I heard the words "the highest-resolution
NAC Steins images have been LOST ... nine minutes before Closest
I KNEW that Steins had to hold critical proof
re the "ancient, inhabited solar system" model--
Which is why "they" were deliberately suppressing
those key images!
The nature and timing of the bizarre"camera failure"
announcement -- not until some "forty minutes into the 'morning
after' press briefing," and then casually blamed on "a software
'safing' error" -- made me instantly wonder what the Rosetta team
had SEEN on those 5X higher resolution images at Closest Approach ...
and COULDN'T tell us?--
Which had forced them to invent such an obvious "bold-faced
lie" to cover up the fact that startling NAC close-ups of Steins
were already on the ground?!
Note that in the official release it is specifically cited
that the Narrow-Angle Camera went into "safe mode" (meaning,
it curled up electronically into the equivalent of a foetal ball ...)
at nine minutes before the minimum distance from Steins. And
that the images taken just before cut-off would NOT be any better than
the BEST images taken by the wide-angle camera AT Closest Approach!
I immediately thought NOT ... as did one of our
"intel sources" when I asked.
Having teased every last pixel of detail out
of the Rosetta/Steins
WAC animation images (below), I find it very difficult to believe
that the NAC randomly cut out JUST before we could get any imaging
data BETTER than the best detail we've been able to extract from the WAC
data ... no matter how "plausible" the technical excuses sound
Because, if we had that even slightly better
imaging data ... there would be NO QUESTION now in any observers'
minds regarding the overwhelmingly artificial nature of "2867 Steins!";
the organized "structural geometry" present all over
its surface would almost "leap off the screen."
Geometry that "someone"
carefully arranged that we would never get to see ... because
"the camera failed ..." nine minutes short of the goal line--
As one of the political candidates said the other night
during the debate--
"And, if you believe THAT one ... I've got 'a bridge
to nowhere' I'll gladly sell you -- real cheap!"
* * *
So, extrapolating from the boarder-line "smoking
gun" imaging data we do have -- what IS "2867 Steins"
What happened to it ... to create a distinctly "two-faced"
And -- "when?"
Oddly enough, the dramatic "hemispherical asymmetry"
of Steins turns out to be THE overwhelming clue to all these questions--
To, in fact, an object in surprising accordance with ancient
solar system events described with great specificity in our 2001 "Mars
Tidal Model" paper, as well as in our later (2005) Enterprise
series on Saturn's most mysterious moon, Iapetus -- "Moon
with a View."
In both these major Enterprise investigations,
our efforts at a realistic "reconstruction of an ancient solar system
chronology ..." (in parallel with Tom Van Flanderns' independent
efforts in that same direction -- see below) has been overwhelmingly
supported by later NASA and ESA official revelations from their on-going
Mars missions -- most notably, in the continuing "ancient
Mars' oceans/current ice/water" saga ....
One of the major predictions of the "exploded planet
hypothesis" (EPH), is that "normal" solar system events
came to an abrupt and catastrophic crescendo ~65 million years ago --
with the sudden, literal explosion of one of the Sun's major
inner planets ... the one NOT orbiting where the current asteroid belt
The visible scarring and other effects of such an inconceivable
catastrophe on other bodies in the solar system were discussed by Tom
many years ago--
" ... a major [planetary] explosion would send
a blast wave through the solar system, blackening [and
cratering] exposed, airless surfaces in its path. Most
such solar system surfaces are indeed blackened [and heavily cratered],
even for icy satellites. But a few cases have such slow rotation
that only a little over half of the moon gets blackened.
Saturn’s moon Iapetus is one such case, because its rotation
period is nearly 80 days long .... One side is icy bright; the other
is coal black. The difference in albedo is a factor of five ....
"Perhaps the most basic explosion indicator
is that all fragments of significant mass will trap smaller nearby
debris from the explosion into satellite orbits. So explosions
tend to form [systems of] asteroids and comets with multiple
nuclei of all sizes. Collisions, by contrast, normally
cannot produce fragments in orbits because any debris orbits must
lead either to escape or to re-collision with the surface. Moreover,
collisions tend to cause existing satellites to escape, leading
to asteroid “families” (many of which are seen). Our
prediction that asteroids and comets would often be found to have
satellites has been confirmed in recent years. The first
spacecraft finding (by Galileo) was of moon Dactyl orbiting asteroid
Ida in 1993. More recently, Hubble imagery found that Comet Hale-Bopp
has at least one, and possibly three or more, secondary nuclei.
"Over 100 additional lines of evidence related
to the eph and the standard models it would replace are summarized
[at Meta Research - emphasis
Tom's extrapolation re the physically effects of "an
ancient solar-system-wide catastrophe ..." on satellites in the outer
solar system, could easily be applied to other solar system objects
as well ... some located much closer to "ground zero!"
Like "2867 Steins."
It works like this:
If Steins -- as a functioning space platform (in our model)
-- had been orbiting too close to Planet V when the latter blew up (within
"a few million miles ...") Steins simply would not
have survived; too far away, and the outward rushing debris cloud would
have had too low a density to leave the kind of visible "high concentration"
damage that we see in the WAC images.
The latter is because the debris-front of the expanding
planetary cloud (when it reached Stains ...) had to have still been a
relatively thin, high-density "shell" (moving at several miles
per second ...), but not too dense (or Steins would
have been destroyed) ... and ... passing Steins relatively quickly--
Otherwise ... all sides of Steins (remember,
rotating every ~6 hours ...) would have been heavily damaged by the impacting
debris. In stead, only one side of this diamond-shaped object
was (apparently) affected--
While the opposite side (judging from the single
NAC image that we have, and Rosetta's light curve ...) was left almost
From which, we are able to reconstruct the following,
probable "sequence of events" ....
Subjected to a relatively brief (but intense) rain of
"planetary crustal fragments" from the horrific explosion of
the distant Planet V, combined with the effects of an expanding micrometeorite
cloud of condensed planetary mantle rock -- all rushing past at several
miles per second -- Steins had its highly reflective "casing"
completely scoured off one half of its exterior (the side facing
the explosion ...), immediately followed by the larger, solid fragments
impacting directly that same side ... with visibly catastrophic results
Leaving the unmistakable signature of a LOT of
highly destructive impacts ... but only on ONE HALF of Steins--
"... in a far higher concentration than
would be expected for such a small object ...."
That latter, critical observation CANNOT be explained
by any "steady-state" model of impacting debris ... spread across
the lifetime of the solar system!
It can ONLY be satisfied if Steins was, indeed, exposed
to "a sudden, short-duration rain of high-speed blast-wave- objects
(below) ... causing out-of-proportion destructive impacts from the distant,
cataclysmic destruction of an entire planet!"
Thus, the EPH model -- immediately and easily -- can account
for two major puzzles stemming from Steins' close-in imaging
observations ... observations that are left completely unanswered by all
the prevailing asteroid models ....
So, what else could it explain ...?--
How about this little mystery ... also voiced
that Saturday morning, by Rosetta camera principal investigator, H. Uwe
"... you also see a chain of craters
[on Steins], about seven craters in a line. Those are a
phenomenon we observe on the Moon; [there] they are either produced
by a multiple impact or by ejecta [from one impact]. On
a small body like this we really have to think about what the
explanation of this is [emphasis added] ...."
Here (below) is what Keller was referring to:
His polite "... we really have to think about
what the explanation of this is ..." was just another way of
"We haven't a CLUE to what's really going
So, while the "mainstream" asteroid model cannot
seem to figure out how to produce, not only the heavy concentration
of impact craters seen on Steins' eastern hemisphere, but an additional
"impact crater chain"--
Again, the EPH model easily can.
The mysterious "Steins' crater chain" (according
to the EPH) is simply the subsequent collision of Steins with one of those
"multiply-bound asteroid systems" that Van Flandern
predicted also HAD to form ... if a planet can really destroy itself in
Such multiple, gravitationally-bound systems would have
been inevitably fostered by "whirling debris ... orbiting around
other whirling debris ..." all created in the turbulence
of the expanding debris cloud from that explosion ...
a sequence of inevitable events caused by the fragmentation, pulverization
and subsequent ejection into space of an entire planetary crust!
quoting Van Flandern--
" ... the most basic explosion indicator [from
the EPH Model] is that all fragments of significant mass
will trap smaller nearby debris from the explosion into satellite
orbits [around the larger fragments - emphasis added] ...."
Thus, in the context of the EPH model, it is obvious from
the close-up images of Steins that this type of "multi-body,
orbiting system collision ..." is the most likely source of this,
otherwise "inexplicable" line of craters stitched up Steins'
entire eastern flank.
Providing further confirmation of this model, is the fact
that these "multiple impacts" also occurred, significantly,
directly opposite the far less-damaged "Rosetta approach
hemisphere" ... as if they also were coming directly from
the source of "an explosion" ... behind Steins--
Again, all in exact accordance with the Exploding
Leaving us with remarkable new evidence -- "2867
Steins" itself! -- for the previously determined existence (from
other evidence ...) of "a ~ 65-million-year-old, ancient, solar system
civilization ... which, for some reason, needed to build three-mile-wide,
space platforms -- one of which, was shaped like a perfectly cut
diamond in the sky ... and was then almost destroyed.
Which, of course, brings up the fascinating question:
"WHY a ... 'diamond-cut' ... geometry?"
In the ESA (and every other mainstream) model for the
formation of 2867 Steins, it is assumed that this object -- like the literally
hundreds of thousands of other asteroids now catalogued -- is simply,
literally "a chip off the old block." That,
through incessant collisions ... over billions of years ... newly-formed
"rocks" like Steins, left over from the forming solar system,
would have been inexorably shaped ("ground down" ...) by relentless
external impacts ... into their current configurations.
In this model, Steins' "impossibly precise"
diamond-cut geometry is, if course, seen as purely accidental ... the
simple "interesting" result of those innumerably random interplanetary
For this reason, any data supporting the current Enterprise
hypothesis -- that Steins was, in fact, deliberately, intelligently manufactured
... and, as a carefully-planned 'diamond in the sky'" --
could be decisive ... in terms of deciding if Steins is, in fact, a bona
fide "artificial construct" ....
Well, we have found that data.
* * *
Just as we proposed that the
geometric shape of Iapetus was "by design"
... and a major clue to its ultimate end use ... as a radar-stealthy
So, we have reached similar technical conclusions regarding
That, all other attributes aside, one of its key geometric
functions seems to have been deliberately designed to interact
with radar ... in a highly specific fashion--
TO BE DETECTED!
In other words, every aspect of Steins' geometry -- from
the technical radar-return perspective -- seems to be the
exact opposite of the geometry of Iapetus; while Iapetus' geometry
was apparently designed to "hide" ... Steins geometry cannot
help but shout out to any active radar system--
"HERE I AM!"
Which -- when put together with WHERE Steins was
discovered orbiting (10 degrees above, but within, the Main Belt Asteroids
...), and how close this is to the proposed
orbital location of the original "exploding Planet V"--
Leads directly to Steins' potential PURPOSE.
As a "city-sized" rescue craft ...
from the same ancient solar system catastrophe we've been discussing!
If you look even casually at Steins' remarkably faithful
"diamond-cut" geometry (below, left), and compare it with the
classic reasons for that specific cut (below, right), you reach
a very interesting conclusion:
Diamonds are cut the way they are for one essential reason:
To interact "brilliantly" with light.
If we replace these classic "lightwave" reflections
and refractions (above, right center) with microwaves,
the geometric "diamond principle" still applies ... if
the interior and exterior manufacturing geometry also remains
And, if the material used in this construction interacts
with these radar wavelengths in the same fashion as "light"
does (within the crystalline geometry of a real diamond ...).
The overall effect will then also be precisely
Thus creating an "artificial, miles-wide diamond
in the sky" -- which would literally "sparkle" (on a radar
screen) with the reflected/refracted microwave energy being beamed
at it ... just as a real diamond does when hit by light (below)!
(Which, of course, returns us to those "highly anomalous
radar signatures" of ALL the E-class asteroids currently investigated;
what would radar observations specifically of "2867 Steins"
now reveal ...?!)
This, of course, is exactly the type of "passive
beacon" property you'd want to build into any space fleet
of "rescue platforms" (designed to house literally millions
of refugees from a dying planet) ... platforms that you would desperately
needed a foolproof system to relocate, anywhere in the solar
system ... after the catastrophe!
As can be seen in our example (above, right center), from
one angle, the proper "diamond cut" -- regardless of the specific
material -- has the unique property of reflecting the incoming energy
(be it light or microwaves ... ) directly back along the incident
path ... a property called "retroreflection."
This technique was used very effectively by the Apollo Project, in designing
the arrays of optical, diamond-shaped prisms (below,
right) the astronauts carried to the Moon for the "Moonbounce
laser experiments" that has continued to take place over the last
several decades, after they departed ....
Such a "retroreflection" principle, if deliberately
embodied in the design of the diamond-shaped "space platform,"
such as Steins ... is the one parameter that would have insured
its quick location (if it survived ...) -- regardless of its damaged condition
or orbit ... after the Planet V explosion ....
* * *
This scenario also answers several additional questions
raised by Rosetta's Steins' Encounter, including the major one:
"Why is it still there?"
As previously noted, among the two dozen or so craters
initially identified ... heavily concentrated in this eastern hemisphere,
Rosetta discovered one real "monster" -- covering the entire
northern rotational pole ... and almost a mile wide -- on an object only
about three times wider than the crater itself (below)!
As soon as everyone saw that massive impact scar, the
question that immediately came to mind (including,
among the ESA scientists themselves ...) was:
"Why didn't that disproportionate collision ...
totally destroy this tiny object!?
Again, the "space platform" hypothesis has a
ready, elegant answer ....
If Steins is NOT a "normal"
asteroid ... if it is really a "city-sized, space platform"
-- with a geometry specifically built-in to return "microwave
scanning beams" (radar ...) directly to their sources--
Then, this yawning "polar crater" suddenly takes
on a totally different character ....
That, despite its misleading appearance, it's NOT just
another "impact crater" ... but a specific, integral part of
Steins' carefully designed, geometrically precise "diamond structure"--
A carefully tailored opening (now, of course, badly eroded
by megayears of micrometeorite abrasion ...), originally designed to allow
microwaves to penetrate deeply ... directly ... into Steins'
interior (below) -- so those same microwaves would then be reflected directly
back to the radar stations searching for Stein's location ... after
the explosion of Planet V!
If this analysis is accurate (thus, requiring no "asteroid
shattering" impact at all ...), it immediately prompts reexamination
of all the other "craters" on Steins' surface -- so
many that, even the official ESA analysis noted
their curious abundance "... in a far higher concentration than
would be expected for such a small object ...."
If we look at Steins' from the perspective of a "man-made"
object (in the broadest understanding of that term ...), and NOT "just
another asteroid" -- our perception of its images ... and the size,
nature and distribution of these other surface "craters" ...
And we begin to see another, otherwise completely overlooked
Which neatly "lines up" craters that are not
only "all about the same size ... and regularly-spaced" ...
but, suspiciously all in the same plane as Stein's remarkable
"diamond girdle" feature (below).
From this obviously non-random distribution, one can cautiously
speculate that these "aligned girdle craters" in this eastern
hemisphere are, in fact, the shattered remains of those remarkable "protruding
flanges" seen on the other side of Steins! Only, in this
hemisphere, they've now been smashed and almost totally destroyed ...
with only their surrounding structural framework and connection to the
massive "North/South buttresses" still partially surviving ....
As to to their original functions, that could be anything--
"Cavernous airlocks" ... "spacecraft docking
bays" ... "fuel storage tanks" ... anything ...
requiring "a large, enclosed volume ... in the 'girdle plane'"--
"Volumes" that are now totally, catastrophically
exposed to space ... but that have preserved, even in deaths, their tell-tale
geometric spacing ....
* * *
It should be crystal clear by now that I don't believe
for a nanosecond the ESA "party line" ... that the Narrow-Angle
Camera "suddenly went into safe mode ... all by itself ..."
just before Encounter; I mean, how convenient ....
But, it gets worse.
Based on the preceding evidence, it is my growing suspicion
that "2867 Steins" may not have been a "random target of
opportunity" after all -- but was, in fact, a clandestine
Prime Objective of the Rosetta Mission ... from the beginning!
If this analysis is true, then Rosetta's whole
"delayed departure story" -- and its back-up choice of an entirely
different comet to its original primary objective ("Comet
Wirtanen") could have been part of an elaborate, clandestine different
mission all along--
To successfully fly-by Steins--
And confirm, first-hand, the remarkable suspicions about
Steins which ESA (somehow ...) already had in its possession!
But, how would THAT be possible?
For almost a decade, Enterprise has been researching
not only the technical cover-ups of imaging and other planetary data at
NASA pertaining to "an ancient, solar-system-wide, extraterrestrial
civilization ...", but the completely unexpected social and cultural
environment surrounding this most elusive topic. Over the years here at
Enterprise we have presented increasingly
robust evidence supporting the idea that (for some arcane, ritual
reasons ...) inside NASA, secret "Masonic rituals" are embodied
in essentially every NASA launch ... NASA planetary fly-by ...
or NASA mission landing ....
Our latest, in-depth presentation of the latest evidence
is available in our New York Times bestseller (with Mike Bara):
Mission: the Secret History of NASA."
NASA (and every other global space program ...
including ESA ... we have come to slowly realize) appears now to not only
have a definite hidden agenda "... to locate and secretly
investigate ancient, extraterrestrial ruins in the solar system
...", driven by some kind of bizarre "ritual plan" -- they
have standing orders to conceal this Prime Objective (and how
they carry it out ...) with a "plausible, scientific cover-mission."
The latter, of course, is designed primarily to keep their respective
taxpayers (and even most scientists involved ...) completely in the
dark about the real reasons for these "competing" interplanetary
missions' (increasingly being conducted by ... the Chinese ... the Japanese
... the Russians ... the Indians ... the Europeans ...)--
And their true objectives.
So, how would ESA have KNOWN that Steins was "an
object of interest" ... BEFORE it did the fly-by?
There are two rational answers to this crucial question:
Either ESA combined all the existing Earth-based scientific
data on the "E-class" asteroids previously discussed -- spectral
observations, photometry, radar ... -- and did realize (as stated
...) that Steins, as a representative of this unique asteroid type, was
fortuitously "on the way" to an eventual secondary
comet target (Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko), in 2014 ... as advertised.
In other words, they got INCREDIBLY lucky ....
The ESA designers of the complete 10-year Rosetta Mission
Plan had access to "secret documents" (from sources "in
the know ..."), regarding the true, artificial
nature of "2867 Steins" -- and thus based their entire
10-year "secret mission" on the early rendezvous with Steins
... with the much-publicized "later comet rendezvous" actually
being just the "cover story" ....
It would be far easier NOT to suspect all of this at this
point ... were it not for the fact that the mission's overall, official
name is directly taken from NASA's own covert ritual "Masonic
For those needing a bit of a refresher vis a vis "Rosetta,"
here's a reference from one
of the ESA mission news reports, back in 2004--
"... Rosetta takes its name from the Rosetta
Stone [below], which gave archaeologists the tools to decipher Egyptian
hieroglyphics. Project scientists hope their orbiter-lander
mission is the astronomical equivalent of its namesake, giving astronomers
the tools they need to decipher the nature of comets [emphasis added]
Totally in keeping with this "Egyptian motif,"
ESA then went even further ... naming the key camera system aboard
its planned comet-chasing spacecraft, "OSIRIS" (below)--
With a logo on every officially released Steins "OSIRIS
image" -- literally spelling out (in Ancient Egyptian!) the name
of this most important of Egyptian "gods" (below, upper right
Here (below, left) is a magnified version of that official
OSIRIS logo -- side-by-side (below, right) with its Egyptian hieroglyphic
So, why is "Osiris" important to any "potentially
secret Rosetta Mission to 'an ancient space platform' ...?"
Here's how Mike and I described just one example of NASA's
documentable obsession with "Osiris" ... in Dark
"... Orion [Osiris] was ... the only [Apollo
16] Lunar Module in the entire Apollo Program which was not
deliberately crashed back into the Moon after the astronauts had
left the Moon, returned to the Command Module and were safely on
their way home--
"Obviously -- because this Lunar Module
was the literal 'stellar embodiment' of the sacred Egyptian god
of the Dead and Resurrection ... Osiris ...."
"...of the Dead and Resurrection ...."
For a Mission whose secret objective (if we're
right ...) was "to fly-by one of the long-dead, ancient solar system's
surviving artificial space platforms ..." -- and
thereby resurrect its memory -- the naming choice was perfect
Further, in looking at the released OSIRIS frames, particularly
the one NAC color view taken about ten and a half minutes before Closest
Approach, I also couldn't help but notice a striking resemblance to another
Look at this side-by side-comparison (below), and see
if you don't notice an eerie parallel yourself ....
"Horus," in Egyptian mythology, is represented
by a falcon ... a bird of prey ....
Scholar Alan Alford has written several
books (below) exploring potential links between such "ancient
Egyptian and Sumerian mythologies" ... and the potential cultural
effects of a bona fide "ancient solar-system-wide cataclysm, resulting
from the physical explosion of an entire planet ...."
He even terms this his "exploded planet cult theory"--
"... it is impossible to say whether knowledge
of these 'exploded planet cults' has survived to the 21st century,
but there is plentiful evidence of an esoteric belief system flowing
down through secret societies during the last two thousand years.
Many of the themes picked up in my book are, for example, evident
in certain Renaissance paintings, causing me to suspect that certain
artists were initiated into exactly the same secrets which I am
now sharing in my book ...."
Based on the results of our completely independent research,
I would say Alford's "exploded planet cult ... " is quite alive
and well ... and, among other places, living "high off the taxpayers"
both in NASA and in ESA ....
Looking at this remarkable Rosetta comparison (above),
one is definitely struck by the eerie resemblance between "the inanimate
architecture of an ancient, massive platform ... flying through space
..." and the features of a living symbol ... "a falcon
metaphor for a far more ancient inanimate form ... known formally
as 'the distant one'
... flying through the skies of Ancient Egypt ...."
That such a mythological overlay is more than "coincidental,"
is the thesis of much of Alford's work: which is, that the ancient mythological
images and "textual codes" underlying all Egyptian Civilization
(such as those attached to "Horus"... ) and the Sumerian's equally
striking "sky imagery," are actually metaphorical "explanations"
of potentially real, incredibly ancient personages and events
... from that long-lost period of pre and post cataclysm solar-system
And Horus was, of course, the son of OSIRIS.
What better that "an OSIRIS camera" ... to take
"his" close-up imagery now ...?
If Ancient Egypt was the "metaphorical map"
of people and events from an even more "unimaginable time ..."
-- endlessly relived and replayed in the mythology of much more "recent"
ancient civilizations here on Earth -- this could well answer our key
How did ESA KNOW before they sent the mission
... that Steins was, in actuality, an artificial platform!?
Because of the current existence of Alford's
"exploded planet cult ..." which (again, somehow ...) provided
ESA with access to far more ancient (and far less "ambiguous"
...) solar system information ...
Perhaps in the form of carefully preserved texts
... even actual images (!) ....
Whatever form this information took, it apparently (judging
by the results) faithfully recorded snippets of real "ancient
solar system events ..." and even incredibly useful navigation
data, such as possibly ... exact ephemerides (locations ...) of some surviving
ancient spacecraft orbiting the Sun ... masquerading as "mere asteroids"
even now ....
If any of this speculation is true ... it could finally,
neatly, explain the otherwise "almost impossible-to-understand"
overall Rosetta Mission Plan ... the "extended,
tortuous course" that ESA (claimed it) was forced to send Rosetta
on ... just to reach "its" back-up comet, Comet
In truth, because Steins currently orbits "ten degrees
above the solar system plane ...", any clandestine mission would
HAVE HAD to involve such a critical set of complex maneuvers after leaving
Earth ... all to effect THAT crucial, unavoidable "plane change"
to reach Steins' orbit.
And, "plane changes" in interplanetary travel
are EXTREMELY expensive -- in terms of fuel.
So, if Steins was the Primary Mission all along, then
the selection of a second comet, ALSO orbiting well above the solar system
plane, was ESSENTIAL to the cover story ... with one big loophole--
If an "alternate comet" was needed as a target
(after "Comet Wirtanen" had been originally selected and then
scrapped, forced by the delay) ... why did ESA choose another comet ALSO
in "a highly inclined orbit?" Every extra day spent on the ground,
after being fabricated, was an extra day on which some onboard random
electronic system could literally break down (fail ...) -- resulting potentially
in a later mission loss!
Why add EXTRA, "risky" time (~11 years ...)
-- hundreds of millions of extra miles traveling through space, looping
past planets ... once ... twice ... three times! -- all, just
to rendezvous with another "highly-inclined comet"
(Wirtanen has an inclination
of almost 12 degrees ...)?
Much more accessible comets orbit much closer
to the central solar system plane ...?!
Instead of eleven years ... such an alternative "in
plane" comet rendezvous could have been achieved in just a couple
So, why add the highly risky "extra time" ...?
Unless you HAD to--
In order, in a MOST undercover way ... to fly-by Steins!
* * *
The idea that somewhere in Europe ... or in Washington
... there exist mind-blowing photographic blow-ups of Steins
from Rosetta's fully-operational Narrow-Angle Camera, photographs
five times closer than the ones we have now ... photographs that
show astonishing, individual artifacts (!) from Steins' ancient,
manufactured origins ... artifacts lying in ruin on its blasted surface
even now ... is enough to make any patriotic American's blood boil!
Who are these "elites" ... that they
would steal an entire "Pre-Fall" human history
from all the rest of us!?
And, when will it end?
As the watchword of this entire political season goes--
"Change IS coming ..."
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