This Friday afternoon
(1:52 PM Pacific; 4:52 PM Eastern), March 10, 2006, NASA successfully
inserted its latest spacecraft into Martian orbit – a two and a half ton,
$720 million dollar unmanned probe, dubbed “Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter”
Over the next 6 months – from March to October, 2006 – the new spacecraft will be guided via remote control (from NASA’s interplanetary control center, located at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in Southern California), through hundreds of repeated, delicate, celestial mechanics maneuvers called “aerobraking passes” – each designed to slow MRO down minutely -- by allowing it to lose energy via the friction of repeated “aerobraking” flights through Mars ultra-thin upper atmosphere. These carefully controlled dips into the Martian stratosphere will ultimately shrink the initial, highly elliptical MRO “capture” orbit of March 10th (above) – from some 27,000 miles above Mars, down to a 158-mile by 199-mile, 2-hour, near circular polar orbit around Mars in October, 2006 (below).
Official science observations
with the new spacecraft -- from the High Resolution Imaging Science
Experiment; the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer
for Mars; the Context Camera; the Mars Color
Imager; the Mars Climate Sounder; the Atmospheric
Structure Investigation; the Gravity Investigation;
and the Shallow Subsurface Radar, as well as three additional
“technological demonstrations” acquiring data for future unmanned missions
-- will begin on or about November 8th … from that unprecedented close-in
This final MRO science orbit will, in fact, be the lowest ever established for any NASA Martian spacecraft (the still functioning Mars Surveyor and Mars Odyssey missions are at much higher altitudes than MRO’s planned final height – currently approximately 250 miles above the planet). The primary reason for this unique MRO orbit is to take full advantage of the most powerful science instrument on-board, in fact, the most powerful instrument ever sent to Mars – a 20-inch diameter telescope and associated CCD camera, the heart of MRO’s “High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE).
From this close polar orbit, sweeping around Mars once every two hours at an average altitude of less than 180 miles, by the end of the nominal two-year MRO Science Mission, approximately 1% of the Martian surface will have been imaged in high resolution by the HiRISE telescope/camera. “High resolution” in this case really means something: less than 12-inch pixel resolution! Or (for a “three-pixel object identification criteria”), an average resolution of individual objects on the Martian surface of less than three feet across!
This is a factor of two better than the latest, adjusted down-track Mars Surveyor imaging. And about five times better than any previous “extended imaging” by any preceding Martian spacecraft -- all according to the official NASA MRO arrival press kit.
Here (below) is a
sample of what the HiRISE telescope seems capable of doing: an image of
the Moon, taken from about 6 million miles away, as MRO was leaving the
Earth-Moon System for Mars. The shot was acquired September 8, 2005 for
“calibration purposes,” looking back at the crescent lunar disc. The large,
distinctly hexagonal feature on the right is the well-known Mare
So, what is NASA planning to “shoot” on the Martian surface with this unprecedented NRO-quality “spy camera” at Mars …?
Rocks … followed by more rocks … then … entire fields of rocks ….
Or, in “NASA-ese” ….
“…researchers will use the high-resolution camera to examine shapes of deposits and other land forms produced by geologic and climatic processes … Other anticipated targets include gullies, dunes and patterned ground ...”
“Paired images of top-priority target areas taken from slightly different angles during different orbits will yield three-dimensional views revealing differences in height as small as 5 centimeters (10 inches) [sic] ….”
Translation: top-priority NASA targets … for another tax-payer-funded mission to the Planet Mars which, based on our experience of the last 30 years, is again not going to show us what’s important after it arrives … unless we politically demand it.
Since those bombshell Viking images in 1976 of a place called “Cydonia” on Mars – with its haunting, mile-wide 1500-foot-high “Face” staring up from the deserted Martian sands a thousand miles below -- those who have followed this extraordinary story have basically divided into two very distinct camps:
The folks who think the whole idea of “a former, extremely advanced ‘lost civilization’ on the planet Mars” is obviously nuts … like this customer reviewer on Amazon, of the 5th Edition of my book on these last 30 years, “The Monuments of Mars”:
This last critique obviously represents the folks who, on examining all the scientific evidence developed over these last three decades regarding our “Martian Intelligence Hypothesis” … have come to radically differing conclusions from both the unthinking followers of “mainstream science” … if not the folks at NASA.
For NASA, of course, officially maintains that our ideas -- and the decades of accumulated multi-disciplinary evidence presented to support them -- are lacking both in evidence and any “science’ ….
Nothing, of course, could be farther from the truth … as anyone objectively examining just the most recent Cydonia images can easily observe.
This example (below) was taken by NASA’s unmanned Mars Odyssey mission in late 2003: an eastern-illuminated image of the Face (after more than 20 years of only photos taken with the Sun coming from the west) -- revealing both an astonishing “luminosity,” as well as remarkable rectilinear geometry … all along the eastern half ….
For, such abnormal, selective reflectivity – to say nothing of the obvious regular geometry blatantly visible all across the eastern side, as well as obvious color differences with other features right next door – cannot any longer be “explained” in terms of “natural Martian mesas” ….
When you composite
this eastern-illuminated Odyssey image with a black-and-white
western-lit Mars Surveyor view (acquired in 2001 -- below), and
examine carefully the combined symmetry of the Face “platform,” the aligned
nature of the “highly reflective geometry” with the centerline of the
larger Face itself, and the repeating symmetry of other key features,
east and west -- any further comparisons with “natural mesas” becomes
blatantly absurd ….
This is a mega-work of ET engineering ….
Whose “protected” eastern side is apparently still exhibiting remnants of its original “anomalous composition and construction!”
The fact that over
a decade earlier, Mark Carlotto and Mike Stein (then employed by The Analytical
Science Corporation -- a Defense Department contract company), quietly
major “fractal analysis” of this same object -- using computer algorithms
later used (successfully!) for the first time in the 1991 Gulf War for
the detection of Sadham Hussein’s tanks against the natural background
of the highly similar Saudi deserts (below) -- and found that the Face
is “the more non-fractal (‘unnatural’) than a Hussein tank” … is finally
explained by this remarkable Odyssey pre-dawn Face image; for,
it is now strikingly apparent that significant sections of the Face’s
formerly highly manufactured (and still reflective) geometric surface
… are still in place ….
This crucial view
of the highly-reflective geometry still present on the Face’s eastern
side (below) was acquired with only 20-meter-per-pixel resolution
(~800 inches). Imagine what the MRO HiRISE camera – at 12 inches per
pixel (!) … 66 times greater resolution than Mars Odyssey
... and in color no less -- could now confirm about this object ....
If NASA will only take the proper multi-spectral images… and at the proper time of day… during the two-year MRO Mission!!
Why has the scientific prospect of Cydonia, the potential for the confirmation of a bonafide ET civilization once living in the same solar system as ourselves, been met with such vitriol and outright opposition … by tax-payer supported personnel working directly for NASA, supposedly the American Space Agency representing all American scientific points of view? Why has there not been one peer-reviewed scientific paper, published in any scientific literature, analyzing Cydonia objectively … or, providing substantive, evidentiary refutation of the “Intelligence Hypothesis” itself ... in more than 30 years?
Why has the entire “campaign” against Cydonia and the genuine existence of its mile-wide monuments, been relegated to the realm of “name calling” of the key independent researchers … and outright lies about the evidence?!
Because, the “fix” is in ….
Mars is, indeed, the
“Forbidden Planet” of the solar system … as we shall demonstrate.
But… some forty years before our published work!!
These included finding
“ruins on the Moon”; “tetrahedrons” as the key to a new Physics; “feline”
statues on the planet Mars; ... and even an “exploded planet” as the genesis
of the current Asteroid Belt … where the “precursor race” which left the
ruins at Cydonia on Mars actually originated ….
Critics, of course, immediately rushed to dismiss this astonishing new evidence as merely “a series of coincidences.”
In fact, the odds are millions-to-one against assembling all these separate, inherently unconnected “pieces” into a coherent “Martian story” … which we ourselves only figured out two decades after the production of this set ….
Unless, way back then … someone also knew!
Now we have found additional, even more remarkable evidence supporting this extraordinary scenario: that “someone” -- decades before they went to Cydonia and found it -- somehow knew what NASA in 1976 would discover as “the Face on Mars!”
The cover (reproduced below) is from a September, 1958, Harvey Comic book series, Issue #2, entitled “Race For the Moon.” The EERIELY PREDICTIVE blurb (Moon ... Mars, anyone?) says it all:
“REPORT FROM MOON TO MARS EXPEDITION ‘1’:
“UPON REACHING RED
PLANET, MADE DISCOVERY OF STARTLING NATURE …
ON MARS ….”
This is only one story in this prescient compilation, written (and drawn) by the so-called “King” of comics from the 1950’s to the 1970’s, the inimitable Jack Kirby. Kirby wrote this amazingly prophetic tale only eleven months after the Space Age officially began -- with the surprising Russian launch of Sputnik 1, October 4, 1957--
But -- eighteen years before the rest of us would see (from Viking 1) what was waiting for the Human Race on Mars ….
“FROM THE MOON TO
THE RED PLANET! – WHERE YOU WILL SEE THE GREAT
“FACE ON MARS.”
So, in 1958 … how did Kirby know?!
“The Face On Mars”,
penciled by Jack Kirby and inked by Al Williamson. – On an expedition
One reasonable possibility
is that Jack Kirby somehow saw the same View Master reels from “Tom Corbett:
Space Cadet” that we were loaned -- only much, much earlier. However,
this cannot be the answer ... because the Corbett reels – while containing
much extraordinary information relating to Cydonia we have verfied five
decades later – did NOT contain a single mention of “a giant
face on Mars!”
So -- if he didn’t get his information from “Tom Corbett,” regarding “ruins of an ancient, war-torn civilization on the planet Mars … presided over by a giant head …” -- how did Jack Kirby know about “the Face!?
The answers’ obvious: he was simply told.
By “who” is the key question, isn’t it? As well as “why” ….
“What does any of
this have to do with acquiring new HiRISE images of the Face and other
structures at Cydonia from the latest NASA mission?”
UPDATE – March 24, 2006
Taken from 1547 miles up, this first test image is composed of ten individual frames “stiched” together at the University of Arizona’s HiRISE Operations Center … only a tease for the tens of thousands of even more spectacular MRO HiRISE images to follow in the coming months.
Even at that resolution, some fascinating details have been revealed.
To begin: examine again closely the enlargement of the full-res image released this morning by the HiRISE Team (above).
That highly peculiar “rounded feature” near the middle of the frame, right, looks distinctly like some kind of massive artificial structure … slowly being uncovered after burial a long time ago under reviously deposited sediments (note the “cliff” behind it ... also being eroded back) ….
Its overall shape, the obvious geometry on top, its juxtaposition next to a number of other, equally “geometric” features … all are suggestive of “another massive Martian ruin being slowly uncovered by the changing Martian climate” ….
That’s what’s waiting for us on this Mission -- if we take the proper political actions to ensure that this superb camera gets aimed at the IMPORTANT features on this plane this time!
In another section of the same mosaic (from which the previous close-up was acquired), we find more geometry (below) … again, highly reminiscent of the “slow erosion of an overburden of earth covering a former, artificial complex” ….
First: the highly geometric ruins (!!), lying in the bottom of the shallow “crater” on the right – looking for all the world like excavated Anasazi Great Houses here in the American Southwest (enlargement -- below) ….
“‘Forbidden’ Isn’t Just a Metaphor ….”