By Richard C. Hoagland
© 2006 The Enterprise Mission
Here we go again ….
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”
Billed in the official
NASA press kit as carrying “the most powerful telescopic camera ever
sent to a foreign planet …” ( a most curious turn of phrase …), MRO --
after a 27-minute, high-risk deceleration burn of its on-board rocket
system – was successfully slowed enough from its high-speed interplanetary
approach, for Martian gravity to capture it in a long, elliptical 35-hour
orbit – ranging from a low point of about 250 miles above the Martian
surface, to a high point of over 27,000 miles (below).
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”
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] ….”
Catch that caveat “… top-priority targets.”
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
* * *
Let’s face it -- for the last three decades, NASA has effectively
stonewalled the American people … and the World … on the greatest story
in history … or, more appropriately, in pre-history.
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”:
“He is full of bunk. It is a good thing I did not have to pay for this
‘Science Fiction’, and not
good fiction. You want to pull your own teeth out. Full of holes.”
And then -- the rest of us … like this other Amazon reviewer—
“I read some of the negative reviews here at Amazon, and they all struck
me as inane drivel of the highest degree. If you're going to agree or
disagree with any thesis you have to show why. If all you're going to
come up with is name-calling and arguments about "math in cereal"
(!!!, man, give us a break), or other, even worse, ‘arguments,’ like ‘NASA
says it ain’t no face and that's what I believe,’ you're, in my mind,
absolutely and positively hopeless. If, in the end, NASA and any institution
of that order is for you a credible source, why bother thinking? Turn
your brain OFFICIALLY off and let whomever, may that be NASA or anybody
else, program it for you. Why read what Hoagland or a number of other
researchers out there profess?
“‘The Monuments Of Mars’ is a book for people who are keen of doing something
rare: think for
themselves. In order to do that, you need to entertain whatever available
notion is out there, even if it
totally comes in conflict with the definition of the world in your mind.
Especially if such a notion is well
argued and has been hardly refuted with adequacy.
“For those not familiar with what's presented in this book, here's a very
( and I mean, very) short
summary: Hoagland, along with a team of scientists ranging anywhere from
geologists to physicists to
computer programmers who [process] photos, to historians and other specialties,
analyzed a vast series of photographs taken by NASA of the Cydonia region
in Mars, photos in which the infamous “Face” appears, along with other
clearly geometrical features such as pyramids or the clear designs of
a former city. All these features, and their undisputed geometry, one
would have to be either blind not to see, or terminally brainwashed.
“The only question which remained, was to first verify through statistical
probability what the odds were of these features having been made ‘naturally’.
The odds are so staggeringly low that it would be a travesty to dismiss
these as natural creations. The next, and more important questions, have
to do with ‘who made them and why.’
“Why resort to odds when we could have more and clearer photographs of
these features, so the matter could be put to rest? Well, that's just
it (especially for the naysayers), because NASA refuses to
re-photograph the region with a high-resolution camera, saying ‘there's
nothing there to be seen.’ And
that despite all the ‘noise’ about these features. Mysterious if not downright
obviously and undoubtedly so.
“I don't intend to go more into what Hoagland says. You can pretty much
imagine in broad lines, and
besides it's your decision and your inclination whether you'll invest
the effort in reading his book anyway. To me, if your inclination is beforehand
negative, you would've easily fit into a past world [where people] thought
the world is flat because the church or ‘scientists’ say so. And I could
list a high number of such embarrassing examples; there's no shortage
of them, nor will there ever be.
“As to the book itself, it is one which is incredibly researched. The
degree of scholarship in it is superb, and more importantly, it is not
the work of ONE person. Hoagland did not sit down and think all this up
as some would like the case to be. There's a vast array of people who
worked with him from the scientific community and who agree with him.
There's also a number of other researchers who did NOT research this subject
but yet came to the same conclusions with him. Sitchin would be one. Robert
Temple would be another. And the list does go on you know, as any search
on alternative archaeology in Amazon or elsewhere would show you.
“The fact that we know only 5000-7000 years of human history, when this
planet numbers over [billions of years] of existence, means that we are
actually in the dark about our origins. At least as far as ‘mainstream
science’ is concerned, and this is a fact they accept themselves while
offering us all kinds of comical explanations and tons of ‘missing links’
in the process. The truth might be in fact very simple, that is, simple
if you actually realize that the Universe is very probably bursting with
intelligent life, not only now, but for millions of years in the past,
and that the chance that we are in very intriguing ways connected with
the ‘out there’ is also nothing shocking. It only is if you allow the
world in your mind to be something painfully small.
“Only reading this book will more than likely not be enough to provide
you with all the data supporting
such theories. Yes I mean data, and not speculations. Raw data. You will
need to pick up some Sitchin, some Temple, some Colin Wilson, or others.
Only then will you able to form a more spherical and stronger opinion.
“But if you haven't done so up to now, Hoagland's book is a great place
to start. Absolutely essential
material for people not content with the hilarious version of the truth
spoon-fed to us on a daily basis ….”
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 ….
This pre-sunrise NASA view is such an obvious embarrassment to those who
have insisted for so long that this iconic Cydonia feature is “just a
natural pile of rocks,” that it has been resolutely ignored by
the naysayers ever since its acquisition. This, despite our own publication
of a detailed analysis here at Enterprise (“The
Light Finally Dawns at Cydonia ….”) for why this “pre-dawn
image” is now so scientifically revealing ….
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 ….
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!!
* * *
Which brings us to: why not?
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.
In 2000, we published on Enterprise the first hard evidence (“Planets,
Hyperdimensional Physics -- and Tom Corbett, Space Cadet?! Or, What Did
They Know, and When Did They Know it?”) indicating that “someone”
somehow knew of “Cydonia” and “tetrahedrons on Mars” long
before we ever went to space! A series of color “View Master” reels
(below), loaned to us in 1992 – originally produced as a pilot in the
1950’s for the CBS hit television series, “Tom Corbett, Space Cadet” --
revealed stunning details of our own Cydonia investigation, first published
in 1987 in “The
Monuments of Mars” and here at Enterprise—
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
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 …
INITIAL STUDY OF OBJECT NOW UNDER WAY; HAVE MEASURED ITS
DIMENSIONS; ANALYZED ITS SUBSTANCE; PRESENT OBJECTIVE IS TO FIND
OUT THE SECRET OF—
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
EYES THAT LOOK OUT ACROSS THE AGES! AND THEY HAVE A STORY TO
TELL! LISTEN TO THE GIANT—
“FACE ON MARS.”
So, in 1958 … how
did Kirby know?!
from Kirby’s “Face on Mars” holds the crucial clues:
“The Face On Mars”,
penciled by Jack Kirby and inked by Al Williamson. – On an expedition
Earth’s moon to the planet Mars, an international team of astronauts –
led by American Ben Fisher –
discover a huge carving
of a Martian face – that’s as big as a mountain! Ascending to the inscrutable
statue’s hollow eyes, Fisher plunges inside, where he finds a green, sunlit
countryside with cool, rich and breathable air, one which shelters a civilization
of ‘magnificent giants.’ Suddenly, the otherworldly city is attacked by
insect-like airborne craft, which bomb the giant’s homeland into ruins.
Outraged, Fisher blasts away at the potato-like
invaders who emerge from the landing aircraft, offering them a taste
of their own ‘medicine.’ Appalled by the wanton destruction, Fisher eventually
locates a hidden stronghold of the surviving members of the race of Martian
giants. As he eavesdrops, the Earthman sees one of them pilot a rocket
to destroy their enemy’s home base, an unknown planet located somewhere
between Mars and Jupiter! Suddenly, Fisher begins to gasp for breath!
Blacking out as he falls into oblivion, Fisher eventually awakens on the
floor of the Martian desert, with an oxygen mask strapped to his face,
while his expedition-mates hover over him. Fisher explains that the statue
[the Face on Mars] contains ‘a visual history of a race’s heroic death
– and the triumph of a surviving memory’. Later, as they pilot their rocket
to Jupiter, to Earth, Fisher and his team take careful notice of the debris-strewn
asteroid belt – ‘the pieces of a planet that blew up between Mars and
As does an actual set of panels from this remarkable comic book itself:
So, how does a lowly “comic artist” in the 1950’s become privy to the
Greatest Secret in the History of Man … before it could be known?!
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” ….
* * *
In Part II, we’ll present additional examples – also decades before Viking
-- of a now provable 1950’s “Hollywood Connection” to the wonders
of “a lost civilization at Cydonia.” And, address the crucial question:
“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?”
That too will become obvious.
UPDATE – March
The first MRO image mosaic taken by the spacecraft’s 20-inch telescope/camera
assembly (called “HiRISE” – for “High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment”)
just came in … and it’s spectacular (see highly reduced resolution version
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.
The small box (outlined above) shows the area of the full-resolution close-up
from the mosaic also released by the HiRISE Team this morning (below).
This full-resolution image was enlarged from the previous image.
Once the spacecraft has aerobraked into its final 2-hour, circular science
orbit (from the highly elliptical path the spacecraft is currently following
around Mars -- below), the images from the HiRISE camera should become
some ten times sharper than the image above … capable of resolving
individual objects less than three feet across!
The official “three-pixel, recognizable resolution” for individual objects
in this current, full-res HIRISE image is a little over 30 feet ….
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
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” ….
Imagine images of this object with ten times this initial HiRISE resolution!
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
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
Two strikingly “out of place features” stand out:
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) ….
And the equally geometric, massive single structure on the far
left (enlargement – below).
Operational MRO images ten times this resolution – and in color
– would allow a much better determination of these stunning possibilities
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