IS THERE A BASE ON MARS NOW?
Connecting the dots... (Updated 6/12/2011)
On June 5th, 2011, I received a curious e-mail from Dr. Robert Haralick, distinguished professor at City University of New York. Dr. Haralick wrote the foreword of my Ark Code book. He wanted to know what I thought about a YouTube video by David Martines with an alleged base on Mars at 71° 49'19.73"N, 29° 33'06.53"W. There was initially some confusion about the coordinates. They are discussed further below. My first thought on looking at the video was that it was of terrible quality, and probably a hoax. However, since we both write Torah Codes books, I took a quick look at the Code to see if it had anything statistically significant about such a base. As the Code itself is still highly controversial, it can't be used to decisively resolve such an issue, but it's my custom to check it before exploring the scientific merit of any such claim in detail. Detail with respect to Mars can include anything found in the extensive report on Martian air pressure published on my son’s site. The Code offered a 105-letter matrix with the minimum ELS for MARS BASE in wrapped Torah that has one of 11 occurrences of ALIEN at skip +1 in Torah. The match occurred against odds of 264 to 1. The rest of the discussion below will focus both on the merits of the base claim, on what quickly happened to the video after its publication, and on radioactive Potassium and Thorium isotopes associated with the site in question.
The Coverage on FoxNews.Com and MSM. On June 6, 2011, FoxNews.com first covered the Mars base story. By the next day, they had backtracked because of one weak refutation by one man with great credentials, Alfred McEwen, a planetary geologist at the Lunar and Planetary Lab at the University of Arizona and the director of the Planetary Imaging Research Laboratory. Worse, they had pulled the video, which made it appear that they had caved into Government pressure. McEwen provided no examples of similar visual defects on other images. Nor was there any discussion on his part about checking the area in question. About all that was surprising was that it took a day to have someone affiliated with our Government empty the base in a way that was reminiscent of how General Ramey emptied the Roswell Saucer on July 9, 1947, a day after the Roswell Army Air Base commander had announced that it had captured a flying saucer. The latest FoxNews.Com coverage is shown next. It's followed by a critique found on-line for the MSM coverage.
Secret Space Base Found on Google Mars Debunked
Published June 07, 2011
Is Bio Station a Martian base?
A self-described "armchair astronaut" claims to have identified a human (or alien) base on Mars. David Martines noticed a mysterious rectangular structure that appears to be on the Red Planet's surface while trolling the planetary surface using Google Mars, a map program created from compiled satellite images of the planet.
"This is a video of something I discovered on Google Mars quite by accident," said Martines, the armchair astronaut, in a now-viral YouTube video. "I call it Bio Station Alpha, because I'm just assuming that something lives in it or has lived in it."
He zooms in the surface anomaly — a long, pixelated, white object — and lists the (erroneous) coordinates as 49'19.73"N, 29 33'06.53"W. "It's over 700 feet long and 150 feet wide. It looks like it's a cylinder or made up of cylinders," he says. The 49'19.73"N, 29 33'06.53"W erroneous coordinate note was added to this article by Barry S. Roffman. The actual site in question is at 71°49'19.73"N, 29° 33'06.53"W. The correction adds the required number of degrees before minutes and seconds of North latitude.
Has Martines really found evidence of alien life, or a secret space base, as he and some media sources are claiming? No, say experts: "Bio Station Alpha" is simply a glitch in the image caused by cosmic energy interfering with the camera.
"It looks like a linear streak artifact produced by a cosmic ray," said Alfred McEwen, a planetary geologist at the Lunar and Planetary Lab at the University of Arizona and the director of the Planetary Imaging Research Laboratory. McEwen is the principal investigator of the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE), a powerful telescope currently orbiting Mars.
COMMENT: I found the speed at which the video was pulled from most places on the Internet to be both astounding and most troubling. I say this because I know about how controversial Mars data and images have been handled by NASA and JPL in the past. Before discussing those issues, let's look at an excellent analysis of how this situation was handled by MSM. Unfortunately the critic here does not provide his real name, but the points are valid:
Mars Base Video: Comparative Cosmic Ray Images Missing From MSM Debunking Reports
June 7, 2011
Armchair Astronaut Ridiculed by MSM
The Youtube video ‘Bio Station on Mars’ was been removed by the ‘user’, David Martines, dubbed the ‘Armchair Astronaut’ and ‘Armchair Astronomer’ by the MSM–Copy of video posted below. The MSM news media ‘debunked’ the video after it went viral, up to almost 900,000 hits shortly after the video was posted on Youtube. After perusing several MSM news reports debunking the video, the question, did the MSM do a thorough job of debunking the image? Based on the comment sections, the answer, not exactly, as the MSM failed to provide ‘very common’ evidence to back up their claim the image was caused by a cosmic ray. While the MSM failed to provide evidence they did spend an inordinate amount of print ridiculing Martines.
While Martines has removed his video, intrepid users at Youtube copied Martines’ original reposted it on Youtube:
Martines and his Mars base video underwent the scrutiny of the MSM after the video went viral. While Martines used Google Mars, the MSM used a single source as the expert to debunk Martines video, Alfred McEwen, a planetary geologist at the Lunar and Planetary Lab at the University of Arizona and the director of the Planetary Imaging Research Laboratory. McEwen’s explanation was then parroted by several new media outlets.
Did the MSM debunk the object in Martines’ video?
The answer lies in what was actually said by McEwen, and, what the reports from the MSM failed to provide, photos or images which would have backed up McEwen’s claim.
The original report parroted by the MSM, Did an Amateur Astronomer Spot a Secret Mars Base?, filed by the website Life’sLittleMysteries which is under the same corporate umbrella as Space.com and LiveScience.com.
Life’s Little Mysteries:
”Has Martines really found evidence of alien life, or a secret space base, as he and some media sources are claiming? No, say experts: “Bio Station Alpha” is simply a glitch in the image caused by cosmic energy interfering with the camera”.
The ‘experts’ cited in the article, Alfred McEwen.
Did McEwen state, unequivocally, the image ‘was caused by cosmic energy interfering with the camera”?
McEwen: “It looks like a linear streak artifact produced by a cosmic ray.”
“Cosmic rays are extremely energetic particles emitted by the sun and other stars. For the most part, the Earth’s protective magnetosphere blocks them from hitting the planet’s surface, McEwen explained. “But with space images that are taken outside our magnetosphere, such as those taken by orbiting telescopes, it’s very common to see these cosmic ray hits. You see them on optical images and a lot of the infrared images too,” he told Life’s Little Mysteries.”
Where you haven’t seen them, in Life’s Little Mystery’s debunking report, or, any of the other debunking articles in the MSM. If these types of images are ‘very common’, why not produce a few to add some extra weight to the cosmic ray claim?
McEwen then chastised Google:
McEwen said that the cosmic ray streak would be much easier to recognize in the raw, pre-compressed image, but many orbiters and telescopes have contributed imagery to create the Mars map, and Google doesn’t identify the source image.
“I can’t tell whether this image was taken by Viking or what,” McEwen said. “The people at Google need to document what the heck they’re doing. They should be able to identify what the source of their information is, and let people know so they can go back and look at the raw data.
Over at the Google Mars website, the info:
We’ve included three different types of data in Google Mars:
Elevation – A shaded relief map, generated with data from the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA) on NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft. This map is color-coded by altitude, so you can use the color key at the lower left to estimate elevations.
Visible – A mosaic of images taken by the Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) on NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft. MOC is like the digital camera you have at home. Basically, this is what your eyes would see if you were in orbit around Mars.
Infrared – A mosaic of infrared images taken by the Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) on NASA’s Mars Odyssey spacecraft. Warmer areas appear brighter, and colder areas are darker. Clouds and dust in the atmosphere are transparent in the infrared, making this the sharpest global map of Mars that’s ever been made.
A thorough debunking would have included contacting Google Mars for the pertinent ‘raw data’. Publishing a couple of images, ‘very common’ images caused by cosmic rays. When an expert tells the news media, something unexplained is ‘most likely’, the observation, ‘most likely’ does not infer case closed, nothing seen here, move along.
The above article includes a link to Keith Ciccotello's artististic rendention of the object.
COMMENTARY ABOUT DR. BRANDENBURG'S TWO MARS BOOKS. The thrust of DEAD MARS, DYING EARTH is decidedly environmental. However on reading it my first concern related to all the time that my son and I have spent researching Martian atmospheric pressure. On pages 39-40 the author details concerns that the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) deliberately altered the initial blue sky color (with greenish patches on rocks) seen by Viking 1 to a butterscotch sky color with rusty red rocks seen since then. Further, on page 41 he indicates that a few hours after the Cydonia face image was taken at local sunset in Cydonia, JPL lied to the public by indicating that a second image of the area, taken when it had to be dark at Cydonia, had shown the face had disappeared. JPL, he alleges, said the earlier image was obviously a trick of light and shadow. The immediate significance of this charge here is that we have solid proof that the pressure in Mars is a good bit higher than NASA argues. We know that Viking, PathFinder and Phoenix pressure measurements were flawed by clogged dust filters on the pressure transducers. It's one thing to argue about the poor design of the Tavis transducers used for the Vikings and Mars Pathfinder, and similar problems with the Vaisala transducer used for the Phoenix lander. But it's quite another to take on deliberate disinformation. After reading the accusations in Brandenburg's book and after he discussed with us the problems he encountered with JPL after he challenged their party line, I asked my son to at least temporarily remove anything that could be construed as political on his web site. He has a career ahead of him. I'm retired, so I'll have to fight this particular battle at least until it is certain that my son will not be blackballed for his research in the manner that Dr. Brandenburg was. My son has received one intimating e-mail from a Cal Tech/JPL expert. Although the "expert" is not named (for now), you can follow the debate between him and my son at DATA DEBATE on my son's site. We have issued a standing challenge to publically debate him, and Professor James Tillman, former Director of the Viking Computer Facility. The unnamed professor took this as an insult - an easy way to avoid the challenge. We hope that he will reconsider. Professor Tillman seems unwilling to accept the challenge without his partner's approval.
WHAT IS THE AREA OF CONCERN ON MARS? Dr. Brandenburg points to Mare Acidalium. This is in the northeast portion of the western hemipshere of Mars between 300° and 360° East, and between 30° and 65° North. The famous "face" at Cydonia lies within this region at 40.75° North latitude and 350.54 degrees East (9.46° West) longitude. The face at Cydonia is shown on the cover of his newest book.
THE ISSUE OF COORDINATES ON MARS. There are two systems used to report the coordinates of an object’s location on Mars, however the coordinates given in the original story and below conform to neither of them, apparently due to an oversight.
1. System in use prior to 2002: Planetographic latitude with West longitude. This is the coordinate system originally used in the Gazaetter of Planetary Nomenclature, and the system used for maps produced before approximately 2002. An ellipsoidal equatorial radius of 3,396.0 km and a polar radius of 3,376.8 km are assumed.
2. Planetocentric latitude with East longitude. This is the coordinate system used for maps produced after approximately 2002, although the planetographic latitudes and West longitudes are also shown on printed maps for reference, and the radii on which these are based are different (3,396.19 and 3,376.20 km).
3. Magitude of the latitude error first reported by the Martines articles. As is indicated by me in red below on the Fox story, the initial coordinates were given as 49'19.73"N, 29 33'06.53"W. The 49'19.73" North latitude coordinate should have been given as 71°49'19.73"N. The correction adds the required number of degrees before minutes and seconds of North latitude. As each degree of latitude difference on Mars is about 38.6 nautical miles, 71° equates to about 2,612.8 nautical miles. The longitude coordinate should also include the degree sign after the 29, and is thus best reported as 29° 33'06.53"W.
RELATING THE MARS BASE COORDINATES TO THE BRANDENBURG NUCLEAR ASSERTIONS. My basic write-up on Dr. Brandenburg’s assertion that Mars was wracked by nuclear explosions (both natural and of alien origin) is found at Dr. Brandeburg: Nuke on Mars. A map below shows how close the areas of concern are.
THE REAL SIGNIFICANCE OF THE BRANDEBURG ASSERTIONS. If the Google Mars image is merely the result of a stray cosmic ray, then there is no relationship between it and the Brandenburg assertions other than the fact that where the thorium concentration on Brandenburg’s map is at about 0.8 ppm, it’s not much more than a hundred miles to where the where the Martines “Mars base” is located. The object seen might be involved with mining the thorium for power usage. Thorium-232 was used for breeding nuclear fuel – uranium-233 in the United States from 1964 to 1969. Russia, India, and China have plans to use thorium for their nuclear power, partly because of its safety benefits. But the real significance is that the base in this area, if not an illusion, lends more credibility to Dr. Brandenburg’s assertion, not just what he documents in his paper entitled EVIDENCE FOR A LARGE, NATURAL, PALEO-NUCEAR REACTOR ON MARS (2011), but also what he emphasizes in private and in his most recent book – LIFE AND DEATH ON MARS. He argues for a nuclear (weapon) air burst that he discusses on page 179, which he writes “involves not just great intelligence, but also great malice.” He points to an interstellar “genocide.”
WHEN DID THIS NUCLEAR WAR OCCUR? Brandenburg thinks it was at least 180,000,000 years ago based on isotopic interpretations, but the rate of crater formation may well point to a much younger date. He also thinks that the face at Cydonia is that old, but if we were to believe JPL, the image there has certainly changed a lot there since it was first seen in 1976. If there were humanoids on Mars then, and they were our ancestors, I rather doubt that we would have changed appearance so little in 180,000,000 years.
I think Cydonia is younger, and there is still a question to be answered about whether or not nuclear-armed aliens are about in our solar system even now. WHY? Here a few points to consider:
1. The entire Roswell Incident took place in the area where, at the time, the only nuclear weapons on Earth were stored.
2. As is pointed out on my page about Captain Robert Salas, there were UFOs in the area at one of our missiles bases when 10 nuclear tipped missiles were shut down. The same thing happened a few days later at another base. Recently I met a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel who confirmed the incidents.
3. I have a friend, Clark McClelland, who has had some pretty unusual UFO experiences with our Government. But before he went down that trail, which is documented on my site at the link just provided, he published an article in Sky & Telescope Magazine in 1954 about a large explosion that he saw on Mars through the 13 inch Fitz-Clark refractor telescope at the Allegheny Observatory. There were similar observations by Saheki on July 1, 1954; Ichiro Tasaka on November 21, 1958; and Dobbins on June 7 and 8, 2001). The area of greatest concern then was at Edom Promontorium. While the earlier assumptions were about volcanic eruptions, asteroid impacts, or reflection from the sun on ice, it might not be so wise to quickly rule out nuclear detonations again.
4. There was in Japan some speculation about a nuclear explosion or test on Mars as the U.S. had set off its biggest hydrogen bomb ever, a 15 megaton Bravo shot in the Castle series back in 1954. However, there is no public knowledge of an American (or Russian) rocket that could carry such a warhead at that time (unless we were using a reconstructed version of what supposedly crashed near Roswell in 1947). The world's first ICBM, the Russian R-7, did not fly until August 1957. The largest bomb anyone ever tested on Earth was the Tsar Bomba. That Russian blast on October 30, 1961, was equal to 58 megatons. It sent out a shock wave that circled the Earth 3 times. To see a Torah Codes matrix on this test, click H BOMB TEST.
5. If Brandenburg's assertions about JPL lying with respect to Cydonia face images is correct and about the actual (blue) color of the Martian sky, then the real reason that NASA is so anxious to put out disinformation is simply to keep the public from a general panic every time a weather balloon is mistaken for a UFO.
6. On July 25, 2009, Buzz Aldrin managed to tell a CSPAN interviewer that there is a monolith on a moon of Mars (Phobos) before they cut him off at 61 seconds into the interview after ripping the transcript from in front of him.