The "Shard" and the "Tower"
This image is an overexposed 44x enlargement of Lunar Orbiter frame LO-III-84-M. Taken with the medium resolution camera at a distance of at least 250 miles, it shows an object dubbed by Hoagland the "Shard". The star-like object above the "Shard" is a camera registration mark.
The "Shard" has a shadow cast in the correct direction for it to be a real object on the Moon and is aligned with the local vertical rather than the grain of the film, decreasing the chance it is an emulsion abnormality.
Close-ups reveal a cellular-like internal structure. Above and behind the "Shard" is the "Tower", a massive 7 mile high structure with a central "cube" suspended by a tripod like base. Enhancements of the "Tower" show a similar cellular construction to the "Shard", but with a distinctly hexagonal pattern.
Close-up of the
Poor resolution images like this one of the "Shard" have led some to conclude it is an ephemeral "outgassing" event. However, the Enterprise Mission enhancements reveal no "spray" or splatter which would be consistent with such a conclusion. The object appears to be solid , though badly battered by meteors.
This extraordinary object comes from AS10-32-4822, an Apollo hand held Hasselblad photo. The "Castle" is extremely bright and plainly visible at normal magnification, making it nearly impossible for the astronaut taking the picture to have missed it.
This UNENHANCED version of it shows the remarkable stacking of it's segments and belies a natural explanation, especially when you consider it is hanging several miles high in the Lunar sky.
EM enhancements show a supporting structure, including a drooping cable passing through the tip, like a suspension bridge.
This large area near the crater Ukert
is strikingly rectilinear and has a very distinct and unnatural
The "Shard" was the first object spotted by Hoagland on frame LO-III-84M.
Sticking some 1.5 miles above the Lunar surface, it is truly an inexplicable (by current theories) wonder of the universe. Casting a shadow across the Lunar plane, alignment with the local vertical rather than the "grain" of the film, and it's proximity to the "Tower" all argue strongly for it's artificial origin.
Although no cross-confirming images of the "Shard" have been found, it's vicinity to the "Tower", which has been cross-confirmed, is a factor favoring it's existence as a "real" object. It has been suggested that the "Shard" may be a transient "out gassing" event.
While this cannot be totally discounted, the absence of any "spray" around the "Shard's" sharply defined edges work against this explanation.
The Shard in close-up
This highly enhanced close-up of the tip of the "Shard" displays characteristics of a cellular, regular and geometric construction.
The absence of any spray tends
to diminish the "outgassing" theory, and the presence of a
comparable glass like haze on the horizon behind "Shard" argues that
it is amongst a field of artificial structures.
The "Tower" from LO-III-84M is easily the most stunning and convincing artifact presented so far by Hoagland. Stretching some 7 miles above the Lunar surface, this enigmatic object defies all natural explanation. The supporting tripodal structure is clearly evident in these Enterprise Mission enhancements, as is the stunning "Cube", the top of the Tower.
The overlapping, multi-layered
reflective glass-like panes are evident in this close up of the "Cube".
Note also the symmetrical geometry of the object and the odd whips
highly reflective material around it.
This image, AS10-32-4856 shows the "Tower" from some 45 degrees to the side of LO-III-84M. The same multi-paned internal geometry is evident, as is the geometric "haze" rising from the surface.
These two frames
constitute proof that the "Tower" is a real Lunar feature and
not a photographic defect.
This enigmatic object from frame AS10-32-4822 is literally hanging some seven miles above the Lunar surface.
This side by side comparison is from 2 different versions of the same Apollo 10 photographic frame, one obtained by Hoagland and the other by another researcher. In fact, Hoagland has now identified some nine versions of this photo in various archives around the world. Evidently part of "power winder" sequence of photo's taken by the Astronauts, this allows for positive verification of the reality of this object.
Not only does the "Castle" change position relative to the spacecraft - exactly as a real suspended object would - strange, glass-like "panes" evidently pass between the spacecraft and the "Castle".
This is strong confirmation of a "glass"
dome in the Sinus Medii region of the Moon. Note also in
the enhanced image on the right a "cable" passing thru the tip of
the "Castle". It droops under the weight of this object, precisely
as a real suspension cable would. The unenhanced version on the left
corroborates the cellular structure of the "Castle".
Note the similar construction to the "Tower" and "Shard".
This area, roughly the size of the Los Angeles basin, displays a highly anomalous rectilinear pattern across the Lunar landscape. The arrangement is reminiscent of a ruined city, and close-up views reveal a variety of unexplainable features.
Among them are the "paperclip", the "crystal palace" and what Hoagland calls "Arcology Row", the deep carved linear pattern across the mountains in the foreground.
The "paperclip" appears to be mounted on a shaft or pole and may be some sort of antenna assembly. Clearly, this cannot be a natural object if current Lunar geologic theories are correct. Given the scale of frame 4822, this object is immense, literally a sky scraper among the ruins.
The "crystal palace" is an enormous (on the order of several miles), glass like, highly reflective structure hanging over a valley in the "LA" mountain chain. It's internal configuration evokes a multi-paned, layered glass like composition.
Hoagland has compared this to the shattered remnants of an "arcology", a formerly contained enclosure similar to the recent earth bound "Biosphere" experiments.
This is the original image from a North American Lunar atlas that caught Hoagland's eye.
Taken from the ground based Lick observatory, the crater Ukert is virtually dead center in the Lunar disk from an Earthbound perspective, and it's dark floor is a nearly perfect 16 mile equilateral triangle at full Moon. Imagery from the Clementine Lunar Image Browser ......
..... And raw Clementine low res UV-VIS images ....
.... confirm the basic triangular shape of this crater. It should be noted that Ukert is not a natural looking feature in any way, and it is difficult to imagine how it could have achieved this shape due to a meteoric impact.
Even an "impact-collapse" scenario would not likely create a triangular configuration.
High res images from Clementine would help resolve issues of artificiality, but the matching hi-res pictures are mysteriously blacked out on the various Clem file servers. This is a common occurrence concerning features of interest to this investigation.