by Jeff Challender
Soviet Air Force Colonel Marina Popovich has gone on record stating that Phobos, one of the two Martian moons, is an artificial structure.
She gave this information to CSETIís International Director, Dr. Steven Greer. Her sources also advised that it is hollow. The credentials of Marina Popovich are second to none.
Ph.D. from the University of Leningrad, and graduate of the Military
Flight school. At the peak of her career she set over 100 aviation
records, of which 90 still stand unbroken. Her contacts on the
subject stem from her former husband being the first man to
rendezvous with another spacecraft in orbit, during the Vostok 4
flight, in August 1962.
Phobos has itself always been considered a rather mysterious object, as has its smaller twin, Deimos. Joseph Shklovskii, a member of the Soviet Academy of science, calculated from the estimated density of the Martian atmosphere, and the "acceleration" of Phobos, that the moon must be hollow. Evidence for this arose in July 1988, when the Russians launched two unmanned planetary probes (Phobos 1 and Phobos 2).
Phobos 1 was lost en route two months later, reportedly because of a radio command error. Phobos 2 was also lost under the most intriguing circumstances, but not before it had beamed back certain images, and information from the planet Mars itself. Phobos 2 arrived safely at Mars in January 1989.
It entered into orbit around Mars as the first step towards its ultimate goal: to transfer to an
orbit that would make it fly almost in tandem with the Martian
moonlet called Phobos, and explore the moon with equipment that
included two packages of instruments to be placed on the surface of
the moon Phobos.
Scientists at mission control have been unable to establish radio
contact." The probe revealed anomalies on the surface of
Mars (heat radiation leakage, in a perfect geometrical
shape running parallel one to one another directly along the
equator, and the Face
After that last frame was radio-transmitted back to Earth, the probe mysteriously disappeared; according to the Russians it was destroyed - possibly knocked out with an energy pulse beam.
Popovich was associated with the controversial frames being ísmuggledí out of top secret files, and although they have not been publicly released, it is believed however, that the frames have been shown to US and British officials.
The cigar shaped craft in
the penultimate frame taken by Phobos 2, is apparently the object
casting the oblong shadow on the surface of Mars in an earlier
Then suddenly, on 22nd August 1993, it was announced that NASA had lost contact with the spacecraft. Americans and the world mourned the loss of a valuable scientific tool for understanding Mars. Taxpayers wondered if there was a better way to spend their money than on expensive space probes that didnít work.
A dark shield was going up on new information about Mars to the public at large.
NOTE: The "Pathfinder" Mars rover of 1997 had a life expectancy of only 60 days. Shortly after this time period ran out, "Pathfinder" became non-operational.