by Jeff Challender


from ProjectProve Website

Mock-Up of the Soviet Mars probe Phobos-2



Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) in Martian orbit.
(artistsí conception)

Last picture transmitted by Phobos-2 on 25 March 1989. The Soviets claimed that the spike-like object beneath Phobos destroyed their probe. This object has been estimated by some to be over 15 miles (24km) in length.


Artistsí conception of the planned landing on Phobos by the Soviet probe

Another view of MGS (artistsí conception)

Most of us who follow the study of UFOs, have by now heard the story of the ill-fated Soviet Mars probe Phobos-2.


On 25 March 1989, the Soviets claimed their probe was destroyed by a mysterious "craft" orbiting Mars in the vicinity of the Moon Phobos.


They proffered the last photograph transmitted by the probe as evidence for this claim. Some have said that this story was only touted to cover incompetence in the Soviet Mars programme. But was it? Is this 1989 event the ONLY instance of something out of the ordinary associated with Phobos?

Whilst investigating on the internet in spring 2001, this writer happened upon a startling photograph taken years after the Soviets lost Phobos-2. This picture is one of a series of high resolution photos shot by the American Mars Global Surveyor in the late 1990s.

We will start off with the long view provided by this picture. It shows us one end of the potato-shaped Phobos.

Above is a photo taken by Mars Global Surveyor depicting a part of the Moon Phobos, and its most prominent feature Stickney Crater. This photo is shown to you untouched for comparison. (Photo Source JPL)


The crater is a really strange formation on closer examination. Especially when taken along with its surroundings. One would logically expect that the impact which created Stickney should have shattered Phobos. Odd that it didnít.


We will continue with another view of Phobos and Stickney Crater.

This view shows us the entire Moon Phobos. Note that there is a smaller crater within Stickney. Now we will examine the most unusual characteristic of Phobos. This is the series of "striations" which seem to run the length of the moon.


These appear to radiate from Stickney, and are explained by scientists as cracks in the moon caused by the great impact which created the large crater.

The general pattern of the striations have been marked out for you in white. Note that they DO NOT all radiate from Stickney Crater itself. Why not? If they are all a result of a huge impact, all the "cracks" should do so.


However, those lines in the solid rock toward the top of Phobos donít seem to be associated with Stickney at all.


The next photo is even more compelling.

Please note the lines in white. These are placed to illustrate that the striations donít radiate from Stickney Crater, but are instead more or less parallel to each other.


The area denoted by the arrows shows a "lump" of rock on the side of Phobos which is set apart in that it is surrounded by what appear to be circular striations. What all this seems to mean is that Phobos could be composed of Sedimentary Rock. But this kind of rock is formed by water eroded muds, sands, and clays settling out in water filled basins.


What would a chunk of such rock, miles in size, be doing revolving about Mars??

IF Phobos were brought to Mars as an interplanetary (or perhaps even an Interstellar) spacecraft, and maneuvered into orbit artificially, then itís water based origin becomes more easily understood. Remember the Soviet claim that a huge craft destroyed the Phobos-2 probe as it approached the Moon? Was someone defending the secrets of Phobos? Could it possibly be that the giant spike-shaped object actually WAS a spaceship? I donít know, but there is more. See the black circle marked in the photo above?


Keep this circled area in mind as we progress.

What can be seen now is a close-up of the area in the black circle from the previous photo. Notice that the arrow points to something unusual to say the least.


Is that a spacecraft? A space-plane? What this writer sees there doesnít appear to be geological. NOTHING else seen on any photograph of the surface of Phobos has anything like the appearance of this object. Is looks like it has delta wings, and a tail. It seems to be metallic. And it is raised above the surface, in that one can observe that it casts a shadow on the ground.


Quite shocking!! There should be nothing but dirt, dust, and craters on a lifeless moon like this. Modern science assures us that Phobos is an airless, dead piece of rock.

But..... what about within? Measurements of Phobosí orbit and density, tell us that the moon is either made of very light, fluffy material, or that it is HOLLOW. If this be the case, then Phobos could very well be someone elseís space platform. This could be a base of operations for surveying our Solar System by outsiders. Such could go a long way toward explaining why the Soviet probe Phobos-2 might have been blown out of the sky. This story began with the Russians, and their attempt to survey Phobos. They broke the ground on the mystery of Phobos. One wonders who will solve that mystery once and for all.

This writer doesnít claim that Phobos IS a space platform, or station. All I say is that it is possible to interpret the available facts in this manner.

"The Universe is not only stranger than we imagine, itís stranger than we CAN imagine...."

Sir Arthur C. Clark

Itís up to YOU to make up your own mind about this case. What do YOU think?