September 20, 2002
MarsNews has undertaken a major study of the 1988-89 Phobos 2 mission, prompted by our desire to confirm the recently highlighted IR data of the Hydraote Chaos region - allegedly showing city-like terrain.
We have confirmed that image, and have
apparently opened a "Pandora's Box" in the process.
(Courtesy Channel 4 TV)
The source for the above image is a September 1989 Channel 4 (UK) news story on the Russian Phobos 2 mission.
This video, never broadcast in the United States media (to our knowledge), was made after an historic yet little-known press conference in London was given by Phobos 2 scientists from the Soviet Union. The scientists presented almost all their data from the mission and reported, among other things, that this terrain was apparently real and unexplained.
It showed up in both visible and infrared images taken by Phobos 2,
as you can see below in this composite from the same source.
(Courtesy Channel 4 TV)
In the Channel 4 report, Dr. John Becklake of the London Science Museum stated,
Clearly he was considered an expert by the Russians and the UK media.
At the time of the above-mentioned press conference, it was
Dr. Becklake (alone) who was reportedly given a set of 35 black &
white high-resolution photos taken by Phobos 2 by the Soviet
scientists. MarsNews is currently attempting to track down those
photos. Dr. Becklake now works at the Herstmonceux Science Centre in
the UK (click on the link for his contact info).
Does IR data taken from Odyssey (the exact same dataset mentioned in our previous reports) show evidence of artificial, city-like terrain?
If you go to the Enterprise Mission website, you can see comparisons of this Phobos 2 image with filtered versions of the high-resolution Cydonia IR images provided by an apparent NASA "deep throat" to Enterprise Mission (discussed in our previous report, Did NASA Fake Data to Hide Mars Anomalies?)
While we still take a neutral stance on that filtered Cydonia image, this Phobos 2 data can now be considered as the real data released by the Phobos 2 mission scientists.
If it is a fake/hoax, it was
perpetrated by the Soviets back in 1989, something we consider
Coincidentally (perhaps), the image is from the same region:
Let's take a look at that image, taken from this page on the NASA/THEMIS
Our opinion (shared by many independent researchers) is that this may be another example of somewhat city-like terrain on Mars, allegedly not natural.
This image was acquired on February 19, 2002, according to the NASA/THEMIS website. Yet it was released on March 1, 2002, exactly thirteen years after the Phobos 2 image was acquired! Even if this turns out to be natural terrain, it must be stated that that is a remarkable coincidence.
Is NASA trying to get
us to "read between the lines", as it were?
Everybody agrees on when the Phobos 2 mission ended:
Many publications over the years have reported on what is allegedly the last photograph taken by Phobos 2.
This photograph was revealed in December 1991 by Marina Popovich, a famous Soviet test pilot sometimes called the "Russian Chuck Yeager" due to the 17 aviation world records she holds. She claimed that the photograph was given to her by cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, who was the first man to walk in space and also a high official in the Soviet space program, and that she had "smuggled it out" of the former USSR.
apparently shows Phobos 2 and an unknown cylindrical object:
(Courtesy Don Ecker, UFO Magazine)
Popovich claimed that the image, taken on March 25, 1989, was the last one taken by Phobos 2.
It could be an artifact of Phobos 2's camera, or a previously undiscovered moonlet, or even what it apparently looks like, some type of "UFO".
Why do we bring this up now? (I'm sure some of you are cringing that we are reporting on a possible UFO, read on...)
Because, MarsNews has found independent confirmation of that photograph, in (of all places) the NASA Planetary Data System (PDS) archive! Our conclusion at this time, due to the different versions of the image we've acquired from deep within the PDS archive, is that the "UFO" is an artifact of the camera. However, we are keeping an open mind, as all good journalists should do.
Due to the controversial nature of this
particular subject, we are seeking further independent study of
these (apparently official) photos, and we will post what we have
found in a future report.
Mars's moon Phobos is playing an
interesting role in the current efforts by international space
agencies to engage in a Sample Return mission.
Publicly and privately, NASA officials have stated that,
Why not, if it can be done faster, cheaper (and perhaps, better)?
Could it be there is more to Phobos (and Phobos 2) than is reported
in the mainstream U.S. media?