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J b Pravda
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The truth is out there; even if you are at the beach, don't put your head in the sand.

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Why Douglas Adams Encouraged Galactic Hitchhiking

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Sample Analysis at Mars for Curiosity: The Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument, at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., will analyze samples of material collected by the rover's arm. | Photo: NASA-GSFC | Mars, Rover, Sam, Space, Technology, Moon, Planet,

Why Douglas Adams Encouraged Galactic Hitchhiking

J b Pravda
Philosophic Opinion



[Comments] Raise your hands if you agree that it is passing strange that NASA is the new (medieval) Vatican.

You may, upon giving a fair 'hearing' to what follows, wish to so contort those manual digits as to render a certain rude salutation unto the modern incarnation of the latter institution's refusal to allow we mere mortals to even have a clear look through their high-tech telescopic lenses a certain Galileo pioneered. And, at least not yet, you needn't fear house arrest, his thanks for offering a peek into the cosmic 'heavens' where its purported supreme deity reigned. In their 'defense', business is business, nothing personal, Signore G.

Of course, what is spoken of is the infuriating temerity of a taxpayer-funded, Kennedy-inspired US 'civilian' instrumentality in beclouding and otherwise hiding evidence of previous/perhaps extant intelligent life on our Moon (it should be given a proper name, wouldn't you concur....'Clarion' has a nice ring to it, ask any honest astronaut), Mars & lately Ceres and even Mercury.

"Irresponsible" cries NASA; it is argued here that such a reflexive retort is both absurd and further evidence of arrogant delusional fear, not to mention an apt adjective for what it sees in the collective mirror each day.

Now, it is herein resolved that certain logical and factual premises underly this production of evidence, to wit:

1. Many unmonetized investigators worldwide volunteer both time and expert analysis of NASA's many original 'raw' images posted publicly on its many sites, including JPL, Arizona State, These persons are both curious and dedicated to a simple proposition: truth, seeking no personal or monetary gain, unless they're monetizing this phenomenon via YouTube with clearly distinguishable fringe speculation--those spoken of here all derive their imagery from official sources, many with such early provenance as to defy (through date and time before Hollywood f/x had even been photographic concepts).

2. NASA, at its very nascence, commissioned The Brookings Institution to garner expertise across several scientific disciplines in simple statistical acknowledgement of the fact that, eventually, evidence of the sort described herein would be encountered. Its collective recommendation: 'cover it up', for fear of social disintegration. Ahem. Isn't this happening without NASA's 'help'? No, the absence of truth in any/all realms of public life is doing this exceedingly effectively, so, enough heard from that late 1950's status quo mentality.

3. While seemingly unrelated, a very earthly issue aptly analogizes this stance, i.e., pregnancy. While virtually all scientists asked will accede enthusiastically to the virtual certainty that we are not alone, the addendum is almost unanimously that such alien life is embryonic. As with abortion policy, once the unborn eventuates and reaches maturity---a stage not yet achieved by our claimed 'civilization'---no comment or concern is shown.

4. The late Dr. Carl Sagan, both the worldwide face and impresario of probing astronomical realms, was a free and scholarly thinker on this subject, having published early in his public career his commentary on the high likelihood of mature, even higher life beyond Earth, often citing early evidence from those probes to Mars as but one basis. (He was later pressured to recant, largely due to effective blackmail reputed to concern his otherwise unrelated well-known use of marijuana).

These premises now revealed, the evidence itself will be cited specifically, focusing strictly upon photographic evidence either forgotten, (deliberately) misplaced/mislabeled or otherwise hidden from public awareness; one such photo will be our subject here, owing to space (ironic, isn't it) limitations. Brought to the attention of this writer by a resident of the UK, it is an image from Mariner 9.

The Martian equator

Mariner 9, JPL, The Martian equator (P-12733), 23/01/1972. | Photo: United States Archives | Mars, Nasa, Jpl, Equator,

While it has been 'removed' from JPL's website (as is the case with many of these early images), we have chosen to display it here.

Now, here is further documentary information supplied by this researcher, in a message to us:

"This is the 1974 BBC program, they said they think they had found life on Mars and this went out to the public , all waiting to see this photo that DR Carl Sagan had that showed life on Mars. listen to what they say. I have the email I sent to the daily mail , but I had to phone them and talk to them about it, and all they said was sorry sir there is nothing in the photo, sorry there are no buildings on Mars sir , I emailed the BBC and again no reply, I joined the onsite Greenwich observatory and asked them to help me with what I had found out, I emailed this to them, and the next night I went to sign in on line I had been blocked off the site, I also emailed all the other big papers, a few times and never got a reply from them.

After applying the commonly available enhancement tools of this century many geometric and otherwise unnatural-looking constructs appear in the photograph.

So, then, given the ability, today, of any space-faring nation to employ state of the art high tech cameras - often touted as being capable of reading car plates from hundreds of miles aloft - what clarity could be brought to this precise site on Mars if only the new 'Vatican' were to 'focus' on the... truth.

It's out there and, even if you're at the beach this summer, don't put your head in the sand.

Mariner 9 reference


The Mariner Mars 71 mission was planned to consist of two spacecraft to orbit Mars on complementary missions, but due to the failure of Mariner 8 to launch properly, only one spacecraft was available. Mariner 9 combined mission objectives of both Mariner 8 (mapping 70 % of the Martian surface) and Mariner 9 (a study of temporal changes in the Martian atmosphere and on the Martian surface). For the survey portion of the mission, the planetary surface was to be mapped with the same resolution as planned for the original mission, although the resolution of pictures of the polar regions would be decreased due to the increased slant range. The variable features experiments were changed from studies of six given areas every 5 days to studies of smaller regions every 17 days. Mariner 9 was the first spacecraft to orbit another planet.

J b Pravda

J b Pravda, Philosophic Opinion: Born Brooklyn, NY, US Government Attorney during Watergate, when he 'Felt' uneasy about governments, and laws; later, public company CEO, lobbyist, now, multimedia artist, published produced playwright (paid royalties), columnist for leading magazines; his paintings have been published & exhibited as well as included in a national touring exhibition as well as several multimedia exhibitions in NY and other venues. Published diversity author via major university, winning Finalist in Stymie... (more...)