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Sir Arthur C. Clarke Cracks The Tip of the Mars Iceberg

YOWUSA.COM, 28-March-01
Steve Russell

The first Viking spacecraft landed in the Chryse Planitia region of Mars on July 20, 1976.  Since then, a growing number of people have voiced doubts about what the government is and is not telling us about Mars.  Mars is not an Area 51, nor is it a Roswell, but when you trace the chronology of events and media reports about Mars, it becomes obvious that our government is withholding something from us.  Something so profound, that it could radically change the destiny of mankind. 

Viking SpacecraftOver the years, the voices have formed a chorus of disbelief against our government, but it lacked a single voice, a loud booming tenor that could reach above the din to frame the issue.  On March 9, 2001, world famous science and fiction writer Sir Arthur C. Clarke, became that booming tenor when he lent his voice and his credibility to the dialogue.  Reliable sources tell YOWUSA that Clarke's "Glass Worm" articles published on Richard Hoagland's web site infuriated NASA insiders.   He hit a nerve at NASA and he hit it hard.

The Enterprise Mission, February 26 2001
Arthur C. Clarke Discovers "The Glass Worms of Mars"

The Enterprise Mission, March 5 2001
Sir Arthur Ups the Ante

The Enterprise Mission, March 9 2001
Opening a Martian "Can of Worms ?"

Glass WormFor most of the last century, Sir Arthur C. Clarke has been considered one of the best visionaries of our time.  He is the author of "2001 A Space Odyssey", "2010 Odyssey Two", inventor of the geosynchronous orbit and the communications satellite, a champion of cold fusion research projects and has recently added "Expositor of Conspiracies" to his list of achievements.

When a man of Clarke's reputation jumps into the fray, the sour-grape, bad science, and conspiracy buff publicity feints used by the government to suppress knowledge about Mars will not stick any more.

An analysis of the events and what has been said, beginning with the first Viking Lander missions through to the June 5, 2000 Mars flyby of Comet 76P, shows a trail of dishonesty that cannot be dismissed as accidental or unintentional as this article will show.     

We Knew Life On Mars Was Possible With Viking

Two Viking Lander missions from 1970's were the first projects designed to test the Martian soil for microbial life.  The tests initially came back positive, however NASA quickly stated the results were a mistake.  Dr Gilbert Levin, a Viking Principal Investigator has always stated that the tests were positive and there was no mistake.  Levin's treatment from NASA and the quick cover-up of the successful results may have been because he "wasn't a member of the club".

The Washington Post Online, December 1 2000
The Man Who Wants a Return Ticket to Mars

Eventually NASA accepted Levin's idea for a biology test. But before he could participate, NASA officials told him, he had to get better credentials. He lacked a PhD. Levin dutifully went back to Johns Hopkins, his alma mater, and in 1963 received his doctorate--in environmental engineering.

A generation ago he placed an experiment on board NASA's fabled 1976 Viking mission to determine whether there was life on Mars, one of three such experiments. His was a contraption that tested the soil for signs of microorganisms, and it seemed to find them. Levin was euphoric.

But NASA came to doubt the results. The reaction in Levin's tubes, the agency eventually concluded, was merely chemical, caused by superoxides or an unidentified chemical on the surface of the planet.

It was a protocol NASA scientists had agreed to. Levin had been assured that, if his test worked as planned, he would be partly responsible for the greatest discovery in the history of science.

One of Levin's friends conjectures that Levin has suffered from not being a true member of the "life detection fraternity." "Gil's a sanitary engineer, he's not a biologist," said James S. Martin, who was the Viking project manager and who, at 80, still does some consulting work for NASA. "I've often wondered if one of his problems was that he wasn't a member of the club."

If Dr Levin is correct and NASA changed the public outcome of this experiment, then the government has at least known from that day on, that life exists on Mars.  If there is life on Mars, then there must also be water.

Mars Rock Spurs Search For Water

During the closing of the last millennium when the Mars Climate Orbiter (MCO) and Mars Polar Lander (MPL) were sent to Mars, public and government interest about life on Mars was at an all time peak.  The famous Mars rock ALH84001 was showing signs of microscopic life, and a new case for liquid water on the surface of Mars was captivating scientists.  Everybody knows that where there is water, there is life and consequently, a persuasive case for water on Mars in 1998.

Spaceviews.Com, July 23 1998
A New Case for Liquid Water on Mars

A father-son team of scientists, including one who worked on the Viking missions in the mid-1970s, believe that liquid water -- in limited amounts and for limited times -- can exist on present-day Mars.

Dr. Gilbert Levin of Biospherics, Inc. and his son, Dr. Ron Levin of MIT's Lincoln Laboratory, presented their analysis, based on Viking and Mars Pathfinder data, July 20 at the annual meeting of the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) in San Diego.

According to their research, a thin frost forms in some regions of the planet overnight, as the atmosphere cools and the trace amounts of water vapor freeze out. This frost was seen on a number of Viking images. As the Sun rises, the ground warms enough to melt the ice.

A Storm of Controversy

In early 1999, the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) captured an image of a cyclone near the North Pole of Mars.  This image raised many questions about NASAs typically dry frozen planet with little atmosphere.

What could cause a cyclone on Mars is difficult to say without actually being there, but we do know that there are five necessary conditions for cyclones to form on the Earth:

  1. Light surface winds
  2. Deep moist layer of air near the surface
  3. Surface water temp near 1.80%æF or greater
  4. Weak upper-level winds
  5. Unstable atmosphere

Therefore, how could NASAs Mars explain such a colossal watery atmospheric event?

Space Telescope Science Institute, May 19,1999
Hubble Views Colossal Polar Cyclone on Mars

Polar Cyclone on MarsThis is a color polar view of the north polar region, showing the location of the storm relative to the classical bright and dark features in this area. The color composite data (410, 502, and 673 nm) indicate that the storm is fairly dust-free and therefore likely composed mostly of water ice clouds. The bright surface region beneath the eye of the storm can be seen clearly. This map covers the region north of 45 degrees latitude and is oriented with 0 degrees longitude at the bottom.

76P Enters In The Midst of Cyclone Interest

West-Kahoutek-Ikemura (76P)In early 2000, The Millennium Group (TMG) was first to report that a comet called West-Kahoutek-Ikemura (76P) was going to be the first known comet to pass through the inner solar system at a significantly small distance from Mars. 

This comet had the potential to destroy any valuable signs of life and possibly cause massive destruction or a significant disruption to the Moons of Mars.

The Millennium Group
Mission To Mars? - Is Mars Facing A Comet Hit In May?

FACT: NASA representatives have officially said that when and/or if an object (primarily an asteroid) is estimated to pass within 30,000 miles of the earth, it can be considered to be an "IMMINENT HIT"!

FACT: On May 28-29th of this year (2000) the comet 76P West-Kahoutek-Ikemura will pass less than 30,000 miles to Mars according to the information made available to us.  THIS IS A CONSERVATIVE FIGURE!  It will likely be much closer than this and may indeed be pulled into the planet itself.

FACT: In the published ephemeris, the days where the possible impact could occur, all of the information is MISSING!  Yes, concerning the days in question it is true that the comet is not in our view, it's behind the sun.  But why not post ephemeris anyway?

It is important to note that NASA updated its public calendar of events to include this Mars flyby event only after TMG had alerted the public to its importance.

Mars Climate Orbiter (MCO)

The launch of the MCO was delayed by a software problem that required 1 to 2 days to correct.

SpaceViews, December 9 1998
Mars Orbiter Launch Delayed

A minor software problem with the Mars Climate Orbiter (MCO) spacecraft will delay the launch of the spacecraft

Software engineers found a flaw with routines used to protect the spacecraft in the event of a hardware failure.

"The fix is relatively simple, but we want to be sure we execute a prudent test program that insures that we have actually fixed the problem without creating additional unforeseen problems," said MCO project manager John McNamee. "We have the benefit of using the Mars Polar Lander spacecraft as a testbed to make sure we have accomplished what we intended to accomplish."

This software fix was in relation to a hardware problem on the MCO.  Why was the Mars Polar Lander spacecraft (a completely different piece of unrelated hardware), necessary to ensure the software fix was working satisfactory?

NASA, December 11 1998
Mars Climate Orbiter Mission Status

Mars Climate OrbiterAfter a one-day delay, NASA's Mars Climate Orbiter blasted off launch pad 17A at Cape Canaveral Air Station, FL, at 1:45 p.m. Eastern Standard Time today and hurtled skyward on a 9-1/2- month flight to Mars to embark on a study of the planet's climate and current water resources. The 24-hour launch delay will not change the spacecraft's arrival date at Mars on September 23, 1999, or alter its primary mapping mission.

 Before the passing of 76P, NASA had planned to put the MCO into orbit around Mars and take color images some 20% better than Viking with the new on-board Mars Color Imager (MARCI).  MARCI was to be used to study the very behaviour that caused the strange cyclone on Mars.

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