THE FEAR AND LOATHING OF MARS
This article was spotted and shared by our friend B.G., and it's an interesting topic on an interesting subject: the fear and loathing of Mars. I'm not talking about the attitudes towards Mars, however, but of its two little moons, Phobos (Fear), and Deimos (Loathing, or sometimes, Trembling). There's more than their fair share of high strangeness surrounding these two little moons of the red planet, but we'll get back to that.
For now I want to spotlight the article that B.G. sent along, because for all of you Mars-watchers, this story will sound vaguely familiar:
Now there's so much that's disturbing about this article I don't know where to begin, so let's quote as much as possible, then I'll relate why I'm "more than suspicious":
The long-standing mystery about the origin of the Martian moons could be a step closer to being solved.
A space probe has come within dozens of kilometers of the larger of the two satellite siblings to capture data about what lies beneath its scored and cratered surface."Whether Mars's two small moons are captured asteroids or made of material ripped from Mars during a collision is an open question," says astronomer Colin Wilson of the European Space Agency (ESA). "Their appearance suggests they were asteroids, but the way they orbit Mars arguably suggests otherwise."
Phobos, named for the ancient Greek deity of fear and panic, is the larger of the two moons at 22.2 kilometers (13.8 miles) across, and orbits Mars at an average distance from the surface of around 6,000 kilometers.
Deimos, after the Greek god of dread and terror, is just 12.6 kilometers (7.8 miles) across, and has a much greater average orbital distance of around 20,000 kilometers from Mars.
Now let's stop right there. In my book Covert Wars and the Clash of Civilizations, I pointed out one of those "inconvenient facts" that the Russians were wont to point out during the Cold War, when our own NASA (Never A Straight Answer, a.k.a., Not A Space Agency) scientismists were assuring us that there's "nothing to see here...move along."
"Not so fast!" was the Russian reply. A Soviet astronomer and friend of Carl Sagan published a book in Russian (which Sagan promptly translated into English, apparently without the Russian's knowledge) that pointed out that the discovery of the Fear and Loathing of Mars occurred rather late in the 19th century. The problem the astronomer had (and that some who are honest still have) is why it took so long for the two little moons to be found, after all, people had been staring at Mars for a long time through their telescopes, and by the late 18th century if not slightly earlier, the technology, magnification, and resolution of telescopes should have been able to see the tiny moons...
...if they were there at all. And that, really, was the Russian's point if one read between the lines of his book: someone had parked the moons there. According to the bothersome Russian astronomer who was badly mangling the "nothing to see here" narrative, there was yet another problem, and that was that the English satirist, Jonathan Swift, had also apparently predicted that Mars would have two satellites, and that they'd be more or less in the orbits they were discovered to be in... a century later... (See my book, Covert Wars and the Clash of Civilizations, pp. 27-62.) If there's anyone have doubts about all this, the Russian's name whose book Sagan published was I.S. Shklovskii, and the book's title was Intelligent Life in the Universe. And to give credit where credit is due, it was well-known Mars anomalies researcher Richard C. Hoagland who drew attention to this whole set of inconvenient facts.
If there are such things as Out Of Place Artifacts (OOPARTS), then the Fear and Loathing of Mars would certainly seem to qualify as gigantic examples.
Meanwhile, the article plunges on:
It's also unclear where they came from. Multiple compelling lines of evidence suggest that our Moon broke off from Earth in a giant collision, but Mars and its moons, millions of kilometers away, aren't as easy to study.
This is so laughable it's not even funny... if the Moon is up there doing what it's doing, then explain what possible physics of a collision led to it doing that. So finally we come to this:
One way to look for answers is to peer under the hood, so to speak – to find out what's lurking under the surface of the moons. So ESA sent their Mars Express orbiter for a Phobos flyby, skimming within 83 kilometers (about 51 miles) of the potato-like satellite. For context, the Karman line that separates Earth atmosphere from interplanetary space lies at about 100 kilometers altitude. A flyby at just 83 kilometers is close.
The flyby itself took place towards the end of September. The aim: to use an instrument called the Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding (MARSIS) to probe below the surface of Phobos.
"We are still at an early stage in our analysis," says astronomer Andrea Cicchetti of the National Institute for Astrophysics in Italy, which operates MARSIS. "But we have already seen possible signs of previously unknown features below the moon's surface. We are excited to see the role that MARSIS might play in finally solving the mystery surrounding Phobos's origin."
Again, for anyone who has been following the Mars anomaly researcher Richard C. Hoagland, the fact that the ESA is now admitting that it has finally "see possible signs of previously unknown features below the moon's surface" will merit a hearty belly-laugh, for here is Hoagland's paper on the whole subject, from at least a decade ago:
My point with all of this is simply to draw attention to the fact that the basic data about the Fear and Loathing of Mars has been known for a rather long time, decades if one goes back to Shklovskii, and centuries, if one goes back to Jonathan Swift. Hoagland, at least, was willing to consider the obvious conclusions from the whole affair.
What's intriguing to contemplate is why is the whole story being raised in a more or less "mainstream" source, and raised now?
My guess? It is becoming increasingly difficult for mainstream scientism to ignore the inconvenient Out of Place Artifacts, and the Martian moons, like our own, are two large and completely baffling examples. Don't expect them to change the narrative. They won't. They will simply put out their data, and allow the interpretations to fall where they may, until the obvious becomes impossible to ignore any longer. Again, they were a little late to the party, but at least they're hovering on the patio now...
See you on the flip side...
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