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On May 26th, our own Don Ecker was seen on Hard Copy, a
television news program, discussing the recent visit to the
United States by Marina Popovitch, a Russian Colonel who has
knowledge of the ill-fated Phobos II space probe sent to Mars to
send back information on the red planet and one of its moons,
Phobos. According to Popovitch, the probe was destroyed by a long
cigar-shaped object as it approached the orbiting satellite.
Although this information is speculative and not confirmed, a
recent article appearing in a science publication did confirm
that a strange shadow was seen prior to Phobos II spinning out of
control and breaking contact with earth. Obviously there is a
lot yet to be learned about what really happened up there.
ParaNet has received information that Richard C. Hoagland,
the noted author of The Monuments of Mars - a book detailing a
possible surface anomaly on the planet, that NASA has covertly
launched the Mars observer spacecraft to speed to Mars to find
out what is going on up there. Below is a reprint of that
article. Our members are encouraged to provide any information
that would substantiate or disavow these claims.
U.S. MARS MISSION?
[Extracted from SpaceNews, 5-13-91, a publication normally
concerned with amateur radio topics.]
WWCR's radio broadcast "For The People" on 03-May-91 carried a
report by Richard C. Hoagland, who believes the United States
might have a spacecraft on its way to the planet Mars in order to
investigate the "Cydonia Message" first discovered in photos
taken by Viking 1 in 1976. Hoagland believes the Mars observer
spacecraft was deployed by the Space Shuttle "Atlantis" on
mission STS-38. According to official records, STS-38 carried an
AFP-658 satellite into orbit. An AFP-658 satellite measures 65
feet long and 15 feet in diameter. Hoagland believes this
payload was actually a booster rocket for the Mars observer
spacecraft which was later mated with the Mars observer
spacecraft on a following STS mission.
Observers reported seeing Atlantis and its satellite deployment
during mission STS-38. Some observers reported seeing both
objects illuminated by a reddish glow, which has yet to be
explained. On later orbits, the deployed satellite appeared to
Hoagland feels that if such a spacecraft were on its way to Mars,
it should be transmitting on X-band using pseudo-random noise
encoding. Hoagland is trying to get in touch with scientists who
have deep space X-band receive capabilities to see if signals can
be detected coming from Mars. The reception of intelligent radio
signals from Mars could indicate that either the US or the Soviet
Union have Mars observers sending valuable data back to
scientists on Earth.
Cydonia is a Martian desert located in the northern hemisphere of
Mars. It contains a mile-long, 1500 foot humanoid "face" and a
system of five-sided pyramids. Through images taken by Viking 1,
the "face" was found to contain such detail as an eye socket,
eyeball and pupil, nose and mouth. The facial proportions are
those of early man.
An investigation into Cydonia could help to confirm these
findings and shed light into their meaning.
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Michael Corbin - via FidoNet node 1:104/422
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