Pyramid on Mars
5 km side length
16.6° N, 198.4° W.
See news entry June 6, 2010.
I'm sure you are all aware of the extremely grave potential for
cultural shock and social disorientation contained in this present situation
if the facts were prematurely and suddenly made public
without adequate preparation and conditioning.
[Dr. Heywood Floyd in 2001: A Space Odyssey]
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News about Great Pyramid Gantenbrink's Door: Pictures from backside!
June 24th, 2011
In September 2002 a 15mm hole was drilled through the Gantenbrink Door
which was now used for a remote controlled micro camera
to take pictures from the backside of the blocking stone.
The dead end of the 60m long 20cm wide shaft was discovered
in 1993 with the robot Upuaut
constructed by German engineer Rudolf Gantenbrink.
An important discovery back then were two copper fittings
on the frontside of the blocking stone which are the only metal objects
ever found in the Pyramid masonry, next to their counterparts later found
in the 2nd similar shaft.
The backside pictures now reveal the fixture method used for the metal
fittings, but they does not help to solve the mystery about
their function. The reason for using a bitumen like sealing
on the fittings is still unknown.
The most famous site of areomorphologic landscaping August 1st 2010
Most pictures of current Mars orbiters are taken during local noon
which is preferred for some remote sensing analysis
but prevents seeing the surface relief like during the low Sun
on the famous picture 35A72 taken by Viking Orbiter 1
on July 25th 1976 of the Cydonia region at location 40.7°N 9.5°E.
Carl Sagan pointed out these polyhedral bedrock exposures in the flat alluvium via
a Mariner 9 image
in Cosmos (chapter 5).
The base of this one is shaped like a square with 5km side length
and the nearby actual "Sagan Pyramids" show equilateral triangles.
Maybe the high resolution of 28cm/pixel will solve the mystery of their creation process.
The classic geological explanation of eolian erosion processes by wind from mostly steady directions
The same image shows in the camera's color channels another mystery:
Bluegreen tinted crater floors. See news entry on March 18, 2002.
The powdery white soil digged from below by the wheels
stills shows signs of salt remains by evaporating brine.
The outline shape of the new bright white spot on this picture
looks like having been caused by a fluvial process.
See also old news entry from May 23, 2007 below.
Opportunity to discover even more strange things
February 11 and 28, 2010
A strange blue green loosely coated rock, resembling lichens on Earth. Sol 2147,
The automatic creation of relativly true color images from
the raw data of both MER Rovers is operating again
MER 3d panorama viewer and archive browser: Midnight Mars Browser August 17, 2008
Midnight Mars Browser is a program used to download Mars Exploration Rover
(MER) images and view them in slideshow and panorama format.
You can select the different camera datasets, view Pancam images in raw
RGB color and move along the Rovers' tracks from Sol to Sol.
Brightest ever star explosion observed
March 21, 2008
On March 19 2008 4:12 UTC the biggest ever Gamma-Ray Burst was detected.
By its after-glow in the visual light spectrum, this burst was
the most distant object in space ever visible by the naked human eye.
The absolute light intensity was 2.5 million times stronger than any supernova
With a count of 4 Gamma-Ray Bursts that day, this was also by number
a maximum for the Swift satellite since it observation began in 2004.
Cyanobacteria create spherule colonies May 29, 2007
Some Cyanobacteria on Earth live in colonies
of 1cm small gelatinous spherules.
The spherules of that genus (nostoc pruniforme) not only live on or in fresh or salt water,
but can also be seen on soil soon after rain.
Cyanobacteria are sometimes called blue-green algae because of their
usual dark blue-green color
and their macroscopic appearance like algae,
although they are no algaes (plants).
Cave entrances or "Dark Matter"? May 28, 2007
Temperature data from early morning infrared images (THEMIS-IR)
indicate cave entrances,
where the new detail image in visible light (HIRISE)
shows "barrier islands" on the northern rim of the lightabsorbing area.
That would mean, the black area was a flat surface.
All "Martian holes" have been discovered near the equator, so
the directly visible bright surface is no ice.
On August 9 2007, a 2nd image was
taken. This time during afternoon with lower Sun incidence angle. Now a cavern wall
is revealed which means it isn't a black surface at all. The diameter of the hole is about 150m
with a depth of at least 78m.
Some possible causes for these white soil deposits:
Evaporating salt water, Silica (Silicon salts), Biofilm.
May 23, 2007
Slope streaks in Antarctic Dry Valleys similar to those seen on Mars!
February 18, 2007
The current doctrine about Martian slope streaks being the result
of dry dust avalances isn't verified yet be experiments.
Hence the observation of visual correlation of Martian and Antarctic slope
in this paper from Brown University
leads to a more realistic approach to that topic.
Lunar and Planetary Science Conference 2007.
Challenge to all researchers having influence on controlling the Mars-Rovers' cameras!
March 26, 2006
Find out if this white soil
in the wheel tracks builds up within seconds or minutes after driving.
Maybe it is salt crystallizing as soon the moisture evaporates from the plowed soil or for lower
temperatures, as soon as the water ice sublimates.
See also: Sol 455, Sol 429, Sol 426
The best evidence for a biological creation of the "blueberries" is the fact
of their unilayered distribution on the Martian surface.
With an origin by mineral aggregation a random clustering in multiple layers
would by observable. January 30, 2006
Snake on a Planet September 17, 2006
Spirit, Sol 960.
The Face on Mars, comic story from 1958! March 11, 2006
In 1947, 29 years before the Face on Mars was photographed by Viking Orbiter 1,
Isamu Noguchi created the model for the unrealized 1km large surface relief
Memorial to Man,
later called Sculpture to be Seen from Mars.
Then in 1958 that comic story* was published about an expedition discovering a giant sculpture
on the Martian surface. (Anybody owning a copy of that book please send scans!)
Again a decade later, another preview. In 1968 the Face appeared in the movie
2001: a space odyssey: 2001: A Mars Odyssey?.
On Proving Ancient Megalith Construction by Jim Solley.
November 28, 2004
A must read which prevails with logic and multidisciplinary thinking
over some dogmatic and primitive believe systems of Egyptology and Archeology. All other theories, mostly invented by Egyptologists, are that much hot air,
that you could fill a giant hot air ballon to lift a whole pyramid with it!
Sensational discovery by Mars Express?
May 8, 2004
The fourier spectrometer (PFS) on board Mars Express has possibly discovered more
organic chemicals, which hint to current life as they are destroyed quickly by UV-light
in the atmosphere. Named are: formaldehyde, ammonia and benzene. Because of the
low concentration in the thin atmosphere, more measurements are required before
the PFS-Team will publish an official statement.
F... Fossils! March 21, 2004
NASA overlooked something important.
A tricky job. Shortly after the NASA "summercamp" a few participants visit the place,
where the space agency had hidden the test rover. They were curious, how well it
performed. As they determined, the rover had driven around the California
desert - nearby of several pieces of petrified wood.
But nobody in the control center recognized these on the views through the rover
camera. The researchers got frustrated.
The summercamp which is mentioned here by an employee of
a NASA contract company to the GEO author is the
"FIDO" (Field Integrated Design & Operations) from 9. to 19. August
2002. JPL/NASA-engineers and scientists there simulated with an almost complete
replica Spirit/Opportunity rover the remote controlled navigation and scientific analysis:
First color picture from Spirit Rover January 6, 2004
Interestingly shaped 4km large monolith in Ganges Chasma. January 4, 2004
Noteworthy are also the bright white color and the alignment towards the 4 cardinal points!
It almost looks hypo real!
data source: THEMIS V04359003
Landing of Beagle 2 and orbit insertion of Mars Express: 12/25 3:00 UTC.
December 22, 2003
Internet Live-Stream from ESA-Controlcenter at Darmstadt:
and via Astra-Digital in Europe with these parameters:
Identifier=ESA, Frequency=10.832, Polarisation=H, Symbolrate=22.000, FEC=5/6,
SID=61950, V-Pid=55, A-Pid=56, PCR-P=55, Provider=Astra, Transponder=57
News about Mars Express und Beagle 2: http://mars.esa.int
At 19:47 MEST Mars Express will be launched on a Soyuz-Fregat from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
June 2, 2003
The onboard Highres Stereo Camera developed by the German Institut of Space Sensor Technology and Planetary Exploration will transmit the best ever true color pictures when arriving in december.
Also transported onboard will be the Beagle 2 Lander, with life detection experiments and a color camera.
First color picture of White Rock, a 15km longrock in Pollack Crater, presumably consisting of limestone!
April 4, 2003
A previously taken synthetic color picture from MGS,
show similar colors, where here the green color channel was "guessed" by the red and blue ones.
The new pictures shows a very bright ivory color, which would portend to limestone, if the formation
would be found on Earth.
Limestone was created on Earth by sedimentation of clam shells.
The picture was taken with the THEMIS color camera
of the Mars Odyssey 2001.
The original data: V03233002
Sir Arthur C.Clarke is wondering about NASA according to his article in the current edition of
Aviation Week & Space Technology. March 26, 2003
Clarke: "And talking about stupidity, I feel that a current example is the refusal by everyone to
recognize that we've already discovered life on Mars.
How else can you explain the Mars Observer Camera's
striking resemblance to banyan trees? I'm beginning to wonder if there is intelligent life at NASA."
My comment on the "real IR image" story:
As you may have read my name in the latest article on
The Enterprisemission (TEM), you might be interested in my
evaluation on the topic. As I wrote shortly after release of TEM's article "A Tale Of Two Cities",
on several discussion forums, the socalled "real IR image" was, in my estimation, a sophisticated hoax created
by some still unknown 3rd party, to discredit TEM and all other further research on the possibility
of subsurface ruins on Mars.
"Gantenbrink-Door" in Great Pyramid will be opened on September 16. August 14, 2002
9 years after Rudolf Gantenbrink's discovery of the blocking stone
at the end of the southern shaft of the socalled Queen's Chamber by a small robot vehicle,
the mystery about this artefact with copper fittings will be solved.
With live TV coverage by National Geographic via FOX-TV, a NASA robot will peek behind the stone
with fibre optics or by drilling.
Hopefully, the German engineer Rudolf Gantenbrink will be credited for his discovery on March 23, 1993.
Evidence of frozen oceans confirms alternative theories on Mars
May 30, 2002 Gilbert Levin already showed 25 years ago via the data from
the Viking Mission, that there is not only a sufficient amount of water in the upper soil layer, but
also at least bacteria or algae live there. Richard Hoagland presented before this new NASA release
a theory about Mars as a former moon of the 5th Planet, which disintegrated into todays Asteroid Belt.
Mars was tidal locked in orbit of this planet, like the Moon to Earth, which deformed Mars and caused
higher water concentrations at two antipodal regions at the equator. These two regions were now confirmed
by 2001 Mars Odyssey.
The politic important issue on this new official NASA release is the now simplified and largely cost reduced
manned mission to Mars, as oxygen and hydrogen are now abundant resources on location for life-support of the
expedition crew and fuel for the return flight.
A press conference on this discovery will be shown live on the Internet
via NASA-TV on Thursday May 30, 16:00 GMT.
2001 Mars Odyssey completes aerobraking
January 11, 2002
Now, scientiests try to reactivate the failed MARIE device for
measuring possible radiation hazards for forthcoming manned expeditions
on the Martian surface.
A new model of Mars a a former captured satellite
August 10, 2001
see also: The Exploded Planet Hypothesis
Bi-modal distribution of key features due to ancient tidal stress?
This paper is about the model of Mars as a former moon of the exploded planet
in the orbit of todays asteroid-belt. Most prominent hints for this,
are the antipodal bulges on Mars, caused by tidal forces. In these bulges,
water is present today, which causes black seeps when flowing on the surface.
These black spots are made of iron
sulphite, which is produced by the huge abundance of sulphur on the surface.
After some time, the spots bleach out, they are are oxidized to iron sulphate.
Revisiting the Mariner 9 archives
February 11, 2001
No more than 2 years ago, the original data from all Mariner 9 images,
taken in 1972, has been published on the Internet. Although, some of the images are
better than the ones from the later Viking-Orbiter and also the lighting
conditions are better than on the new MGS shots.
Malin Space Science Systems and JPL celebrates end of MGS primary mission
with release of new pictures from Cydonia
January 31, 2001
The "Age of Horus" Dawns - The Time is Now
December 3, 2000
The new article from the Enterprise Mission about our julian/gregorian calendar and its connection to Sirius in the year 2000: Part 1,
Part 5, Part 6
see also: New Year's Age of Horus by Daniel Perez
Major Mars Announcement From NASA? June 20, 2000
NASAwatch.com-Editor's note: 3:50 PM 19 June: Word has it that NASA recently briefed the
White House on a potential major discovery on Mars. An announcement of some
sort is rumored to be planned for next week and that it involves Mars Global
Brian De Palma's new movie
Mission To Mars: Its background story is stranger than fiction.
Just count together
(note Astronaut Story Musgrave's cameo appearance in the movie)