MARS/76P ENCOUNTER UPDATE 9 JUNE 2000
gary d. goodwin & Raymond Ward
Here are the details - short and sweet and to the point.
We were expecting an "encounter" between Mars and Comet 76P toward the end of May through the first few days of June. I can hear the critics say, "Is that the best you can do?" Well... the answer is yes, that's the best we can do. We are a few unfunded researchers doing the best we can with the information available to us. There's no access to million dollar telescopes, to mega-speed computers, or anything of the like. What we do have at our disposal, are those same things that Joe Civilian has at his disposal. We have the internet. One of the most incredible tools ever available to the common man. And I'm sure it pisses "them" off to high Heaven. Many of us do have educations from Their Uniformitarian universities and we have a few insiders that confirm many of our affirmations.
So have we seen indications or evidence of an encounter between Mars and 76P, you ask? I stand up and shout YES!
And I will add - It's a frightening supposition.
First let me restate those possibilities that we have said could happen:
The following evidences are the indications that we have seen, which are leading us to the conclusion that an interaction of a great magnitude has taken place:
The Space Shuttle Atlantis Extends Her Mission - But Only A Day
The space shuttle mission are commonly taking up a couple of spare pieces of equipment since about two years ago. One is a Spartan Satellite. The Spartan is a special satellite designed to study the solar environment, including imaging processes. The shuttles are also equipped with an infrared telescope. These instruments would be great to have access to, if you would want to image the happenings on Mars. As we have stated, Mars is nearly directly behind the sun at this time (at least within ~6-8 degrees).
The following is an AP account of some of the circumstances surrounding the shuttle's return:
Space shuttle crew aims for early Monday touchdown
May 29, 2000 Web posted at: 1:05 a.m. EDT (0505 GMT)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) -- Despite forecasts calling for gusty wind, space shuttle Atlantis' astronauts aimed for an early Monday morning touchdown to close out their successful space station repair mission. It will be only the 14th time in 98 flights that a space shuttle lands in darkness. "I've been practicing for this for the last 10 years," said Air Force Col. James Halsell Jr., Atlantis' commander. "It's going to be just another of the great parts of this adventure."
Given the tricky task of landing a 100-ton space shuttle in the dark, NASA has a crosswind limit of 14 mph. Meteorologists on Sunday expected the crosswind to be right at that limit.
There was also a slight chance of rain. Either condition can prevent the shuttle from landing. Halsell planned to use both orbital-maneuvering engines for the ride home. The left engine seemed to have a stuck valve during the climb to orbit May 19, but flight controllers later concluded the valve was fine and a bad sensor was to blame.
After the hectic pace of the past 10 days, the astronauts said they wouldn't mind an extra day or two in space with little to do. Atlantis had enough fuel to stay up until Thursday.
The project folks decided to stay up an extra three days was the initial word. Then abruptly after only one day after the announcement cut the stay short. They did this at the risk of losing the shuttle in not only the night, but with a strong direct crosswind of greater than the limit stated for the shuttle. Why the hurry to get down? What did they see that forced them to return so abruptly? Inside sources are stating that wing damage occurred on the shuttle. The wing damage was not due to an oxygen leak that was initially claimed, but likely due to the turbulence and some loss of control of the ship.
So why hurry down?
The Hubble couldn't look at the planet - they claim that this kind of proximity to the sun would damage the optics. But the shuttle had a good scope on board. And it would probably be likely that such a disturbance could even be seen with the naked eye from above the earth. Did they extend to see the encounter? And did what they saw scare them down to base?
More NASA Guys "Head For The Hills"!
Remember the NASA "cave" guy that was on Art Bell a few months ago, stating that he had information that an asteroid or several asteroids were heading for the earth? Well nothing really came of it, except alot of hype and alot of unanswered questions.
But now over the past weekend we received unverified reports from two sources, that two NASA employees at different facilities had abandoned their posts and the indication was, that they had information of a catastrophic occurrence at Mars.
The timing is the interesting thing here. We don't hear these kinds of reports - ever. And actually we dropped the last report because of possible damage to the man reporting it. As with all reports of this nature, it's not really the individual report that's important, it's a combination of a number of reports. We could put these reports in the category of red flags.
More Page Problems
Monday evening following the shuttle landing and certain other information became available, the TMG page went down. It took over twelve hours to get it back up. Administrators report a bug. What appears to be an intentional effort to prohibit us from passing on the following information is attempted.
Call me paranoid - call me a conspiracy nut - it probably fits! Those of us in the Internet business understand that the probability of one page out of hundreds on a server going down is virtually impossible. Usually it's the entire server that has problems. Again, just consider it a red flag. Not real evidence - just one portion of a cumulative concern.
Clinton Stays Away!
Where was our president when all of this was happening? He was in Europe and in Russia. Then no sooner did he get back in the country than he jetted off to Japan and Asia!
Yes it's a campaign year. Yes he's probably putting job applications all along the way. But again the timing sure seems strange. We know we're shoveling fodder for the critics here, but we're not claiming extraordinary insight or facts. These are only red flags that a foolish person would ignore. If you're a pilot and you don't keep your eyes on ALL of the dials and indicators, you're going to miss something. And missing just one slight piece of information could mean the end.
Satellite Crash Prohibits Line of Sight Eyewitness
Recently we reported that we expected that it might be possible to see the ORCA in the western sky on a certain date/ This was primarily due to positions of the ORCA the Earth and the Sun. On that same date a missile was launched from Vandenberg creating a diversion and making a sighting doubtful.
The following report is evidence that this could have masked any sighting of problems with the Mars/76P encounter:
Astronomy satellite plunges to Earth in controlled crash
June 4, 2000 Web posted at: 4:29 a.m. EDT (0829 GMT)
GREENBELT, Maryland (AP) -- The Compton Gamma Ray Observatory, after nine years of unprecedented studies of the universe, was deliberately slammed into the atmosphere Sunday where it broke up and fell in a shower of hot metal to a remote stretch of the Pacific Ocean.
In the first deliberate and controlled crash of a satellite, NASA engineers directed the Compton through a series of suicide rocket firings that dropped it from a high orbit and sent it plunging to Earth. "We got a positive confirmation," said mission reentry director Tom Quinn. "A job well done." The 17-ton spacecraft worked perfectly through a final 30-minute rocket firing and then engineers watched on instruments in mission control as the speeding satellite heated, broke apart and then went silent. The craft began coming apart about 2:14 a.m. and engineers estimated that it would take as long as 20 minutes for some of the lighter pieces finally to hit the water. An Air Force observation plane reported sighting pieces of the spacecraft falling toward the ocean, NASA officials said. It was estimated that about six tons of superheated metal survived the scorching reentry and splashed in the Pacific.
Pieces hit their target The target was a corridor starting some 2,500 miles southeast of Hawaii and extending for more than 2,000 miles toward the southeast. Quinn said tracking signals from the spacecraft's final minutes indicated that its surviving pieces would safely hit the target, far from any land.
Among the pieces predicted to survive reentry and hit the ocean were six 1,800 pound aluminum I-beams and parts made of titanium, including more than 5,000 bolts.
Its 370-mile orbit would have kept it aloft for another 11 years, but NASA officials were worried that if more equipment failed engineers would not be able to control the vehicle and it would make a dangerous random return to Earth. The spacecraft overflies many populated areas, including Mexico City, Bangkok and Miami, and NASA engineers calculated that if Compton was allowed to fall on its own, there was one chance in 1,000 that someone would be killed. Controlled reentry cuts odds of accident A controlled reentry dropped the odds of a fatality to about one in 29 million.
Ed Weiler, NASA's chief scientist, decided it was too risky to keep the craft in orbit. NASA endured a nerve-racking natural reentry once and was not anxious to risk it again. Skylab, a 78-ton abandoned U.S. space station, fell from orbit out of control in 1979. Debris dropped harmlessly into the Indian Ocean and across a remote section of western Australia.
Astronomers mourned the decision destroy the Compton. "The entire scientific community is disappointed," said Gehrels. "I was profoundly saddened. "I am not second guessing the decision," he added. "The people who had to make the decision had to consider safety. But from a scientific point of view it is a great loss." When Compton took its last bit of data -- an observation of the sun on May 26 -- it was still functioning smoothly, except for the failure of one of its three gyroscopes.
Another red flag is raised.
Earthquakes Rattle The Earth!
We have continually expressed the idea that electrical impulses from the sun, also known as Coronal Mass Ejections, must find their balancing charge by grounding to the surface somewhere on the Earth. They hit the Earth and excitedly search for a spot on the Earth to short out. Some of the effects of this process are earthquakes.
Over the last few days the following reports have been made by the USGS. The strength is generally way up, the frequency is markedly up and the depth is shallow. A shallow depth is evidence of a discharge.
Date Time Description of Location Magnitude Depth Quality
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5th June 2000 00:47 SOUTHERN SUMATERA, INDONESIA 4.8 Mb 33.0 (Poor)
00:54 NEAR W COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN 4.4 Mb 33.0 (Fair)
00:57 AZORES ISLANDS REGION 4.8 Mb 10.0 (Fair)
02:22 SOUTHERN SUMATERA, INDONESIA 4.9 Mb 33.0 (Poor)
02:46 SOUTHERN SUMATERA, INDONESIA 5.0 Mb 33.0 (Fair)
03:00 SOUTHERN SUMATERA, INDONESIA 5.9 Mb 33.0 (Good)
04:53 SOUTHERN SUMATERA, INDONESIA 5.4 Mb 33.0 (Fair)
06:34 SOUTHERN SUMATERA, INDONESIA 5.5 Ms 33.0 (Good)
07:15 SOUTHERN SUMATERA, INDONESIA 4.8 Mb 33.0 (Poor)
09:17 SOUTHERN SUMATERA, INDONESIA 5.4 Mb 33.0 (Fair)
17:43 JAWA, INDONESIA 5.0 Mb 33.0 (Fair)
23:55 SOUTHERN SUMATERA, INDONESIA 5.7 Mb 33.0 (Good)
6th June 2000 02:37 SOUTHERN SUMATERA, INDONESIA 5.6 Mb 33.0 (Fair)
02:41 TURKEY 6.1 Ms 33.0 (Good)
04:54 SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN 5.4 Mb 10.0 (Good)
05:31 SOUTHERN SUMATERA, INDONESIA 5.6 Mb 33.0 (Fair)
09:58 SOUTHERN SUMATERA, INDONESIA 6.1 Ms 33.0 (Good)
10:59 WESTERN NEI MONGOL, CHINA 5.6 Ms 33.0 (Fair)
12:41 NEAR ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS 4.3 Mb 49.8 (Good)
14:57 SOUTHEAST OF RYUKYU ISLANDS 6.0 Ms 33.0 (Good)
17:03 OAXACA, MEXICO 4.3 Mb 33.0 (Fair)
This report doesn't include the 7.9 earthquake that occurred in Indonesia that fits within this same time period. And the earthquakes continue!
The Sun Responds To The Blast
Over the last few days the sun has reacted to something. Solar Maximum? Maybe. Timing is everything. Add it all up. If this is merely the Solar Maximum beginning, why didn't it start last week or next week, or next month? Why now, when this comet is passing the closest to Mars?
In the last few days we have had three large "X" class flares. X class are the largest class of flares on the current scale. That's not to say that there can't be stronger ones. But do you remember the last time we had an X class flare? There actually was one a few months ago. But before that - over a year.
So again - why now? Could it be due to a a large disturbance in the solar system? The Proton Flux is incredible and the Magnetometer went off the scale!
Debris? Did Someone Say Debris?
One of our researchers picked up on a problem with SOHO C3 imaging. Read it for yourselves:
"I think the event may have happened on 03 June. Look at file 000603_c3.mpeg. All other movies increment at approx 1 hour steps. This movie jumps from 07:42 to 16:42 A WHOLE DAY! This happens just as Mars is starting to appear. Mars doesn't appear till the 3rd June."
We believe we have identified three separate "explosions" associated with t he Mars/76P encounter, starting as early as May 25th. These are identified by first a debris field emanating from the area of the planet itself on or about the 25th of May, a set of missing frames as identified by our peer in the above email, and objects in the star field that do not relate to any known object. (The images relating to these reports will be posted or not, with explanation, following further assessment.)
SL9 hit Jupiter 21 times.
Each piece was approximately one mile in diameter.
Review "SL9, The Advent" by A.N. Dmitriev
Each mountain hurled down upon Jupiter delivered a minimum of a hundred and twenty million megatons of explosive destruction.
Comet 76P is estimated to be, conservatively 20 miles in diameter. Mars is 100,000 times smaller than Jupiter. That's a differential of 500 X 100,000 which equals 500,000,000 units of force to physical volume or size!
Remember how we all marveled at SL9's power and impact on Jupiter? How the "experts" said that one impact the size of only one of the fragments of SL9 would destroy the earth. Compare that to the relationship in size between Mars and 76P.
Mars is still there. It can be seen on the SOHO C3 pics. But what kind of planet is left? And how would we know? I beg someone to bring some hard evidence forward to prove this is wrong. Is there debris headed our way? Our simple and un-informed guess is YES. So I challenge the powers that be to bring forth images of Mars to show that it is still intact. Show us that Phobos and Diemos are both still in orbit around Mars.
Meanwhile, we will be watching for further evidences ourselves and reporting them when we get them.