Who was “Chesley Bonestell?”

A man of “many talents” … as we’re going to discover tonight — as I and our Enterprise “Imaging Panel” explore–

“What did Chesley know … and when did he know it?”

And — who were his “co-conspirators” … in “kicking Mankind off Planet Earth” in the 1950’s … the First “19.5?”

Joins us for “a rocket blast … from the past.”

Richard C. Hoagland



Richard’s News Items:

News Items: Volcanoes, Drones and Life out in Space


Chesley Bonestell





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Keith Laney

Websites:  The Hidden Mission

Keith Laney is a space image processing and anomalies specialist from Charlotte NC. He’s a husband, father, grandfather, artist, copper master, amateur space scientist and avid promoter and supporter of space exploration.

The primary passion of his life after about half the above is space imaging. His work has been featured by NASA, mainstream news organizations and planetary anomaly lovers the world over. Keith hosts a privately unequaled online collection of space imaging, planetary curiosities, his own writings and music which just celebrated its 13th anniversary.

Andrew Currie

Website: acstoryboards.com

Andrew A. Currie began his artistic career as a community public artist, working with neighbourhood groups to create murals in schools and community centres. As a graphic designer and illustrator, he serviced small to large Canadian companies. For the past decade, he has worked as a storyboard artist and concept illustrator in film and television, and in commercial tv advertising. Andrew has a Bachelor of Arts from The University of British Columbia, a diploma in graphic design and illustration, and a Masters in Art Therapy.



Mars Face Sculptures:  http://kynthia.net/marsF.html

Kynthea, known in early Mars circles as “Mama Mars”  is a San Francisco Bay Area Artist and the Artistic Director for the Mars Project and Producer for The Other Side of Midnight. She sculpted the first ever Face on Mars along with the Cliff behind it that echoes from profile “face features”. This sculpture appeared on the first edition of “Monuments of Mars” by Richard C Hoagland and was later corroborated by computer analysis of Mark J. Carlotto. Then came the “Cody Mars Face” , unveiled at the Cody Conference where she contributed to discussions with other Anomalies Researchers including Richard C. Hoagland, Anthony West, Eugene Mallove, Tom Van Flandern and others.When the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) took provocative a photo of the Face on Mars she set about to sculpt the face once again, including the new data revealed in the NASA photo. That sculpture,  the ‘Malta Bronze” and was featured on a later edition of the “Monuments of Mars” book cover designed by her. Kynthea organized the first Mars Exhibit and was a Key organizer of two JPL rallies in protest of NASA’s policies. She sculpted the Face several more times, and created a 3D computer model used in Mars Face animations featured on PAX TV. Kynthea dedicated more than 17 years to studying and sculpting the Face, her interest and research of Martian anomalies span over 35 years. She delights in her two grown sons.

Robert Harrison

Website:Cydonia Quest

Bob is a keen investor and after achieving his dream of financial independence decided to “retire” from the rat race in 2010. As a “child of the Space Age”, Bob was fascinated by space exploration and speculations about extra-terrestrial life from an early age. These have continued to be interests for him. Dr. Carl Sagan’s early speculations about the possible artificiality of the “Elysium Pyramids” on Mars have had a long term impact on his thinking.

In June 2000 Bob began the Cydonia Quest website as a personal exploration of the evidence for very ancient ET ruins in our Solar System. To date the research has mostly concentrated on Mars, and especially Cydonia. The website was inspired by the work of Richard C. Hoagland and his many collaborators in this field. Cydonia Quest is intended to be an additional resource to Hoagland’s own popularEnterprise Mission (TEM) website. It has also explored some of TEM’s more “out there” theories.


Will Farrar

Website:whatsupinthesky.comWill’s images with links to raw image files

Will Farrar grew up in Maryland where he started his career in technology at the young age of 16 and is currently the Information Technology Director for a national healthcare company as well as the man behind the Space Anomaly YouTube Channel WhatsUpInTheSky37 and the website whatsupinthesky.com.

He attributes his keen eye for spotting anomalies in imagery to his fascination with images returned from various spacecrafts as well as his travels around the United States visiting various national and state parks. Will is also known for applying various technological approaches in his hunt for anomalies in space imagery that has helped make his case of obfuscation in the past.  Will is an accomplished musician and artist and he brings those skills of discernment to his quest


Tim Saunders:

Website:  www.tsyd.com

Tim Saunders is a British national who grew-up near to the south-coast of the United Kingdom. Positively influenced by the nearby yachting and shipping scene, he chose his ideal career path at the age of ten when he decided to become a yacht designer. He followed in his father’s footsteps in Television Production for a few years which soon lead him – full circle – to become involved in a number of ‘then’ cutting-edge documentaries about Technology and Watersports, namely Tomorrow’s World, Horizon and a series named Waterfront. These experiences served to boost his interest to ‘create yachts’ for living and he soon found a place at the coveted Coventry University where he studied Industrial Design (Transportation). While this was one of only four colleges in the world that specialised in Automotive design, from the start he elected to apply this rich learning experience to create a career in yacht design.

Following his graduation, Tim was fortunate to have been offered appointments at many of the world’s highly revered yacht Design Studios, working on an array of live Superyacht projects of all different sizes, styles and uses. During what he affectionately calls his apprenticeship years, Tim honed a sharp eye for fine detail, problem solving and soon built-up a wide range of design and management skills during a circa. 10 year period. He gained a wealth of experience from many facets of the industry, custom design. production design, exterior styling, interior design, systems, naval architecture, materials and manufacturing – while working with many of the world’s most respected Naval Architects, Shipyards and Interior Cabinet (Furniture) Makers. In 1999 Tim established his first independent Design Studio, based in Holland, and rapidly became involved in the design of a number of new yachts ranging in size from 10m / 40 ft to 100m / 400 ft. Tim measured his success by finally fulfilling a long term wish to exhibit his work at the Monaco Yacht Show, which lead to key introductions that still generate a regular supply of commissions today. Following the appointment of a particularly large project, a 225m / 738’ vessel, he relocated his business to Chelsea Harbour in South-West London and set-up a larger Team. Some years later, in 2009, Tim chose to move his home to one of the natural crossroads of the world, Turkey, where he continues to reside with his young family on the Aegean coastline in the south east of this ancient country. Tim Saunders Yacht Design LTD continues to be very busy, currently working on multiple iconic custom superyachts for local and international Clients.


Keith Morgan

Websites:     http://TheMorganCurve.com

The Morgan Curve BLOG: TheMorganCurve.com/wordpress/

Keith Morgan has been an Electronics Technician with ABC News in Washington DC since 1982. He has a BA in Communications from Howard University with a minor in Computer Science. He helped build Howard Universities TV station, WHMM, now WHUT. He worked at WRC Channel 4 in Washington in 1980. Keith is discoverer of what has been coined the Morgan Curve on Mars. He has researched the Mars anomalies since 1988 after  purchasing “The Monuments of Mars”. He worked with Nightline with Ted Koppel. Keith  was instrumental in getting a face to face between Richard Hoagland and Ted Koppel. He also supplied the show with information which was used in various shows about Mars and Europa. Keith thinks he now knows why the face is on Mars, and who is buried within, based on Sumerian writings over 6000 years old.

15 Comments so far:

  1. Ron Miller says:

    Here’s something to think about. Bonestell never painted Mars or (especially) it’s moons with accuracy until after the first fly bys in the 70s. It was not until after that time that he started painting the Martian sky pink and began depicting the craters, canyons and volcanos. How was it that he supposedly knew about artifacts on the planet…but nothing about how it really looks?

  2. Ron Miller says:

    And for goodness’ sake, at least pronounce Bonestell’s name correctly.

  3. Ron Miller says:

    The painting of Saturn seen from Titan that you have labeled as dating from 1944 was a later version created in 1950. The 1944 version was originally published in Life and later in “The Conquest of Space” and is now in the collection of the Adler Planetarium.

    Much of the foreground landscape in “Theophilus” (#15)—including the details you are zooming in on—is actually a model that Bonestell created from clay, rocks and other materials. This was photographed and a print mounted on board. Bonestell then painted over this photo using thin oil glazes.

    He did this in several of his early space paintings and some of the unretouched photos still exist.

  4. Ron Miller says:

    As the author of the “Art of Chesley Bonestell” and the one-time administrator of the Bonestell archives, I can say unequivocally that this is the most errant nonsense.

    To take just one single example, the painting of the “Martian ruins” is from the book “Mars” and was intended, as the picture’s caption carefully explains, to illustrate how the lesser gravity of Mars would effect architecture. To demonstrate this, Bonestell took an existing structure from the Acropolis and recreated it on Mars. It was certainly never meant in any way to illustrate anything that actually exists on the planet. To suggest otherwise is patently dishonest.

    Beyond all that, I have seen the original painting (which still exists) and the alien you have imagined seeing simply is not there. The same goes for the details you have invented for the astronaut.

    Most of the other “artifacts” you claim to find in the paintings are likewise the result of the simple fact that you are looking at low-rez web images, and at that images mostly scanned from books and magazines. I have seen, and even handled, most of these paintings (Bonestell’s classic “Exploration of Mars” painting—12, 13 and 14 on your page—once hung in my office) and still have high-resolution transparencies of them. The things you are claiming to see are nothing more than products of your imagination. They vanish when the art is seen at high resolution.

    One simple thing that really argues against your theory is that if Bonestell were really privy to all this information he would not have been consistently wrong about so much of what he depicted, from the moon to Mars to Jupiter.

    • Ron Miller says:

      A slip of the finger made me type “Mars” instead of “Exploration of Mars.” Sorry about that.

      The painting is reproduced on page 66, along with a painting of the equivalent structure on earth: the Temple of Zeus near Athens. Bonestell recreated this as he thought it might look if built under Mars’ gravity, carefully explaining the difference in the diameter of the columns and the spans separating them.

      In this same book, Bonestell depicted a Mars with a blue sky and canal-like features…to say nothing of a Phobos and Deimos that look absolutely nothing like the real places. So one might wonder how he might have been right about ruins on the planet but wrong about so much else.

  5. Doug Currie says:

    Hi Richard, what do you think of the “Crab like alien facehugger” on Mars? It was seen by the NASA Mars Curiosity in Gale Crater near the Martian equator. One reason I am interested in this feature especially and would be interested in your perspective is that it seems to have not one but two rock colors and perhaps compositions that doesn’t seem to be as likely to be natural. For instance the rat on Mars is just one rock color and type and could likely be natural. Also what do you think about any possible relation of this crab facehugger to the Face on Mars even though they are located on different parts of Mars?

  6. Robert Martin says:

    Richard, since you brought up the Elton John song, Rocket Man, and you are dealing with artists conceptions of space tonight, have you seen the video to “Rocket Man”? Below is the youtube link with the artist info under.


  7. Robert HWilliams says:

    Having a drone for #2020CydoniaRover a nuke powered one is like a DUH thing to add a drone is something they SHOULD have thought of in EARLY design. It can always fly back and and recharge from nuke engine. Maybe Elon could add his OWN mini-cube drone to fly to HIS landing sites.

  8. Big show tonight, hope all your communications are up to par…thanks for taking a look at my Ray Bradbury item the other day!

    PS – another great Bobby Bright tune is called “Child of Rock and Roll”, great guitar at the end. Maybe you guys could play it some night

  9. Rick says:

    QUESTION FOR THE SHOW: Exactly how does Chesley Bonestell’s painting CONFIRM that ruins areon Mars… exist? Are there contemporary NASA/ ESA/ China images that match Bonestell’s painting(s)?
    (Thank you.)

    • Ron Miller says:

      Of course there are not. Bonestell explained very explicitly why he painted the ruins: it was to demonstrate how different a familiar structure on earth would look like if built under the lesser gravity of Mars. Richard is being dishonest in not showing you the painting that accompanied this on page 66 of “The Exploration of Mars,” where he depicts the matching structure on earth. The two are even depicted at the same angle and in the same perspective. When you see the two side by side as originally intended, along with Bonestell’s detailed explanation, the purpose of the painting is clear.

    • Ron Miller says:

      You might well ask why no one expert in Bonestell’s life and work was asked to participate in this discussion…

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