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Guest Page Fast links to Items:  Richard – Timothy – Bob – Ron Fast links to Bios: Timothy – Bob – Ron – Andrew – Keith This week, we have TWO ongoing “Martian mysteries” to grapple with — surrounding the continuing unmanned Perseverance mission. The first: “why” has the pioneering “Ingenuity helicopter flight” — originally rescheduled for last Sunday — now been postponed … TWICE? Yes, I know what the NASA “explanation” is: That a “computer timing error” caused a “safety hold” on the attempt to spin the helicopter’s rotors up to full speed, abruptly cutting short a critical “pre-flight rotor test” before the attempted first flight …. But, is that the REAL explanation for the continuing Ingenuity delays? Or … could it be that JPL suddenly “discovered” that something was “wrong” about the atmosphere of Mars itself … as we’ve been pointing out, week after week …? Mystery number two: […]

Guest Page Fast links to Items:  Richard – Holger – Timothy – Ron – Ruggero Fast links to Bios:  Holger – Ron – Keith – Andrew – Timothy – Ruggero –    What is the REAL color of Mars …? A lot of us have been asking that simple question, since that early morning in July, 1976, as the first COLOR image of Mars was coming in from Viking — and Carl Sagan, one of the Viking Imaging Team members, watching with us., exclaimed: “Why, it looks like Arizona … blue skies and all!; any moment, you expect Yosemite Sam to come wandering in on a burro, stage left ….” That was the LAST time humans on Earth saw LIVE “blue skies” on Mars … until … the landing of the Perseverance rover, February 18th, 2021. Almost half a century ago …. Nine days AFTER Percy’s landing — and after […]

Guest Page Fast links to Items: Richard – Ron – Andrew – Ruggero – Bob Fast links to Bios: Andrew – Ron – Timothy – Bob – Keith – Ruggero Over the past several weeks, ever since the Perseverance Rover touched down successful at Jezero Crater on Mars (Feb 18), the Enterprise Mission Team has been discovering one extraordinary thing after another, in the constant stream of data that Percy has been sending back to Earth …. Simultaneously, we have dutifully been reporting these increasingly amazing “finds” to our own world-wide “Other Side of Midnight” audience — spread literally around the Earth. Well, “someone” … INSIDE NASA/JPL … appears to ALSO have been listening …. This week, “out of the blue” (like … literally), Percy — in the midst of the exacting and meticulous process of preparing its historic on-board helicopter for its first flying launch upon another planet! — suddenly sent back […]

Guest Page Fast links to Items: Richard – Andrew – Ron – Ruggero Fast links to Bios: Andrew – Ron – Ruggero – Keith – Leslie  OK, what is the REAL Perseverance mission to Jezero Crater? Yes, I know what NASA says– “The Perseverance rover will search for ancient Martian microfossils of long-extinct bacteria … or … at least their organic “biosignatures” (molecular evidence of former biochemistry, likely to be found hidden in the rocks) ….” But, REALLY …. If THAT is Percy’s official “NASA mission,” how come it’s carrying a ground-penetrating RADAR instrument — capable of seeing (roughly …) only 30 feet under the undulating ancient lakebed that Percy’s currently sitting on?; if Jezero was truly such “an ancient lake,” slowly filling with sediments washed down by the obvious ancient river channel visible just to the west of the crater, what underground “geology” could Percy’s little radar possibly find … if […]

Guest Page Fast links to Items:  Richard – Ron – Andrew Fast links to Bios: Ron – Andrew  We have made an EXTRAORDINARY Martian discovery … and a confirmation. The discovery part is that, as the NASA Perseverance rover was descending the last few miles to the Martian surface on its parachute, two on-board rover cameras — independenty — recorded amazing images of “an ancient, geometric GLASS dome” arcing over the intended “Percy” landing site — in Jezero Crater! Remarkably, portions of this ancient glass construction are still standing … and can be seen in the thousands of descending Percy video images as “a detailed, highly geometric array of surviving lattice work …” seen projected against a pitch black Martian sky …. The “confirmation” part of this discovery, involves one of our own Enterprise Imaging Team members, Ron Gerbron — who, for years, based on extensive analysis of other Martian […]