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Re: JPL's Mars UFO - Balaskas

From: Nick Balaskas <Nikolaos.nul>
Date: Sat, 13 Mar 2004 11:10:35 -0500 (Eastern Standard Time)
Fwd Date: Sat, 13 Mar 2004 11:55:55 -0500
Subject: Re: JPL's Mars UFO - Balaskas

>From: Tim Shell <tshell.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2004 08:22:32 -0600
>Subject: Re: JPL's Mars UFO

>>From: Don Ledger <dledger.nul>
>>To:  ufoupdates.nul
>>Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2004 18:25:20 -0400
>>Subject: Re: JPL's Mars UFO

>>Note the interesting use of "UFO" in this JPL URL re an anomally
>>in the Martian sky taken by Rover's cameras.

>>I wonder, would this be a time lapse of Earth?

>>Watch the wrap, the URL is long.


>I know they were going to try and image the moons. I'm guessing
>(debunking) that this might be one of them, on a time-lapse

Hi Everyone!

Good try Tim, but you would not make a very convincing debunker!

If you read the text that accompanied the UFO image, the streak
in the picture was most likely produced by an orbiting
spacecraft and was not one of Mars' two known small moons or
even a meteor.

These two Martian moons were photographed by the Opportunity
rover (Deimos on March 4 and Phobos 7 on March 7) as they
crossed the face of the Sun and would have a large angular size
as seen from the surface of Mars. The brightness or thickness of
this streak and its orientation relative to the Martian horizon
agrees with NASA's belief that it is more likely to be a
spacecraft and that it is in a polar orbit.

Meteors do produce luminous streaks but they do not appear and
disappear so abruptly. Long exposures of orbiting satellites
with a camera would produce this effect though. Although the Sun
was already below the Martian horizon, if what was photographed
was indeed a spacecraft orbiting high above the planet, it would
still shine brightly from the direct rays from the Sun. This
would suggest that this image was a large object in space and
would rule out Martian birds, bugs or wind blown soil which
would be appear dark in the night sky.

Since all planets, their moons, asteroids and even the dust
particles of the Zodiacal Light in our inner solar system orbit
the Sun generally in one plane and not randomly in any plane in
3 dimensional space, for this reason the streak is unlikely to
be a previously unknown captured asteroid or new moon of Mars.

Conclusion: Unless it can be proven that NASA's Viking 1 and 2
motherships are still in orbit around Mars over a quarter of a
century later, what we have here is a real UFO in the Martian
sky! Thanks to Don Ledger for bring it to our attention and to
Terry Grogg for the news article about another UFO in a picture
of UK's Beagle 2 flying saucer shaped lander that had just
separated from it's Mars Express mothership.

If that elongated star-like image that is oriented in a
direction pointing towards Beagle 2 is a projectile (unless the
picture was cropped, the streak's non-radial orientation cannot
easily be explained as an optical abberation), who knows, but we
may have triggered the Martian Stars Wars defense system once
again!  ;o)

Nick Balaskas

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