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you but now most of us have heard about the face on Mars and repeated accusations that NASA has been covering up the truth four years ago when NASA announced the discovery of life in a Martian meteorite I was quoted in the press as saying that the earth-shaking announcement was a government test balloon to gradually prepare the public for a bigger bombshell I also said that the announcement was part of a time-release program to give us all the news and stages the release of , photographs from NASA's Mars Global Surveyor has now put us on the fast track to discovery about a past intelligent civilization on the red planet this is NASA's uncover-up if you will and the Space Agency and I haven't said this in the past but I'll say it now it was to be congratulated for finally making these photographs available to the general public today's press conference is truly historic Tom Van Flandern Brian O'Leary and scores of scientists the world over have been eagerly poring over these pictures and discovering remarkable things strap yourself in we're about to see compelling proof of artificial structures on Mars that could have profound implications for the history of the human race as fate would have it NASA's Mars Odyssey named for the spacecraft and Odyssey Clarke's breathtaking film is now racing toward the red planet when the Odyssey finally sends pictures back to earth sometimes this coming year NASA will have taken the next giant step in preparing the public for some very exciting news indeed Clarke believes that quote large life unquote namely vegetation perhaps even trees may be present in some of the Mars Global Surveyor photographs that Tom van Flannan will be showing you in just a few minutes this is a sculpture by artist John Sheldon of the famous five sided pyramid photographed by NASA's Viking probe in the Cydonia region of Mars but as a lake Carl Sagan pointed out in his television series cosmos the Elysium there it also has pyramids and these pyramids very seldom spoken about are said to be twice as tall as the World Trade Center how could that be twice as tall as the World Trade Center geologists and says that the wind would have to be blowing from three directions I all at the same speed for the pyramids of Elysium to have been formed naturally and then there are the glass-like tunnels which are at least feet in diameter with exposed sections running a thousand feet long the tunnels are amazing we may be looking at nothing less than the ultimate proof of an ancient civilization that use these tunnels for water or perhaps even for transportation before I turn the microphone over to Brian O'Leary is something I want to show you over to your left the place on Mars is back if this sculpture is made by artists Salvador Brazil er based on the original Viking photograph of the face on Mars that shows a giant snakes like figure with human features inside o Mia and now a new photograph has been released that's really going to make you sit up and take notice it's an entirely new face on Mars and this time it appears to be the face of a woman wearing a crown okay and now I would like to introduce dr. Brian O'Leary
・・・・・・・・・・ thank you Michael I normally don't read statements but I think I'm gonna start reading this one science is going through a major revolution there's no question about it we are living in exciting times in spite of what government agencies might tell you more than and probably in no area has there been more misunderstanding than in the area of the search for extraterrestrial intelligence whenever anybody embarks on this search there seems to be great controversy great misunderstanding and yet more than two decades of responsible research by investigators outside of NASA on this object the so-called face on Mars have revealed very strong evidence not yet proof that this object and other objects nearby were artificially constructed and yet NASA and his contractors have shown no interest in these objects and have obfuscated the research history is full of examples of denial and suppression of new ideas by the establishment we have Galileo Copernicus Bruno the Wright brothers and so forth in each case the conventional wisdom was reversed by the investigations of courageous outside researchers who have risked their careers and sometimes their lives to seek the truth rather than to be politically correct my colleague dr. Tom Van Flandern is one example I have known dr. van Flandern for nearly years and can attest to the thoroughness and integrity of his research during the s we were graduate students together at Georgetown University Tom went on for his PhD at Yale I went on from my PhD at the University of California in Berkeley then I was appointed by NASA to be the first astronaut to Mars unfortunately the Mars program was canceled at that point Tom and I each pursued mainstream careers in astronomy research publishing dozens and dozens of peer-reviewed papers in our fields until the s when we independently began to address promising but unsupported topics such as the Mars anomalies in the Mars Viking orbiter imaged a mile long Mesa that resembles a human face staring straight up into space the spacecraft also imaged other objects of interest in the surrounding areas this began a long period of scientifically inappropriate actions including the initial denial of a second corroborating image of the cydonia face the use of improper optical algorithms and filters on the high-resolution face image for for example the initial Mars Global Surveyor photograph holding back or delaying the release of images from the public and providing premature negative interpretations of their possible artificiality also we have seen in NASA a lack of cooperation with qualified outside investigators including campaigns to discredit the inquiry the refusal by mainstream scientific journals to even consider and review papers let alone publish them and NASA's failure to reimage the face and surroundings under proper circumstances when occasions rose collectively these activities violate NASA's own Charter as an open civilian agency accountable to the public the main casualty and all of this has been the truth how could this have happened perhaps NASA and his contractors and other agencies are following a secret policy to deny evidence for extraterrestrial intelligence pursuant to a Brookings Institution report recommending non disclosure to the public regardless sufficient evidence has been gathered to warrant a public outcry to get to the truth of the matter through the years dr. van Flandern the Society for planetary SETI research and I have published significant scientific evidence for artificial structures on Mars in the presentation you're about to hear dr. van Flandern will be showing you some provocative images from the ongoing Mars Global Surveyor mission some of the images should not be regarded as definitive scientific evidence but rather as further indicators of what could turn out to be one of the most significant discoveries of our time the public needs to know about the evidence being presented and the depth of the extraordinary collision between the old and new paradigm no important question has been more maligned or more control than whether or not were alone in the universe it's time to get to the bottom of the story Tom [Applause]
・・・・・・・・・・ afternoon as we speak the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft the MGS is in orbit around Mars and it took all of the images that we will be showing this afternoon the links to those images are available on websites official websites of NASA the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Mail and space science systems the contractor that does the imaging on the spacecraft and any of you can go to the original sites and confirm any of these images the no special processing was done to the images we simply are showing the extract of interest here in each case unless I remarked otherwise and in all cases I'll be showing the original image so for the first of these no I should stress that all of the images we're going to look at are in the general category of if we saw them on earth we would conclude that they were the activity of either humans or large-scale biology on earth now there are arguments why these are not normal products of nature and certainly nothing like them exists on any of the other moons or planets of the solar system that we have imaged to date the object on the left has a T shape which is obviously pretty rare that and and perfect triangles are rarely seen in nature and are not the result of normal processes the craters on the right I'm calling them craters in a general sense because that's the appearance they have but actually craters on the moon planet surfaces are not formed by excavation when something hits it they are formed by an energetic explosion when something hits it at extremely high speeds as anything striking these bodies must be the gravity fields guarantee a minimum speed high enough to vaporize completely the impacting object so the crater is formed by explosion and therefore defined a flat-bottomed high-walled crater that can't happen from an explosion likewise to have a crater of the shape of the elongated object there cannot happen from impact either you can get a slightly elliptical crater but not something with that extreme shape the next picture is in a different category of glassy tubes the glassy tubes are seen in dozens of places since we've sampled only one one thousandth of the surface of Mars so far at high resolution there they must be all over the place they are networked we've established that it is not an optical illusion they are really tube shaped they're not easily explained as dunes or lava tubes they seem to be translucent in fact in this case that bright spot seems to be a specular reflection of the Sun implying that the surface must be glassy or metallic natural surfaces don't ordinarily give you specular reflections this is an object one of several in this area which if we saw them saw it on earth we would say well that's a tree seen from above but Mars is supposed to be a lifeless planet yet we see the radial structure around a central truck trunk we can see several levels of branching we can see shadows cast on the ground these are clearly not on the geologically they are above it casting shadows downward this is one of the images that led Arthur Clarke to say he's percent certain that Mars has large life on it this is what he means by that and this is one of many examples of what we would ordinarily interpret as vegetation on the planet here's the category of infrastructure and I showed this one out of several because both because triangle shapes require a special explanation and here there's so many of them so similar and even if those are shadows you still have an unusual number of monoliths large mountain lists all of the same size and shape not only that but they are organized not randomly placed at all but there there are long curved arcs on both sides there and they tend to need to be lined up in the horizontal direction this is a return to the our old friend the cydonia face on Mars but there are two new things we've learned about it one is that one of the arguments that it's probably natural is that it's can only be seen from above and yet it was tilted at an angle and it's at no special place on the planet however the white line shows the old equator of Mars prior to the large pole shift that Mars experienced at an unknown time but probably dated to . million years ago and before that pole shift the face on Mars interestingly was right on the Mars equator and oriented upright both indicators that it was a built object in addition to that its three-dimensional nature and the fact that it here we see only half of a face and the original discovery photos computer enhancements of these images such as on the left here have brought out some detail on the right and we can see that it's not just half a face that the symmetry does go all the way around the the enclosure is there there is a trace a hint of a second eye the mouth going through and so on so symmetry is another artificiality indicator since the law of ever just said with half a face you'd probably get sand desert mountains reals anything but but another half of a face in the shadow when you could see it but at this point we were we still had the argument facing us that you can see faces in clouds you can see faces in nature this would be a rather improbable thing to see but it is possible to be an accident of nature in science there is a method called the AA priori principle that allows you to distinguish accidents from reality it's a tests all scientists use to establish significant statistical significance to their results basically it says you take your first instance of something and make predictions from it with the predictions of things that you have no data at all on so far and then the predictions distinguish hypotheses in this case a natural origin a product of nature or geology versus an artificial origin a built object the prediction in this case that it's built is that when viewed close up there would be secondary facial features to support these primary ones the eye would have an iris and eyebrows the nose would have nostrils the mouth would be parted lips and so on in this high-resolution photo taken in the face was again imaged as we see up in this corner when that image was released to the media on April th this is the image that the Jet Propulsion Laboratory JPL released this anyone would agree is is a very natural looking object it does look like a pile of rocks and make the the face look like an accident the trouble is that it doesn't look anything like the previous image and there's a there's an even bigger problem for the scientists it doesn't look like the data that came down from the spacecraft either and that's a more serious problem the beta the data that this image was based on well on the JPL website that is cited in the press ket you can go there and you can see this image and the actual image that it was based on side by side and the recipe for how JPL got from one to the other they put the actual image through a high-pass filter then through a low-pass filter then they averaged the two to get this image they claimed the justification was removed striping from the original image that was an artifact of the of the CCD chip that's not a scientifically legitimate way to remove striping because it removes all the detail in an image for example from Adobe Photoshop we see this description of what a high-pass filter does to an image emphasizes edge details the important thing is suppresses the rest of the image the filter removes low-frequency detail in an image it's used for extracting line art and large black and white areas from scanned images when we go back to the actual image the actual image was taken at a rather oblique angle under extremely unfavorable lighting conditions but because we have the older images from a different angle we can triangulate and computers processing programs are very good now at giving reproducing lighting from any angle so we can use those computer techniques with the actual data this is done by a computer not by an artist there is no introduction of new data in this image by any artist it is just rearranging the features you see by computer instructions to restore a high angle of lighting put the shadows in the right place and to restore an overhead view from this oblique view to one side and here's what happens when we do that there's the lighting restored and now we rotate to a view from above and this is what the object actually looks like as best we can tell at this point so both the other scientific arguments and the new view of the face certainly have our attention with regard to prospective artificiality of this object but there is more in this image to the amazement of everyone including the scientists involved who made these predictions we can see two nostrils at the end of the nose we can see an iris inside the eye socket we can see an eyebrow feature over the eye socket we can see that the mouth does consist of hearted lips all of those predictions that were made in advance to distinguish artificial from natural were fulfilled in favor of an artificial or built object in this image moreover they are fulfilled in a most interesting way because there is no background of similar features from which we can pick and choose the ones that fit our preconception of a face so when all is said and done this operatory principle that I mentioned allows us to calculate the odds the calculated odds of the face itself being found by chance only apply to the next instance not to the one already found that can be a face and clouds effect however improbable it is but the predictions that were made in advance are referring to the next instance and in that case we have the prediction of these secondary facial features their size their shape their location and their orientation there's a probability to each of them the fact that each of these things were fulfilled individually ranging with probabilities from in to and , and that all the features showed up and that they have the right size shape location on orientation gives us very large combined odds against chance and the fact that there is no background of similar features means that the the calculations are statistically significant to a scientist the combined odds of this feature arising as a product of nature or the chance origin hypothesis are a thousand billion billion to one the artificial reality of Cydonia is therefore established beyond a reasonable doubt the cydonia face this is now the second face image net not the cydonia one this is at a another location on Mars near the famous dark marty marking syrtis major it's located about a quarter way around the planet from Cydonia the coloration is always artists addition to the original image shown here don't let that detract from the original image shown on the left but there are some of us we divide into left and right brain groups and the left brain groups seem to prefer the the help of the artist and the right brain groups kind of think that detracts so in the case of this which is a sample of the kinds of artistic imagery we're seeing on Mars one of many it is really the interrelationships and the context which establish our official 'ti nonetheless the fact that we have a second impressive face on the planet and probably indications of a few more - not quite so impressive tell us again that those a priori odds that do apply to the second and third instances that these are statistically significant and telling us that the planet is art has artificiality artificial structures on it and that these are not repeated instances of freakish chances of nature now this is the last of the sample images I'll show it's in three parts this is the bottom of the same image that was taken in that showed the face at the top we saw that in set off to the right the first slide showing the face so quite near the faith face at Cydonia near the bottom with the dnm pyramid that we have a model of on the table just off screen to the left here we have a bright v-shaped feature down in this area so just concentrate on the bright feature in that area and notice that just above it is a darkness that we that's not otherwise resolved just above the the bright V right in here and a little more above and to the left of it when we magnify that area without any impressing or alteration what we see is here's the bright v-shaped feature just magnified the whole area and adjusted the brightness and contrast to eye level again and the dark mark markings here are a little more distinct now and some of you you already begin to see that the dark markings are not random but seemed to form familiar looking shapes somewhat like symbols some of you will not see that while I was showing this very picture at a presentation not unlike this someone behind me was videotaping this and I noticed when I turned around that the whole room had clustered behind the video camera looking at the little viewfinder of the video camera instead of looking at the original on the screen and the reason was because the video camera automatically applied a noise filter to get of any get rid of any random noise in the background of the image and that gave me a tip that that would be an interesting thing to do with this image so I said to the computer again this is to a computer not to an artist I said just take this whole image I'm not telling the computer anything about what's in this image or what the target is I just said apply a noise filter to this image and when we did that we got this result and now we can see a little more clearly because the background has faded away that we are dealing with things that look like strings of symbols with a larger one at the left end very reminiscent of the way we use language symbols now I although some of these look Romanesque I don't think it would be appropriate to to say that there are Roman characters on Mars because the many of the symbols are not recognizable to us like this one at the end of the string here we see other instances of reverse peas and ours and other places that are like symbols and other alphabets but not Roman I think the answer here is there's just a very limited number of symbols you can make out of a few lines and curves and that any symbolic alphabet if that's what it is would have necessarily familiar characters in it the only thing to add here is that these in this particular image because it contained the face on it it was downloaded from the spacecraft two computers at mail and space science systems under the watchful eye of reporters and while still in the computer the format was changed to an Internet appropriate format and it was uploaded to the Internet within minutes of receipt without ever existing outside the computer and at that point thousands of people including myself downloaded the image from the internet where it still sits today so the point is that with something like this since if those are on Mars and they are not an accident of nature the odds against that being enormous then we are dealing with again symbols of intelligence so the question arises did somebody accidentally or deliberately write those on into a photograph at JPL or mail and space science systems that wasn't possible in this case so our conclusion to this section of the discussion is that the consequences of a claim that something is true are entirely irrelevant to the issue or whether or not the claim is true and with that I'll throw the the discussion open to questions and be guided by your questions as to well what avenues we want to follow up thank you