Saturday, November 20, 2010: Files from The 'X' Zone Vault - August 2010

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JERRY LEHANE III - The Face and Life on Mars - In one of the images taken by Viking 1 on July 25, 1976, one of the Cydonian mesas, situated at 40.75° north latitude and 9.46° west longitude, had the appearance of a humanoid "Face on Mars". When the image was originally acquired, Viking chief scientist Gerry Soffen dismissed the "face" in image 35A72 as a "[trick] of light and shadow". However, a second image, 70A13, also shows the "Face" and was acquired 35 Viking orbits later at a different "sun-angle" than the 35A72 image. This latter discovery was made independently by two computer engineers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Vincent DiPietro and Gregory Molenaar, who discovered the two misfiled images, Viking frames 35A72 and 70A13, while searching through NASA archives. The occurrence of an object on Mars with a seemingly human face caught the attention of individuals and organizations interested in extraterrestrial intelligence and visitations to Earth, and the images were published in this context in 1977. Some commentators, most notably Richard Hoagland, believe the "Face" to be evidence of a long-lost Martian civilization along with other features they believe are present, such as apparent pyramids, which they argue are part of a ruined city. Image analysis of the original Viking images led a few researchers to suggest that the features of the "Face" might not be an accidental consequence of viewing conditions. Astronomer Carl Sagan criticized much of the speculation about the "Face" in an eponymous chapter of his book The Demon-Haunted World. More than 20 years after the Viking 1 images were taken, a succession of spacecraft visited Mars and collected new data from the Cydonia region. These spacecraft have included NASA's Mars Global Surveyor (1997-2006) and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (2006-), and the European Space Agency's Mars Express probe (2003-). In contrast to the relatively low resolution of the Viking images of Cydonia, these new platforms afford much improved resolution. For instance, the Mars Express images are at a resolution of 14 m/pixel (46 ft/pixel) or better. By combining data from the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on the Mars Express probe and the Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) on board NASA's Mars Global Surveyor it has been possible to create a 3D representation of the "Face on Mars". Today, the "Face" is generally accepted to be an optical illusion, an example of pareidolia. After analysis of the higher resolution Mars Global Surveyor data NASA stated that "a detailed analysis of multiple images of this feature reveals a natural looking Martian hill whose illusory face-like appearance depends on the viewing angle and angle of illumination".[24] Similar optical illusions can be found in the geology of Earth; examples include the Old Man of the Mountain and the Badlands Guardian, which resembles a human head wearing a Native American headdress. Aside from speculation concerning their artificial origins, Cydonia and the "Face on Mars" also appear frequently in popular culture, including feature films, television series, videogames, comic books, and even music.

MICHAEL TELLINGER - Adam's Calendar - Michael Tellinger graduated from Wits University in 1983 with a B.Pharm degree. While studying he spent most of his time moving within the entertainment circles performing on stage and screen. He started his career in Nick Taylor's musical "Christian" at His Majesty's theatre in 1980 and followed this by playing the part of "Joseph" at the opening of the State Theatre. At this time he launched his solo career as a musician and released his first single called "Hazel" in 1981, which was nominated for a SARIE award. In 1982 Michael teamed up with Russell Stirling and formed the musical duo "Stirling & Tellinger". The two played together for four years and had a number of radio hits with "Call Me" and "What's a Nice Girl Like You, Doing In a Place Like This" Their videos took the market by storm and laid the foundation for many of the SA music videos of the early 80's. The "Call Me" video was voted among the top two most popular videos at MIDEM in Cannes 1984. In 1985 the duo recorded an album in Nashville, under the guidance of Terry Dempsey. During a year in Los Angeles he attracted the attention of various agents but because of the cultural boycott against white South African musicians, the duo was bluntly rejected. Michael worked for Cannon Films as a sound designer and editor, returning to SA in mid 1986, when he recorded the controversial anti-apartheid song "We come from Johannesburg" which was banned shortly after its release. Michael continued his career as an actor and musician, appearing as one of the leads in South Africa's first soapie called "Orpen House" and as the lead in a six-episode series "The Star Shooters' in 1987 for which he created the soundtrack. He presented a variety of hit SABC shows like "Graffiti' and "Fast Forward". His experience with SABC led him to get involved in TV production and he created shows like the talk show called "Late Nite Live" and "Weekend Bonus". Began a career in advertising as a writer and received a Clio award in New York in 1989 which caused Michael to join partner Philip Botha in a specialist radio ad agency called Airheads which became a highly competitive and visible niche player in the South African advertising industry. In 1997 Michael returned to music and launched Nebula BOS Records. His latest contribution to the arts was "Side By Side With Angels", a moving collaboration of SA musicians for the TSUNAMI disaster fund, which Michael wrote and produced with Verny Scholtz of Just Ginger fame. The song and video featured a host of leading SA artists like Malaika, Dr. Victor, Watershed, Dawnay and others. In 2000 he was given his own weekly radio show on Cape Talk radio that dealt with science, innovation, technology and success stories. In 2001 Michael developed an educational TV show for the SABC which resulted in him staring a publishing company, writing a number of children's educational story books, developing a literacy programme, and a range of games and AV products. He has written a number of screenplays but "Slave Species of god" is his first published non-fiction book, as a result of a 25-year obsession with science and the cosmos. -

ROSALIND PETERSON - Marine Mammals and Other Sea Life to be Decimated - Rosalind Peterson is California President and Co-Founder of the Agriculture Defense Coalition (ADC). The ADC was formed in 2006, to protect agricultural crop production from uncontrolled experimental weather modification programs, atmospheric heating and testing programs, and ocean and atmospheric experimental geoengineering programs. The ADC works to educate the public in protecting agriculture crop production, crop trees, and cattle ranching from the negative impacts of these programs. The ADC works to educate the public about experimental and unregulated weather modification programs and U.S. Senate and U.S. House Bills that would "modify" or "mitigate" our weather, damage crop production in the United States, disrupt micro-climates, and negatively impact public health. When coupled with geoengineering schemes and experimental atmospheric programs, (and the chemicals used in these programs), the negative impact of these programs, and their unknown synergistic effects, could have profound effects on pollinators, wildlife, agriculture, trees, human health, soils, and our water supplies. Note: NASA research studies show that increasingly persistent jet contrails may turn into man-made clouds (or white haze), that are "…trapping warmth in the atmosphere and exacerbating global warming…" NASA (2005), goes on to state that "…Any change in global cloud cover may contribute to long-term changes in the Earth's climate. Contrails, especially persistent contrails, represent a human-caused increase in the Earth's cloudiness, and are likely to be affecting climate and ultimately our natural resources…" Ms. Peterson was a Keynote Speaker at the 60th Annual DPI/NGO Conference on Climate Change (New York on September 5-7, 2007.) She spoke about agriculture and the negative impacts of geoengineering and persistent jet contrails on tree and plant health, along with other important issues. Since that she has presented her United Nations Power Point Presentation to colleges, universities and interested groups. She has been interviewed on numerous radio and television programs with regard to these programs. In 1995, Rosalind, now retired, became a certified California United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency Agriculture Crop Loss Adjustor working in more than ten counties throughout California. Many crop losses throughout the State can be attributed to weather related causes. Between 1989 and 1993 Rosalind worked as an Agricultural Technologist for the Mendocino County Department of Agriculture. After leaving Mendocino County she took a position with the USDA Farm Service Agency as a Program Assistant in Mendocino, Sonoma, and the Salinas County Offices, where she worked until becoming certified as a crop loss adjustor for the USDA, State of California. -

TRAVIS WALTON - Alien Abductee - Fire in the Sky - Travis Walton (born April 23 1957) is an American logger who claims to have been abducted by a UFO on November 5, 1975, while working with a logging crew in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in Arizona. Walton could not be found, but reappeared after five days of intensive searches. The Walton case received considerable mainstream publicity and remains one of the best-known instances of alleged alien abduction. UFO historian Jerome Clark writes that "Few abduction reports have generated as much controversy" as the Walton case. It is furthermore one of the very few alien abduction cases with corroborative eyewitnesses, and one of few abduction cases where the time allegedly spent in the custody of aliens plays a rather minor role in the overall account. UFO researchers Jenny Randles and Peter Houghe write that "Neither before or since has an abduction story" begun in the manner related by Walton and his coworkers. Furthermore, the Walton case is singular in that "the victim vanished for days on end with police squads out searching ... it is an atypical "Close Encounter: Fourth Kind" (CE4) ... which bucks the trend so much that it worried some investigators; others defend it staunchly." (Randles and Hough, 186) -

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