FWD: [UFORC]Regional Director of Space Reseaerch
Correspondent Mike V
MAJOR MARS DISCOVERY TO BE ANNOUNCED AT DEC. 7 SCIENCE BRIEFING
Imaging scientists Dr. Michael Malin and Dr. Ken Edgett from
NASA's Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft will present what they
describe as their most significant discovery yet at a Space
Science Update at 2:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 7. Their
findings are being published in the December 8 issue of Science
This science update will be held in the James E. Webb Auditorium
at NASA Headquarters, 300 E St., S.W., Washington, DC, and will be
carried live on Telstar 5, transponder 11. The Ku-band satellite
is located 97 degrees West longitude with a downlink frequency of
11929 MHz, vertical polarity.
Please note that, due to coverage of the ongoing Shuttle mission,
NASA Television does not expect to carry this briefing, and two-
way question-and-answer capability from agency centers will not be
Participants will be:
* Dr. Ed Weiler, Associate Administrator for Space Science, NASA
Headquarters, Washington, DC., will be panel moderator.
* Dr. Michael Malin principal investigator, Mars Orbiter Camera on
NASA's Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft at Malin Space Science
Systems (MSSS), San Diego, CA.
* Dr. Ken Edgett, staff scientist at MSSS.
* Dr. Jim Garvin, Mars Exploration Program Scientist at NASA
* Dr. Ken Nealson, director of the Center for Life Detection at
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA.
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NOTE: After reviewing my previous notes, I have concluded that
1. NASA cannot keep up with the demands that their aging information systems requires. So it looks like either we agree that you need to work with us, or we're going to loose some really valuable data...information that in my opinion, is vital to our search for extraterrestrial life on Mars and other planets...
2. For NASA to conduct the kind of surface scans that would be required for an accurate, scientific assessment and thorough investigation into the possiblity of life on Mars, would require more resources than we believe NASA has available. UFORCE is a resource center...
3. It would be impracticle to manage these data systems entirely within NASA, so I suggest that a. NASA do some problem solving; b. farm out some of that work-load to outside agencies. Consider your options, NASA. I know that many of us here, at UFORC would be willing to assist you, in whatever capacity that we are able;
If we could just learn to work together on this, NASA could make life alot easier on all of us. We all know by now, that the preponderance of evidence that we have in our data base, strongly suggests there was and/or is presently life on Mars....life that is probably very similar to our own. We understand that this is a difficult position that you find yourselves in right now.
There will come a time, when you will have to go public with the knowledge that there is life on Mars. Do a controlled release of information to the general public. Please remember this; our eyes are on you. Let's not see any evidence of tampering on those satellite images like we have seen on some of the old Viking Orbiter photograph images.
The late President John F. Kennedy said..."You can fool some of the people some of the time, and most of the people most of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time."
If there IS life on Mars, this would open up tremendous possibilities to include a study of these life forms, their developement, etc... science would reap the rewards!
A unified force of dedicated volunteers is needed to help NASA and JPL store and manage those older files. I can think of no better reason to include our network of dedicated space researchers in their administration of data care.
We have already shown that uforc is capable of effective research and exploration, and should be considered number one in MARS space research! A special thanks to Kent Steadman [orbit] the man who discovered Steadman Lake, and deserves credit for same; the Mike Van Dusen [avse] Christopher Montgomery[uforc] Dave Cosnette[cosmicons], Liz Edwards[iwp]. and there are others. We have what it takes, NASA...we have the right stuff!
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