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Potato Bugs on Mars: Eight Years of Denial?
In 1993, N.A.S.A. launched the Galaxy VII spacecraft from Cape Canaveral toward the planet Mars. What the Galaxy probe found on its first day on the Red Planet is nothing short of astonishing...
What the Rover VII probe found on that first day on the Red Planet is nothing short of astonishing.
Initially, we found the planet Mars to be a lot like our own planet Moon, only bigger and red, shrugs Dr. Edgar Turner (ret.), a key senior assistant supervisor of N.A.S.A.s (National Association of Space and Aerodynamics) Galaxy team. Turner, seven years retired from the space program and currently between retail jobs, spoke with us from his apartment in Castaic, California.
From point of touchdown, the team on Earth had activated the probes video camera for some slow-pan establishing shots of the planets surface. Theres just a shitload of rocks and craters up there, continues Turner, and its like, all dry... But closer inspection revealed something moving near one of the rocks.
Via remote control on Earth, Turner and his team maneuvered the four-wheeled Mars vehicle toward the movement. Once we got closer, we clicked on the Hi-8 video camera again, but immediately realized that the cameras battery was really low on its charge after all that space crossing.
Plan B was to snap a few still shots with the 35mm camera.
That very photo, shown above, clearly shows something resembling a potato bug near one of the Mars rocks. Utilizing N.A.S.A.s space technology, the photo was hyper-enlarged near the spot where the potato bug stands. PotatoBugs.com obtained the only known print of the Mars potato bug from Turner, who had it attached to his fridge with a Garfield magnet.
Yeah, its clearly a potato bug, says Irv Bostich, a friend of Turners from Castaic.
My best guess is that potato bugs are extra-terrestrial, reckons Turner. How else did they get there? How did they get here?
PotatoBugs.com has placed numerous phone calls and sent scores of e-mails to N.A.S.A. To date, they wont return our calls or return our e-mails. In other words: denial.
So many questions, yet still no answers... Why wont N.A.S.A. release the Mars potato bug photo to National Geographic, Readers Digest, Redbook, or any of the other science magazines? Why have there been so many hits on this very webpage (57,309 and climbing) many of which are directly traceable back to N.A.S.A. offices and web users? Why did a top military official at the Pentagon order over 2,000 potato bugs for scientific study? Why do satellite photos of Area 51 clearly show potato trees growing next to some of the buildings? Why are there no personnel records for Dr. Edgar Turner at N.A.S.A.; no college records for him at the Phoenix Institute of Technology, where he earned his PhD in space science? (Have these records been destroyed?) And what happened to the original potato bug scene that was shot and later cut out of Steven Spielbergs movie, Close Encounters of the Third Kind? Did Spielbergs vision hew too close to the truth?
Time will tell.