I sent you a U2U regarding a potential explanation for the unusual trail created by the artifact.
You haven't commented on it so I may as well present it here for general consumption.
Ok, everyone has been looking at the track in the lunar regolith from the perspective of having been created by something akin to a rock or boulder
tumbling or rolling down a gradient or slope.
However, there is a much more "cleaner and satisfying" explanation for the track creation. Occam's razor certainly would be satisfied as well as
lending credence and weight to the hypothesis that it's a manufactured artifact ... hence, artificial.
Lets start at the beginning of the track and position the artifact so it's facing photographic north, ie. towards the top of the image.
1. Now, let the artifact move forward (northwards) x amount of meters.
Now the artifact stops and executes a clockwise turn of 90 degrees so it's facing photographic "east". This turn is executed on "the spot".
2. At some point later in time, the artifact executes an anti-clockwise turn of 90 degrees, thereby resuming it's original north facing direction.
3. The artifact moves forward x amount of meters.
Now repeat steps 1, 2 and 3 multiple times and what do you see in the regolith afterwards ? exactly the pattern observed in the photo. !
Take a look at the following image to give you a better understanding of what I'm on about.
So, we have a very simple explanation for the track based on "intelligently directed" as opposed to "natural" movement. Thereby adding strong
circumstantial evidence of artificiality.
But why the repetitiveness in the pattern ?
Again, a very simple explanation will suffice.
If the artifact is indeed artificial, then it's a given that it will be in communication with Earth controllers. Now I would have assumed in that case
that it would have onboard telemetry feeding through a parabolic dish. This dish would normally be slaved to always point at the Earth to enable
continuous transmissions in both directions.
Now, if the slaving mechanism fails, then the only way for the artifact to receive regular mission updates would be for it to periodically stop it's
movement (in this case northwards), PHYSICALLY ROTATE it's body until the parabolic dish re-acquires the Earth signal (now facing towards photographic
east) ... receive the update ... then rotates back to it's original mission heading (northwards).
At regular intervals, this pattern of stopping, rotating the dish (and main body) towards Earth ... transmission update ... rotating back to original
heading ... moving forward, would be repeated over and over. And obviously mission control would not let the artifact travel too great a distance with
faulty onboard communications without instructing the artifact to stop regularly and reacquire the signal.
Simple assumptions that fits the observed image details and easily explains the artifact and it's puzzling track pattern.
edit on 17/2/11 by
tauristercus because: (no reason given)