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Originally posted by Worldablaze420
Please explain why they would fake this mission. I am so confused as to why they would waste time and money on faking this. Tell me why!
Originally posted by Aliensun
reply to post by chrisb9
They had not thought through the possibility of stumbling on to some photographic signs of intelligences on Mars. What happened is that the Viking orbiters, (two of them) imaged the little moon of Phobos. It has what would normally be unthinkable without knowing the facts of it, a mysterius orbit less than 400 miles/5970 km from the surface of the planet and make a complete rotation in about 8 hours.
Rather than a lifeless appearing little body they assumed to be a naturally formed in place body, they found one that had every appearance of being an asteroid. Technically, that would mean a captured asteroid. Yet, the physics of the little body of Mars was not considered capable of having done so, but nonetheless, there it was as well of Deimos, a smaller body further out also in a near perfect circular orbit.
That data was bad enough, but what the orbiters imaged was enough to stump the NASA experts for a period of time until at some point they figured out that the mysterious grooves on Phobos were caused by it being meauvered into position by intelligent manipulation.
From that point on, the lid came down on space images. Censors like Malin's company came into play ever since. Since the images of Phobos have been especially censored and you will never see more or better pictures of Phobos and its infamous grooves than were evident on the dozens old Viking images of the late 1970s. The fact that the entire body is covered in one type of distinctive directional fields of grooves or another explains why only a few images ever can be released since of its scant surface area.
The grooves thus formed as crater chains, and all of them fade away as the trailing apex of Phobos is approached.
Now you know the rest of the story.