Is there evidence of life on the moon or on Mars? While NASA downplays these provocative questions, new evidence keeps coming up?so they never quite go away. Astronomer James O’Meara looked at the moon through his telescope and saw what he calls the Cave, which seems to have a spiral pattern with a central cavity that reminds him of the homes of ancient cliff dwellers in the American southwest. Richard Hoagland has accused NASA of altering the first infrared image of the Mars face to wipe out the “Face” image.

O?Meara writes in the Feb. issue of Sky and Telescope: ?And so it was on the evening of December 19, 1996, when, on a whim, I turned my 4-inch (10-centimeter) f/5 refractor (telescope) to the Moon at dusk?My eye was instinctively drawn to a tiny shadow inside the crater Copernicus. At 23X the interior structure of the crater’s north wall looked curious. It was as if someone had spray-painted a spiral pattern, like graffiti, across its face. When I increased the magnification fivefold, the spiral pattern tightened to a dark center that, for all I could tell, was a hole in the crater wall as black as squid ink. The sight reminded me of one of the high caves occupied by ancient cliff dwellers” in the U.S. Southwest.

“I immediately began drawing the feature at about 7:50 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time. When I finished, I penned ‘the Cave in Copernicus’ next to the drawing and called it ‘hypnotic!’ By 9:30 p.m., the rotation of the Moon had carried the shadow away from the Cave, which lost definition and eventually disappeared.

“Wondering if the same conditions of light and shadow would repeat during the next lunation, I tried, but failed, to see it. In fact, a combination of factors?bad weather, travel plans, wrong Sun illumination angle–prevented me from seeing the Cave again until the evening of January 7, 1998, more than a year after my initial sighting?Although I could see some sections of the spiral structure in the north wall, it was not complete?Obviously, seeing the Cave again was not going to be as simple as I thought.”

If you have access to a telescope, O?Meara says the best times and dates to see the Cave are: February 11, 2003 at 18.2 UTC, March 13, 2003 at 8.0 UTC, April 11, 2003 at 20.8 UTC, May 11, 2003 at 8.6 UTC, June 9, 2003 at 19.6 UTC and July 9, 2003 at 6.2 UTC. You need to convert your time to UTC, Universal Time.

Richard Hoagland has accused NASA’s THEMIS project at Arizona State University of altering the first infrared image of the Mars face. The claim is backed up by an image that was downloaded by Keith Laney, an imaging specialist, on July 24. Hoagland says the NASA image filtered out key artifacts, and his group has filed a complaint with NASA under the new Data Quality Act (DQA).

One of the plaintiffs, Francis C.P. Knize, says, “It looks like a hoax at this point out of Arizona State University, but we can’t be sure unless we have an appeal. You can bet we are just getting warmed up.”

But they?ll have a problem with their complaint, since Laney now says, “I think their [NASA’s] data is topnotch?I don’t fall for the conspiracy stuff. I just know what my data says.” He doesn?t think it?s worth arguing about here on Earth and says, “We’re just looking at pretty pictures. We don’t know until we get there.”

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