"NASA KNEW MARS PROBE WOULD FAIL"
by David Icke



THE NASA DISASTERS: INCOMPETENCE - OR SOMETHING TO HIDE?

Mars holds some incredible secrets which will re-write so much of the history of this planet and at least some of the races considered up to now to have originated here on Earth.

I have no doubt that in the next few years the undeniable evidence will be emerge that will show that there are indeed non-natural structures on Mars in areas like Cydonia and that the white race, or at least some streams of it, came to Earth from Mars after it was destroyed by a cataclysm some thousands, not millions, of years ago. I believe the people known as the Phoenicians were ancestors of this Martian race (see The Biggest Secret).

Therefore, NASA, a big-time Illuminati front, is making every effort to ensure that as little as possible is officially found in their "exploration" of Mars that will shatter our conventional historical view. Technological "faults" are perfect excuses to cut the connection, officially at least, when the photographing and identification of such non-natural structures may be imminent. The Mars programme has been plagued with such technological "disasters".

Two American probes to Mars were lost last year. On Sept. 23, the Mars Climate Orbiter was steered too close to the planet's atmosphere and was destroyed. On Dec. 3, the Mars Polar Lander disappeared during an attempt to land near the Martian south pole.

Here is a report from BBC News, quoting the UPI news agency and the NASA response as reported by UPI.

Wednesday, 22 March, 2000, 09:11 GMT

By BBC News Online science editor
Dr David Whitehouse

New information has emerged concerning persistent rumours that the disappearance of the Mars Polar Lander (MPL) spacecraft last December was no surprise to Nasa space officials.

It has been suggested that engineers knew about a fatal design flaw with MPL's braking thrusters but kept the information secret. The flaw would have made it extremely difficult for the craft to land safely on the Red Planet.

An independent report on the loss of MPL has been produced by retired aerospace executive Thomas Young. This has been sent to the White House before being made public.

The document is said to reveal a catalogue of management errors and misjudgements. But a source, described as close to the investigation, has also come forward to claim that MPL's braking thrusters failed tests during their construction.

Cold Temperatures

These tests apparently showed that the system used to ignite the craft's hydrazine fuel could not operate effectively at the cold temperatures expected during the flight to Mars. This would seriously have compromised the performance of the thrusters.

But rather than begin an expensive re-design and replacement program, an unnamed space official is said by the source to have altered the test conditions to make it look as though the engines would perform in the conditions expected.

According to the UPI news agency, senior Nasa officials only realised the flaw in MPL's thrusters a few days before the landing was to take place on 3 December - when it was too late to do anything about it.

James Olberg, UPI's science writer, told the BBC: "The engineers came to the collusion that MPL wasn't going to work, but they didn't want to tell anyone about it. They said: 'We're already in flight, we've checked it out, there's nothing we can do on the ground - let's think some good thoughts and hope for a miracle'."

Devastating Critique

The MPL investigation has also reportedly identified a second fatal design flaw that would have doomed the probe even if the engines had worked properly. Nasa will not comment about the report ahead of its publication but it has taken issue with the claim that parameters were changed to allow the thrusters to pass their tests.

As reported by BBC News Online, Dr Carl Pilcher, head of Nasa's planetary programme, told space scientists at last week's Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston that as far as Mars was concerned, "our ambition exceeded our grasp".

Nasa chief Dan Goldin recently told his managers that the MPL report will be "the Rogers Commission of space science", referring to the devastating critique delivered by a panel that examined the 1986 Challenger disaster.

In a recent internal memo, Ed Stone, director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which managed MPL, said: "The days ahead may at times be difficult."

Mars probe cover-up?
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NASA DENY MARS COVER-UP

By JAMES OBERG

HOUSTON, March 21 (UPI) -- A NASA spokesman vigorously denied a United Press International article that NASA knew that the Mars Polar Orbiter was doomed prior to its December crash into Mars but kept the information from the public.

Brian Welch, director of public affairs at NASA headquarters in Washington, said "we think the story is whacko in every particular."

Two American probes to Mars were lost last year. On Sept. 23, the Mars Climate Orbiter was steered too close to the planet's atmosphere and was destroyed. On Dec. 3, the Mars Polar Lander disappeared during an attempt to land near the Martian south pole.

The loss of the first probe was explained by NASA last week as management error. Program officials without adequate experience or training did not recognize and react to a series of clues that the vehicle was off course. The UPI story, relying on several sources close to NASA's investigation of the second accident, claimed that the second probe was lost due to a fundamental design flaw in its braking rockets. It alleged that this flaw had been recognized before the landing and that NASA experts privately realized there was no way to correct for it.

"The story's major assertions are all wrong," Welch said. He promised that an official statement would be issued by the agency.

Welch specifically denied that NASA's concerns over the Mars craft's braking engine were covered up. He cited a Nov. 10 news conference at which the concerns were disclosed.

Welch conceded that the UPI article's description of a second design flaw involving landing sensors was accurate. Preflight testing failed to notice that when the craft's landing legs opened, they could accidentally trigger a sensor which was designed to notice when the legs hit the martian surface. As a result, the sensor might have shut down the craft's braking rockets while it was still far off the ground.






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