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The K-Files


Welcome to this week's installment of The K-Files. It was a very special episode of Coast to Coast AM last night. That's right, I'm talking of course about the birthday celebration of science advisor and hyper-dimensionally good guy, Richard C. Hoagland. In honor of the event, this week's installment is dedicated to Hoagland and the hard work he does to keep us all informed on the latest happenings in the universe.

In this Hoagland-esque edition of The K-Files, I will be discussing Mars. More specifically, our rovers Spirit and Opportunity. When was the last time you've heard about them? It's been a while since I've heard them mentioned in mainstream media, so I think it's time for a bit of a progress report on just what the heck is happening on the red planet. And I'll throw in some Richard C. props for good measure, too.

You'd better get ready, 'cause here come The K-Files...

:: Special Report ::

Growing up, there was one statistic that I was given in all of my science classes: We'd have humans on Mars by 2010. Now a good third of the way through 2006, the latest I've heard was that perhaps in 15-20 years we may have what it takes to get there. Although it's a bit discouraging to think that I will be in my late 30's to early 40's by the time I get to watch a Martian landing, I can at least take solace in our tremendously successful rovers, Opportunity and Spirit. Yep, the latest Mars rover project--the biggest story in science that no one cares about anymore.

I remember the excitement surrounding Spirit and Opportunity's landing. Everyone's favorite Richard C. Hoagland was literally having a cow on the Coast to Coast AM airwaves, and for a few days everyone's eyes were on our red neighbor. Then, as if someone flipped a switch, Mars got lame. It could be we, as a nation, have a terribly short attention span, but the Mars Exploration Rover mission (the most successful and groundbreaking Mars mission to date) went unmentioned for months in the mainstream media. Ol' Richard C. would come on for an occasional first hour appearance on Coast and update us on such stories as how the rovers were told by NASA to supposedly run over a fossil and how you could see bunnies in the rocks, but for the most part, the mission faded from memory.

A few months ago, I asked the question, "So what happened to those two rovers?" Sure enough, everyone I talked to had no idea. Some people though they had shut down--because surely they don't have the power to sustain themselves for more than year...do they?

In search of answers, I decided to do a bit of research on what exactly Spirit and Opportunity are up to. Sure enough, to my surprise, more than two years since they landed back in January of '04, the pair are still going strong. Most recently, they've had their cameras pointed upwards to not only take the first images of Earth from another world, but to also document the moon Deimos' transit across the sun.

And here in I think lies the big let down of the mission, and I think explains why no one really cares anymore.

Seeing a picture of Earth taken from another planet is at least moderately cool, but there haven't been any findings big enough to captivate anyone but planetary geologists. I'm not trying to say that space exploration should be centered around entertainment, but I can't help but think people might be a little more interested if the rovers were to have landed at, say, Cydonia.

I'm sure there's more of a reason as to why NASA chose the spot they did besides to tick off Richard Hoagland, but how cool would it be if the rovers were smack dab in the middle of an ancient Martian city? What if instead of analyzing rock samples, they were taking pictures of pyramids and digging up some buried artifacts? I wont claim to be a believer in all of Hoagland's 'hyper-dimensional physics' theories nor do I buy into all of his photos of Martian civilizations, but at the very least, going to Cydonia would finally give the poor guy some answers. JPL and the European Space Agency's reluctance to fully map the area out certainly gives some credence to Hoagland's theories of a NASA cover-up.

Keep fighting the good fight, Richard C. I appreciate what you do for the Coast to Coast audience and even though I may not always believe you, your enthusiasm and ability to pop in at just right time has kept me entertained on countless nights. Happy birthday.

:: Dead End ::


Well, that's all for this week. I trust you enjoyed your trip into this shadowy nether-realm known only as the K-Files.

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Keep your eyes peeled for the next  K-Files, arriving sometime next week. Later.

~Khyron, 2006.


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