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Richard Hoagland, TMM, Lunar Images
Summary: Richard C Hoagland's Lunar Freakout over incomplete and poorly researched data leads to insanely elaborate misinterpretation resulting in the 'Clementine whitepaper', claiming spectrographic proof of glass domes and dozens of anomalous structures on the lunar surface

The early 1990's saw a revival of claims about unidentified, possibly artificial structures on Earth's moon. One of the leading researchers into this possibility is Richard C(conspiracy) Hoagland. This was and is a fascinating idea to me, that just next door we could discover artifacts from a possibly non-human intelligence. What kind of paradigm shift would that cause in human thought and culture? Myself and 2 other great and talented friends decided to order our own negatives from Nasa directly, and see if we could get similar results to hoagland's domes. this research was presented at the 8th annual Ozark UFO conference in 1995. I will post that here eventually ... for now here's a doozy! Thanks and peace, Michael Coleman

One of the odd stories of lunar artifact research is the saga of image APP172.jpg

It showed up "on the internet" and "mysteriously disappeared" soon there after. Here are 3 accounts from the web....

"On January 20, 1995, a Mars Mission associate chanced upon a very different kind of Clementine image, anonymously uploaded to the Internet. After preliminary analysis, this particular Clementine data set has turned out to represent a major breakthrough into the continuing investigation into the possibility of artificial structures on the Moon. The "leaked" image mosaic is known as APP172.JPG." Malta UFO Research The Clementine Mosaic Mystery

"Suffice to say, the history behind this frame and subsequent discovery regarding it has been truly revelatory. Frame APP172.JPG was anonymously “leaked” on the internet and after a few days, it mysteriously disappeared. However it was downloaded and studied before this happened. It revealed diverse and stunning redundant lunar geometry of intelligent design in the area of Sinus Medii, Hyginus Rille, and -- of Triesnecker crater." lunar anomalies.com / Steve Troy Pyramid at Triesnecker

"A few years back, an Enterprise researcher had come across an image on the USGS web site. APP172.jpg appeared to be a mosaic of Clementine infrared spectral data over the Sinus Medii - Hyginus Rile area ....... Within hours this leaked image had disappeared from the web and we assumed that was the last we'd ever hear of infrared images of the Lunar surface."
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The Clementine Whitepaper

“Leak of an Anomalous Clementine Multi -Spectral Mosaic -Frame APP172.JPG- Preliminary Analysis Suggesting Ancient Lunar Artifacts”
In late 1995 Richard Hoagland, principal investigator for The Enterprise Mission(TEM) released this research paper and
asserted that this image provided support for his hypothesis of artificial glass structures in the Moon's Sinus-medii region, which happens to be approximately in the center of the Moon as seen from Earth.

“During the 1994 DOD (Department of Defense) unmanned deep space mission, “Clementine,” multi-spectral imaging returned by an on-board NIR (near- infrared) camera, acquired stunning new evidence in support of a hypothesis previously developed by this investigation and others: the presence of a vast array of ancient artificial structures on the Moon This evidence (frame APP172JPG) after being “leaked” to this investigation through the “Internet” is consistent not only with an extensive array of highly deteriorated artificial structures on the lunar surface – it also has revealed an astonishingly deep extant to these geometric features, possibly extending miles into the Moon." - Clementine Whitepaper, Richard C. hoagland ©1995

Since APP172 was discovered without any background info, The first question was: what part of the moon is represented in this image.
The Enterprise Mission noticed the most prominent feature was the bent rille just right of center on APP172. This was matched to the Hyginus Rille in the Sinus Medii region.

The rille was a good fit,
but unfortunately it was really the ONLY FEATURE that matched.

Triesnecker crater was almost a match but way off center.
Other landmarks one would expect to be visible, such as Ukert crater, the other parts of Hyginus and other rilles, the borders between the maria and highland areas and dozens of craters seem to be totally absent on the clementine image.

With the presumption that this is Sinus Medii,

the data is confusing, there seem to be massive differences in the landscape, large craters or round shapes where there are none in the visual pics. Which is real ... could something be there which is semitransparent?

very odd ..... maybe
... keep reading ;)
The Lunacorp CD-ROM

In early 1996 My Lunar research friends found a multimedia CD called "Return to the Moon" by Lunar Eclipse software.It's a promotional/educational CD from a company by the name of Lunacorp, they had plans to send tele-operated robots to the moon and become a big player in the private space industry (which still has not materialized).

The CD has an electronic lunar atlas, moon flight simulator, lunacorp academy lesson, videos of lunacorp rovers and a multimedia databank. In a section in the image library entitled "clementine multispectral images" we find the familiar APP172.jpg, which on this CD is named Aclm04cs.bmp.

The image is small but recognizable, and the folder contained 3 other clementine multispectral images. No data was given for the APP172 image other than the caption "west of Apollo 17" At the time I thought maybe they meant WAY west, because Sinus Medii is generally west of the AS17 landing site, about 1/5 the way around the planet.

At this point I was not sure if this image was really a "leak" after all, and I began to lose interest in the matter. Why would NASA (or in this case the Naval Research Laboratory) provide a "secret" image to Lunacorp for use on their CD.
The image was obviously out there in the public domain, the CD had been for sale since 1994.

The CD image was smaller and lower resolution than TEM's so it was unlikely that TEM's came from the CD,
but the discovery of APP172 on a USGS website seemed appropriate - If Lunacorp was given a copy then why not the USGS?

Here is a side-by-side comparison.
The APP172 version is sharper
but there is lost information in the darker areas -

Lunacorp's Aclm04cs has better color depth,
much more saturation and less contrast.
A reminder sparks my curiosity

Recently I made the rounds looking for the latest info in planetary archaeology and anomalies research.

I found an article by Steve Troy on Lunaranomalies.com about a pyramidal platform near the crater Triesnecker.

He used the clementine image as supporting data, showing a roughly square area in app172 that seems to correspond to this small angular feature near triesnecker.
This got me thinking about the Lunacorp CD, so I went digging thru my stuff, found it and verified that it still ran.

I decided to send Mr. Troy and Mike Bara (creator of lunaranomalies.com) an e-mail explaining the Lunacorp CD story
and suggest that possibly Lunar Eclipse Software still has uncompressed files and information on the frequencies represented in the image.
I checked the web and found that Lunacorp was still alive - so I wrote to them and received an autoreply that the infoguy would be gone until july 20th. (this was on July 5th). Just for the heck of it I went to Google and did a search for "APP172.jpg" & came up with a few hits, but all of them were lunar anomalies websites referencing the "leaked" image. Next I searched for "Aclm04cs.jpg" but scored zero hits.
Little did I know the next search would yield the JACKPOT!

"Hiding" in plain sight! Ha!!
My next search was simply for "Clementine Multispectral", I was looking for some information on what filters were used
to take the multispectral images. The fourth hit was a NRL website called 'A Clementine Collection"

I instantly recognized the first image as one from the set on the Lunacorp CD, the next image I clicked was the ONE!
There it was, open for all to see, on the NRL website!! . The
"leaked" Mystery Image, with a description, location info,
UV/VIS camera info, and an uncompressed 12 megabyte version available for download. The pic is even named AP172!!!!

Apparently it's not some vaulted away secret to be seen only by the elite free-masonic illuminati that run the NRL.
It took me 30 minutes to find it on the web and another 60 minutes to match it with the correct area of the lunar surface.

This is the accompanying text:

"This image, captured by the Clementine UV/VIS camera, dramatically shows the unique capability of the Clementine image data to discriminate actual changes in mineralogy of the lunar surface. The colors in this mosaic are the result of a decorrelation color stretch of images at 415 nm, 750 nm, and 1000 nm.

The color differences shown here result from varying rock types and "maturity" (relative age of exposure). Using similar methods, combining both image data of the NIR and UV/VIS cameras, many of the Moon's geologic secrets will be revealed for the first time. These color image data are a unique data set in the annals of planetary exploration. The width of the area in the image is about 45 km. "


Getting Oriented
OK there it is, it's not a leak.
Next task: Search the web for any photos of the area west of the Apollo 17 landing site.
I only found a few, but one shows the area to the west ... and surprise! There is a large bent rille near the center of the image.
Guess what? The surface features line up perfectly with APP172.jpg!

Richard Hoagland has described APP172 as being 562 by 522 miles, centered over the Sinus Medii region, and prominently featuring the Hyginus rille.
As mentioned before there are only a few points of correspondence in this orientation. Namely (part of) the Hyginus Rille and Triesnecker (offset).

It appears that the image APP172 is actually located 'right over the hill' from the Apollo 17 landing site, and as stated on the NRL website,
is about 45km across. The image has to be flipped 180deg Vertical, then it lines up perfectly with the lunar surface near the landing site
on the southeastern rim of Mare Serenitatis, in the Taurus-Littrow region.

Flash Animation Overlays of Ground Features
OK it is exceedingly tough to change the opinions of 'true believers' even with clear evidence, so if the above is not clear enough,
here are a few transparent close-up overlays of the visible image alternating with the digital clementine one ... showing perfectly matching landforms and craters.

The Sinus medii overlay by TEM has about 4 points
which almost/sort of match the lunar surface map,
and that is a generous assessment.

The Apollo 17 map I found gives us perfectly matching major features
and many dozens of small ones, this includes all the types
of lunar surface features - craters, rilles, highlands and flat mare areas.
Click these images
to advance one frame at a time
and notice the totally consistent small surface features.

At Left: A close-up of the pentagonal feature mentioned in the clementine paper, it appears to be a crater which is clearly angular and suggestive of pentagonal geometry, but notice the right side is more rounded. The angular walls are aligned with the nearby highland mountains to it's left, which may have blunted or reflected the shock waves from the impact - causing a more angular crater on the shielded sides.

* (* Oxford English Dictionary "Expressing frustration at the realization that
things have turned out badly or not as planned, or that one has just said or done something foolish")

It is my sincere hope that Lunar Anomalies Researchers, Especially
Richard Hoagland (The Enterprise Mission),
Mike Bara & Steve Troy (lunaranomalies.com) and others
will help curb the further propagation of misinformation
and that they would hereafter refer to it as an image of
the southeastern rim of Mare Serenitatis, in the Taurus-Littrow region.

and acknowledge in some manner on their websites
that app172 is not a photo of Sinus medii/Hyginus Rille,
which also means nearly the entire clementine whitepaper is FANTASY!

Its time for a formal retraction
- a lot of this BS about the clementine pic is still on their sites, despite having been informed of this discovery of the correct location. Maybe I expected a little bit of appreciation , at least a "good job" from these guys ... but the response was a bit cold, because it's hard not to get attached to your favorite mysteries and they are hard to let go of ... same as dogma for many people.

BTW, anyone may free to use any of my map-overlay animations or illustrations, for any purpose.

With all of the talented and intelligent people working on Planetary anomalies research, why did it take this long before someone discovered this information? It took me about 2 hours, an Internet connection and an open mind to clear up this misconception.
Ok so now we know, the whole hoopla about app172.jpg was an instance of forcing the data to fit a preconception. Practically the entire contents of the "clementine paper" are the result of wishful projection and incomplete research.

Mr. Hoagland does a lot of "great work"
(Masonic pun)
in planetary anomalies research
(and a lot of entertaining finger pointing),
but the clementine paper and his interpretation of app172.jpg is incorrect.

The image was NOT a leak, but one in a set of images that were presented at the NAS and probably used as a "press pak" distributed to scientists and educators, no wonder it was found on a USGS website(!). The link to the multispectral image library on the NRL website says: "A Clementine Collection, the catalog accompanying the exhibit of Clementine imagery that opened at the National Academy of Sciences is available on-line.

I am open to the idea that there are genuine anomalies in planetary research, possibly even structures on the moon, but if we can find giant glass domes in Sinus Medii - from a photo of the Taurus-Littrow area - then it makes me wonder what else has been misinterpreted and used as a basis for extended speculation?
Let's just be more thorough in our research and reserved in making wild accusations or assumptions and thereby gain more respect and cooperation from the mainstream science community.
Reader Responses

Mike Bara
of LunarAnomalies.com
"I think you have nailed it, in terms of the location of the image. But your criticism is somewhat unwarranted. Congratulations on solving the "mystery" in "two hours", but the reason we did not find this is that it simply was not online back in 1995 when this paper was written. I'm glad it is now and we can clear this up somewhat. Frankly, I have had better things to do than spend the last five years searching for this image, but I'm glad you finally found it. If you note the web page you linked to, this image wasn't posted until the year 2000, so to act like we should have known back in 1995 that it was available kind of asinine. It wasn't then, except on the CD, and that was a useless low Rez version. I also thought that you claimed to have found the color codes so we can do the spectral analysis, but that is not posted on your web site. Do you have it."
note:"in fact i had included the color codes in his letter, but i guess he overlooked it" - MC

Steve Troy lunar anomalies.com / Pyramid at Triesnecker
#1 "Your research still doesn't account for the fact that it represents Sinus Medii, my friend!!!"
#2 "When you overlaid your graphics sir, the resolution was indeed lost...and with your's it could "fit" alot of areas.......
it is specific TO the region we speak of. Sorry."
note:"I could NOT help but spew the milk i was drinking out of my nose when I read that one ... too much, dude!
Maybe Mike Bara will calm him down..." - MC

Mike Bara of LunarAnomalies.com
"I tend to agree with you, I think your match is better. But I'll still have Steve order the print
of the TL image and we'll do our own comparison. May as well be thorough."

Steve Troy lunar anomalies.com / Pyramid at Triesnecker
"we're looking at your data........"
note to reader:"Steve Troy is an amateur lunar anomalies researcher specializing in this location,
so naturally he's a bit resistant to the idea that most of the research he was building from is a big mistake.

note to steve"whatever you need dude, look closely ... it's right there in front of your face"

Dr. Bruce Cornet
of Sirius / Onion works http://www.monmouth.com/~bcornet/
"Dear Michael, Thank you for alerting me to the excellent detective work you have done, and for your critical conclusions about APP172.jpg. I am convinced. Getting out of the lunar anomaly business when I did in hind sight was a good move. The lunar photographs that I did study, however, convinced me that there was more going on there that did not conform to natural structures. But without additional data, I could not prove that what I was seeing was not an artifact of photography. Yours truly, Bruce Cornet"

Mike Lomax
of www.VGL.org
"Michael, Excellent work! I agree that there is a lot of misinformation regarding planetary anomalies on the net. I believe that this misinformation does great harm to the entire field of serious planetary anomaly research. I am currently engaged in a battle regarding just this problem on an e-mail list. It will make you cringe, but here is the web page in question: http://anomalog.com/marsface.html Keep it up! Mike Lomax"

Richard Dortch
of the Independent Verification Group(IVG)
"Richard Hoagland positions himself as an open-minded researcher, and emphasizes that one must have an open mind
to see what's "really" going on. Michael Coleman has shown us that in fact Hoagland's mind is barely open at all.
A man must have a truly open mind to willingly debunk his own wishful thinking.
Well-written and generously annotated,
he has artfully skinned Hoagland's sacred cow and made
a stylish leather jacket of it .... & a comfortable pair of boots to match"

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