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
One of the odd stories of lunar artifact research is the saga of image
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
"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
"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."
The Enterprise Mission Hubble
Shoots the Moon - NASA Caught in Yet Another Lie
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.
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 ;)
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
here are a few transparent close-up overlays of the visible
image alternating with the digital clementine one ... showing
perfectly matching landforms and craters.
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
and many dozens of small ones, this includes all the types
of lunar surface features - craters, rilles, highlands and flat
to advance one frame at a time
and notice the totally consistent small surface features.
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.
Doh! * (* 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
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
Mr. Hoagland does a lot of "great work" (Masonic pun)
in planetary anomalies research (and a lot of entertaining finger
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
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.
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"
lunar anomalies.com / Pyramid
#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."
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
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
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