Imaginative (and often brave) pioneers like Richard C. Hoagland and the late astronomer Dr. Tom Van Flandern argued for decades that the lunar surface is littered with evidence of ancient extraterrestrial artifacts and structures. For the most part the mainstream media and orthodox scientists ignored the evidence. But a sea change is occurring that may well become a tidal wave.
Professor Paul Davies and Robert Wagner at Arizona State University (ASU) have heeded Hoagland's clarion call and now add their voices to the growing chorus of researchers and the public that want answers about the mysteries on the moon.
The two scientists are pushing for something that Richard C. Hoagland pleaded for over many years: they are urging that hundreds of thousands of high resolution images snapped of the moon by orbiting satellites, space probes and the Apollo astronauts be scrutinized for evidence of artifacts, mining operations…even alien garbage dumps.
Little cost, huge benefits
The two Arizona scientists propose that the mountains of images be analyzed by amateurs trained in what to look for—or a formal computerized search could be undertaken. The total cost would be very modest especially considering the payoff if incontrovertible evidence were found once and for all.
Writing in a paper ["Searching for alien artifacts on the moon"] recently published at the online journal Acta Astronautica, Davies and Wagner observe that "Although there is only a tiny probability that alien technology would have left traces on the moon in the form of an artifact or surface modification of lunar features [Hoagland would not agree with that assessment], this location has the virtue of being close, and of preserving traces for an immense duration."
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), launched by NASA in 2009, has taken almost 350,000 images of the lunar surface since then. Scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California expect that number to soar above one million images when the the LRO has finished mapping the entire surface of the moon.
Such a wealth of photographic data can be carefully sifted through and analyzed. Since things are preserved almost forever on the geologically inactive, barren, and virtually atmosphere-less surface, even artifacts millions of years old could still be there.
The two scientists theorize that ancient alien bases might be underground taking advantage of old lava tubes that dive deep under the lunar surface. Domes might exists in or near craters. Even the vestiges of mining operations by extraterrestrial prospectors could be visible.
Of course, Richard C. Hoagland and others, like Joseph P. Skipper at Mars Anomaly Research, will be able to justly say "I told you so," if and when such discoveries are made and verified by scientists like Davies and Wagner at universities like ASU.
Once the formal image investigation is underway, Richard C. Hoagland might politely suggest they turn their efforts to something a bit farther away…