- Update - Static Electricity Is NOT Cleaning Rover's
- It has been said that you get the most flack when you're
right over target - and apparently my original report about a fake Mars
rover mission has struck a nerve somewhere. This update to my original
report was intercepted and bounced back to me apparently by the government
several times today while trying to send the following update to Jeff Rense.
- Here is the bounce message I received numerous time when
trying to email Jeff. Regular test messages were not returned.
- The following message to <_____ @mindspring.com>
was undeliverable. The reason for the problem: 5.x.0 - Message bounced
- My internet provider, Frontier cannot find the reason
for this happening nor can they find the reason for it. I told the ISP
representative that this probably happening at one of the internet NSA
router sites. I was assured they would look into it but I won't be holding
my breath for answers. It is clear from the tests performed that the following
update is HOT, and the content causes it to be bounced.
- With that said, here is the update:
- Update for solar cell feature piece:
- To address the comments of several readers I'd like to
add the following about static electricity. It gets a bit technical but
this is necessary. Static was actually one of my first thoughts. It wasn't
really very thrilling to discover this information about the solar panel
issue, and I'd rather discount it if possible. Then I looked at the odd
dust distribution and ruled static out. Yes, it is true that solar panels
have insulating coatings that *might* create some static from a dry wind
blowing over them. (We haven't yet heard the official statement about humidity
on Mars yet, which would have to be extremely low for this to happen.
With the presence of water on Mars often just below the surface, one must
question just how low the humidity on Mars really is.) However, mysterious
periodic cleaning of rover solar panels has been seem in previous NASA
images. Please visit my website www.bookonmars.info , click on the "Radio
Show Images" button on the left side, then scroll down to the solar
panel images. Though not as good as the newer color images, I show two
images taken just 7 minutes apart. One where one panel is dusty and dirty,
and another one which is cleaned.
- What tends to rule static out is this: We see a thin
coating of red dust on metal surfaces attached to clean hinge mechanisms.
Yet the hinge mechanism doesn't have a speck of dust on it? Certainly
after more than THREE YEARS some dust would be present on these hinges,
and visible down in the deep recesses of them. It's also quite likely
that these hinges are not simple bare metal, but are anodized (more on
that later.) On the outside of the cell wiriing between panels along the
hinge line of adjacent panels, we don't see a heavy layer of dust present
there either. We also clearly see dirty solar cells near other colar cells
which are very clean. Static charges are affected by various geometries
as some readers have pointed out. But even wiring which is separated from
metal doesn't show any heavy dust accumulation. How can that be?
- As for wiring - NASA loves Teflon coated wiring. After
all, it's still the best insulation available and it's quite damage resistant.
White is the native color of Teflon and also Teflon insulated wire, even
though it is available from suppliers in various colors. I know this
because I've used it in the past for various aerospace projects. It also
quickly dulls tool edges such as wire-strippers, too. Teflon has strong
static properties (triboelectric effects) and it is a great insulator.
Yet much of the insulated white wiring has no dust on it! Only wiring packed
around dirty solar cells is coated with dust.
- NASA also has apparently a fascination with the solar
cells - DOZENS of images were taken of the solar panels from various angles,
instead of imaging the ground for gathering science. Why?
- ANODIZED ALUMINUM
- As for metal surfaces and static, anodized aluminum is
quite commonly used in both aircraft and spacecraft. Anodized metal is
formed by a chemical coating made in a tank of process chemicals, which
oxidizes the outer surface of the metal and changes it's color. These coatings
can be made in black, green and clear and are scratch resistant. For
example, Boeing airplanes are strange, almost lime-green inside and out
in their natural, unpainted state as a result of anodizing. Anodizing is
important, as it prevents surface oxidation and helps paint adhesion. It
appears that JPL used black as their color for the solar cell mounting
plates. Black is a good color for this. Black anodized aluminum both
absorbs heat (far-infrared radiation) and also radiates it. Black anodized
aluminum heat-sinks are widely used in electronic systems as well. It
is my understanding that there also exists a conductive anodized metal
process. I doubt that JPL used that here because of the bare solar cell
connections and the risk of having a short circuit.
- Most anodized metal is also an excellent electrical insulator,
similar to the clear coatings on solar cells. Yet we see great differences
in these images with the amount of accumulation of dust and dirt on the
metal solar cell backing plates, which are mounted side by side.
- There is so much evidence here that doesn't add up to
support the case for static electricity attracting dust.
- A WORD ABOUT SOLAR CELLS
- Solar cells become quite hot while operating. The heat
comes from two sources: Absorption of almost all solar energy striking
it (far- infrared energy) and heat from resistance heating as a result
of the electric current passing through the cell. A solar cell has considerable
internal electrical resistance and becomes quite warm when operating. Resistance
heating is the same principle as the heating elements in an electric toaster,
a filament in an incandescent light bulb or an electic stove element, except
that solar cells will never become that hot. With solar cells the heating
principle is still the same - resistance.
- Solar cells used in the sun also require a heat-sink
backing plate, and are also very brittle mechanically since they are
actually a form of glass. The black anodized aluminum backing plates are
quite rigid and protect the cells during liftoff on Earth and the rough,
bouncing landing cycle of the rover. These plates and also have great
thermal conductivity which removes excess heat for maximum lifetime of
the solar cells.
- LIMITED ROVER LIFETIME
- When used outside in the sun, solar cells have a known
lifetime during which the output from the cells slowly decreases to a
point where the voltage and current becomes unusable. (Something to consider
before you invest about $50K to cover your rooftop and power your home
with them.) Solar cell failure will be the ultimate fate of both rovers,
if the batteries, electronic and mechanical systems of the rovers continue
to operate to reach that point. Fewer and fewer images will be sent to
Earth, and each rover will be able to travel less distance each day. Eventually,
both rovers will stop functioning altogether. One rover will probably outlast
the other, which will be the result of various factors such as sun exposure
and local temperatures. Internal batteries may fail before this point
is reached. Each rover has a sleep cycle which is the period when the
batteries are recharged. Solar panels do not generate enough power directly
to power the motors.
- Ted Twietmeyer
- Selective dust and dirt accumulation on a Mars rover
tell an intriguing story. Using relatively recent NASA images, at least
one of the two rovers on Mars are not transmitting images from Mars. Whether
or not this has always been happening remains to be seen. The following
photographic evidence clearly shows SOMETHING very, very strange is happening
on Mars. Dust devils which have been photographed (supposedly) on Mars
are thought to be responsible for cleaning solar panels. However, it stretches
credibility to think that these broad swirling vortices of air (Martian
air that is) which are several meters across could perform the selective
cleaning we see in these images.
- FIG. 1 - SOL 1229 - White arrow: low gain antenna
shaft on Spirit Rover
- Red Arrow: Low gain antenna mounting plate -
CLEAN of all dirt as well as most surrounding solar cells.
- Blue circles: Surrounding dirty solar cells
- Blue arrow: Dust and dirt finds its way into
the smallest places, in this example its packed in-between solar cell wiring.
- FIG 2 - SOL1229 - Here is another amazing "selective
cleaning" example. The white arrow points to a small area where something
has apparently touched the panel, removing the thin layer of dust and exposing
the metal underneath. Also visible is the hinge mechanism (red arrows)
showing the hinge plates and actuator completely cleaned of dust. Also
- there is evidence that the top hinge plate may have recently been attached
to this dirty solar panel. Note the tool marks around the top edge of the
hinge ears, and the disturbance of the dust around those ears. This is
similar to the disturbed dust where the white arrow is.
- The yellow arrow points to what may either be
dust or rust on the drive shaft. Yet the solar cells are incredibly dirty?
- FIG. 3 - SOL1229 - Not a speck of dust or dirt
found in "nooks and crannies"
- Here we clearly see that the dust has not entered
an EXPOSED mechanism. Red arrows point to small areas where it would be
sure to penetrate. Even on Earth, it would require the use of a brush or
compressed air to remove dust from tiny crevices like these. Yet on Mars
these tiny spaces are CLEAN? How?
- FIG. 4 - SOL1220 - Dirty panel and clean mechanism
side by side
- If this wasn't documented as all ONE image from
Mars, anyone would certainly have to think it is a collage of two images
joined together. How could a "dust devil" which NASA has claimed
to photograph on Mars so perfectly clean one panel and NOT the other?
- FIG. 5 - SOL1229 - Dirty Panels attached to a
- In this example, the red arrows point to two
areas. The red arrow on the left points to the intricate wiring used to
collect power from the solar panels. On the right, just inches away from
the first red arrow another arrow points to a perfectly clean hinge pin,
in pristine condition like the day it supposedly left Earth.
- FIG. 6 - SOL1229 - Amazing sundial that cleans
- Here we see the sundial as mounted on the rover.
Notice how the Sundial is surrounded by very dirty solar cells. Yet the
Sundial is almost completely clean! How is this possible? The natural color
of the top of the knob is black. The reference picture (insert) shows what
the sundial looked like THREE YEARS AGO when the rover landed, under high
and low sun conditions. This color image and the previous five images in
this report are color-corrected. In most NASA color images the blue color
reference tab on the sundial is actually PURPLE as NASA strived to make
the colors on Mars match the mentality of Mars being a "red"
- What more can I say about this? The evidence is overwhelming
for one of four possible arguments:
- 1.. ENTIRE MISSION WAS FAKED - None of the thousands
of images for past three years were ever sent from Mars, and were all created
on Earth in a studio. Such a studio with the right video editing would
fool scientists - because they would see and believe what they want to
see and believe.
- 2.. HYBRID REAL AND FAKE MISSION - Images were at first
sent from Mars and later images were manufactured on Earth. This could
explain why NASA falsified the color on so many images. When these false
color images are corrected, we see the same color scheme as Earth - a blue
sky and tan-colored desert.
- 3.. EXTENDED FAKE MISSION - Someone is selectively cleaning
just enough of the solar panels to keep the rover batteries charged and
functional. This would require a detailed knowledge of the interconnections
between the panels to know which cells and panels to clean, and which ones
are to be left dirty. In all solar panels, some cells are wired in parallel
(to generate more current) and others are wired in series to generate higher
voltages. It is well known that for any solar panel which consists of groups
of solar-cells, covering up certain cells will result in no current or
- 4.. MISSION IS 100% REAL - Everything is real, the rover
is on Mars and all is well. And none of this can be explained in any rational
- Ted Twietmeyer