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Micro-camera explores Maya tomb

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A tiny remote-controlled camera is providing remarkable views of an apparently intact 1,500-year-old Maya tomb that’s thought to hold a ruler’s remains.

The 2-inch-long camera was lowered into a vault inside a pyramid at the Palenque archaeological site, in the hills of the southern Mexican state of Chiapas. Archaeologists have known about the vault since 1999, but the only access to the room was through a small shaft in the pyramid — just big enough to fit the micro-camera through.

The images reveal a series of nine figures painted on the walls in black on a vivid, blood-red background. Dishes, apparently meant to hold funerary offerings, are set on the floor. The camera also spotted pieces of a funerary shroud made of jade and mother of pearl. “The characteristics of the funeral site show that the bones could belong to a sacred ruler from Palenque, probably one of the founders of a dynasty,” Reuters quoted archaeologist Martha Cuevas as saying.

For more about today’s revelations, check out this report from Mexico. And don’t miss the National Institute of Anthropology and History’s Spanish-language news release, which includes a slideshow and an infographic.

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The tomb is hidden within a pyramid known as Templo XX at Mexico’s Palenque archaeological site.

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Workers had to climb down a ladder to get to the place where the micro-camera could be lowered through a small shaft.

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A worker points to the small shaft that provides the only access to the tomb below.

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This camera view shows what appears to be a stylized figure, painted on the red walls of the 1,500-year-old Maya tomb.

Via MSNBC

 

 

Secret space station on Mars ?

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We have all heard of little green men from Mars.

But now an American ‘armchair astronaut’ claims to have discovered a mysterious structure on the surface of the red planet – by looking on Google earth.

David Martines, whose YouTube video of the ‘station’ has racked up over 200,000 hits so far, claims to have randomly uncovered the picture while scanning the surface of the planet one day.

Uncovered: David Martines believes he has found a structure on the surface of Mars - by looking at Google Mars

Uncovered: David Martines believes he has found a structure on the surface of Mars – by looking at Google Mars.

The white dot in the centre of the screen has set the blogosphere alight with rumours of a secret base

The white dot in the centre of the screen has set the blogosphere alight with rumors of a secret base.

Describing the ‘structure’ as a living quarters with red and blue stripes on it, to the untrained eye it looks nothing more than a white splodge on an otherwise unblemished red landscape.

He even lists the co-ordinates 49’19.73″N 29 33’06.53″W so others can go see the anomaly for themselves.

In a pre recorded ‘fly by’ video of the object, Mr Martines describes what he thinks the station might be.

He said: ‘This is a video of something I discovered on Google Mars quite by accident.

‘I call it Bio-station Alpha, because I’m just assuming that something lives in it or has lived in it.

 NASA and Google have both yet to respond to the 'finding', circled here

NASA and Google have both yet to respond to the ‘finding’, circled here.

‘It’s very unusual in that it’s quite large, it’s over 700 feet long and 150 feet wide, it looks like it’s a cylinder or made up of cylinders.

The infamous ‘Face on Mars’ image from 1976 caused a huge stir when it was released.

The infamous 'Face on Mars' image from 1976 caused a huge stir when it was released

‘It could be a power station or it could be a biological containment or it could be a glorified garage – hope it’s not a weapon.

‘Whoever put it up there had a purpose I’m sure. I couldn’t imagine what the purpose was. I couldn’t imagine why anybody would want to live on Mars.

‘It could be a way station for weary space travellers. It could also belong to NASA, I don’t know that they would admit that.

‘I don’t know if they could pull off such a project without all the people seeing all the material going up there. I sort of doubt NASA has anything to do with this.

‘I don’t know if NASA even knows about this.’

The ‘discovery’ is similar to that of the infamous ‘face on Mars’

Uncovered by the Viking 1 probe in 1976, a quirk of geography threw shadows over a small hill on the Cydonia region of Mars, making the inanimate rock look like a carved face.

The picture was heralded as proof of an alien civilisation by some but was dismissed as a mere trick of the light by scientists at NASA.

MailOnline has tried to contact both NASA and Goggle for a response to the image, but neither has replied.

Via DailyMail

Unseen for 1,800 years: ‘funeral chambers’ deep below ancient Mexican city

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It has taken technology almost two millennia to break one of the greatest secrets of the ancient Americas.

Archaeologists have discovered ‘a recreation of the underworld’ at the ancient city of Teotihuacan in Mexico thanks to a radar device.

Researchers have only advanced 7 metres along the tunnel but the radar has revealed it to be 120 metres long and covered in symbols. It is thought that the passage leads to three chambers and may help explain the beliefs of the civilisation.

Discovery: Archaeologists work inside a tunnel found under the ruins of the Feathered Serpent Temple at the archaeological site of Teotihuacan, near Mexico City

Discovery: Archaeologists work inside a tunnel found under the ruins of the Feathered Serpent Temple at the archaeological site of Teotihuacan, near Mexico City

The tunnel, which is 13 metres below the ground, was originally discovered by chance in 2003 after heavy rains seeped into a tiny hole in the ground. No monarch’s tomb has ever been found at the site near Mexico City.

Sergio Gomez Chavez, an archaeologist at Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History, said: ‘At the end, there are several chambers which could hold the remains of the rulers of that Mesoamerican civilization.

‘If confirmed, it will be one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 21st century on a global scale.’

‘We know that Teotihuacan was built as a replica of how they saw the cosmos, the universe. We imagine the tunnel to be a recreation of the underworld.’

Teotihuacan, with its huge pyramids of the sun and moon, is made up of a labyrinth of palaces, temples, homes, workshops, markets and avenues.

The city is thought to have been built in 100BC and existed until the 8th century. Archaeologists consider it one of the most influential in pre-Hispanic North America, with a population of 200,000 at its peak.

Only 5 per cent of Teotihuacan has been excavated despite more than 100 years of exploration.

A small, remote-controlled robot — the first to explore Mexico’s ruins — took a camera inside a small opening in the tunnel before researchers finally entered last November.

Ancient civilisation: The Pyramid of the Sun (L) and the Avenue of the Dead in Teotihuacan

Ancient civilisation: The Pyramid of the Sun (L) and the Avenue of the Dead in Teotihuacan

Secret chamber: It is believed that governors of the ancient city of Teotihuacan could be buried at the end of the tunnel below the Pyramid of the Feathered Serpent, also known as Quetzalcoatl

Secret chamber: It is believed that governors of the ancient city of Teotihuacan could be buried at the end of the tunnel below the Pyramid of the Feathered Serpent, also known as Quetzalcoatl

Some 30 experts work at the site, descending three ladders to get into the depths of the tunnel. They believe a deliberate effort was made to pile up stones and even pieces of a destroyed temple to block the entrance, some time between 200 and 300 AD.

Thermal imaging has become an essential part of archaeological digs. Last month, satellites helped locate 17 pyramids and 3,000 ancient settlements hidden underground in Egypt.

More than 1,000 burial sites were also discovered thanks to infra-red technology capable of probing beneath the desert sands from 450 miles above the Earth.

The mud bricks used by ancient Egyptians are much denser than the sand and soil that surrounds them, allowing the shapes of homes, temples, tombs and other structures built thousands of years ago to be seen by satellites that are invisible to the human eye.

Digging deep: Skilled workers search for archaeological pieces among remains from an excavation at the Temple of the Feathered Serpent

Digging deep: Skilled workers search for archaeological pieces among remains from an excavation at the Temple of the Feathered Serpent

Significant: Mexican archaeologist Sergio Gomez Chavez believes the discovery could be one of the greatest of the 21st century

Significant: Mexican archaeologist Sergio Gomez Chavez believes the discovery could be one of the greatest of the 21st century

A robot built at the University of Leeds also made new discoveries about the inner chamber of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.

Images captured by the ‘micro snake’ camera revealed small hieroglyphs written in red paint on the floor of a small, hidden chamber.

Egyptologists believe that if deciphered the markings could unlock the secrets of why tunnels, doors and secret chambers were built within pyramids.

Wonder: The pyramid at the ancient city of Teotihuacan where building began in 100BC

Wonder: The pyramid at the ancient city of Teotihuacan where building began in 100BC.

Unearthing the past: The impressive ceremonial architecture on the Temple of the Feathered Serpent reveals an ancient civilisation steeped in tradition

Unearthing the past: The impressive ceremonial architecture on the Temple of the Feathered Serpent reveals an ancient civilisation steeped in tradition.

Via DailyMail

Area 51 Spy Plane, Intact

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Area 51 plane crash cover-up picture: an A-12 spy plane prototype is seen on the runway.

ON TV:Area 51 Declassified premieres on the National Geographic Channel on Tuesday, May 24, at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Suspended upside down, a titanium A-12 spy-plane prototype is prepped for radar testing at Area 51 in the late 1950s. After a rash of declassifications, details of Cold War workings at the Nevada base, which to this day does not officially exist, are coming to light—including never before released images of an A-12 crash and its cover-up.

In 1963 a prototype rocketed out of the secret base—and never returned. See the crash for the first time, and get closer to the truth about Area 51.

Area 51 was created so that U.S. Cold Warriors with the highest security clearances could pursue cutting-edge aeronautical projects away from prying eyes. During the 1950s and ’60s Area 51’s top-secret OXCART program developed the A-12 as the successor to the U-2 spy plane.

Nearly undetectable to radar, the A-12 could fly at 2,200 miles an hour (3,540 kilometers an hour)—fast enough to cross the continental U.S. in 70 minutes. From 90,000 feet (27,400 meters), the plane’s cameras could capture foot-long (0.3-meter-long) objects on the ground below.

But pushing the limits came with risks—and a catastrophic 1963 crash of an A-12 based out of Area 51.

A rapid government cover-up removed nearly all public traces of the wrecked A-12—pictured publicly for the first time in this gallery, thanks to the CIA’s recent declassification of the images.

—Brian Handwerk


Via NatGeo

How Area 51 Hid Secret Craft

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Area 51 plane crash cover-up picture: a mock-up of a secret spy plane is hoisted upside down on a pylon.

ON TV: Area 51 Declassified premieres on the National Geographic Channel on Sunday at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

No word yet on alien starships, but now that many Cold War-era Area 51 documents have been declassified, veterans of the secret U.S. base are revealing some of the clever—and surprisingly low-tech—ways they hid futuristic prototypes from prying eyes.

(Also see “Exclusive Area 51 Pictures: Secret Plane Crash Revealed.”)

The CIA created Area 51 in 1955 to test and develop top secret U.S. military projects in the remote Nevada desert. More than 50 years later, the base still doesn’t officially exist and appears on no public U.S. government maps.

In the 1950s and ’60s, Area 51 was the epicenter of the OXCART project, intended to create the successor for the U-2 spy plane.

The OXCART plane was expected to be undetectable in the air as it flew surveillance and information-gathering missions over the Soviet Union. But Area 51 personnel soon found it necessary to conceal the craft from the Soviets eyes even when it was still being tested on the ground.

Cat and Mouse at Area 51

It was discovered that Soviet spy satellites, dubbed ash cans by Area 51 staff, were making regular rounds over Nevada.

U.S. intelligence agencies, though, provided Area 51 workers with a decisive advantage in this international “game of cat and mouse,” according to T.D. Barnes, a former hypersonic flight specialist at Area 51 whose expertise was in electronic counter measures.

No longer sworn to secrecy by the CIA, Barnes said, “In our morning security meetings, they’d give us a roster of the satellites that the Soviets had in the air, and we’d know the exact schedule of when they were coming over.

“It was like a bus schedule, and it even told us whether it was an infrared satellite or what type it was,” Barnes told National Geographic news.

The Area 51 Hoot and Scoot

Often hoisted atop tall poles for radar tests of the planes’ stealthiness, OXCART prototypes were tested outside—making the Soviet spy satellites especially aggravating.

“We had hoot-and-scoot sheds, we called them,” Barnes says in the new National Geographic Channel documentary Area 51 Declassified. (The Channel is part-owned by the National Geographic Society, which owns National Geographic News.)

“If a plane happened to be out in the open while a satellite was coming over the horizon, they would scoot it into that building.”

Former Area 51 procurement manager Jim Freedman adds, “That made the job very difficult, very difficult.

“To start working on the aircraft and then have to run it back into the hangar and then pull it out and then put it in and then pull it out—it gets to be quite a hassle,” Freedman says in the film.

(Also see “Cold War Spy Plane Found in Baltic Sea.”)

Shadows of Area 51

It turned out that even laborious hooting and scooting weren’t enough. Spies had learned that the Soviets had a drawing of an OXCART plane—obtained, it was assumed, via an infrared satellite.

As a plane sat in the hot desert, its shadow would create a relatively cool silhouette, visible in infrared even after the plane had been moved inside.

“It’s like a parking lot,” Barnes told National Geographic News. “After all the cars have left you can still see how many were parked there [in infrared] because of the difference in ground temperatures.”

To thwart the infrared satellites, Area 51 crews began constructing fanciful fake planes out of cardboard and other mundane materials, to cast misleading shadows for the Soviets to ponder. (Not intended to be seen, the decoys themselves were scooted out of sight before satellite flyovers.) Sometimes staff even fired up heaters near imaginary engine locations to make it look as if planes had just landed.

“We really played with the infrared satellites,” Barnes recalled.

Ahead of Its Time—And Gone Before Its Time?

As for the real U-2 successor, the Soviets never solved the secrets of OXCART before the program was made public in the mid-1960s.

But during the course of some 2,850 top-secret test flights numerous people did see an oddly shaped (for the time), Mach-3 aircraft. Unidentifiable even to air controllers or commercial pilots, the gleaming titanium craft no doubt helped fuel the persistent rumors connecting UFOs with Area 51.

In the end, the result of all the subterfuge was the Archangel-12, or A-12, considered by some to be the first true stealth plane. (Related: “‘Hitler’s Stealth Fighter’ Re-created.”)

The A-12 could travel over 2,000 miles an hour (3,220 kilometers an hour) and cross the continental U.S. in 70 minutes—all while taking pictures that could resolve foot-long objects on the ground from an altitude of 90,000 feet (27,430 meters).

But despite being “the most advanced aircraft ever built,” as CIA historian David Robarge writes, the A-12 never saw spy service over the Soviet Union. And just as the Archangel was to be deemed ready for operation, its successor, the U.S. Air Force’s famed SR-71 Blackbird, was already in the works.

Due to fiscal pressures and Air Force/CIA competition, Robarge writes, the A-12, one of Area 51’s greatest creations—at least that we know about—was decommissioned in 1968 after only a year in active service.

Via NatGeo