Indeed, Sir, thank you for that inspiring bit of dialogue. That is exactly the kind of thing we need, as a country, to hear, and especially from a true American hero. What you said is old news to me and many of my colleagues, it having been discovered by Efrain Palermo over 10 years ago now, but it’s most definitely not known to all, as two friends asked me for pictures of your monolith last night after watching this clip.
You do see how inspiring it all can be, the wonder, the intrigue, the mystery of just who put that there as you say. It could well cause a second generation of explorers in the spirit of those transformed by your deeds, Mr. Aldrin. And that, Sir, is huge. So again I say thanks!
The famous monolith is a stunning piece of work placed prominently on Phobos, the exceptionally strange ‘moonlet’ of Mars. There is no geological explanation for its presence. It is also accompanied by a smaller version a short distance away, as well as at least six conical towers, a possible pyramid and something that looks quite like a complex of some sort. Fabulous stuff, indeed!
And yes, Sir, you may have started something big! Let us get our ducks in a row and our asses off our couches and finally go up there and see just exactly what the heck that thing is and find out exactly who put it there! Who’d need wars when we could go to Mars?! Sounds a bit more exciting to me, and, people would actually want to go.
Oh, and hey, Buzz, I do hope that the Aquila program is still going along just splendidly for you. Yes, dear Buzz, some of us know about those things… (ssshh!)
OhBTW: You might find it interesting to know that, in late ’99/early 2000 anomaly-friendly NASA imaging specialist Lan Fleming calculated the height of the object in question to be between 25 and 42 stories. Yes, that’s right. 25 and 42 stories.