Moon Anomalies from Clementine

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Moon Anomalies from Clementine

These are two views of Delisle crater, 30.0 N, 325.4 E.

You may have to move back from your monitor to view these images comfortably in stereo because they are more widely spaced than usual because they were assembled from mosaics.

The first image is a mosaic stereo view, made from 900 and 1100 nm images from Clementine orbit 127.

The second image is multi-spectral false color quasi-stereo image made from 450, 1100, and 900 nm images on the left, and 450, 950, and 750 nm images on the right, mapped to red-green-blue.

There are many anomalous features that can be seen in this image. There is a 'ramp' at 12:30 that appears to connect the terrace on the right inside of the crater to the lunar surface. At 11:30 a bridge appears to connect the two sides of an area which appears to have been created by ejecta as evidenced by the linear streak across this area which can also be seen above the rim of the crater. To the right of this area other possible linear structures can be seen.

At 12:00 there is a curved feature which appears to connect from the lunar surface to the inside wall of the crater. Below this curved feature is another linear feature which appears to be similar to the bridge and ramp.

Below and to the left of this bridge is an unusual round cutout area near the rim of the crater as well as debris on the nearby lunar surface. This may be an impact crater but it appears to be connected to several unusual linear and curved structures.

At 5:30 there is also an unusual circular feature which does not appear to be an impact crater. There is a 'winding road' feature above this circular feature and a linear feature to the left of the beginning of the road.

Many of these structures do not appear to be of natural origin, especially considering the number of anomalies appearing together in this unusual crater.

The Antonin Rukl Lunar Atlas Chart - Section 19

This stereo image of the crater Diophantus is made from the 900nm and 950nm UVVVIS images from Clementine orbit 313, 27.55 degrees latitude, 325.36 degrees longitude.

Some may find this pyramid-shaped mound to be merely the result of a landslide on the steep slopes of this unusual crater. However, a close inspection of this unusually clear image suggests that there may be other possibilities.

The area to the right of the pyramid mound shows evidence of a path which extends from the some of the dark areas in the side of the crater, over the pyramid and down the left side and past the left of the large rock near the center of the crater, to a nozzle-shaped projection that extends from lower left side of the crater. Could projection be some type of laser tunnel boring machinery being used to tunnel into the uppper right wall of the crater. What might lie within this possible lunar tunnel complex?

Other paths can be seen connecting areas below the previous path, across the side of the pyramid mound, and other areas within the crater.

Another anomalous structure is the linear structure to the right of the rock debris and the bright object directly below the linear object, as well as the rock which comes to a very sharp point, judging from the stereo image. This area is also apparently connected to the lower right side of the crater by several linear structures which appear to connect to other linear structures that traverse the rim of the crater.

The area below the rock debries is also very unusual, revealing a tube-like object that appears to connect the lighter area to the side of the crater.

These are false color images made from 1100, 750, and 450 nm (first image), and 450, 1100, and 900 nm images mapped to red-green-blue. The left and upper left sides of the crater contain unusual rock strucures, including arch-like structures or possibly unusual rock faces which show up clearly in red in the second image. This view shows unusual linear structures leading up to the 'laser cannon' anomaly, and illustrate that the pyramid was probably formed after the crater was formed since it shows none of the deposits which line most of the walls of the crater. The unusual anomaly at 10:30 can be seen clearly in this view and appears to be a possible double opening to a tunnel.

This image has been adjusted to show the strange tube-like structures on the inside of the crater in the same area of the arches, which seem to be connected to translucent tubes that converge on the lower side of the crater. This image is rotated ninety degrees counterclockwise compared to the stereo image above.

Could this pyramid mound be the result of a tunneling or mining operation in the base and/or sides of the crater, possibly using a laser tunnel boring machine?

This image shows an overview of an anomalous area from orbit 245, centered at 24 degrees latitude, 151 degrees longitude, on the farside of the moon, showing a strange complex consisting of deep grooves in the lunar surface. 

This is a mosaic made from several images from orbit 245 showing the same area in greater detail. The deep grooves or canyons seem very out of place compared to other areas of the lunar surface. What could cause such deep grooves? 

This is a stereo image of the highly anomalous area.

This area has been censored from the Navy Clementine Lunar Image Browser, which returns this image of the anomalous area. This image is centered at 24 degrees latitude, 148 degrees longitude. Several weeks earlier, the Clementine Lunar Image Browser returned the same image, except that it was located at 24 degrees latitude, 151 degrees longitude. Have the image maps been offset to make it more difficult to zero in on anomalous features?

Marius crater is located in the Oceanus Procellarum area in the Northwest quadrant of the lunar nearside at 11 degrees North latitude, 309 degrees East longitude. This crater contains many anomalous features.

This mosaic is from Clementine orbit 55, 10-13 degrees N Latitude, 308 degrees E Longitude. The mosaic has been rotated 90 degrees from the original images; north is to the right side; the filter is 750 nm.

This mosaic shows an amazing variety of anomalies:

Most striking, many of the craters have a dark spot in the center and are unusually bright. The medium size crater in the upper part of the image appears to have several radial spokes, that may be some type of support structure for a dome enclosure, which would explain the unusual bright reflection. This may be the case with the smaller bright craters, the center area being a tower or other support point for a large canopy or dome. This is of course one of many possibilities, but one that does explain the unusual appearance of these craters.

Notice the strange twisting, snake-like feature at the lower left. There appears to be a second, linear structure with a Y at the left end, which this 'snake' seems to be twisting around at the right, while the linear structure passes over the 'snake'.

Then above the 'snake' is the 'whale', which has a strange elliptical shape. Was this caused by a glancing meteor strike? Or is it some type of anomalous structure?

Above the 'whale' is a strange linear groove that appears to be broken up at one point by a crater. Another glancing meteor strike?

Of course the most fascinating feature, which I have left for last, is Marius crater, part of which can be seen at the bottom of the mosaic. Starting from the left side, at approximately 11:00, one can see several striking anomalies. There is a dark spot which seems to be surrounded by several strange features. There is a row of smaller round objects that seem to be lined up in a very regular manner. This may be the upper support structure of an inverted U-shaped elliptical dome, or above ground tunnel-like structure, similar to a structure that appeared in Mosaic26 at the upper left hand side of the large crater.

There is also a collection of linear structures, which appear to resemble large cranes or chutes as observed from nearly directly above, at approximately 11:45 on the rim of the crater, which connect from the inside of the crater to a nearby circular feature, with a linear structure that connects a dark central area (tower?).

There are other, more subtle linear features that can be seen as one moves to the right around the rim of the large crater, including several unusual features at approx. 1:00 and other linear anomalies at 2:00 connected to anomalous appearing objects on the rim of the large crater.

This is a stereo image of the center image above, from 900 nm and 750 nm images. Many of the anomalous linear structures can be seen more clearly in this image.

This is mosaic showing the entire Marius crater, inverted compared to the images above. Note the strange crater at 1:30 and the many unusual linear and circular features both inside and outside of the crater.

This stereo image was made from 750 nm and 1000 nm images from Clementine. North is toward the left. At 12:00 there are several linear structures which curve over the rim of the crater and connect to the inside wall. The structure just to the right of the 12:00 point appears to connect to the inside of a cave or tunnel at the top of the inner wall. The area beneath this object contains another strange circular feature in the wall of the crater. There are several more of these strange maze-like circular features that appear below anomalous features on the rim of the crater.

These images also reveal a strange curved feature within the lower part of the rim at 7:00 that appears to be a pipe or tube. There is also a structure which runs over the edge of the crater at 9:00 surrounded by several anomalous objects, including a very strange circular feature with a linear projection at the base of the crater just below the feature at 9:00.

This is a multi-spectral stereo image made from 950, 750, and 415 nm images on the left, and 1000, 900, and 750 nm images on the right, mapped to red-green-blue. This images shows clearly several anomalies in addition to those described above. The features described at 12:00 and 7:00 are clearly visible in this image as well as others that can be seen with extended viewing. This crater is full of subtle, but very strange anomalies.

The is also a strange triangle-shaped feature in the upper left corner of the image resembling an AOL logo!

There is an unusual rectangular feature outside the rim of the crater at 7:00 which resembles the roof of a large building. To the right of this feature in the left frame is a red pixel. This anomaly appears in only one 950 nm frame. While it may be a bit error, it does not appear to be one for the following reason:

(portion of 950 nm image) Examining the relationship of the anomaly grescale level of 99 in the raw image, compared to the background of 60-72 in surrounding pixels, with the exception of one pixel directly below the feature which has the value of 76, which may indicate an overlap of a very real bright feature to the adjacent pixel. This appears to be either a single bit error or a Lunar Transient Phenomina (LTP).

The Antonin Rukl Lunar Atlas Chart - Section 29

Large Clementine Browse Image

mosaic26t.jpgThis is another mosaic of images from Clementine. The area is approximately 37 degrees South Latitude, 193 degrees West Longitude (167 degrees East Longitude). Right in the middle of the farside of the moon. Here is a larger, colorized version of the same mosaic which shows some of the subtler anomalies more clearly.

Are these long, deep groves simply faults within the huge crater? This is a very large area, each pixel equal to approximately 1 km. This was taken on the last orbit of Clementine, 348, as the spacecraft was boosting it's orbit to escape velocity for an unsucessful rendevous with a nearby asteroid.

stereo12t.jpgstereo13t.jpgstereo14t.jpgThese stereo images give a 3-D
perspective of the unusual anomalies.


combin7xxt.jpgThis is an a false color image from 900, 950, and 1000 nm images of the area on the left side of the crater above. The false color processing highlights some of the anomalies in the image.

mosaic27t.jpgThis is a higher-resolucion mosaic of the area above, from the left to right side of the farside of the large crater.

stereo18t.jpgThis is a stereo image of the unusual linear grooves or canyons connecting the craters from the left side of the mosaic above. Note the unusual dome and anomalous structures on the left side of the image.

stereo16-strt.jpgThis is a stereo image of the dark crater in the mosaic above. Notice the numerous anomalous within and surrounding this crater.

combin8xt.jpgThis is a false color image of the anomalous crater above, using 900, 950, and 1000 nm filter images combined as blue, green, and red images, respectively.

mosaic26t.jpgThis stereo section on the farside of the moon shows a very unusual anomalies. Image has been rotated to preserve the stereo perspective.

This is a color composite of the same area, made from images using filters at 900 nm, 950 nm, and 1000 nm, (blue, green, red).

This is another stereo image of an anomalous area on the farside of the moon.

This mosaic is processed from raw data from Clementine mission.  Image Meta Data is available for the raw image LUB10112.GIF, which is at the approximate center of the crater Gassendi.

This mosaic of Clementine images from orbit 314 shows what appears to be a moon base and mining operation. These images are online on NASA's Clementine Navigator.

This mosaic showing the inside of the right rim of Gassendi as shown in the previous mosaic. This image is inverted from the previous mosaic, with north toward the bottom of the image. Notice that this 'mining area' is opposite of the piles of tailings outside of the right side of Gassendi as seen in the first mosaic of Gassendi.

This mosaic shows Gassendi, and the smaller crater Clarkston with the same orientation, north to the bottom of the image.

This mosaic shows the front of Gassendi. Notice the unusual triangular formation, and other linear features.

This is another view to the right of the image above, taken from a later orbit. Note the strange oval object spanning the large boulders.

This is a mosaic of four images from orbit 246 with South toward the top of the image. This is supposedly a Russian supply base, according to Dr. Beter.

This is a stereo image showing part of the mosaic. Some of the more interesting anomalies include the unusual series of ridges or tunnels and the bright objects that appear within on above these linear features. The crater to the left center appears to have anomalous linear objects (mining transports?) parked near the edge.

This is another view of the area near Jules Verne Crater.

A closer view showing the crater and nearby linear features.

A closer view of the crater. Note the unusual features on the dome at a the lower part of the image.

This mosaic, made from twelve Clementine images, shows the the many anomalous features of this area, including linear features and their relationship to the unusual craters and other anomalies.

This image shows a anomalous linear structures on the top of a dome. Is this a mining operation as well, or perhaps a spaceport?

This stereo image of the above structure was made from images taken with two different light filters at slightly different points on the orbit. Note the how unusual linear and radial structures within this area can be seen in both images, along with some differences.

Processed version of LUB21349.GIF showing unusual domes

This area near the Sea of Crises, is supposedly the location of a Russian Cosmosphere Base, according to Dr. Beter. Note linear structures in the canyon, and large spherical object surrounded by smaller spheres inside the crater. The crater is Proclus. This crater has the third highest number of Lunar Transient Phenomina reports of all areas of the moon (list of LTP areas).

This is a stereo version of the crater in the upper left corner of the above image. This image is somewhat overprocessed for sharpness, showing horizontal and vertical jpeg compression artifacts. However, the objects are not processing artifacts and appear similar in images taken with other lightwave filters.

This is a 2X interpolated image of Proclus processed with an edge sharpening filter to bring out more detail in the spheres. Some of the spheres surrounding the larger object appear to be connected. Note that in this image the large sphere appears to be split or may actually consist of two objects.

This is a mosaic of the area showing the pentagon-shaped crater Proclus and the strange winding parallel linear structure, from orbit 186. Note the strange twist in the linear structure near the center of the image.

This is a false color image processed with Maximum Entropy Deconvolution. This algorithm compensates for defocusing due to optical distortions.

This is a 2x enlargement of the image above. The large circular object resembles a satellite dish or possibly a large circular tank. (hydrogen?)

Processed image of Messier Crater showing many anomalies

Crater with strange cross-shape on the edge

This unusual donut-shaped crater is found in orbit 150, in images lue5227o_150.gif and lue5228o_150.gif. Notice the symmetrical objects that flank the opening on the left side of the crater, and the bullseye-like inner crater, which contains two bright objects in the lower part. Here is a processed image of the full frame made by combining the high and low gain images to form a composite in order to preserve more detail in the bright areas.

Processed version of LUB20658.GIF showing anomalous road or depression on the side of Kepler Crater

A closer view of the Kepler Crater

Ancient freeway, tunnel structure, or a double fault line?

Another unusual area showing bright spots and domes

Clementine mosaic showing a large dark area at the South Pole of the moon.

Clementine mosaic showing both the North and South poles of the moon. The discovery of a lake of ice at the South Pole was recently announced by the Pentagon.

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