The Dirty Secret Rotation Experiment
Written By: The Electric Warrior
THE "DIRTY SECRET" ROTATION EXPERIMENT
image: "Dirty Secret" NASA Image Rotation
(The Electric Warrior) - Independent researchers
find that image data described as "smoking gun"
evidence for a full-scale subterranean cityscape on
Mars has been tampered with.
The controversial image involves a claim by The
Enterprise Mission that data confirming
extraterrestrial life was leaked to them under
mysterious circumstances. The Electric Warrior has
learned that the suspicious data file was in all
likelihood already altered when acquired by one of
Team Enterprise’s lead investigators, known to the
Mars anomaly community as Bullitt.
Here’s an easy experiment for you imaging
specialists to try at home. Import the official
NASA/ASU pre-release image 20020724A into your
favorite image editor. This is the image file which
TEM asserts is a hoax. Apply a 0.1% rotation to the
left, and check the perimeter of your newly rotated
image. You should see a blank space top left, and
another one like it bottom right.
The blank space seen across the top of the image
that accompanies this article shows the result of
rotating NASA’s data. This image is a zoom from the
top of the leftmost image in a set of images that
contains IR data collected by the Odyssey spacecraft
image: TEM Image Enhancement Reveals Rotation
The second image prepared for this article shows
that the image which TEM touts as "real" or authentic
NASA data bears a strong resemblance to The Electric
Warrior’s "Dirty Secret" rotation experiment.
According to online Q&A between Bullitt and
independent Mars anomalists, TEM’s "real" TIFF data
was already rotated when acquired. Bullitt passed
along a JPEG version of what is now described as the
"original" or unprocessed TEM source data to Anomalous
Images (AI). A new online article published by AI
describes the image as rotated.
Bullitt provided untouched copies of what he
acquired to key investigators. And if Bullitt didn’t
rotate the image, it was rotated when he got it.
EW’s version of the TEM data is not the same as that
acquired by Anomalous Images. Rather, it is an
enhanced version of TEM’s alleged "real" TIFF data,
widely disseminated following a talk radio broadcast
in which principal investigator Richard C. Hoagland
announced his latest bombastic evidence.
The contrast enhancement of TEM’s image reveals a
mysterious dark gray shadow already reported by this
blog. The shadow masks the data rotation by filling
in the blank space we saw with the "Dirty Secret"
rotation. The shadow runs all the way along the top
of TEM’s "real" data, getting progressively thinner,
until it disappears toward the top right edge.
THE HALF-PERCENT DATA REDUCTION
The image rotation and the dark gray line that cuts
across both images and plain black background are a
clear indication of tampering, an obvious clue left
by the hoaxer as a hint that there is something wrong
with the overall TEM image. If you’re still having
trouble with that, consider the half-percent data
reduction between the NASA/ASU and TEM versions of
The data reduction isn’t hard to understand, has
nothing to do with image compression, and you don’t
even have to conduct another experiment to see for
yourself. All you have to do is check both NASA/ASU
and TEM versions of the file and observe that the
pixel resolution for the NASA/ASU version is 4036x1991,
whereas the pixel resolution for the TEM version is
4036x1990. That’s a loss of 4036 pixels and a 0.5%
data reduction for the version that TEM calls
What does this mean? It does not mean that the
overall image was resized or compressed to fit a
slightly smaller image resolution. That would be a
data reduction that even TEM apologists would have
a hard time shrugging off, and one that Richard
Hoagland wouldn’t want to explain.
Imagine a classic pie-chart diagram with a half-
percent slice cut out of it. That half-percent
slice would necessarily cut across image data.
Extending our pie-slice analogy, that half-percent
of data was not actually cut out of the whole pie,
but rather cut away from the crust.
Those of you who remember the blank space along the
bottom edge of the "Dirty Secret" image rotation
have probably guessed that there is a 1x4036 row of
pixels cropped away from the bottom of the rotated
TEM image. The image hoaxer cut a line of pixels
from the bottom of the TEM image to hide the rotation.
The bottom edge of the tampered-with TEM image has a
plain black background, just like the full size
Try it yourself. Removing the bottom line of pixels
from the "Dirty Secret" rotation image will
adequately conceal evidence of rotation by simply
cutting it out of the picture. No need for a messy
dark shadow along the bottom edge. That’s why the
TEM image is only 1990 pixels high.
THE RISE OF THE TEM APOLOGISTS
While TEM apologists cling tenaciously to the hope
that the data is still valid and points to a bona
fide city on Mars, The Electric Warrior suggests
that the image rotation and data crop are way "out
of spec" for an image ostensibly from NASA or the
Arizona State University THEMIS team. Don’t you
suppose that the folks at ASU have Quality Assurance
standards that would prevent them from releasing
such an obviously flawed image?
TEM apologists are already floating the idea that
NASA passed questionable data to TEM in a valiant,
if slipshod, effort to expose the truth about a
speculative extraterrestrial civilization on Mars.
It remains to be seen whether The Enterprise Mission
seizes upon this new information and casts it as
case for plausible deniability. As my online
colleague, Mac Tonnies of the Cydonia Imperative has
written, this isn’t the first time that "smoking gun"
evidence for artificial structures on Mars has been
offered by TEM.
If the hoaxer had simply cropped off the top edge
of the TEM data, in the same way the bottom was
cropped, the image tampering would have cut away
part of the THEMIS data, and researchers working
with the IR data would have noticed. The show would
be over. You wouldn’t be reading this article.
Mac is really much better than I am at explaining
the dramatic cloak-and-dagger aspects of The
Enterprise Mission’s online antics. At least he
makes them sound interesting. So, if there’s another
dramatic plot twist to explain the Dirty Secret
Rotation and the Half-Percent Data Reduction, maybe
the Cydonian Imperative will want to take a shot at
Tale of Two Images: Proof the Enterprise Image was Hoaxed
(Anomalous Images) - This TEM / Laney image used in
this test was saved as a zero compression greyscale
jpeg from a copy of the original tiff Keith Laney
downloaded before applying a Gaussian blur. Hoagland
has since used the Laney-blurred image as proof of
buried ruins of an ancient civliization spanning the
entire IR strip. I sincerely hope that this
presentation will put to rest this hoax once and for
all, so we can return to finding the real anomalies
The Enterprise Mission and the Anatomy of Credulity
(The Cydonian Imperative) - TEM’s appeal is
comparable to that of "The X-Files"--which,
interestingly, TEM occasionally uses as a source.
As entertainment, TEM fills a void with its
inimitable formula of paranoia and science; Hoagland
and Bara have created a thoroughly postmodern venue
in which fact and fiction are broken down into pixels
and liberally blended. TEM’s role is seated more in
myth-making than "science" in any conventional usage
of the word.
THE ELECTRIC WARRIOR
September 27, 2002
Silicon Valley, CA