Exposing PseudoAstronomy

October 1, 2012

Podcast Episode 52: The Mystery of Phobos 2


The year was 1989, and the second of a twin spacecraft – the first having failed two months after launch – was close to its target: Mars’ moon, Phobos. Just before it was to launch its two landers to study the surface of the moon, something went wrong, and all contact was lost. The last image it sent back just before it lost contact was of a thin, cylindrical object — a UFO mothership — that must have blasted it out of the sky to hide from the Earthlings the closely-guared Illuminati secret that Phobos is actually a gigantic spaceship.

… or at least, that’s what they want you to believe.

Episode 52 addresses the “mystery” of the Phobos 2 spacecraft, and the conspiracy story that has been put together over the years that I relayed above.

Besides the somewhat shorter main segment, there are two New News items, Feedback, Puzzler (answer, no new one), and one tiny Announcement. Next episode should go up on or about October 16.

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9 Comments »

  1. Put the blame on Dr.Iosif Samuilovich Shklovsky & Carl Sagan, for this one ;)

    Comment by Tara Jordan — October 2, 2012 @ 12:13 am | Reply

  2. I don’t think Sagan had anything to do with it. Found a series of papers by Shklovskii, where he talks about Deimos and Phobos, then goes on to claim the second moon is hollow, and therefore, artificial. No mention of Sagan anywhere in those. Here’s the website: http://earthsbanner.com/shklovskii/Shklovskii.html

    Unfortunately, almost all the websites I found are conspiracy theory ones, so any information from them is suspect. Anyone have any suggestions for scientific sites that talk about Phobos beyond basic facts?

    Comment by Rick K. — October 2, 2012 @ 2:11 pm | Reply

    • I think you’d probably have to start to dig into the scientific literature for that. There’s plenty from the last few decades, but it’s not a hugely active area of research.

      Comment by Stuart Robbins — October 2, 2012 @ 2:16 pm | Reply

    • il faut prendre le temps de rigoler de temps en temps ;)

      Comment by Tara Jordan — October 2, 2012 @ 3:09 pm | Reply

      • C’est quand-meme assez facile de rigoler à Richard Hoagland, qui insiste que Phobos est un vaisseau spatiale.

        Comment by Expat — October 2, 2012 @ 4:53 pm

    • You might find “The origin of the Martian moons revisited” ( http://www.springerlink.com/content/q4783536445623t6/ ) a good start.

      Comment by Armagh Planetarium (@ArmaghPlanet) — October 3, 2012 @ 2:37 am | Reply

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