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The McDaniel Report
McDaniel Report Web Site
by Stanley V. McDaniel
Professor Emeritus and Former Chairman, Department of Philosophy, Sonoma State University

(Front Cover)


On Back Cover

The McDaniel Report

In preparation before the reported loss of the Mars Observer spacecraft on August 21, 1993, this thorough and detailed year-long study is an account of NASA's apparent failure to fulfill its legal, scientific, and ethical responsibilities to the American people by properly evaluating data researched by highly qualified independent investigators, and by assigning mission priorities accordingly. What this research implies could lead to an economic and scientific expansion of unprecedented proportions in the United States and other spacefareng nations. Yet against the background of this significant positive potential, NASA has been regularly giving members of Congress and the public false or misleading statements, leaving government leaders misinformed and unaware of the full story. In the near future, decisions will be made in Washington regarding the future of the space program. This study is a comprehensive briefing on the Martian potential for any government official or member of Congress involved in such decisions. The information in this report is highly relevant to future NASA missions, missions by other countries, and to the Mars Observer if communication with that craft is restored.

What Scientists Say about the McDaniel Report

  • "This important document makes a well-documented, quote-by-quote and letter-by-letter case that NASA chose scientifically inappropriate responses to the issue of Martian anomalies in the Cydonia region and the testing of the hypothesis that they might be artifacts ... The impact of verification of the hypothesis is so great that no simple, unique opportunity to test such ideas [e.g. high-resolution photography] should be overlooked. Testable, falsifiable, scientific hypotheses should be treated as such. Ridicule (which has been used by NASA spokespersons in connection with the Martian anomalies) should always be out of bounds in a scientific context."-Dr. Thomas Van Flandern, former Head, Celestial]Mechanics Branch, US Naval Observatory
  • "The analysis that DiPietro, Molenaar, Hoagland, Carlotto, Torun, and others have done on the two Viking Photographs taken of the Cydonia Region of Mars surrounding the Face is very intriguing and thorough. The claims based on this analysis are that these features are unlikely to be entirely due to natural erosive forces. This is an understatement of extraordinary magnitude."-Dr. Horace Crater, Professor of physics, The University of Tennessee Space Institute
  • "The so-called "Face on Mars" is unlike any natural feature I have ever seen or heard about. To ascribe this feature of such symmetry and uniqueness to 'wind erosion' is to plead a special case for a geologic process with no supporting evidence."-James Berkland, Certified Engineering Geologist, Former geologist for the US. Geological Survey and the US. Bureau of reclamation
  • "I am convinced that it is not only worthwhile, but extremely important, that the investigations into the Artificiality Hypothesis be continued utilizing the best techniques and resources available among the scientific community."-Dr. Robert M Schoch, Associate Professor of Science and Mathematics, College of General Studies, Boston University

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