Mr. Efrain Palermo

Efrain Palermo, while browsing through the Mars images on the NASA web site from the Mars Global Surveyor, noted dark dust streaks on some images. He read NASA's explanation for them but was not satisfied with the official explanation that they were just dust slides. At the suggestion of researcher Richard C. Hoagland, Mr. Palermo plotted the images and mapped them. After gleaning through thousands of images, he came up with a startling map which led to the discovery that the streaks were all close to and clustering about 180 degrees about along the Martian equator. With this data it became reasonable to consider that these streaks may be water related. Mr. Palermo has published his findings, along with his colleagues Jill England, Lan Fleming and Harry Moore ( a geologist). His findings were presented to the Mars Society Annual Convention in Stanford in Aug. 2001, and his findings and conclusions were well received. Mr. Palermo has also presented his findings to the Seattle chapter of the National Space Society (NSS) and most recently at a weekend Seed Open University Richard Hoagland Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In the last year or so, more and more scientists have been paying attention to the streaks. Dr. David Whitehouse, Science Editor of the BBC Online recently wrote an article about University of Oregon research which confirms the original Hoagland research and the Palermo work, however, Dr. Whitehouse did not credit Hoagland or Palermo with any of their work. These stains and seeps, along with an understanding of their meaning, were first discovered by Richard C. Hoagland. Richard Hoagland's initial work in this specific area was published in July 2000. Visiting these websites to see these stains and read the research either before or during the listening of this program will be most helpful:;

Broadcast 106 (Special Edition)

Efrain Palermo was The Space Show guest for Sunday, March 23, 2003. Mr. Palermo, an amateur astronomer, discusses possible water stains on Mars and what this means for future Mars exploration, a human to Mars mission, and the plausibility of life on Mars. We also discuss possible Mars commercial ventures and being recognized in the academic community for one's original research and work.

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