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Researchers with The Mars Mission, an independent space research and policy group based just outside of New York city, have tentatively concluded that "an almost forgotten, 150-year-old physics experiment and subsequent theoretical explanation, carried out by the two acknowledged 'fathers' of modern physics -- English physicists Michael Faraday, and his successor, James Clerk Maxwell -- may in fact ultimately explain the bewildering loss of NASA's 'Tethered Satellite Experiment.' And Mars Mission associate, Dr. Bruce DePalma, a long-time investigator into Faraday's famed 'anomalous Homopolar Generator experiment,' may hold the key to what should now happen as a result of NASA's latest 'failure': a full-scale investigation of the real physics and potential of 'space power.'"

These ideas are offered by Mars Mission Founder and Principal Investigator, Richard C. Hoagland -- winner of the Angstrom Foundation's 1993 First International Angstrom Medal for Excellence in Science. (The Medal was awarded for Hoagland's continuing exploration of the little-known field of "hyperdimensional physics," and its technological implications.)

Hoagland's comments come as a result of what happened Sunday night, February 25; as the NASA/Italian tethered satellite" (TSS-1R) on the STS-75 mission was almost fully deployed -- 12 miles above the Columbia space shuttle: the "shoestring-sized tether" simply broke. The precise cause of this latest space agency PR problem, now under intensive investigation by NASA engineers and physicists, has created a lot of interest outside NASA in what happened... and a lot of theories to explain it.

But according to Hoagland:

"The break occured at sunset -- that's the major clue; in our model, NASA should find in its post-accident analysis a severe 'voltage spike'... which arced over to the shuttle [at the tower], and literally fried the tether -- which then just pulled apart... This was simply an extraordinary, if totally unplanned, major NASA experiment in '150-year-old hyperdimensional physics' -- as we see it."

And... this may not be the first time this has happened to a NASA spacecraft. Says Hoagland:

"The still unexplained "total nervous breakdown" of the unmanned Voyager 2 spacecraft -- just as it passed through the ring plane' of the planet Saturn, back in 1981 -- seems now to have been triggered (in our model) by similar 'anomalous major electrical forces.'" According to Hoagland's "hyperdimensional model": these extreme electrical conditions may have been directly experienced by Voyager 2 (as opposed to the 'lightning rod' protection of the shuttle, afforded by the tether). In Hoagland's model, Voyager simply flew too-close to the much more massive (and much more rapidly rotating) Saturn -- which exposed it directly to Saturn's more severe 'hyperdimensional environment.'

Says Hoagland:

"On this 'tethered satellite experiment' aboard the shuttle, according to NASA, rising voltages and electrical currents [in the slowly unreeling tether], even before it broke, apparently were significantly higher' than expected -- based on pre-mission NASA computer models. This is confirmed by post-accident official statements we've now seen, particularly those coming from Dr. Noble Stone [TSS-1R NASA Mission Scientist]. According to Stone, things in the data really pop out at you, that are [both] unexpected and unexplained... Electrons detected by the [TSS-1R] satellite, when current flowed in the tether, were much more energetic than expected [emphasis added].'"

Adds Hoagland:

"These phenomena, however, are just about what we would expect: if the tether and its attached satellite -- at over 17,000 miles per hour -- were in fact experiencing electrical forces totally unmodeled [by NASA] in its physics. We believe these forces may have been generated by processes identical -- but on a planetary scale -- to those in Faraday's own 'anomalous' rotating experiments, over 150 years ago... later, elegantly explained by Maxwell's little-known 'hyperdimensional mathematics.'"

According to DePalma (brother of the better-known Hollywood director), "...most physicists [today] are fully unaware of the [Faraday] phenomena of Homopolar Induction, consequently they could not imagine [an anomalous] voltage induced in a wire radial to the surface of the earth and rotating with it [emphasis added]..."

DePalma, whose own pioneering physics experiments 25 years ago at MIT and Harvard overwhelmingly confirmed the highly anomalous power-generation potential of the original Faraday experiments, subsequently has been attempting independently to perfect a practical "space power-generation technology," based on this revolutionary physics, for use right here on Earth -- a rapidly rotating technology (like a miniature planet) DePalma terms "the N-machine."

Perfection of such a technological breakthrough could literally unleash an almost unlimited supply of environmentally benign electrical power anywhere on Earth; NASA's inadvertent "test" of the Faraday/DePalma experiments with the space shuttle "tethered satellite experiment" -- if confirmed by the intensive NASA investigation now in process -- according to Hoagland:

"...should trigger a major NASA follow-up program on real space power generation, based on practical application of hyperdimensional physics' to millions of ordinary consumers here on Earth."

Hoagland then cautioned:

"Right now, NASA should not consider this experiment a failure; if we are right, the now Untethered Satellite' -- still trailing its 12-mile tether (pointed down toward the earth, because of gravity-gradient effects) -- should still be generating power. By continuing to radio back data from the satellite, as long as its battery power lasts, NASA engineers should be able to continue this priceless, large-scale hyperdimensional physics' experiment in space... and thus gain invaluable information on a practical power-generation technology to follow Faraday's and DePalma's pioneering experiments."

DePalma's most recent scientific paper on his continuing experiments was presented at the 26th Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference (IECEC), held in Boston, MA.: "Magnetism as a Distortion of a Pre-existent Primordial Energy Field and the Possibility of Extraction of Electrical Energy Directly from Space." This and other DePalma research papers are available (at cost) from The Mars Mission (122 Dodd St., Weehawken, NJ, 07087). Copies of Dr. DePalma's 1991 IECEC paper are also available in the Proceedings of the 1991 IECEC Meeting, American Nuclear Society, 55 North Kensington Avenue, La Grange Pak, Il, 60525.