Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 Mercury Conspiracy Theory

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AT: Aliens block Mars

Phobos is a collection of planetary rubble

BBC News ‘10

(BBC News Staff Writer, March 4 2010, “Cloest Phobos flyby gathers data” http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8550362.stm 6/27/11 BLG)

No manmade object has ever been so near to the natural satellite. The approach is one of a series being made by Mex as it seeks to understand the origin of the moon. Previous flybys have indicated that Phobos has an extremely low density, suggesting that its surface probably hides many large interior voids. Scientists suspect the moon is simply a collection of planetary rubble that coalesced around the Red Planet sometime after its formation. The Mex latest measurements will test this idea further. Very precise radio doppler data was gathered during the pass which will provide additional information on the moon's gravity field. Knowing the gravity field will help scientists to better understand the distribution of mass inside the moon. Phobos is very slowly falling in towards Mars and tidal forces are expected to tear it apart one day. The European Space Agency's Mars Express satellite has been in orbit since 25 December 2003. It has made many discoveries including measurements of previously unrecognised methane in the planet's atmosphere.

***Flat Earth***

Flat Earth = No Space Travel

NASA is part of a conspiracy using their “space program” to uphold the premise that the Earth is round. Space travel is impossible and photos are doctored.

Jack W. Administrator Flat Earth Forums, 2008 (The Flat Earth Society, “Flat Earth FAQ”, Dec 12, http://www.theflatearthsociety.org/forum/index.php?topic=11211.0, Accessed: 6/22/11, SL)

Q: "What about satellites? How do they orbit the Earth?" A: Since sustained spaceflight is not possible, satellites cannot orbit the Earth. The signals we supposedly receive from them are either broadcast from towers or any number of possible pseudolites. However, temporary space-flight is possible. Space Exploration and Government Q: "NASA and other world space agencies have pictures of the Earth from space, and in those pictures the Earth is clearly a globe; in this day and age, hasn't it been proven beyond any doubt that the Earth is round?" A: NASA and the rest of the world's space agencies who claim to have been to space are involved in a Conspiracy to keep the shape of the Earth hidden. The pictures are faked using simple imaging software. Q: "Are you saying NASA had Photoshop in the 1960s?" A: Of course not. Back then the pictures taken were of far lower quality and were likely produced using analog means. Q: "Why has no one taken a photo of the Earth that proves it is flat?" A: Only those connected to the Conspiracy have access to heights from which the shape of the Earth can be discerned. Also, nobody has been to the edge of the Earth and lived; conditions on the Ice Wall get increasingly treacherous the further you get out, and navigation methods become unreliable that far south. It is also possible that the Conspiracy is guarding the edge to prevent people from getting too close to the truth. Q: "How did NASA create these images with the computer technology available at the time?" A: NASA did not send rockets into space; instead, they spent a fraction of their funding on developing increasingly advanced computers and imaging software to cover their lies. PLEASE NOTE: This means that pictures confirming the roundness or flatness of the Earth DO NOT CONSTITUTE VALID PROOF. Q: "What is the motive behind this Conspiracy?" A: Although their main objective can only be speculated upon, the most favored theory is that of financial gain. In a nutshell, it would logically cost much less to fake a space program than to actually have one, so those in on the Conspiracy profit from the funding NASA and other space agencies receive from the government. Q: "If you're not sure about the motive, why do you say there is a conspiracy?" A: Well it's quite simple really; if the Earth is in fact flat, then the space agencies must be lying when they say it isn't. Q: "No one could possibly pull off such a conspiracy successfully." A: Actually, they could. Q: "How are the world governments organized to carry out this conspiracy?" A: Only those governments with space agencies that have actually been to space and produced round pictures of the Earth need be in on the Conspiracy. And even in those cases only a limited number of people within those governments need necessarily be involved. For the most part, even those in the highest positions of these governments are probably unaware of the Conspiracy. Q: "Why has this site not been shut down by the government?" A: Not enough people take this site seriously for it to be perceived as a threat by those involved in the Conspiracy. Shutting it down, however, might open them up to suspicion. Q: "There's no way the government could possibly guard the entire Ice Wall! It would take too many men! Millions of men!" A: Not really. You could do it with a few hundred men and some basic equipment. But even so there's no reason to assume the Ice Wall is guarded; the harsh conditions of the region make it very difficult to reach anyway. Q: "Why is NASA's space shuttle runway curved?" A: It was specially constructed by NASA to be so. After all, NASA is at the heart of the conspiracy.
Earth is flat and covered by a dome – no space travel possible – oceans prove

Shenton, president of the Flat Earth Society, 1998 (Daniel, “Why the Earth is Flat,” The Flat Earth Society, http://www.alaska.net/~clund/e_djublonskopf/Flatearthsociety.htm, SL)

Water. Regardless of which train of thought you follow, it covers over seventy-five percent of our planet's surface. And the atmosphere, also a fluid, covers the entire surface. The difference is why. While flat-Earthers know that the ocean is really just a large bowl, (with great sheets of ice around the edges to hold the ocean back), and the atmosphere is contained by a large dome, the backwards "round-Earth" way of thinking would have you believe that all those trillions of gallons of water and air just "stick" to the planet's surface.

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