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Excerpts From The Electric Universe
Part 7

The following is one of a series of excerpts from The Electric Universe, copyright © 2002, 2007 Wallace Thornhill and David Talbott and published by Mikamar Publishing. Reproduced with the kind permission of the authors and publisher.

Presented by Dave Smith
May 15, 2010
If electric cometary theory needed any more support than we have seen in this series, it was supplied when NASA slammed a copper projectile into comet Tempel 1 on the Deep Impact mission. Whilst most scientists were confronted with surprise after surprise, Wal Thornhill applied Electric Universe theory to predict what would be observed. Although his predictions were on public record before the event, they were met with an eerie silence by the scientific community.

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Deep Impact: The Smoking Gun

On July 4, 2005, one of the most watched events of the space age occurred, when an 820 pound copper projectile, fired from the Deep Impact spacecraft, struck the nucleus of Comet Tempel 1. The following is a partial summary of correct predictions for Deep Impact based on the electric comet model. Many of these predictions were made as early as October, 2001, and some on the eve of the event.133
Comet Tempel 1 energetic explosion
Comet Tempel 1 67 seconds after it obliterated Deep Impact's projectile. Light from the collision saturated the camera's detector. Scalloped craters can be seen.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UMD
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• Energy of Explosion. “More energy will be released than expected because of the electrical contributions of the comet.” It is now well documented that the scale of the energetic outburst stunned every scientist associated with the project. These scientists knew the kinetics of impact, and they all agreed that the explosion would be equivalent to 4.8 tons of TNT. That's a good-sized bomb, but not even close to what occurred.

• Advance flash. One of the authors, Wallace Thornhill, predicted at least one flash from electric discharge prior to impact. From the standard viewpoint, that is an absurd prediction when considering an impactor hitting a body at 37,000 km per hour in 'empty' space. But here is NASA investigator Peter Schultz's description of the event: “What you see is something really surprising. First, there is a small flash, then there's a delay, then there's a big flash and the whole thing breaks loose.”

• Missing Water. “An abundance of water on or below the surface of the nucleus (the underlying assumption of the 'dirty snowball' hypothesis) is unlikely.” “It's pretty clear that this event did not produce a gusher,” said SWAS principal investigator Gary Melnick of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. “The more optimistic predictions for water output from the impact haven't materialized….” (See information panel p. 94.)

• Sharp Surface Relief. “The model predicts a sculpted surface, distinguished by sharply defined craters, valleys, mesas, and ridges.” All of the expected features are present, and astronomers cannot agree on the cause, though all agree that Tempel 1 does not look like a melting snowball.
Comet Tempel1 surface arcing
The white areas on comet Tempel 1 are the cometary equivalent to "St. Elmo's fire" – coronal glow discharges sometimes observed dancing on high points in lightning storms on Earth. Similar, but more powerful arcs on Jupiter's moon Io produced 'whiteouts' that overloaded the Galileo probe camera and surprised the investigators.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL--Caltech/UMD
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• Surface Arcing. This prediction is, of course, inherent in the electric model. The highest resolution photographs of Tempel 1, taken by the impactor, show numerous unresolved and unexplained white spots (left), most located where the electrical hypothesis would put them—on the rims of craters and on the wall of cliffs rising above flat valley floors. Electrical etching continually expands valley floors by eating away at the sharp edges of surrounding cliffs.
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New jets on Comet Tempel 1
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• New Jets. Thornhill was the only one to have anticipated a shift in the arrangement, number, and the intensities of the jets away from the impact site. The 2.5-meter NOT telescope of the El Roque de los Muchachos observatory at La Palma, Spain released images just before impact and 15 hours after impact. The observatory report states, “New jets appeared after the impact.” No explanation has been given.

• Electrostatic Cleaning. Prediction: “electrical arcing and 'electrostatic cleaning' will clean the nucleus' surface, leaving little or no dust or debris on it.” The surface of Tempel 1 contrasts with the surface of the asteroid Itokawa (see following page). The asteroid appears to have attracted considerable surface debris electrostatically. We suggested an active comet would do the reverse. Removal of surface debris would then be analogous to the 'miraculous' cleaning of the solar panels of the Mars rover Opportunity.134

Deep Impact and Missing Water

Through much of the space age, comet investigators have been hoping to confirm the presence of water on comet nuclei. But it seems that comets have been unwilling to cooperate.

By the time of Deep Impact comet theory had fragmented into contradictory hypotheses, due in part to the lack of detectable water on cometary surfaces—a prerequisite of comet theory.

In 1986, visits to comet Halley by the European Giotto and Russian Vega probes failed to locate surface water and raised the distinct possibility that the nucleus might not be ejecting water into space.

In January 2004, the Stardust spacecraft passed by Comet Wild 2, identifying a dozen jets of material exploding from the nucleus. The craft plowed through surprisingly dense pockets of dust swirling around the comet, but investigators were astonished that they could not find even a trace of water on the surface, despite the energetic activity.

According to a NASA report, the flyby of Comet Borrelly by the Deep Space 1 craft in 2001 “detected no frozen water on its surface.”

When comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 broke apart, astronomers reasoned that the fractured nucleus would expose fresh ices that would sublimate furiously. So several ground-based telescopes and the Hubble Space Telescope trained their spectroscopes on the tails of the fragments of SL-9, looking for traces of volatile gases. None of the gases was found.
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When Comet Linear disintegrated in front of their eyes, astronomers were not just shocked by the event (a comet exploding many millions of kilometers from the Sun), they were astonished to find virtually no water in the immediate debris.

The absence of detectable water on comet nuclei had produced a crisis in comet theory well before Deep Impact. And that mission did nothing to rescue the theory. The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics summarized the early findings with the headline, “Deep Impact Was a Dust-up, Not a Gusher.” Smithsonian astronomers reported “only weak emission from water vapor and a host of other gases that were expected to erupt from the impact site. The most conspicuous feature of the blast was brightening due to sunlight scattered by the ejected dust.”

The results of the Deep Impact mission were published in the journal Science. Team members reported that they found only a smattering of water ice on the surface of Tempel 1. To account for the water supposedly emitted into the coma of Tempel 1, the investigators needed 200 times more exposed water ice than they could find. The electrical alternative faces no such dilemma (see information panel p. 94).
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