INTO THE UNKNOWN
"The greater the knowledge, the keener the pain". Though the world's dreameri are sufficiently endowed with knowledge of a transcendent order, they are denied knowledge of the price their dreams will exact. Perhaps it is well that such is the case; otherwise the world might never learn of the dreams.
As the dreamer of 1926-27 could not foresee the flagellation his dream would inflict, neither could he anticipate the stupendous forces to be mustered for his drpam's con-firmation. It was almost twenty years to a day, in October, 1946, when the most powerful force for confirmation began to (unction beyond his most ardent expectations. It brought realization of his hopes of twenty years before, when he had visited another of tne world's pioneering eccentrics in the person of Dr. Robert Goddard at Clark University at Wor-cester, Massachusetts. Dr. Goddard was then painstakingly experimenting with rocket construction in his cell-like laboratory at the university. He too was denied funds for the perfection of his particular dream. And he heard the customary mockery reserved for dreamers of all ages.
Though there was then realized the possibilities of Physical Continuity's confirmation through the medium of the rocket, there was little expectation of the rocket's early per-fection and the extraordinary part it was destined to play in procuring confirming data. Hence there was unrestrained enthusiasm when, in October, 1946, the U.S. Naval Research Bureau's V-2 Rocket was sensationally projected into the perpetual stratosphere darkness beyond the sky enveloping the desert community of White Sands, New Mexico. There, at the altitude of sixty-five miles, its camera developed from the terrestrial sky area being photographed an undeniable replica of that which had been described as early as 1927.
That original photograph over White Sands conformed in almost every respect with the revolutionary drawing of 1930. The only difference was that the rocket's drift devel-oped an angle view of the disk areas presented by the drawing. Had the photograph been on the perpendicular, there would have been developed one of the drawing's luminous disk areas. That original 1930 drawing of terrestrial sky-light illusions has been reproduced as Figure 4. It merits reader observation and study, because it is the key for realizing factual Universe values.
The U.S. Navy's rocket camera photographs proved that any camera lens at sufficient stratosphere altitude will show every photographed outer sky area of the Earth as a luminous and deceptively globular and isolated entity, or "body". The photograph contains an angle view of the disk; a photograph on the perpendicular would show one of the assumed "isolated bodies" tclescopieally observed of the celestial. It pro\-ed the illusion in centuries of astronomical observation of the universe about us, for the luminous disk surface area must impose the delusion of an isolated globular "body."
In the light of such sensational rocket-camera performance within infinity's dark stratosphere corridor, high hope was held for the photograph's influence. It was reasonably believed that the photograph would arouse the lethargic guardians of the mathematical Universe and afford realization of the sky-light illusions of the ages. However, in spite of such memorable achievement, there was no apparent awakening of the self-appointed arbiters of the Universe pattern. Tneir evident lack of discernment accentuated the Christly dictum: "None are so bhnd as they who will not see". Accordingly, even as the remorseless truth of previous unorthodox disclosure was presented, the gtobular misconception caused the development of a series of misinterpretations of that photograph and others that followed. The isinterpretations represent forlorn attempts to keep intact the fallacious mental portrait of a mathematically isolated globe Earth. Though stratosphere photographs of terrestrial outer skv areas hold abundant proof that globularity and isolation are illusory, their message is too profound for understanding and acceptance.
"My truth is the truth". So say we all. It is sacred, and it must be preserved, even though it contradicts fact Hence to escape the reality which would dethrone the accepted truth, the terrestrial sky-area photograph at sixty-five miles was concluded to be an area of the distant celestial. That conclusion, though lacking foundation, stemmed from the assumption that the rocket camera had tilted as the rocket, reaching its flight limit in the stratosphere, turned and began its descent, and the first photograph was assumed to be a segment of a celestial "globe body" millions of miles away.
The fact remains that the camera need not have tilted, as assumed Hie mere turning of the rocket in its gliding, or drifting, descent would have caused the camera to record at an angle the globular terrestrial sky area which the rocket was approaching. Subsequent photographs over the same terrestrial sky area confirmed the latter conclusion.
It is readily perceived that in the rocket's turning the camera lens could not reproduce the entire terrestrial sky area as it would have been photographed on the perpendicular. Hence at the second of rocket tiiming only an arc of the completed disk sky area could be detected by the lens. It resulted in an incomplete disk area being shown. (One should not confuse such a view of a completed disk with Profesor Piccard's earlier photofraph, which held an incomplete upturned disk) The camera lens's function was not changed. It was developing a disk through detection at an angle. Thereafter, it was compelled to produce only angles of a disk because the rocket continued to drift. There was no chance for a perpendicular photograph of the sky area. Had there been, the photographs after rocket turning would have shown a complete disk area comparable to those of Figure 4. Naturally, when any one of such disk areas is detected, it must deceptively appear to be isolated. There must appear to be space between the disk sky areas. That is what provides the basis for the isolation misconception.
The lens that was capable of converging luminous terrestrial sky area at a distance of hiry-fivc miles was therefore assumed to have photographed a celestial area assumed tu be millions of miles away. Very interesting.
To avoid any possibility of confusion, let us assert thai the figure fifty-five miles is accurate. Though the rocket's altitude was sixty-five miles, it was only fifty-five miles from the outer sky surface being photographed. The distance from the Earth's surface to the sky is from seven to teu miles; the ten-mile figure is utilized here for convenience, and the difference between seven and ten miles has little or no meaning for the illustration.
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