18 July 2008, JellyBean @ 4:13 am

Noahs ArkA strange anomaly lies near the rugged volcanic rock on the northwest corner of Mount Ararat. At 15,300 feet above sea level, the anomaly is mostly buried under a permanent glacier. Many people believe that it is Noah’s Ark.

Now, three high-tech companies have joined up to investigate the 980 foot feature for evidence that it may be the remains of Noah’s Ark.

GeoEye, INTA Space Turk and the Satellite Imaging Corporation have melded their technologies for the investigation. Making use of IKONOS satellite imaging data, in 2002, Satellite Imaging Corp. created a 3D terrain model of the so-callled “Mt. Ararat anomoly”.

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“To be best of my knowledge, to date, only 2D satellite missions had been flown over the anomaly, not stereo missions,” explained Porcher Taylor, an associate professor at the University of Richmond’s School of Continuing Studies, in a press release.

Early next year the powerful GeoEye-1 satellite will be launched and this will provide additional data and resolution to the model. This will enable researchers to see greater detail of the anomaly.

The anomaly captured researchers attention due to its relatively smooth surface texture and unusual physical composition.
1949 photo
It was first filmed during a U.S. Air Force aerial reconnaissance mission in 1949 as an area of military interest. The film was given a routine classification of “secret” as were subsequent photographs taken in 1956, 1973, 1976, 1990 and 1992, by aircraft and satellites.

Six frames from the 1949 footage were released under the Freedom of Information Act to Porcher Taylor, a scholar at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies specializing in satellite intelligence and diplomacy, in 1995.

Reported ‘close encounters’

In 1970 an Armenian, Georgie Hagopian, claimed to have visited the Ark twice around 1908/1910 (1902 in another version) with his uncle. Hagopian claimed that he had climbed up onto the Ark and walked along its roof, and that many of his young friends had also claimed to have seen it.

Ed Davis, a US.. Army sergeant based at Hamadan in Iran during World War II, reported that he had climbed Mt. Ararat with his driver’s family in 1943. After three days of climbing, the group camped 100 feet above the Ark, and was able to look down into it but not to approach closely.

David Duckworth, a photographer with the Smithsonian, claimed to have seen photographs of the Ark and crates of artifacts being unloaded from a National Geographic expedition in 1968.

None of these ‘close encounters’ have been verified.

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