Mark J Carlotto

mark_carlottoMark analyzed the movements of the UFO from Space Shuttle Discovery’s 1991 encounter and concluded that brief firings from shuttle thruster rockets that were acting on nearby debris particles could not explain the prolonged acceleration; however the smooth acceleration can be explained by atmospheric drag on microscopic ice particles. He also noted that, when the camera pointed down, one of the many objects appearing below seemed to consist of three lobes arranged in a triangular pattern.

Mark J. Carlotto is an image scientist with 30 years of experience in satellite remote sensing and digital image processing. From 1972 to 1981 he studied optics, signal and image processing at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he received B.S., M.S., and Ph. D. degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1977, 1979, and 1981. Dr. Carlotto has held several positions in academia and industry. From 1981 to 1993 he was a senior member of the technical staff at the Analytic Sciences Corporation. During the period from 1981 to 1983 he was also an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the College of Engineering at Boston University. Currently he is a senior staff scientist with General Dynamics. Dr. Carlotto has published a number of technical and scientific papers in the areas of image processing, pattern recognition, remote sensing, geographic information systems, artificial intelligence applications, and optical computing.

Dr. Carlotto has also studied a variety of anomalous phenomena. His first book, The Martian Enigmas (North Atlantic Books, 1996), describes in detail his analysis of imagery of the Face and other unusual objects on the surface of Mars imaged by a Viking Orbiter spacecraft in 1976. He was also a major contributor to The Case for the Face (Adventures Unlimited Press, 1998) which contained a collection of papers related to the search for life on Mars. He edited and published New Frontiers in Science, an on-line peer-reviewed journal devoted to the study of anomalous phenomena. His latest book, The Cydonia Controversy (LuLu, 2008) discusses the history, science, and implications of the potential discovery of archaeological ruins in the Cydonia of Mars.

His work has been reported in New Scientist, Omni, and Newsweek, and has appeared in several television programs including Carl Sagan’s Cosmos series, Sci Fi Channel’s Inside Space, Sightings, and History’s Mysteries Life on Mars episode.

Dr. Carlotto has authored/coauthored the following peer-reviewed papers related to Mars and anomalous phenomena:

  • Mark J. Carlotto, “Detecting Patterns of a Technological Intelligence in Remotely-Sensed Imagery,” J. British Interplanetary Soc., Vol. 60, pp 28-39, 2007.
  • Mark Carlotto, “Enigmatic Landforms in Cydonia: Geospatial Anisotropies, Bilateral Symmetries, and Their Correlations,”Sixth International Conference on Mars, Pasadena, CA, July 20-25, 2003.
  • Mark. J. Carlotto, Horace W. Crater, James L. Erjavec, and Stanley V. McDaniel, “Response to Geomorphology of Selected Massifs On the Plains of Cydonia, Mars by David Pieri,” Journal of Scientific Exploration, Vol. 13, No. 3, 1999.
  • Mark J. Carlotto, “Evidence in Support of the Hypothesis that Certain Objects on Mars are Artificial in Origin,” Journal of Scientific Exploration, Vol. 11, No. 2, 1997.
  • Mark J. Carlotto, “Digital video analysis of anomalous space objects,” Journal of Scientific Exploration, Vol. 9. No. 1, July 1995.
  • Mark J. Carlotto, “Digital image analysis of possible extraterrestrial artifacts on Mars,” Digital Signal Processing, April 1993. (Invited Paper)
  • Mark J. Carlotto and Michael C. Stein, “A method for searching for artificial objects on planetary surfaces,” Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, Vol. 43, pp 209-216, 1990.
  • Mark J. Carlotto, “Digital imagery analysis of unusual Martian surface features,” Applied Optics, Vol. 27, No. 10, May 15, 1988.

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