Today he proudly announced a Picasa gallery which we can all admire -- the 223 figures from his new book, plus the front cover. I have a few comments. Numbers are his frame numbers.
4. I think his numbers are correct. It pains me to see a mixture of kg and miles. Perhaps I'm over-trained.
This illustrates opposition, but not perihelion. Perihelion and opposition are totally unrelated.
This illutrates conjunction, but not aphelion. Aphelion and conjunction are likewise totally unrelated.
Dr Stuart Robbins has hit his keyboard about this, producing a very informative blog making this terminology clear. Bara's snarky comments to Robbins in the captions to 7, 8, and 9 are so childish they make me reach for the vom-bag.
Let's be perfectly clear about this: If the orbit of Mars were perfectly circular, its distance from Earth would still be variable from 47 to 236 million miles. Bara is totally wrong.
30. I think I understand the intent of this diagram (stolen from Hoagland,) but lunar gravity is not shown by blue arrows anywhere. I guess it's the arrow labeled 12 micron/s/s but lunar gravity should also be shown on the opposite side. Centripetal acceleration should be the same on both sides. I hope his text makes this a lot clearer.
37. I like this one because it neatly falsifies Bara's contention that large eccentricities are common in the solar system. He takes this as support for the solar fission model, but it isn't true. If Pluto is disregarded, only one planet has eccentricity >0.1.
41. Much of Bara's artwork has copyvio problems, none more than this one. It's ripped off from solstation.com -- a site that clearly states that its data is free for personal use. NOT for commercial use, Mike Bara.
43. More flagrant copyvio.
63. Isn't this a perfect example of the pareidolia that Bara says doesn't exist?
74. A perfect match? No way.
77. Carl Sagan mis-spelled.
79. Nice to see Gil Levín getting some exposure, he deserves it. IT IS TOTALLY UNTRUE that NASA suppressed his findings. What part of "The Labeled Release data has been publicly available in its entirety on a NASA-sponsored web site for 30 years" doesn't Bara get?
82. Incorrect sky color. The best description of the color is "butterscotch."
86. Ridiculous. Just because the discoloring on the Mars rock reminds Bara of lichens, it doesn't mean it actually is lichen. More pareidolia.
90. Bad sky color again.
97. Extremely unconvincing.
101. The gentleman on the left is Jim Martin, Viking Project Manager, not Arden Albee.
NOTE: Bara has now (2nd Nov) removed Arden Albee's name in the online version.
114-117, and 128-133. This fantasy has been well debunked by better men than me.
124. I hope his text doesn't claim that Neptune's dark spot is at 19.5°. It isn't. It appeared at about 25°S then wandered north before disappearing completely. Then a new one appeared in the Northern hemisphere.
125. Olympus Mons isn't at 19.5° either. It's centered at 18.65°N.
153, 168. No, it doesn't look like a sphinx. It isn't a sphinx.
212. No, these don't look like structural ruins.
217. Hilarious. TOTALLY UNCONVINCING.