By accident or design? - An anthropologist found geometric
patterns by drawing lines between seven  "spires"  on moon
photo.   Peaks were revealed by their shadows.   Right,
rectangular "depression"


Scientist Sees a Pattern in Moon 'Spires'

   A number of moon 'spires' shown in a picture beamed to Pasadena by the Lunar Orbiter 2 spacecraft form a geometric pattern and appear similar to columns built by man, a Seattle anthropologist says.
William Blair, a member of the Boeing Company's, biotechnology unit, emphasizes he is not asserting that the spires are the work of a transitory intelligence, but be adds:

   "If such a complex of structures were photographed on earth, the archeologist's first order of business would be to inspect and excavate test trenches and thus validate whether the prospective site has archeological significance."

   Blair says that when he went over the photo with a compass and protractor he found that the spires formed a basic X, Y and Z right-angle coordinate system, six isosoles triangles and two axes consisting of three points each.

   The anthropologist also discovered in the photo, he says, what appears to be a large rectangular shaped depression or pit directly west of the largest spire, estimated to be as tall as 70 feet.

   Blair says the shadow cast by this depression seems to indicate four 90-degree angles and resembles the profile of an eroded pit structure.
   The moon spire photo was analysed by Blair the same way he once used aerial survey maps to look for possible prehistorical archeological sites in the southwest United States.
   In this work he would look for geometric patterns in earth structures because, he explains, "except for primitive, nomadic peoples, man tends to construct single and multiple structures in geometric forms."
   Most space scientists of the Boeing Co., which built Lunar Orbiter, believe the spires are the result of some geophysical event and they discount Blair's speculations.
   "There are many of  these rocks on the moon's surface," notes Dr, Richard V. Shorthill of the Boeing Scientiflc Research Laboratory, an expert on moon topography. "Pick some at random and you eventually will find a group that seems to conform to some kind of .pattern."

   But Blair replies:

   "If this same axiom were applied to the origin of such surface features on earth, more than half of the present known Aztec and Mayan architecture would still be under tree and bush studded depressions - the result of natural geophysical processes.

   'The, science of archeology would have never been developed, and most of the present knowledge of man's physical evolution would still  be a mystery."

   The moon spire photo was released by.the National Aeronautics and Space Administration last Nov.22.