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Science in Ancient Artwork

PAKAL, THE MAYA ASTRONAUT:
A STUDY OF ANCIENT SPACE TRAVEL

by Charles William Johnson

PART: V


A Maya Lift-Off

The superficial view formed by integrating the separate images of the housing and the vehicle's motor portray and reflect a faithful representation of the event know as "lift-off", as we know it regarding a space vehicle rising above the earth's gravitational pull within our atmosphere. Let us now observe how the combined views may from a specific images of lift-off. First, let us observe the essential views of the housing and the motor.

THE SEPARATE VIEWS OF THE VEHICLE'S HOUSING AND MOTOR


The housing and motor as originally presented in a folded position

The housing as originally presented in a folded position

The motor as originally presented in a folded position

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Now, we may visualize Pakal himself seated atop the module's motor section, rising into space. The posture and inclination of Pakal's body now takes on a renewed meaning as the concept of movement seems to integrate his image with that of a new conceptualized moving vehicle.

PAKAL'S VEHICLE: A MAYA LIFT-OFF PORTRAYED

1995-2009 Copyrighted by Charles William Johnson

In one position, the housing might serve as a landing pad for a space module, while in the fully extended position, with locked braces, it might appear to represent a launching pad, similar to NASA's lunar module vehicle. There could be any number of intermediate positions involved in this design. A computer- assisted analysis might be able to explore such possibilities.

DISTINCT POSITIONS OF THE LANDING/LAUNCHING STAGES

1995-2009 Copyrighted by Charles William Johnson

1995-2009 Copyrighted by Charles William Johnson

Pakal: The Maya Astronaut

Part V

Pakal: A Comment

"Pakal, The Ancient Astronaut:
Paleoanimation of the Sculpture of the Maya at Palenque
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