An image decoded from the Rendlesham binary code

William C. Treurniet, January, 2011

Summary. During the 1980 Rendlesham Forest UFO event, Sgt. James Penniston experienced a telepathic download of binary data when he came in contact with what appeared to be a strange craft. He was able later to write down the information in a notebook. This recently revealed data can be decoded to show an initial short phrase of ASCII encoded words, with the rest being uninterpretable. However, when the data is processed with an image decoding algorithm found in the 2010 Wilton Windmill crop formation, a recognizable image is obtained. The image appears to correspond to a description of beings offered by Larry Warren who was present during the event in 1980. The algorithm also decoded recognizable images from both the Wilton Windmill and 2002 Crabwood crop formations. The pattern of events suggests that the images given to us over the years were intended to be seen only after 2010 when the decoding algorithm was specified.

A well-known encounter with UFOs occurred during two or three nights just after Christmas, 1980, in southern England. Mysterious lights seen in Rendlesham Forest were investigated by personnel from the American military base at Bentwaters. A good description of the reported events may be found in Richard Dolan's book, UFOs & the National Security State, Vol II. Online sources that describe the case may be found here, here, and here.

During the first night of the event, Sgt. James Penniston was among a small group of people from the military base who encountered a strange glowing object on the ground. Penniston approached the object and touched it with his hand, and when he did so, the object increased in brightness. Almost 30 years later, he revealed that he then experienced telepathic communication with the object. He learned that the object was from our future and was involved in a project to save future humanity from genetic degradation. He also received a download of information into his mind, and this information was encoded in a binary format. The information persisted in his mind until he wrote it down in his notebook after returning home.

Recently, the first five pages of the notebook were released to the public via the Earthfiles site. The information consists of a long sequence of 1's and 0's. The transcribed data may be seen in this file. When the sequence is treated as a continuous stream of 8-bit ASCII character codes, the following characters are obtained. Of course, any unprintable characters would not be shown.

EXPLORATIONOGHUMANITY6lÙÁ‰��©‘�É¡‘©™’q‰™‰™‰‘±Êºzr¢INUOUSQ“Ô”S‘UT–PQ�S‡"BŒ�URTHCOODINATECONTINUOTUQS�ت HH¨ÉêH²

Some embedded words are interpretable, but the text as a whole does not make much sense. Either there were errors in the transcriptions of the binary code, or it should be interpreted in a different way.

Perhaps the data can be interpreted as an image. An image decoding algorithm was discovered in the Wilton Windmill crop formation that appeared in May, 2010. As many as four recognizable images were successfully decoded from this formation. The algorithm was also applied to the 2002 Crabwood formation which yielded a single recognizable image.

The Wilton Windmill formation is best known for representing an almost correct form of the Euler formula, but it also contained a text string interpreted as the image decoding algorithm. The string was understood to mean "see the image decoded using 9x9 arrays of bytes with bits inverted". A sequence of bits from the formation that included the represention of the text strings was then decoded in different ways to produce four separate images. Two of these images were bipedal stick figures showing a friendly wave.

The Crabwood crop formation contains a bit sequence that had already been decoded as a text string. The same data was decoded with the Wilton Windmill algorithm as a recognizable image of a bipedal figure extending a 3-fingered hand.

In each formation, the bits were arranged in such a way that both readable text and meaningful images were represented. Small errors and arbitrary case changes in the text could have been intentional in order to encode the images more accurately.

The same decoding algorithm can be applied to the Penniston binary code as well. When treated as a sequence of ASCII characters, the code gave an initial short sequence of recognizable text, i.e., "EXPLORATIONOGHUMANITY", which can be interpreted to mean "Exploration of humanity". The remainder of the decoded string contained parts of English words which are generally meaningless. Perhaps the initial text was meant to signal the proper beginning of image data if that were the primary purpose of the download.

The left pane of Figure 1 shows the image decoded from Penniston's binary code using the algorithm given by the Wilton Windmill crop formation. The image was smoothed with a Gaussian filter to remove high frequency components introduced by the drawing method. The smoothed version is shown on the right.

   
Figure 1. Image obtained from Penniston's binary code. 

Like many crop formations, the interpretation of the pattern in Figure 1 may be idiosyncratic. An obvious interpretation is the profile of something like a sitting cat or dog facing left with its tail curled up over its back on the right. For those having difficulty seeing this interpretation, elements of the body are labeled in Figure 2.

 
Figure 2. An interpretation of the image in Figure 1. 

It is interesting to compare this image to the observations of Larry Warren, a member of the USAF Security Police present during the event some time after Penniston's experience. Warren (Warren and Robbins, 2005, p. 47) saw the appearance of a bright bluish ball of light moving slowly just off the ground before stopping. Inside the ball were beings that looked initially like children. However, Warren could tell by their large heads and 'catlike' black eyes that these were not human beings. He could not make out any other facial features, but noticed their bright, almost silvery clothing. The beings appeared to be communicating silently with Wing Commander, Colonel Gordon Williams, who was also present.

Warren's description is somewhat consistent with the being represented in the image. The image shows a large head, about half the height of the whole figure, with a prominent dark eye. The reference to a 'catlike' eye is reinforced by the presence of the catlike snout and long tail curled over the back of the being. These correspondences suggest that Penniston may have received an encoded image of the being seen later by Warren.

Comments on the Big Picture

There is a common thread that ties together the Rendlesham Forest UFO sightings, the Crabwood crop formation, and the Wilton Windmill crop formation. That is, one decoding algorithm extracted recognizable images from the three different bit streams obtained from the events. Further, all of the decoded images appear to represent living beings. For ease of comparison, the images are shown in Figure 3 in the order in which they were given to us.

1980 2002 2010 2010 2010 2010
           
1 2 3 4 5 6
Figure 3. All of the images decoded with the 2010 Wilton Windmill algorithm. 

Image 1 shows the form of a being similar to that observed in Rendlesham Forest in 1980. It appeared to be communicating telepathically with the USAF Wing Commander. Image 2 shows the form of a biped extending a three-fingered hand toward us, perhaps in greeting. Images 3 and 4 also show a bipedal figure with a hand apparently raised in greeting. Image 5 was interpreted as the head and shoulders of a rabbit-like figure. Image 6 was recognized as the front view of a helmeted or long-haired child riding a tricycle.

The images appear to be representations of other forms of life around us, some familiar and some not. Warren's account suggests that alien beings have been communicating directly with select people on earth, at least since 1980. Perhaps tentative communication with a wider audience began in 2002 via the decoded Images 2-4 from the Crabwood and Wilton Windmill crop formations, as well as the portrait displayed as crop art in the Crabwood formation. All appear to offer greetings. The rabbit figure in Image 5 may possibly represent yet another intelligent life form. To be consistent with the other images, the dark spot at the bottom of the image might conceivably be a greeting from an extended paw. Alternatively, the rabbit and the child on a tricycle may merely be symbols intended to promote a non-threatening atmosphere.

Finally, some might wonder if all the images were staged as an entirely human project, given the controversy over who the makers of crop formations might be. There are several reasons why this is unlikely. In particular, the crop formations would have been difficult to design in that the same set of bits represent both a text message and one to four images. At the very least, this is a mathematical optimization problem requiring sophisticated resources to solve. Further, the construction of the complex Crabwood formation in a short time would have required extraordinary construction techniques and technology. Even if these problems could have been solved by human ingenuity, the Rendlesham episode could not have been staged by human conspirators. The displayed technology was too different from human capabilities, and non-human entities were observed. It follows, then, that the Crabwood and Wilton Windmill crop formations were not created by humans either, since all are connected by the common image decoding algorithm.

Bibliography

Dolan, R.M. UFOs & the National Security State: The Cover-up Exposed, 1973-1991. Keyhole Publishing Co., Rochester, NY, 2009.

Warren, L. and Robbins, P. Left at East Gate. Cosimo, New York, NY, 2005.

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