6.8 – ALIENS & THE RED PLANET (2.21.14)

LIFE & DEATH ON MARS [9c]

Teotihuacan, Mexico. In 2003, archaeologists in this ancient city made a startling discovery. A previously unknown tunnel lies 45 feet beneath the Temple of the Feathered Serpent, one of the most sacred pyramids on the continent. Working underground, scientists methodically explored the debris-filled tunnel using a robotic probe with an infrared scanner. After some 250 feet, they reached a side-cave.

“The tail end of the tunnel, terminus of the tunnel, was loaded with, um, yellowish metallic-looking orbs, apparently colored clay.”

John Brandenburg, Ph.D.
(Plasma Physicist, Orbital Technologies),
(Author, Life and Death on Mars)

“The orbs are very interesting objects. I’ve never seen anything like them in any kind of other archaeological context. On the inside, they are clay. On the outside, they’re coated with some sort of gold flecks, so they look like golden balls.”

Edwin Barnhart, Ph.D. (Archaeologist/Dir., Maya Exploration Ctr)

What purpose these golden balls served is unknown, but some archaeologists believe the cavern in which they were found was a place of sacred ritual. Like the clay balls, the walls were also covered in gold flecks, so if the cavern illuminated it with a torch during a ceremony, the cavern would have shimmered with a thousand points of light, resembling the cosmos.

“These beautiful orbs of yellow material strongly suggests that someone was illustrating planets. We do know that the Mayan calendar is heavily calibrated to the orbital parameters of the planets in our solar system, specifically the inner planets.”

David Wilcock (Author/Filmmaker),
(Author, The Source Field Investigations),
(The Synchronicity Key)

The red planet’s connection to the Mayan calendar is portrayed in The Dresden Codex. This rare book from Mayan antiquity describes the calendar in relation to Mars’ movements across the sky.

“The Dresden Codex is one of four remaining books that the Maya wrote. It is, in many regards, an astronomical almanac. There are many different sections of the book that talk about different astronomical phenomena. One of them is the planet Mars. There is an almanac near the end of the book, that breaks up days into ten groups of 78 days equaling 780 days, which is the cyanotic period of Mars, in other words, the time in which it takes Mars to get back to the same place on the horizon from a human perspective.”

Edwin Barnhart, Ph.D.

(Archaeologist/Dir., Maya Exploration Ctr)

Scholars believe Mars played an important role in the Maya astrology that’s described in The Dresden Codex.

“Above that almanac is a sky band shown with various aspects of celestial symbols we recognize out of hieroglyphs, and hanging off of it is this interesting dragon-like creature.  That dragon-like creature is recognized as the face of Mars.”

Edwin Barnhart, Ph.D.

(Archaeologist/Dir., Maya Exploration Ctr)

Why did the planet Mars feature so prominently in Maya astronomy? Ancient Astronaut Theorists suggest the answer may be found in a little-known myth surrounding the story of the feathered serpent god, whose temple sits above the secret tunnel that contains the golden orbs.

“In the Mayan tradition, their great god, often pictured as a feathered serpent, was said to have been responsible for the death of the god of Mars, flayed him to death. That’s stripping off the skin. It’s a horrific ritual that was actually done in other ways in that culture, but the idea is death by that means absorbs the power of the enemy. But the name of their god also is associated with the comets.”

– Jonathan Young, Ph.D.
(Founding Curator, Joseph Campbell Archives)

“There are certain drawings that show comets that look like they have feathers coming off the back. The flames are depicted as feathers. And some scholars believe there’s a connection between the look of the flying feathered serpent and these comets.”

Edwin Barnhart, Ph.D.

(Archaeologist/Dir., Maya Exploration Ctr)

Is it possible that the Mayan myth of the feathered serpent describes an actual event, a cataclysmic comet strike that destroyed the Martian atmosphere? After studying the red planet for decades, mainstream scientists admit it’s entirely possible this impact occurred on Mars in the distant past.

“If you look at the Martian landscape, it is heavily cratered compared to Earth. Mars is next to the asteroid belt. In fact, in some ways, it defines the inner edge of the asteroid belt. So, Mars is constantly being hammered by asteroids relative to earth.”

John Brandenburg, Ph.D.
(Plasma Physicist, Orbital Technologies),
(Author, Life and Death on Mars)

“You always have the risk, and of course we’ve seen it here on Earth, of having large asteroids or comets hit the planet and cause tremendous ecological damage. The most famous example of that is the Chicxulub asteroid that may or may not have been the final nail in the dinosaurs’ coffin. And certainly, that could’ve happened at Mars because it doesn’t have a large moon to help shield the planet and possibly deflect asteroids.”

– Robert H. Frisbee, Ph.D.
(Propulsion Systems Engineer, NASA JPL, Ret.)

In his book, Life and Death on Mars, physicist John Brandenburg describes an impact crater in the Lyot region of Mars that’s more than 125 miles in diameter. He believes this comet strike may have caused a profound disruption to Mars’ planetary system.

“It’s a large double-ring crater. This happened to a planet that only gets half the sunlight of earth and has one quarter of the surface area, so this would have been an absolutely devastating planet climate-changing event.”

John Brandenburg, Ph.D.
(Plasma Physicist, Orbital Technologies),
(Author, Life and Death on Mars)

“There may have been a very dramatic event where some other leftover piece from the birth of the solar system, some big asteroid, sort of made a close fly-by, sort of a fender-bender collision with Mars and just stripped off a lot of the atmosphere. That’s a very popular way to look at what may have gone wrong with Mars.”

Seth Shostak, Ph.D. (Senior Astronomer, SETI Inst.)

But if Mars fostered life long ago, before losing its atmosphere, could intelligent life, and perhaps even civilization, have existed and even flourished on the red planet? And if so, where would the inhabitants have gone after the cataclysm? Some say the answers to these questions can be found in the origin story of Earth’s first civilization.

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