6.8 – ALIENS & THE RED PLANET (2.21.14)

MAN-MADE STRUCTURES [9e]

The Ares Vallis region of Mars. July 4, 1997. NASA’s Pathfinder spacecraft lands on the red planet. The first probe to reach the Martian surface since Viking, Pathfinder will look for signs of water. Since the Viking missions in the 1970s have come to the conclusion that the planet may have once boasted oceans full of water and complex life.

“Billions of years ago, earlier in the history of the solar system, Mars probably looked, in many ways, the way the Earth did. It did build up an atmosphere and oceans. The atmosphere probably would have been equivalent to Earth’s atmosphere at that time. Life could well have formed in the oceans.”

    – Greg Matloff, Ph.D. (NASA Consultant)

One day after the Pathfinder touched down, the Sojourner rover began exploring the Martian surface for signs of these ancient life-forms using an X-ray spectrometer and a high-powered camera.

“What they discovered was, yes, Mars, in certain places, looks like the high desert on Earth. And maybe there are areas which do seem to be dried-out riverbeds. Maybe there’s water under the surface.”

 – Greg Matloff, Ph.D. (NASA Consultant)

“The thing we’ve learned from the rovers that’s most interesting, I think, is the fact that Mars once had a wet past. And if there was liquid water on the surface of Mars long enough, not just for a couple of weeks, a couple of years, a couple of thousand years, but for millions of years, hundreds of millions of years, maybe something cooked up in that liquid, maybe life.”

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

As the Pathfinder rover snapped photographs of the Martian surface, it captured images of something that puzzled some scientists…a mountain range they nicknamed The Twin Peaks.  In his book, Life and Death on Mars, Dr. John Brandenburg says  that because Mars has limited volcanic and tectonic activity, it’s an open question as to how these mountains were formed.

“This interesting formation is the tallest thing for hundreds of miles. Most of the volcanic activity on Mars is concentrated in the Tharsis region.”

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

“How many miles away is that approximately?”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

“Oh, it’s, like 2,000 miles away, to the west.”

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

“All right, so, this area is not known for any volcanoes or anything like that?”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

“No, no. And because we now know so much more about the climate of Mars, than we did 20 years ago, it had an ocean. It had long periods, apparently, of liquid water flowing on its surface, so all of this causes us to look at everything on Mars with new eyes. And so we have these two interesting objects. They’re conjoined. Not only are they the tallest things for 200 miles but they’re linked to each other. And this reminds me of what we have found on planet Earth. Now, there’s alignment. And what’s interesting, this is the Giza Plateau from Egypt. And it is near Cairo, which, name in Arabic derives from the name in Arabic Al-Qahirah, which means Camp of Mars, Place of Mars.”

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

“Very interesting.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

“And we also have found out recently that at one time, the Sphinx was covered with red paint. So, imagine we are looking at the Giza complex and the Sphinx. And a million years of erosion has happened. Wouldn’t these things all look kind of rounded and mounded like this? It’s conjectural.”

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

“Now I notice over here, because it’s the Giza Plateau, we have the Sphinx. Has something similar been discovered on Mars, specifically around the Twin Peaks area?”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

“Well, we have this strange object which is nearby, and we see that from space and also in the picture. And look at this. At this alignment. Here is the Sphinx on Earth. Here is the pyramid. Here is this object. And there is what looks like a mound of stuff. Who knows if it is degraded archaeology? We must look at everything on Mars now with new eyes. In fact, when the Sphinx was originally found in modern times, it was buried up to its neck in rubble – and had to be excavated.”

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

“So something similar could be going on right here.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

“There could be a much larger structure buried beneath.”

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

Could the Twin Peaks be evidence that an ancient civilization may have once existed on Mars? A civilization whose structures appear to resemble those on Earth? Ancient Astronaut Theorists say yes, and that evidence for this startling conclusion has been accumulating for four decades.

“When Viking orbiters originally started taking pictures of the surface of Mars, they took pictures of very intriguing features on the plain of Cydonia.”

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

“On July 25, 1976, they took a picture of something that looked for all the world like a human face. The whole thing kind of blew up when a NASA project scientist named Toby Owen put a magnifying glass over a frame number named “35A72,” and said, “Hey, look at this.”  NASA actually held a press conference the next day, where Owen and Gerald Soffen, who was the chief Viking project scientist said, “You know, isn’t it peculiar what tricks of light and shadow can do? The whole thing kind of went away a couple hours later when we took another picture.  The problem with that is that a couple hours later, the Viking orbiter was nowhere near Cydonia and it was dark, so there’s no way that picture could have ever existed.”

– Michael Bara (Author, The Choice),
(Dark Mission: The Secret History of NASA),
(Ancient Aliens on the Moon), (Ancient Aliens on Mars),
(Ancient Aliens and Secret Societies)

Some believe they found not only a human face carved into Martian rock, but also a pyramid, a cliff. In fact, an entire city buried by thousands of years of sand and soil. By the late 1980s, one researcher had even discovered what he thought were mathematical relationships among the features of Cydonia.

“A cartographer and satellite imagery expert from the Defense Mapping Agency named Erol Torun took a look at the pyramid and concluded that it was what he called the Rosetta Stone of Mars. He found a bunch of mathematical relationships that pointed to other objects in the area that he thought were artificial- looking. They included the face, an object called the cliff, which is a straight line that goes on for hundreds of meters, a rounded mound called the tholos which appears to have a pathway that goes up to the top.”

– Michael Bara (Author, The Choice),
(Dark Mission: The Secret History of NASA),
(Ancient Aliens on the Moon), (Ancient Aliens on Mars),
(Ancient Aliens and Secret Societies)

More than 20 years after the Viking mission, NASA rephotographed the Cydonia region in 1998 and again in 2001. The face no longer looked human, but some scientists believe that was because of when and how NASA took the newer pictures.

“They shot it from the side. They shot it at morning. It was as much a different viewing geometry and lighting geometry as possible from the original pictures. Based on that evidence, the face on Mars, evidence of past climate on Mars, a past ocean, I have concluded that Mars was apparently the home of a civilization in the past.”

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

Is it possible that an alien civilization existed on Mars in the distant past, and built the structures that recent Martian probes have photographed? If so, does the government know more than it’s telling us about life and death on the red planet?

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