Martian Cities and UFOs

Edgar Rice Burroughs and H.G. Wells wrote about Martian kingdoms, princesses, green warriors, slimy octopus type creatures and powerful invasion forces. Modern space probes, mounted with the most advanced camera equipment with all kinds of sensors and robot rovers with wheels have taken care of that vision of Mars, home of an ancient advanced civilization.

Or have they?

Toward the end of the Soviet Era, the U.S.S.R. sent a couple of Mars probes called Phobos 1 and Phobos 2. As their names implied, their primary mission was to explore the two moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos. But Phobos was the primary target. But as the probes closed in on their target, something odd started to happen:

In July 1988, the Russians launched two unmanned satellite probes – Phobos 1 and phobos 2 – in the direction of Mars, and with the primary intention of investigating the planet’s mysterious moon, Phobos. Phobos 1 was unfortunately lost en route two months later, reportedly because of a radio command error. Phobos 2 was also ultimately lost in the most intriguing circumstances, but not before it had beamed back certain images and information from the planet Mars itself.

Phobos 2 arrived safely at Mars in January 1989 and entered into and orbit around Mars as the first step at its destination towards its ultimate goal: to transfer to an orbit that the would make it fly almost in tandem with the Martian moonlet called Phobos (hence the spacecrafts name) and explore the moonlet with highly sophisticated equipment that included two packages of instruments to be placed on the moonlet’s surface.

All went well until Phobos aligned itself with Phobos, the Martian moonlet. Then, on 28th March, the Soviet mission control centre acknowledged sudden communication “problems” with the spacecraft;  Tass the, the official Soviet news agency, reported that “Phobos 2 had failed to communicate with Earth as scheduled after completing an operation yesterday around the Martian moon Phobos. Scientists at mission control have been unable to establish stable radio contact.”

Needless to say this caused much consternation within the Soviet government (which was about to fall) and the scientific community. The Soviets were masters of government secrecy also (Dick Cheney was a 4.0 student) so information wasn’t coming too fast. What had caused the probes to malfunction? There is  a point to note that almost half of the probes ever sent to Mars almost always malfunction and fail in some way*.

After being pressured by the scientific community for months, the Soviets finally released some info:

The answer came about three months later. Pressed by the international participants in the Phobos mission to privide definitive data, the Soviet authorities released a taped television transmission Phobos 2 sent in its last moments except for the last frames, taken just seconds before the spacecraft fell silent. The television clip was shown by some TV stations in Europe and Canada as part of weekly ‘diary’ programs, as a curiosity and not as a hot news item.

The television sequence thus released focused on two anomalies. The first was a network of straight lines in the area of the Martian equator; some of the lines were short, some were longer, some were thin, some were wide enough to look like rectangular shapes ’embossed’ in the Martian surface. Arranged in rows parallel to each other, the pattern covered an area of some six hundred square kilometers (more than two hundred and thirty quare miles). The anomaly appeared to be far from a natural phenomenon.

The television clip was accompanied by a live comment by Dr. John Becklake of the London Science Museum.

He described the phenomenon as very puzzling, because the pattern seen on the surface of Mars was photographed with the spacecraft’s optical camera but with its infrared camera- a camera that takes pictures of objects using the heat that they radiate, and not by the play of light and shadow on them. In other words, the pattern of parallel lines and rectangles covering an area of almost two hundred and fifty square miles was a source of heat radiation. It is so highly unlikely that a natural source of heat radiation (a geyser or a concentration of radioactive minerals under the surface, for example) would create such a perfect geometric pattern. When viewed over and over again, the pattern definitely looks artificial; but as for what it was, the scientist said “I certainly don’t know.”

According to Boris Bolitsky, science correspondent for Radio Moscow, just before radio contact was lost with Phobos 2, several unusual images were radioed back to Earth, described by the Russian as “Quite remarkable features”. A report taken from New Scientist of 8 April 1989, described the following: “The features are either on the Martian surface or in the lower atmosphere. The features are between 20 and 25 kilometers wide and do not resemble any known geological formation. They are spindle – shaped and proving to be intriguing and puzzling.”

Since no coordinates for the precise location of this “anomalous feature” have been released publicly, it is impossible to judge its relationship to another puzzling feature on the surface of Mars that can be seen in Mariner 9 frame 4209-75. It is also located in the equatorial area (at longitude 186.4) and has been described as “unusual indentations with radial arms protruding from a central hub” , caused (according to NASA scientists) by the melting and collapse of permafrost layers. The design of the features, bringing to mind the structure of a modern airport with a circular hub from which long structures housing the airplane gates radiate, can be better visualized when the photograph is reversed (showing depressions and protrusions).

I know, I know, what about the “Face on Mars” that was debunked a while back using advanced cameras on the Mars Global Surveyor? Well, that was a “visual” image, not infared, which detects heat signatures. Also it was noted that Phobos 2 took a picture before communication was lost:

What is that long cylindrical object? Was it responsible for the Soviet probes “disappearing”? Is the object part of an advanced fleet from another civilization that already staked claims to Mars and aims to keep us off from it? Frightening prospect. Is this why world governments and the NWO trying to reverse engineer crashed alien tech, to perhaps fight aliens in a future space war? Is this the reason Bu$h wanted to militarize space, so the U.S. can be top dog still if we are attacked?

You decide.

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6 responses

  1. Mars is being touted heavily by the U.S. and other governments as being a second home for humanity because of the possibilty of Earth’s destruction by asteroid, comet or other kinds of disasters.

    Do they know something we don’t?

  2. I have to wonder if we’re looking for life on Mars (or elsewhere) in too linear terms.

    What if, just a supposition, what if, life exists on Mars, or its moons, or on Europa, and we don’t recognize it (or them) because it is unlike carbon-based life that we expect to see?

    Just a thought…….

  3. I agree Christopher, our parochial view on what life should, look, act and smell is too narrow.

    Of course that is the “official” view.

  4. I have wondered if “life” in some other form is staring at our little Mars explorer, as it puts along collecting rocks and analyzes soil samples.

    Maybe we’re missing the very thing we hoped to find all along?

  5. We probably are, but I have the feeling that terrestrial life has its origins on Mars anyway.

    Through the rovers, they’ve gathered ample proof that water existed there about two billion years ago, that Mars had a magnetic field and the possibility of life was pretty high. All they need to do is find micro-fossils in the old sedimentary rocks there. So the possibility of a piece of Mars getting blown off by a meteor strike and it ending up on Earth ends up pretty high if they find those fossils, especially if they’re similar to Earth’s.

    But they need a human mission for that.

  6. but I have the feeling that terrestrial life has its origins on Mars anyway

    You know I hold the view that we came to earth as microbes on a comet that crashed onto earth and set-up residence.

    Maybe we’re originally from Mars? Or, maybe a planet beyond our solar system?

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