“The storm burst upon us six years ago now. As Mars approached opposition, Lavelle of Java set the wires of the astronomical exchange palpatating with the amazing intelligence of a huge outbreak of incandescent gas upon the planet. It had occurred towards midnight of the 12th, and the spectroscope, to once he had once resorted, indicated a mass of flaming gas, chiefly hydrogen, moving with an enormous velocity towards this earth. This jet of fire had become invisible about a quarter past twelve. He compared it to a colossal puff of flame, suddenly and violently squirted out of the planet, ‘as flaming gas rushes out of a gun’. A singularly appropriate phrase it proved. Yet the next day there was nothing of this in the papers, except a little note in the Daily Telegraph, and the world went in ignorance of one of the greatest dangers that ever threatened the human race. I might not have heard of the eruption at all had I not met Ogilvy, the well-known astronomer, at Ottershaw. He was immensely excited at the news, and in the excess of his feelings invited meto take a turn with them that night in a scrutiny of the red planet…. He was full of speculation…. about the condition of Mars, and scoffed at the vulgar idea of it’s having inhabitants that were signalling us. His idea was that the meteorites might be falling in a heavy shower upon this planet, or that a huge volcanic explosion was in progress. He pointed out to me how unlikely it was that organic evolution had taken the same direction in the two adjacent planets. ‘The chances of anything man-like on Mars are a million to one,’ he said….”
In November 1996, almost a century after H.G. Wells wrote those words in the first chapter of his novel, ‘War of the Worlds’
The Mars Global Surveyor probe was scheduled to begin mapping the surface of the red planet.
Mars had of course, previously been mapped by both Russian and American probes, but Global Surveyor was different, inasmuch as it had been specifically designed to send back to earth, the most detailed high resolution images yet taken.
“Mars Global Surveyor was designed to circle in a polar orbit (traveling over the north pole to the south pole and back to the north pole) once every two hours, twelve times a day, collecting global “snapshots” from 400 kilometers (249 miles) above the martian surface. While the spacecraft is no longer operating, the scientific data it returned will continue to be studied for decades to come. During the mission, scientists gleaned valuable new information on daily and seasonal weather patterns, geological features and the migration of water vapor from hemisphere to hemisphere over time. The spacecraft’s laser altimeter gave scientists their first 3-D views of the striking topography of Mars. Mars Global Surveyor’s suite of science instruments included a high-resolution camera and a mineral detector that have helped engineers and scientists select safe landing sites rich in various minerals like hematite, a mineral often formed in liquid water, that help rover and landed missions search for more clues about the history of water on Mars”
NASA, always true to form, has released very little pertinent data other than it’s ‘Valuable New Information’ regarding Mars’ daily and seasonal weather patterns, it’s topography and deliberately vague mineral findings, which hint at the ‘possibility’ of water existing on the planet in the dim and distant past.
NASA has though, once again, categorically denied the existence of what appeared on the images beamed back from the principal Mars probes of the 1970’s, which showed a number of ‘structures’ on the now barren Cydonia plain.
The much heralded 2011 probe CURIOSITY ROVER , which landed at Aeolus Palus on August 2012, which allegedly made ‘Planetary Habitation’ studies, in preparation for possible future human exploration – also failed to acknowledge these structures.
One of these ‘structures’ the often referenced ‘Face on Mars’, is a colossal mound that stands almost 800 metres above the Cydonia plain, on the shoreline of a long-vanished Martian sea, with seemingly humanoid features carved into it.
“According to author Robert C. Kiviat, “NASA’s planetary scientists have maintained over the years that the face is a natural rock formation produced by wind erosion and that the particular lighting angle at which it was photographed created its resemblance to a human face.”
A key member in the opposing camp is lead by Richard Hoagland, a former member of the JPL press corps, and the author of “The Monuments of Mars.” Hoagland has led a long investigation into the Viking data. He and his team have analyzed different photographic frames, taken at different angles, weeks apart. He claims that he and his researchers have considerable evidence that the “face”, as well as some nearby pyramid-shaped objects and other “artifacts,” are the work of sentient creatures.”
So, much like the ‘flaming gas’ of Well’s novel, these mysterious structures on the Cydonian plains of the red planet, are still deemed unworthy of further investigation, due to the refusal of both NASA and the majority of mainstream scientists, to acknowledge the increasing number of claims that these ‘structures’ – could provide evidence of past intelligent life on another world.