Doorway on Mars

The intrigue of Mars and Martians lingers on and the latest finding adds to the mystery.The Red Planet never fails to surprise us: first there was a pyramid, then there was a mystery woman, and then a smiley face. Now we have a doorway to an ancient temple. Of course, experts will say all these are only illusions. NASA’s Curiosity Rover took the picture of a “natural rock formation” in early May 2022 at a mound known as the East Cliffs in the Gale Crater on Mars. Because we, as human beings, according to Gestalt psychology, always try to make sense of the unknown and see patterns where there is none. Judging from the rough features of the doorway, Martian civilisation, even if they did exist once, was primitive and fell short of our great expectations of alien technology. The story, however, does not end here. China also put a rover on the moon and some pictures it took in late 2021 shows a seemingly artificial“cube object”. Experts, as always, assured us that when taking a closer look, it was just a moon rock, not the kind of black monolith we saw in Stanley Kubrick’s “2001 Space Odyssey”. The truth is: we human beings are uncomfortable with the idea of being all alone in the universe. As the science fiction writer Arthur Clarke once remarked: “Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the universe, or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.” The terrifying news is that the strange idea of ancient Martians does not disappear easily. Authors such as Richard Hoagland have maintained for years that there was a cover-up by NASA and campaigned for a close exploration of the Cydonia region, where the pyramid image was filmed. There was also a Russian boy who claimed to be a Martian pilot re-incarnated on Earth. Boris Kipriyanovich was born in 1996 and was said to be a prodigy, showing abilities in mathematics and astronomy in early age. According to Boriska (Little Boris), his own race of Martians was virtually wiped out in a nuclear conflict thousands of years ago. There were some who survived the wars and were sent to Earth to save us from an apocalyptic nuclear Armageddon. If Martians existed, what did they look like? Boriska said many Martians were immortal and stopped ageing at 35. They were very tall, technologically advanced and capable of interstellar travel. Moreover, the Martians were connected to the ancient Egyptians and there was an important secret stored behind the ear of the Sphinx (This seems to be corroborated to a certain degree as archaeologists did find a room under the Sphinx’s ear later). In most countries, anyone who made these absurd statements would surely be committed to lunatic asylum. In Russia, however, he was allowed to talk and make “predictions”— until one day, he and his parents suddenly disappeared and was said to be under “state protection”. Was there a nuclear explosion on Mars? In 2012, Dr. John Brandenburg, a plasma physicist and former scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, answered: “Yes.” Based on the data collected in 2001 by a gamma ray spectrometer of Mars Odyssey orbiter, Brandenburg found a local concentration of radioactive uranium, thorium and potassium in two specific areas of Mars, namely, Cydonia Mensa and Utopia Planum. One good thing about Brandenburg’s speculation is that it can be checked empirically. Some scientists at NASA do not rule out the possibility. Maybe the redness of Mars was caused by a very strong nuclear explosion. If there was indeed a nuclear explosion on Mars, was it natural or artificial? If the answer is the latter, then there was a nuclear war. At first, Brandenburg thought the explosion was natural, just like pre-historic nuclear reactor of Gabon in Africa. But he changed his mind after seeing the high concentration of Xenon, fingerprint of nuclear weapon, on Mars. “Given the large amount of nuclear isotopes in Mars’ atmosphere resembling those from hydra mob tests on Earth, Mars may present an example of civilization wiped out by a nuclear attack from space,” he wrote. As for Martian civilization, Brandenburg is more specific: Mars had two ancient humanoid civilizations, called Cydonia and Utopia, which had a level of technology similar to that of the ancient Egyptians. Is there a way to examine whether there was a Martian civilization? Apparently, the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States had an idea: employing a psychic spy. According to the unclassified document titled “Mars Exploration: May 22, 1984” released recently, the CIA did use some “remote viewing” agent to examine Mars (time of interest: “approximately one million B.C.”) The record shows that the agent claimed to have seen a few pyramids and tall Martians with strange clothes, who were apparently suffering from some environmental catastrophe. Why was the CIA interested in Mars of a million years ago? Why did it spend the taxpayers’ money on this strange project? CIA occultism has been satirised in Jon Ronson’s book “The Men Who Stare

Doorway on Mars

The intrigue of Mars and Martians lingers on and the latest finding adds to the mystery.

The Red Planet never fails to surprise us: first there was a pyramid, then there was a mystery woman, and then a smiley face. Now we have a doorway to an ancient temple. Of course, experts will say all these are only illusions. NASA’s Curiosity Rover took the picture of a “natural rock formation” in early May 2022 at a mound known as the East Cliffs in the Gale Crater on Mars. Because we, as human beings, according to Gestalt psychology, always try to make sense of the unknown and see patterns where there is none. Judging from the rough features of the doorway, Martian civilisation, even if they did exist once, was primitive and fell short of our great expectations of alien technology.

The story, however, does not end here. China also put a rover on the moon and some pictures it took in late 2021 shows a seemingly artificial“cube object”. Experts, as always, assured us that when taking a closer look, it was just a moon rock, not the kind of black monolith we saw in Stanley Kubrick’s “2001 Space Odyssey”.

The truth is: we human beings are uncomfortable with the idea of being all alone in the universe. As the science fiction writer Arthur Clarke once remarked: “Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the universe, or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.” The terrifying news is that the strange idea of ancient Martians does not disappear easily. Authors such as Richard Hoagland have maintained for years that there was a cover-up by NASA and campaigned for a close exploration of the Cydonia region, where the pyramid image was filmed.

There was also a Russian boy who claimed to be a Martian pilot re-incarnated on Earth. Boris Kipriyanovich was born in 1996 and was said to be a prodigy, showing abilities in mathematics and astronomy in early age. According to Boriska (Little Boris), his own race of Martians was virtually wiped out in a nuclear conflict thousands of years ago. There were some who survived the wars and were sent to Earth to save us from an apocalyptic nuclear Armageddon.

If Martians existed, what did they look like? Boriska said many Martians were immortal and stopped ageing at 35. They were very tall, technologically advanced and capable of interstellar travel. Moreover, the Martians were connected to the ancient Egyptians and there was an important secret stored behind the ear of the Sphinx (This seems to be corroborated to a certain degree as archaeologists did find a room under the Sphinx’s ear later). In most countries, anyone who made these absurd statements would surely be committed to lunatic asylum. In Russia, however, he was allowed to talk and make “predictions”— until one day, he and his parents suddenly disappeared and was said to be under “state protection”.

Was there a nuclear explosion on Mars? In 2012, Dr. John Brandenburg, a plasma physicist and former scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, answered: “Yes.” Based on the data collected in 2001 by a gamma ray spectrometer of Mars Odyssey orbiter, Brandenburg found a local concentration of radioactive uranium, thorium and potassium in two specific areas of Mars, namely, Cydonia Mensa and Utopia Planum. One good thing about Brandenburg’s speculation is that it can be checked empirically. Some scientists at NASA do not rule out the possibility. Maybe the redness of Mars was caused by a very strong nuclear explosion.

If there was indeed a nuclear explosion on Mars, was it natural or artificial? If the answer is the latter, then there was a nuclear war. At first, Brandenburg thought the explosion was natural, just like pre-historic nuclear reactor of Gabon in Africa. But he changed his mind after seeing the high concentration of Xenon, fingerprint of nuclear weapon, on Mars. “Given the large amount of nuclear isotopes in Mars’ atmosphere resembling those from hydra mob tests on Earth, Mars may present an example of civilization wiped out by a nuclear attack from space,” he wrote.

As for Martian civilization, Brandenburg is more specific: Mars had two ancient humanoid civilizations, called Cydonia and Utopia, which had a level of technology similar to that of the ancient Egyptians.

Is there a way to examine whether there was a Martian civilization? Apparently, the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States had an idea: employing a psychic spy. According to the unclassified document titled “Mars Exploration: May 22, 1984” released recently, the CIA did use some “remote viewing” agent to examine Mars (time of interest: “approximately one million B.C.”) The record shows that the agent claimed to have seen a few pyramids and tall Martians with strange clothes, who were apparently suffering from some environmental catastrophe. Why was the CIA interested in Mars of a million years ago? Why did it spend the taxpayers’ money on this strange project? CIA occultism has been satirised in Jon Ronson’s book “The Men Who Stare At Goats”, but mocking does not bring us closer to the truth. The descriptions of extinction of the Mars civilization by Boriska, Brandenburg, and the CIA document have too many similarities that cannot be explained by co-incidence or mutual influence.

The colonization of Mars is not science fiction anymore. SpaceX boss Elon Musk has set 2029 as the year humans will travel to Mars on Starship rocket of his company. Even if human landing on Mars is delayed because of technological problems, we are still sending more and more exploration machines to the Red Planet. The doorway to Mars archaeology has already been opened. The question of the existence of ancient Mars civilization will be answered soon.

Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.


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Eddie Leung is a veteran Hong Kong journalist who has been working in various news media for more than three decades. His main interests range from Hong Kong affairs, international politics, movies, and Chinese kung fu. He is one of the pioneers of Hong Kong internet radio broadcast. Email: [email protected]