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Fresh Evidence: Ancient Civilization on Mars?

The case for advanced ancient civilization on Mars has just taken a couple leaps forward. The discovery in December 2016 in an old 1999 satellite photo of what appear to be three gigantic, and precisely aligned, towers is stirring excitement in the Mars anomaly research community. In the Terra Meridiana region, the Mars Orbital Camera (MOC) of the Malin Space Systems clearly shows three aligned and matching anomalous structures in the middle of a flat plain. Meanwhile, a new research paper virtually rules out a natural explanation for a strange ‘keyhole’ structure found in the Libya Montes area, where images from Mars Odyssey and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft show an anomalous combination of geometric features suggestive of “intelligent design.”

The ‘towers’ were first pointed out in a YouTube video (—included is a conjectural 3D animation of the locale) from the Spanish paranormal website Narrrator Jose Luis believes they are more than a mile tall, but the NASA image specifications indicate they must be somewhat smaller than that, yet still gigantic. The accompanying 1999 MOC photo shows an area about a half-mile wide. Still, by most reckonings, the structures defy explanation as anything but artificial.

In the meantime, Mars anomaly researcher G. J. Hass and his colleagues have published, in late 2016, in the Journal of Space Exploration, a new paper entitled “A Wedge and Dome Formation Set within the Flat Plains of Libya Montes.” The study concludes that these particular formations have features highly unlikely to result from chance, and, indeed, “exhibit a level of geometry and symmetry that is unequaled within Martian aerography.” When compared to a collection of similar ‘keyhole’ formations produced by terrestrial cultures, such as the ancient Kofun tomb in Japan, the researchers found the Martian structure not only duplicates their design but, “reveals a lost legacy perhaps shared between two worlds.” A PDF of the paper is available from the Society for Planetary SETI Research at

As Atlantis Rising reported in 2014 (#107, September/October) there is considerable evidence that, in the distant past, on more than one occasion, Mars suffered a nuclear catastrophe and was probably home to an advanced—if doomed—civilization. University of California theoretical plasma physicist John Brandenburg, Ph.D. cites traces of uranium and thorium found on the planet’s surface to make his thesis for such a civilization.

All of this is, doubtless, music to the ears of researcher Richard Hoagland, whose book The Monuments of Mars in the 1990s first made public another satellite photo of an immense ‘face’ looking upward from the Cydonia plain. Hoagland has argued ever since for the existence of advanced ancient civilization on Mars. He is no longer alone—and our species may not be, either.

CAPTIONS: ‘Towers’ of the Terra Meridiana Region on Mars (MOC NASA). ‘Wedge and Dome’ of Libya Montes. A 3D computer animation shows what the ‘Towers’ might look like on the Martian surface. View from the Viking Orbiter.


Dark Matter Looking Doomed

Dark Matter has never been the easiest thing for physicists to explain. It is enough to know that it is something that makes the equations of Newton’s Law of Gravity and Einstein’s General Relativity balance out, which has made it irresistible to scientists desperate to account for the motion of galaxies when there simply wasn’t enough ordinary matter to explain things. It must be there, they reasoned, else their equations would be wrong. It was like having a hidden supply of money that could be used to pay bills. What’s not to like?

Enter the troublemakers… A team of astronomers looking at the distribution of matter in over 30,000 galaxies has been testing a new theory that doesn’t need dark matter to explain its observations. According to Margot Brouwer and colleagues at Holland’s Leiden University, everything can be explained by what is called “modified gravity.” Developed by theoretical physicist Erik Verlinde at the University of Amsterdam, the Modified Gravity theory builds on models using quantum mechanics, string theory, and something called Modified Newtonian Dynamics (MOND) theory to explain the data. The nice thing about the idea is that it fits the existing facts without requiring any undiscovered dark matter; and now, with the Brouwer team analysis, it has passed its first major test.

Of course, don’t expect Dark Matter to give up without a fight. For thousands of cosmologists the new model is virtual sacrilege to the churches of Newton and Einstein. Indeed some of the highest priests of physics, like String theorist Lubos Motl sneer at the very idea. On the other hand, some, like Brouwer, are beginning to take the new theory seriously. Religiously speaking, one might say they are coming out of the ‘darkness,’ and may yet receive the light.

CAPTION: This image of the galaxy cluster Abell 1689 has been widely used to show a theoretical footprint for Dark Matter. The mass distribution of Dark Matter in the gravitational lens is represented by a purple overlay. No positive evidence for the existence of Dark Matter has ever been found.