On August 20, 1975 at 21:22 UTC, the first of two rockets housing satellites that were to be sent to orbit Mars left the Earth.
On June 19, 1976, the Viking 1 entered an elliptical orbit of Mars scouting for a soft landing location suitable for the fragile Viking vessel.
On July 25, 1976, images were received by NASA of which were nothing short of incredible.
The high resolution visual range version of the images received were immediately classified Top Secret by the US Government until an on ground investigation could be accomplished.
To the radio astronomers, a low resolution radio telescope based image was provided which found wide scale distribution because of the obvious findings.
Of particular interest was a region known as “Cydonia”, where – among Pyramids and other unnaturally shaped objects – is a face clearly visible from orbit:
Shortly after the high resolution images of the structure that had once had been dismissed as ‘suspect’ and nothing more by terrestrially based telescopes, NASA, with the financial support of the US Military via the Department of Defense (DOD), began planning an explorative mission to explore the archaeological finds
Unfortunately, during the Viking missions and the end of the Vietnam War, Congress budget cuts for all periphery space exploration was curtailed, a direct result of the shift to increase secret level military research based funding.
Both the Viking probes had been sent with a primary mission to collect soil samples, and had on board equipment which could analyze the soil for bacteria which was direct evidence of life.
Wikipedia indicates that the scientists were searching for ‘carbon based lifeforms’, that’s inaccurate, it was searching for evidence of ANY form of life.
And it found just that with bacteria on native rocks which has since been verified by Earth based labs since.
A rapid erosion of Mars surface had been observed prior to 1975, and seemed to accelerate after the first landers, which suggested one of two things to astronomers and scientists:
- Either time was moving at a much greater pace on the planet.
- –OR- the volatility of the planet’s atmosphere simple reshaped the planet that fast.
With Cydonia’s find and verification as an archaeological source, simple erosion was quickly eliminated from the list of possibilities.
The erosion of buildings on the surface of Mars was happening far too quick for it to be a result of naturally based erosion.
This complicated the planning of missions substantially, with the cold hard facts that Einstein based effects of the dilation of time and space were causing very real time warping effects on the observation of the missions, NASA leaders began to regard the loss in financial support for additional missions as a godsend, a serendipitously well timed loss which forced NASA to focus its reduced resources on planning and how to validate the time dilation in addition to the regularly scheduled tasks.
In the world’s first synchronized rocket launch, on 10 June 2003, NASA launched the MER-A (Spirit) from Cape Canaveral SLC-17A, the MER-B (Opportunity) from Cape Canaveral SLC-17B, and the MER-C (Vanguard) from Cape Canaveral SLC-17C.
One of the mission’s primary goal was to land in three separate locations on Mars, and synchronize time to eachother through basic triangulation, and then to Earth based clocks.
And for MER-C, the goal was to explore Cydonia as much as is possible.
Despite the fact that all three missions were launched at the same time, on the Internet:
MER-A is documented correctly as having launched on 2003 June 10
MER-B is documented as being launched on July 7, 2003 at 03:18 UTC
MER-C is not documented at all.
Now I have my own theories on the historical differences based on the initial suspicion of accelerated time and NASA’s observations of rapid erosion and the nonlinear nature of time.
On Monday. Sept. 28 2015. NASA is set for a ‘massive public announcement.
My hope. Is that NASA will publicly unveil the secretive launch of the MER-C probe, and the discovery and retention of direct evidence of extra-terrestrial life found at the Cydonia site in a bid to obtain a great deal of public funding and public support for manned mission to Mars. Imagine it: Expensive as all hell, Biodomes, long term life support and so much more that the American public would cough up trillions of dollars for what amounts to an archaeological mission on Mars.
And you know we’d do it…
But NASA, as a part of the US Government, has a nasty and lengthy history of assuming the worst of American citizen’s behaviors and reactions.
So it’s equally as likely NASA will simply release yet another story debunking any possibilities that there’s more in existence besides ourselves.
For NASA TV downlink information, schedules and to view the news briefing, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv
For more information about NASA’s journey to Mars: https://www.nasa.gov/topics/journeytomars
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.