The article below has greatly informed my perspective of Mars, Life on Mars, and the revealing of the hidden agenda concerning Mars, the Secret Space Program and other hidden agendas concerning our solar system. I post it to this community, in love. D.Fair


Andrew D. Basiago
Mars Anomaly Research Society
P.O. Box 2311
Vancouver, WA 98668

There is life on Mars. Evidence that the Red Planet harbors life and has for eons was
discovered by the author by examining NASA photograph PIA10214, a westward view
of the West Valley of the Columbia Basin in the Gusev Crater that was taken by the Mars
Exploration Rover Spirit in November 2007 and beamed back to the Earth. This
photograph has been the subject of public speculation since January 2008, when what
appeared to be the figure of a human female was found jutting from the edge of a plateau.
The figure was quickly dismissed as a natural rock formation produced by wind, water,
and time, but the author and other researchers in the Mars anomaly research community
believed that it was either a statue or the fossilized remains of a humanoid being on Mars.
Intrigued by this anomaly, the author subjected PIA10214 to further photo-analytic
scrutiny and discovered that the photograph contains other images of human and animal
life forms that constitute the first evidence of life on Mars. In this paper, the author
presents his initial data related to his discovery of life on Mars in PIA10214 in five areas,
namely, evidence of humanoid beings, animal species, carved statues, built structures,
and dead bodies. The life on Mars consists of intelligent, bipedal hominids capable of
carving statues and building structures and a variety of animal species that exist, that
once existed, or that have never existed on Earth. Reptilian species predominate. He also
addresses frightening content and definitional constraints that individuals in Mars
anomaly research confront when evaluating this first view by human civilization of life
forms and ancient artifacts on another planet. He concludes that the discovery of life on
Mars marks an epochal moment in human history when for the first time human beings
from Earth have encountered biological organisms living elsewhere in the Cosmos.
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Basiago – The Discovery of Life on Mars
Life has been discovered on Mars. The evidence of this discovery is contained in a
photograph of the Martian surface that was taken by NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover
Spirit during November 6-9, 2007 and beamed back to Earth. The number assigned to
the photograph by NASA-JPL was PIA10214. This photograph is a panoramic montage
of a series of photographs taken by the Rover Spirit from November 6th to 9th
, 2007. At
the time that it was taken, the Spirit was perched near the western edge of the plateau
called Home Plate in the inner basin of the Columbia Hills range inside Gusev Crater.
The photograph is a westward view of the surface of Mars, with the southwest on the left
and the northeast on the right. At the bottom of the photograph, the solar panels of Spirit
can be seen. In the foreground, the western edge of the Home Plate plateau is prominent,
lighter in color than more distant parts of the terrain. The rocky foothill in the middle
distance across the left third of the image NASA identifies as Tsiolkovski Ridge, which
NASA estimates is about 100 feet from the edge of the plateau and about 100 feet across.
This photograph has been the subject of much speculation since January 2008, when two
anomalous human figures – one an apparently female figure in a blue gown, the other an
apparently male figure in a blue bodysuit – were spotted on the far left edge of the
plateau. The figures were quickly dismissed as a natural rock formation resulting from
erosion by wind, water, and time, despite the fact that two distinct human forms were
present and gender differentiation seemed to be indicated in the form the anomalies took.
The author, founder and president of the Mars Anomaly Research Society, thought that
these enigmatic forms looked like a statue, or the fossilized remains of Martians fleeing a
cataclysm, like a deluge, a mudslide, or a volcanic eruption, or a monument sculpted to
memorialize such an apocalyptic event. If the figures on the plateau were artificial, then
the valley below might also contain evidence that Mars is – or once was – inhabited.
Recent analysis of this photograph by the author utilizing imaging software available to
the public has revealed evidence of humanoids, animals, statues, and structures in the
West Valley below the Home Plate plateau, especially on the Tsiolkovski Ridge and in
the northeast corner of the valley, where a field of turquoise blue forms can be seen that
look like rocks but that are living entities. Creatures with human heads and the alpine
complexion of Europeans dot both Tsiolkovski Ridge and The Turquoise Field. In a third
area of the valley, one named by the author The Rock Garden, humanoid beings in blue
bodysuits can be seen with hand-held devices that may be technical or musical
instruments. The life forms and artifacts encompassed by these landmarks startle the
imagination, evoking a surreal landscape by the mediaeval artist Hieronymus Bosch.
The life forms contained in PIA10214 include humanoids with bulbous heads and
elongated bodies, like those beings described in the UFO literature; animals still found on
Earth, including lizards, frogs, snakes, alligators, and mantises; animals that once existed
on Earth but are now extinct, including the reptile species plesiosaur, which has been
advanced as a solution in the Loch Ness, Lake Champlain, and Lake Okanagan
mysteries; and animals that have never existed on Earth, including human-insect hybrids
with multiple appendages like centipedes, termites, and silverfish, segmented bodies like
scorpions, and larval bodies like Earth worms, fly larvae, and butterfly chrysalises.
Basiago – The Discovery of Life on Mars
The taxonomy of some of the animals seen in some parts of the photograph is so bizarre
that in some cases it is difficult for observers to even recognize them, so that the keen
observer finds himself cast in the role of the aboriginal shaman, who could not only see
the arrival of the Spanish ships that others could not see but discern that they were not sea
monsters. If one looks closely, then one can see creatures on Mars with the head and
torso of humans and the body of caterpillars moving across the sear Martian landscape.
In other parts of the photograph, higher order beings with transparent, translucent, or bioluminescent
bodies have been detected that await further photographic analysis. To see
what is in these photographs, one must view what one has never seen before and see it.
The artwork on Mars found thus far in this photograph consists almost entirely of statues
of human and animal heads, intaglios carved casually on rocks featuring human and alien
faces, and vast etchings carved on the ground conveying human and animal themes.
Giant grotesque heads exist in several places (including The Rock Garden) that are either
the skulls of large, dead hominids or sculptures designed to resemble demonic entities,
with head and hands rising from below to devour or bury those on the Martian surface.
The built structures found in the photograph include evidence of stairways leading to
ornate rock sculptures of substantial refinement; derelict waterworks; metal works of
exotic design that may once have served as viewing platforms, one forming the stylized
face of a bovine or reptilian; and several large stone sarcophagi, including the ossuary of
a king in the Egyptian style laid on a cliff top and another in the Easter Island style halfburied
in the valley below. There is evidence of extensive digging into the Martian soil.
The panorama itself presents massive evidence of a cataclysmic event in Martian history.
The western edge of the Home Base plateau and the West Valley below are littered with
the half-buried remains of thousands of victims of an apparent deluge, caught in alluvial
deposits like slag heaps that resemble a pebbled moraine. This cataclysm may have been
the destruction of the planet Maldek, which created the asteroid belt and pummeled Mars
so that it was squeezed into an oblate spheroid and fractured. The region photographed
may be a nature reserve, a fossil dig at a paleological site, or a memorial park related to
this cataclysm and the veneration of the fossilized remains present in situ. By the very
nature of this photograph as the first human look at an alien civilization, the variety of
life forms, activities and artifacts are so esoteric that the entire content and purport of the
otherworldly montage defies complete description and proper categorization at this time.
This discovery, however, marks the advent of a new epoch in human civilization.
Humanity has now crossed the threshold that separates its past as an earthbound race and
its future as a space-faring civilization in contact with extraterrestrial beings. We are not
alone in the Universe. We are not even alone in our own solar system. Mars, the Red
Planet, which every two years supplants Venus as the planet closest to Earth, is inhabited
with other biological life forms, and shows evidence of having been inhabited for eons.
In this paper, the author analyzes this first view of Martian ecology and civilization, and
endeavors to present his preliminary findings related to the discovery of life on Mars in
the form of humanoid beings, animal species, carved statues, built structures, and dead
bodies, where they are located in the photograph, and what they ultimately might be.
Basiago – The Discovery of Life on Mars
The humanoids that can be seen on the surface of Mars in PIA10214 consist of four
typologies. It is not known whether or not these typologies represent different species.
Three of these typologies, the first three cited, may be related, but one seems to be an
exception. Those beings in the fourth typology might be statues that look like life forms.
The first typology consists of humanoids with bald, bulbous heads and elongated bodies.
They are dressed in blue or gray bodysuits. They have two arms and legs, like human
beings, or multiple appendages. Their Caucasian complexion is in the light Alpine range.
Some are manipulating hand-held devices that might be technical or musical instruments.
The second typology is taller and more mantis-like. They are semi-transparent or devoid
of coloration, like some soil-dwelling and deep ocean creatures on Earth. They seem to
be standing around directing or observing things. One can be seen standing next to a
humanoid being that is either digging a hole or entering or exiting a tunnel opening.
The third typology, found in The Turquoise Field, possesses the head and upper body of a
bald male human being and a lower body that might be described as larval or pupal.
Some can be seen half-buried in The Turquoise Field, as if burrowing. Some are looking
up at Spirit from their locations and seem to be evincing anger or bemusement.
The fourth typology is, for want of a better description, all head. The humanoid head
near the right shore of The Lake is an example of this typology. Imagine the head of a
clown in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade that has broken loose from its body. It is not
known whether this typology is a living being or merely a comic statue or building.
Because the first three typologies combine human characteristics with the adult and the
larval stages of many insect species on Earth, they may represent the three developmental
stages, or three sub-species, of an animal that is a human-insect hybrid. DNA seems to
have taken different evolutionary forms under the unique selection pressures of Mars.
The First Typology of Humanoid
Evidence of the first typology of humanoid life on Mars consists of two human figures on
the far left side of the plateau in the photograph. These figures were found by many
researchers and widely reported in January 2008, when NASA posted PIA10214 on the
World Wide Web. They were debunked at the time as a natural rock formation.
These figures can be found by examining the far lower left quadrant of the photograph.
The viewer must find the cliff’s edge on the western side of the Home Base plateau. It is
discernible by its different coloration from the valley below. With magnification, a tiny
female figure, as if a statue (left), and a tiny male figure, as if fallen (right), can be seen.
It is the opinion of the author that these forms are not a natural rock formation, because
they possess highly articulated human form, differentiation between individuals, gender,
locomotion, intention, even clothing. They are probably a statue of some kind.
Basiago – The Discovery of Life on Mars
Examining the far right side of the photograph, the author discovered several beings in
blue bodysuits (left) sitting in a rock cluster he named The Rock Garden. The humanoids
may be holding hand-held devices. One, sitting demurely as if female, has multiple arms,
like a centipede. They have bulbous heads and elongated bodies, as if “extraterrestrial.”
At the back of The Rock Garden is a large statue or skeleton of a humanoid with a pointy
head and large, elephantine ears (right). His skull, arms, and hands are evident on the
surface. He is reaching out from the depths of Mars with his hands. This skull may be
the fossilized head of a giant primate in Martian history or simply the statue of a demon.
In front of the skull sits another bald-headed Martian (center). He is sitting as if clutched
in the right hand of the statue behind him. He is holding his hand to his mouth. Farther
to the right, a bald Martian with a bigger head and body seems to be throwing something.
A female being with multiple arms sits on the ground behind a transparent pane (right).
Basiago – The Discovery of Life on Mars
The Rock Garden is easy to find in the photograph. The viewer must look to the far
lower right quadrant of the panorama. There, a Y-shaped pattern on the ground, probably
the result of channelization by water that once flowed on Mars, can be seen. To the right
of the upper right prong of the Y is a smudge like an eyebrow. This is The Rock Garden.
The Rock Garden is significant because in this one small area of this vast photograph,
multiple mutually corroborating forms of evidence of life on Mars have been found.
These include the presence of intelligent, bipedal hominid creatures not unlike Homo
sapiens; technical gadgetry; social interaction; and terra-forming of the Martian surface.
Similar humanoid beings are present at other locations in this photograph taken on Mars.
Inside The Rock Enclosure on Tsiolkovski Ridge, for example, a humanoid with two
arms and two legs can be seen. He is kneeling with his back to Spirit. He has a bulbous
head and an elongated body. He is wearing pants and a belt but is bare-chested. The
scapulae in his upper back are evident. He is leaning over the wall away from the viewer.
He may be reaching for, or lifting, a Martian child over the wall created by the back rock.
The humanoid being inside The Rock Enclosure on Tsiolkovski Ridge is easy to find in
the photograph. Find the square in the upper left corner of the left solar array of Spirit,
count five solar panels to the right on the edge of the array facing the valley, and proceed
straight up the photograph. The C-shaped formation on the ridge is blue-gray in color.
The humanoid is kneeling inside the enclosure of rocks. He is tiny and thin, like a
praying mantis hatchling. He is interacting with other humanoids just beyond the rocks.
Standing next to the humanoid in The Rock Enclosure is a being with a large, ovoid face
as found in the literature of extraterrestrial contact. This being has a transparent or
translucent body that has not been photographed with the same clarity and opaqueness
that the other being’s body has, presumably because her body is not made of protoplasm.
The humanoid in The Rock Enclosure on Tsiolkovski Ridge is surrounded by other
anomalous beings. To his right on the hillside, bald humanoids in blue clothing are
sitting on the hillside (left). Up the hill, other beings are standing behind a large rock
shaped into the face of a rabbit, gerbil or similar small animal (right). Other humanoid
beings can be seen standing in apertures in the soil among statues of huge heads (bottom).
Basiago – The Discovery of Life on Mars
On Mars, humanoids and plesiosaurs extinct on Earth co-exist (left), as snakes slither
across the ground and a humanoid confronts an odd entity with a cobra-like torso (right).
The Martians have adorned the surface above their subterranean dwellings with relics. Is
this an ecosystem teeming with life or a surreal sculpture garden? Probably, it is both.
The Second Typology of Humanoid
An example of the second typology of humanoid being on Mars can be seen on the rock
with a face on it which is located down the ridge from The Rock Enclosure. There stands
a tall, semi-transparent being with multiple, asymmetrical appendages (below). His body
type is like a Native American totem pole on Earth made entirely of transparent glass.
This being has a big head and a childish grin on his face. If he is a statue, then The Glass
Totem on the Boulder reveals the light-heartedness with which the Martians craft their
artwork. If, however, he is an entity, then we can conclude that some Martians are
friendly and have taken delight in the fact that we have landed Spirit on their planet.
Basiago – The Discovery of Life on Mars
The combination of opaque humanoids dressed in blue clothing and transparent beings
with many arms can also be found in the vicinity of The Turquoise Field. There, a
corpulent humanoid dressed in a blue gown, cape, or caftan can be seen furiously digging
a hole or descending a tunnel, as several of the glassine mantises stand nearby (below).
This juxtaposition might reflect a social dominance hierarchy based on intra-species subspeciation
within this species on Mars. This division of labor might also be based on a
cooperative, co-mensal, or coercive relationship between two distinct humanoid species.
Definitive biological classification will result from improved photo-analysis and study.
The Third Typology of Humanoid
The third type of humanoid found on Mars combines the head and upper body of Homo
sapiens with the lower body of an arachnid of the order Scorpionida. An example of one
of these scorpion men can be seen in The Turquoise Field in the upper right quadrant of
the panorama (below). He has a horn on his head and is looking towards Spirit.
Basiago – The Discovery of Life on Mars
The Fourth Typology of Humanoid
Beyond The Turquoise Field, on the right side of The Lake, is a large head (top). This
may be the head of a living organism or an artificial structure. Its facial features are
cartoonish, in the way that the façade of a ride at an amusement park is here on Earth. Its
features have inspired the author to name it Mister Potato Head. Next to it sits a Fun
Balloon Animal. Their form and proximity to the water suggest a theme park or resort.
There is a similar figure in the pink terrain towards Grissom Hill on the far left side of the
photo. There, a mirthful, egg-shaped face surrounded by tubules peers from the ground
(bottom). The clownish features of the one and roller coaster-like tubes enveloping the
other suggest that these are built structures in the nature of amusement parks and not
humanoids, but their human shape invites one to consider a universe of possibilities.
The very roundness of the features of these figures is similar to beings seen elsewhere in
the photograph. We can include among these oblate humanoids the figure crawling like a
baby on the far leftward edge of The Turquoise Field (left) and the figure to her right in
the photo that resembles an astronaut buried in the sands of Mars that time forgot (right).
This might be a sculpture by which the Martians are sending a subtle message to us only
understood according to the “context communication model” of alien-human language
first posited by Webre, in which aliens communicate with human beings by their actions
rather than their words. The message is apt when one considers the rudimentary structure
and function of Spirit: “You are just taking your first baby steps in space exploration.”
Basiago – The Discovery of Life on Mars
Throughout the photograph, the beings with bald, bulbous heads can be seen interacting
with a variety of species. On a hillside beneath the mountain ridge in the far upper right
quadrant, two of them sit in the Lotus position surrounded by animal species which
resemble the penguin and ibis-like figures found in Egyptian hieroglyphics (below).
In one scene from The Turquoise Field (left), many humanoids, as well as an elephantlike
creature, can be seen sitting around a table. Surrounding the table are many colorful,
glassine statues evocative of the style of the Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi. The
transparent matrix in which they sit is icicle-like, multi-colored, and exquisitely artful.
One of the statues (center) resembles the statue of a head on Tsiolkovski Ridge (right).
Basiago – The Discovery of Life on Mars
This kind of round table built around ornate glasswork is present at another location near
The Lake, where the Martians have designed a complex, interwoven, glassine structure
embodying the heads and torsos of different beings. The faces of adjacent beings are
complementary in the manner of Pablo Picasso and executed in dreamy, pastel forms
reminiscent of Marc Chagall (right). This is art created by a high order of intelligence.
Similar glass artwork can be seen on a hill above The Turquoise Field (below). One, in
the center of the hill, has a cheerful smile on its face like The Little Engine That Could.
Another, to the right in the image below, resembles the kachina dolls that exist in the
western Pueblo cosmology and religious practices of the Hopi. It is almost transparent,
but one can see that it is carrying a smaller person grasping a cruciform object.
From this initial anthropological evidence provided by NASA, we can preliminarily
conclude that the humanoid beings on Mars are sentient, possess a sense of humor and a
love of laughter, cultivate the transcendental, spiritual side of life, and make decisions (or
at least convene regularly) in some form of communitarian social organization.
The complexity, sensitivity, refinement, and child-like whimsy embodied in their designs
reveal an advanced, intelligent species peaceful in nature. This might be the most
important finding in the discovery of life on Mars. This evidence that we can gather from
Spirit confirms the remote viewing data that the Martians present no threat to Earth.
Basiago – The Discovery of Life on Mars
There is much diversity of animal life represented in this small sample of the Martian
biosphere. Presumably, these animals subsist on little or no water or water gathered from
subterranean aquifers, because the only water visible in the entire panorama of Mars seen
in PIA10214 is in The Lake, the azure pond below Husband Hill in the far distance.
The animal life on Mars falls into four broad categories. It should be noted that these
categories are derived via analogy from animal species found on Earth. The fauna on
Mars might be so different that biologists will have to think anew even to classify it.
Until the anatomy of these creatures is understood, this methodology will have to suffice.
The First Category of Animal
The first category consists of animals that resemble animals that presently live on Earth.
This category includes elephants, platypuses, horses, cows, frogs, turtles, snakes, slugs,
and snails. Some of these look to be living organisms, while others seem merely statues.
What is significant is their incredible similarity to animal species found on Earth.
The Second Category of Animal
The second category is those animals that combine elements of animals that inhabit Earth
at this time in Earth’s biological history and that from our perspective would be viewed
as hybrids of living animal species. This category is exemplified by one species on Mars
(below) that combines the bodily shape of an octopus with the face of a lion or a dog.
Basiago – The Discovery of Life on Mars
The Third Category of Animal
The third category includes those animals that resemble dinosaur and reptile species that
are extinct on Earth. In this category, we can cite the plesiosaur, which has been
proposed as a solution to the Loch Ness, Lake Champlain, and Lake Okanagan mysteries.
The plesiosaur on Mars resembles the dinosaur brachiosaurus or a long-necked tortoise.
To the right of The Rock Enclosure on Tsiolkovski Ridge, a herd of plesiosaur-like
creatures can be seen with long necks like snakes and round bodies like turtles (below).
One clearly seems to possess the lenticular shell of a tortoise. Others have more ovoid
bodies, like large, round, gray-brown boulders. They have a head that is horse-like.
The fact that many of them have bodies camouflaged to look like boulders suggests that
these creatures are indigenous to Mars and have evolved under its conditions. The
plesiosaur is so common on Mars that it has even found its way into Martian art. The one
at right (bottom), from The Turquoise Field, may be a statue of two Martians riding one.
The Fourth Category of Animal
The fourth category encompasses those animals that are unlike anything that presently
lives or has ever lived on planet Earth. Into this category, we can place the human-lizard
hybrids seen resting on the ground as if cold-blooded and fairly immobile by nature.
In The Bowl to the left of The Rock Garden, and at three locations within The Rock
Garden, a human-reptilian species can be seen (below). They have bulbous heads and
flesh-toned arms and legs but creep along the ground. Their lizard-like bodies are flat, as
if cut out of rubber, like the popular children’s television character Gumby. The author
has given these relatively inert human-reptile hybrids the name The Gumby Lizard.
Basiago – The Discovery of Life on Mars
Reptilian and serpent motifs jut from the bowls that ring The Rock Garden to the left of
The Grotesque Skull. One resembles a snake (left), the other a brachiosaur (center).
Beneath the snake that emerges from the basin, a Gumby Lizard can be seen crawling on
the rim of the basin. It resembles a toddler with the lower body of a lizard. A being
standing in the center of the garden (right) also possesses both hominid and reptoid traits.
In front of The Rock Garden, below where the humanoids sit, three filamentous creatures
are walking toward Spirit. This species, named The Woofy by the author, combines the
morphology of a sea sponge with the face of a dog (Canis lupus familiaris), and would be
mistaken for a sagebrush or tumbleweed on Earth, were it not for its puppy dog face.
Basiago – The Discovery of Life on Mars
These and other animals on Mars defy classification by any known system on Earth. We
would include among the new forms of fauna on Mars the animal whose giraffe-like head
can be seen peering from behind the cliff literally within feet of Spirit. This animal has
red lips, a patch of blue beneath its bulging eyes, and a crest atop its head like some
dinosaurs. Even the most spirited disinformation that this report will inspire will have
difficulty finding a mundane, non-biological explanation for The Spying Giraffe (below).
The Predominance of Reptilian Species
One early conclusion that we can draw about the variety of animal species on Mars as
shown by this small sample of Martian biota taken from the West Valley of the
Columbian Basin of the Gusev Crater is that reptilian species predominate. These
include reptiles that once existed on Earth and reptiles that have never existed on Earth.
Among these species, the plesiosaur seems to be very common. According to Wikipedia:
Plesiosaurs were carnivorous aquatic… reptiles. After their discovery, they were
somewhat fancifully said to have resembled “a snake threaded through the shell of a
turtle,” although they had no shell. The common name “plesiosaur” is applied both to the
“true” plesiosaurs (Suborder Plesiosauroidea), which includes both long-necked
elasmosaurs and short-necked polycotylid forms… There were many species of
plesiosaurs… Plesiosaurs… appeared at the start of the Jurassic Period and thrived until
the K-T extinction, at the end of the Cretaceous Period. While they were Mesozoic
reptiles that lived at the same time as dinosaurs, they were not dinosaurs…
Maybe the creatures seen – including both living plesiosaurs (left) and dead ones (right) –
are plesiosaurs that survived on Mars the extinction that befell plesiosaurs on Earth.
Basiago – The Discovery of Life on Mars
The reptilian species on Mars seem to be more evolved than reptiles on Earth. In one
scene from the photograph, three turquoise creatures lie tangled on a hillside (left). One
has the head and shoulders of a man but his lower body is snake-like (right). He is
arching his back onto the back of a turtle and looking toward Spirit. They seem to be
more sentient and intelligent than any reptile or amphibian one would find on Earth.
There are numerous carved statues in NASA-JPL photograph PIA10214. These include
the human figures on the left edge of the western side of the Home Base plateau whose
discovery in 2008 led to the discovery of life on Mars later that year; the myriad of heads
that litter Tsiolkovski Ridge; and other statues found along the jagged edge of the cliff.
These statues can be classified into three kinds. The first is statues of human forms
worked in stone in the European style or in terra cotta in the Chinese style. The next is
monolithic heads like those of the Olmecs. The third is bas reliefs on the sides of rocks
like Native American petro glyphs or the sides of hills like Britain’s Cerne Abbas Giant.
Human Forms
The two figures on the left edge of the plateau, The Beings on the Edge (below), might be
carved statues. This is supported by the notion that human form is so highly articulated,
natural forces could simply not have carved two human figures in such close proximity.
Basiago – The Discovery of Life on Mars
It was first theorized that the female figure is a burl or spar formed naturally on the edge
of the cliff. Artists have noted that the blue gown of the female seems to be flowing
forward, so as to intentionally give the statue a sense of drama and urgency. Others have
observed that she looks made of terra cotta, like the buried soldiers of Xian in China.
While it is possible for natural forces to carve biological forms over time – New
Hampshire’s Old Man of the Mountain and New Mexico’s Camel Rock are examples –
The Beings on the Edge are probably artificial. This opinion is reached on the basis that
they are two separate and distinct forms that possess anatomy, gender, and movement.
In light of the photographic evidence (below) that the plateau from which this anomalous
object juts (left) and the sweeping valley below it (right) inter the remains of thousands of
Martians, who may have died when Maldek disintegrated, we cannot discount the
possibility that this statue – indeed, Tsiolkovski Ridge beyond it – is a funereal site.
The Beings on the Edge might be a memorial statue high above the cemetery grounds by
which these deaths are remembered. These objects might have been set in place to honor
the dead, mark their burial site, and tell the story of the cataclysm in which they perished.
We can see in these details (below) awful reminders of the killing fields on this planet.
Huge rock carvings of a fallen woman and man on the cliff below The Beings also tell
this terrible tale. A female (center) and male (right) lie still in their muddy tombs. The
woman’s dress has been carved to resemble that of the female figure up on the edge of
the plateau. The man has been given the hands of a lobster to signify death by deluge.
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Monolithic Heads
The humanoid head – touchstone of intelligence – is, it would appear, a prevailing feature
of Martian art. Tsiolkovski Ridge is littered with monolithic heads, faces, and masks
(below). These are placed at safe removes from each other, like statues in an open-air art
museum. Small humanoids are seen standing on and around them, as in a playground.
Among the numerous colossal heads that litter Tsiolkovski Ridge can be seen a large gold
face of the highly articulated Gray species that has appeared in the UFO literature since
the abduction of Barney and Betty Hill by extraterrestrials in 1961 (left). Other heads of
alien beings are carved on the tops of rocks in and near The Rock Enclosure (right).
The largest head in the photograph also happens to be where humanoids are found. At
the back of The Rock Garden, a grotesque humanoid skull with hands can be seen
(below). This is probably a carved statue rather than the skull of a dead being. The skull
is pointy or pyramidal. It has a heavy brow ridge, elephantine ears, and deep eye sockets.
To its right, another large statue can be seen. He is half buried and is thrusting his fist
into the air (bottom right). These occult statues are 20 times bigger than the humanoids
that sit nearby. They might represent Mars reaching up and literally bringing the living
down into the Martian underworld during the muddy deluge of the cataclysm on Mars.
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From the perspective of art criticism, the distinguishing aspect of these statues is the
element of the mud itself. These figures are seen rising from the mud, as if suffocating in
it. They are covered by mud. They have been given the color of the mud in which they
are buried alive. While the haunting nature of this work might cause us to conclude that
the Martians have a dark bent, if, as we theorize, this is a work pertaining to the
cataclysm that devastated Martian civilization, another way to look at these statues is as
an imaginative way to keep the memory of that catastrophe alive for future generations.
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Another large head, a boy’s face, is located in the jagged rocks of the cliff over-looking
the valley (left). The rock (or metal) from which the face is carved (or cast) is dark
bronze. His features are supple, even cherubic. The Face of a Boy looks like it was cast
in copper or brass and then placed in the cliff. The metal has tarnished over time.
Next to it, a stylized head resembling the ceremonial mask of a Native American
medicine man has been carved into the pink and turquoise rock, as if this site were in the
Southwest. The Medicine Man lies in a shamanic trance next to the boy (right). A being
or statue can be seen arduously climbing the stairs that have been notched into the rocks
(bottom). He may represent the universal human yearning for spiritual transcendence.
This complex may be a shrine, vista point, or power spot where religious rituals, nature
walks, or healings take place. One of the most striking works of terra-forming on Mars,
Shaman Point may be destined to be regarded as one of the most impressive works of
large stone work in a natural setting in the solar system, the Martian Mt. Rushmore.
Yet a third massive statue of a head, The Mask of Joy, can be seen lying on the
escarpment to the left of The Turquoise Field (below). It resembles a Greek mask and
some depictions of the head of Bacchus in Roman art. Its mouth is open, and humanoid
beings can be seen sitting in its mouth and dancing around its blue-green periphery.
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Not all carved statues of colossal heads in the West Valley of the Columbia Basin of
Mars are of the heads of humanoids. Some depict animal heads. These heads include,
for example, dog’s heads, such as in The Head of the Dog and The Head of the Dinosaur,
over which The Spying Giraffe can be seen observing the Rover Spirit (below). This
head is carved in a severe or menacing style that might be described as brutal in nature.
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Bas Reliefs on the Sides of Rocks
The Martians do not always carve heads in statuary form either. They also craft heads in
intaglios carved onto the sides of rocks. Bas reliefs of this type can be seen on several of
the rocks at The Rock Enclosure on Tsiolkovski Ridge within which the ectomorphic
humanoid is standing. On the stone to the right of The Rock Enclosure is a bas relief not
unlike those images from our civilization that personify the Sun as a being (right).
Bas Reliefs on the Sides of Hills
On the side of a hill in the far distance can be seen a bas relief consisting of two hearts.
Inside one heart (left), a female sprite vaguely resembling Tinker Bell arches backward to
reveal her breasts. Inside the heart next to her (left), a male face looks over at The
Arching Sprite and smiles fondly, as if the Tinker Bell figure inside is his valentine.
Nearby is the figure of a recumbent dog-like animal, with its face at bottom (right).
Other bas reliefs on the hillside depict intelligent entities looking out inter-dimensionally
from within spheres of light, as in the not-yet-fully-explained orbs phenomenon on Earth.
Like the other artwork, they produce a three-dimensional, holographic effect (below).
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Other Statues near The Beings on the Edge
That The Beings on the Edge are a statue and not a natural rock formation is supported by
the existence of other statues in their immediate vicinity. In human culture on Earth,
statues are often grouped among other statues in a common public display of art. We
have no basis to conclude that this is not also true for humanoids on other planets.
Down the escarpment of the plateau, toward its precipice, to the right of The Beings on
the Edge, our Martian artists have carved numerous other statues (below). One is a stele
featuring a human face (left). The others are details of different animal species, including
the head of a lion, the head of a horse, a tropical fish, a bee, and a dog. The Bee (bottom
center) has the gold head of a man on it where the upper body of the bee would begin.
The notion that these are carved statues is supported by the fact that The Tropical Fish
has been moved a considerable distance up the plateau. Since it is resting on the
downward face of the plateau and could not have tumbled there, it had to be moved there,
like a heavy piece of furniture dragged across a carpet, as evidenced by the drag marks.
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The strongest evidence that The Beings are statues that convey something meaningful can
be found by examining their location relative to not only these statues but the previously
mentioned outcropping terra-formed toward the precipice of the plateau. In this view, we
can see the position of The Being (left), The Tropical Fish (right), and these rocks (top).
At this ostensibly natural outcropping, as noted above, a female (left) and male (right) lie
cold and still. She lies on her back, staring at the sky; he lies next to her, on his stomach.
Her dress has been carved so that it resembles that of The Being up on the plateau’s edge.
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A sea tortoise (left) looks on, as if asking why the woman and the man have sunk to his
natural state. Elsewhere on the plateau, the statues of The Bee (center) and The Locust
(right), also depicted on their backs, as if dying, complete the picture of a complex
Martian ecology, and the advanced civilization that it supported, that have collapsed.
The Royal Children lie fallen beside them (below), as an Indian (far left), Mad Scientist,
Ufonaut, and Falcon (far right) look on, providing mute testimony to their demise.
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Happily, not all of the statues on the plateau are fraught with apocalyptic symbolism.
Some have been carved to satisfy the artist, in a way that shows a child-like sensitivity
for the preciousness of animals. Among these are The Sleeping Cat in front of Spirit
(left) and The Baby Salamander Nestled in the Rocks in the middle of the plateau (right).
A similar joie de vivre has been expressed in The Dolphin (right), which is emerging
from the ground as if from the sea, on the valley floor below The Locust. The Martians
that carved these figures seemingly possess sensibilities that we associate with human
beings, including joy, a fondness for the playful side of animals, and a reverence for life.
What is so conspicuous about these statues is not only their proximity to The Beings on
the Edge, but that they all represent animal species that exist on Earth. By divine
providence or cosmic serendipity, Spirit has set down on a plateau on Mars that is an
open-air gallery for statues of animals that convey Mars’ primordial connection to Earth.
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Presumably, Earth animals like cats have found their way into Martian statuary because
these species also exist on Mars. This finding is supported by this detail, in which two
puppies can be seen playing far down on the middle of Tsiolkovski Ridge. One is creamcolored
(left) and the other brown and banded across the eyes like a raccoon (right).
Several statues emit a gaseous or aqueous substance or have been designed to appear as if
they do. These include The Rocket on the Rock, a missile sitting atop a round head with
Asiatic features on the far left side of Tsiolkovski Ridge (left), and the statue named
Vomitus, a head that can be seen ejecting a muddy effluvium from his mouth (right).
One wonders which Martians did these imaginative works. Perhaps it was a Martian of
the decidedly human-looking sort seen standing, obscured, behind The Green Gargoyle,
the jade green, pepper-shaped head at the bottom right side of the ridge (below). His bald
head and gray outfit are reminiscent of “Dr. Evil” in the Austin Powers movies (right).
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The evidence of built structures on Mars found in PIA10214 is so clear that it proves that
Mars is – or was once – inhabited by beings capable of building things. In fact, some of
the best evidence for built structures is lying within plain sight, on the right side of the
cliff, directly in front of the Rover Spirit. There, laid out like a child’s toys, are a
sarcophagus, an aqueduct, and the scaffolding of a long-ago abandoned building.
The Sarcophagus (left) is shaped like a tin soldier. It has the body and the head of a king
in the Egyptian style. We can readily see the king’s eye, ear, and beard. Amazingly, his
thin neck remains intact. The king is wearing a hat identical to the banked, cylindrical
type worn by the Great Royal Wife of the Sun King Pharaoh Akhenaton, Queen Nefertiti,
as depicted in the iconic bust of her discovered by Ludwig Borchardt in 1912 (right).
To the right of The Sarcophagus, the blue-green form of The Water Sprite can be seen.
She is leaning forward arms outstretched, as if drinking from a river (below). She might
be both a waterworks and a sculpture symbolizing the return of life-giving water to the
land. Her praying mantis-like form also evokes the spring, when mantises are prevalent.
She could be mistaken for an insect, were it not for the human form of her upper body.
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Next to The Sarcophagus and The Water Sprite is The Face of the Bull. This rusted
metalwork welded to the side of the plateau is obviously a built structure. It might be the
remains of a dwelling or of a terraced viewing platform that marks the location of the
crested dinosaur fossil that pokes from the cliff above it, called The Head of the Lizard.
The Sarcophagus, The Water Sprite, The Face of the Bull and The Head of the Lizard
(below) could represent the four seasons – Winter, when the Sun lies dormant, like a
Pharaoh asleep in his stony tomb; Spring, when The Water Sprite returns to refresh the
land; Summer, when the Sun rages in the sky like a furious Bull; and Autumn, when the
Sun begins to slumber like a cold-blooded Lizard caught too long on a cold rock.
Human figures (left), a Goat (center right), and a Gremlin (right) also occupy the cliff.
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The Egyptian Connection
Like The Sarcophagus, an Egyptian hat sits atop one of the stone heads on Tsiolkovski
Ridge (left) and The Queen at the outcropping (bottom), whose Gray face and mitered hat
blend into the terrain because they were carved from the same amber-colored rock.
Curiously, the statues on the ridge and The Sarcophagus have been laid true north, which
suggests that the entire area might once have served as a funereal site. Metaphorically,
they also point to Egypt and the historical linkage between Ancient Egypt and Mars.
Cats also reveal this connection. The Ancient Egyptians worshiped cats (Felis sylvestris
catus), which were commonplace in their statuary during the reign of the Pharaohs. On
Mars, form also favors feline. The Sleeping Cat (left) is not the only cat at the site. The
Blue Cat (center) also expresses the Egyptian love of cats as pets and in statuary (right).
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The Easter Island Connection
Farther to the right of The Sarcophagus, not far from The Rock Garden, within the right
prong of the Y-pattern channelized into the ground, is another ancient artifact. This relic
resembles a galleon that lies shipwrecked in a desert land (left) or one of the monolithic
heads made by the Rapa Nui on Easter Island (right). A flower has been draped over it.
The Eastern Island connection can be conjectured in the sense that this massive stone
object shares the brooding forehead, protruding nose, and pursed lips of the statues found
on that mysterious island. Tiny humanoid beings can be seen on and around this timeless
relic (left). One can be seen extricating himself from the roseate soil (center). Does the
rongo-rongo script of Easter Island (right) tell of the many reptilian life forms on Mars?
We have only begun to find the myriad of obvious and obscure details in PIA10214. If it
proves to be real, and not the result of a hoax by or within NASA, then PIA10214 will be
regarded as the most significant photograph that has ever been made. More ancient
artifacts like these await discovery in PIA10214, purportedly the first photo ever taken by
human beings from Earth to capture a visual record of humanoid beings, animal species,
carved statues, and built structures existing on another planet in the Universe.
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Dead bodies are evidence that life exists, or at least, once existed, at a particular location.
Thousands of Martian bodies – fossilized, desiccated, or recently buried – lie in The
Debris Fields scattered across the entire panorama. They look like a vast, light brown,
pebbled moraine. These were discovered by enlarging very small portions of PIA10214.
They might be the remains of humanoids on Mars that were drowned and half-buried on
the surface of the silt deposited by a massive flood that struck Mars. The mass disaster
scenario is supported by the presence of fossils in The Valley Bottom, where human,
animal, and extraterrestrial remains can be seen submerged in the dirt (left), like human
corpses floating on muddy flood waters, since the day they perished in a huge deluge.
Alternatively, these could be humanoids killed by the snakes that exist on the Martian
surface. In the detail below (left), a serpent slithers through the mass of dead humanoids,
as a living humanoid tries to escape his fate by walking across the mass of dead bodies.
Serpents seem to abound in the West Valley of the Columbian Basin (center and right).
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Another possibility is that these are not the bodies of Martians interred following a mass
deluge, but the larvae of fetal Martians, gestating in the ground, only to walk the surface
of Mars during later stages of development. According to this view, what we are looking
at are embryonic Martians that first germinate in the ground like mushrooms do on Earth.
This would be consistent with the remote viewing data that determined that the Martians
live underground. Perhaps the Martians don’t live underground, but thrive in the ground.
If they are not fungal primates, there are other possible explanations for this vast morass
of bodily forms. They include the science fiction-inspired hypothesis that the individual
Martian bodies seen might be part of a larger organism that can spread across the surface
like an amoeba that contains a host of individual Martians. Such a membrane might be
made up of a myriad of tiny individual humanoids (below) but possess a unitary mind.
Such fanciful notions would be readily refuted by any forensic pathologist, for many of
the bodies in The Debris Fields are dressed in all blue or blue and white clothing. In the
lower left corner of the detail on the left (below), a male body dressed in a white shirt and
blue pants can be seen. At the center top of the detail on the right (below), a female body
in the same type of blue gown worn by the female figure on the cliff is lying face down.
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What we are probably looking at are thousands of corpses fructifying in a sticky paste.
This substance might have been produced by the predators that killed the humanoids or
by the humanoids as part of their burial practices. The presence of clothing establishes
that this membrane is neither a common organism nor a field of gestating humanoids.
If this theory holds up, The Beings on the Edge would constitute not carved statues but
rather the exoskeletons of humanoid beings that were killed by a predatory species,
perhaps by having some kind of immobilizing substance sprayed on them as they were
fleeing. They then remained permanently fixed at that point on the edge of the plateau.
While this supposition that a reptilian species on Mars is preying on a humanoid one is
too horrifying to even contemplate, it seems to be the biological explanation most readily
suggested by the available evidence. We have to look at the evidence of life on Mars in a
non-teleological way, seeing what is actually there and not what we would wish to see.
If the initial theory holds and The Beings on the Edge are determined to be a statue, they
might constitute a memorial statue that has been intentionally placed on this soaring vista
point high above the sprawling killing fields that lie below. The plethora of dead bodies
present in the tan slag is troubling and might suggest a reptilian civilization that, like the
Aztecan one of old, venerates death and has a fetishistic manner of burying its victims.
Indeed, the point where The Beings stand might be a place of ritual sacrifice. This is
indicated by the painted carving on the pediment upon which The Beings stand. It is a
hirsute reptile, resembling a feathered snake, biting the neck of a bearded male human.
This might be the sacrifice altar of the Martian Great Pyramid of Tenochtitlan. The
Aztecs founded a blood sacrifice civilization around a reptilian man-serpent, and it is
above a statue of this figure, the Plumed Serpent god Quetzalcoatl, that The Beings stand.
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In order to properly analyze PIA10214, we are going to have to cope with macabre
scenes of this sort. Another case in point is found on the right crest of Tsiolkovski Ridge,
where there are three boulders that look like Three Pieces of Chocolate Cake. Far from
it! This part of the photograph is like something found in a rotting log in a dark forest.
We can see two men – half like beetles – pitch forward to confront a plesiosaur (top), as
serpents with goofy faces slither up the hill and tiny humanoids seek refuge by
clambering onto a rock (bottom). This phantasmagoric scene suggests that the sparse
vegetation on Mars makes predation between biological life forms especially intense.
Above The Scorpion Man (left), darkly hooded figures (center) drag a woman (right) to
an uncertain fate. Are human beings from Earth being abducted and taken to Mars? Are
the 600,000 human beings said to be on Mars volunteers, conscripts, or abductees seized
on Earth in military abductions (MILABs)? These hellish scenes haunt the imagination.
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Just as we anthropomorphize from the human experience on Earth to our peril when
evaluating the humanoids on Mars, so we reach the limits of the Linnaean system of
biological classification when describing its many and varied animals. It is enough to say
that The Land Octopuses on Mars show differentiation of facial structure and fur color.
Similar taxonomic impediments arise when we consider the glass beings, such as The
Glass Totem on the Boulder (left) and The Glass Kachina (right). These might be
translucent statues, biological entities with transparent bodies, or spiritual beings
appearing in PIA10214 because of the inter-dimensional significance of this photograph.
The problem deepens when we consider the fact that at the center and standing around
The Glass Kachina are transparent forms with apple-shaped heads identical to that of The
Glass Totem on the Boulder. It is unclear whether the appendages coming from The
Glass Kachina are natural appendages or just regalia put on for show to welcome Spirit.
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The Face of the Bull (left) might have been forged not to represent a bull but a life form
on Mars that has an anvil-shaped face that we on Earth would recognize as that of a bull.
It is impossible to tell from this distance whether the more modern-looking form (right) is
itself a structure or the life form that inspired the design of the object on the left.
In the valley, the white spacesuit and blue helmet of The Astronaut can be seen (left and
center). Near him, the body of a similarly large form lies face down in the mud (right).
Are these the remains of a doomed space probe to the Columbian Basin or just a Martian
memorial to those who have lost their lives as star voyagers exploring the Cosmos?
The bright line distinction that must be drawn between what is animate and inanimate
will be difficult for us to make. While The Magic Carpet Rider (left) is clearly a stone
edifice of some kind designed to represent perhaps the pilot of an intergalactic ship,
Triangle Face the Rock Animal (center) makes a stronger case for the prospect that some
animals on Mars have evolved to camouflage themselves as boulders. This seems to be a
common evolutionary outcome on the surface of Mars, where some of the plesiosaurs
might not be reptiles at all but rather a species of fowl with round, gray bodies that make
them look like boulders and that have earned for them the name Rock Roosters (right).
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Similarly, we are unable to tell whether this is a human female bending over to look at
her infant or a Caterpillar Woman doing so (below). All we can say at this time is that
this appears to be a humanoid, who is female, who is looking down at what appears to be
a baby (right). A baby stroller appears to be on her left, a large black slug on her right.
This determination is made on the basis of what we know. However, to begin the field of
exobiology by this breakthrough that has emerged on the surface of the Red Planet, we
will have to analyze the evidence not just on the basis of what we know, but on the basis
of what we don’t know, and for that matter, on what we don’t know that we don’t know.
Close to where The Spying Giraffe looks over The Head of the Dog at Spirit (left), a
small creature sits on a rock (right). It has the look of a wrench that has been left too
long in the rain. But it also shares characteristics with Aves, hence its name The Wrench
Bird. Some things that we find on Mars will defy definition by any standard on Earth.
Thus, we must use not only our knowledge but our imagination when evaluating the
evidence of life on Mars, for as Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than
knowledge… [K]nowledge is limited to all we know and understand, while imagination
embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”
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Mars is inhabited. It is inhabited by humanoid beings like us and also by animal species
that are like those that exist on Earth in this age, that once existed on Earth in prehistoric
times, or that are hybrids that possess the characteristics of two or more Earth species at
once. These include human-insect hybrids and human-lizard hybrids.
The discovery of life on Mars is highly significant because it represents the first time that
life has been found beyond the confines of Earth. It is also very important because it
constitutes the first evidence of humanoid life beyond Earth. This suggests that in
universal terms, human life forms might be fairly common throughout the Universe.
Earth is not the only inhabited planet in our solar system. This discovery will work a
Copernican revolution in every area of human learning, especially anthropology,
evolutionary biology, archaeology, the history of ancient civilizations, and exopolitics.
The 21st Century will be one of intergalactic contact for human civilization on Earth.
Life on Mars mirrors that on Earth. It shows evidence of such things as speciation,
predation, the descent of primates, division into male and female, and the development of
symbiotic relationships between species. This indicates that life on Earth and Mars might
have come from the same source or followed similar developmental pathways.
This discovery helps solve the UFO mystery, in the sense that it confirms that life exists
beyond our planet, that such life includes intelligent, bipedal hominids, and that the
humanoids found on Mars conform to the “aliens” reported in the UFO literature.
Human beings share a common template with other humanoids in an inhabited Universe.
Mars is the site of many ancient artifacts consisting of statues and structures of great
archaeological significance that reveal the presence on Mars of at least one advanced,
intelligent civilization. The similarity of biological and archeological forms on the Earth
and Mars indicates an evolutionary and historical linkage between the Earth and Mars,
specifically, a connection between Ancient Egypt and Ancient Mars.
The life that has been discovered on Mars is stranger than we could ever imagine it to be.
Luckily, the evidence available from this first view of Martian civilization indicates that
the humanoids on Mars are intelligent, social, peaceful beings that do not endanger us.
They are cooperative and make art with both high intelligence and a child-like sensibility.
The implication of the ancient artifacts is that the Martians are in some way related to us.
Any future manned mission to Mars should account for the diversity of human groups,
animal species, and ancient artifacts on Mars, and carefully plan to protect them from the
externalities of the mission. To do otherwise would violate the precautionary principle.
The discovery of life on Mars is one of the great events of the 21st Century and begins a
new chapter of the human adventure in the Universe, one in which humanity collectively
crosses the threshold that spans its past as an earthbound race and its future as a spacefaring
civilization in contact with biological species that exist elsewhere in the Cosmos.

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