The Honorable Robert A. Roe, Chairman House Committee on Science,
Space and Technology
U.S. House of Representatives
Rayburn Building -- Room 2243
Washington, D.C. 20515
Dear Congressman Roe:
I am writing to you today regarding an issue which may prove to be one of the most important discoveries in the course of humankind. During the NASA Viking I & II missions in 1976, several unusual surface features were photographed
in the Cydonia Mensae region of Mars. These "formations" not only look very unusual, but also seem to display remarkable geometric alignments.
While it is impossible to state for certain whether these objects are of natural or artificial origin, our two thousand year history of scientific inquiry and discovery "IMPELS" us to find out the answer. The problem is:
NASA has steadfastly refused over the past several years (despite mounting evidence from the scientific community) to seriously consider the "Intelligence Hypothesis." They seem to be convinced that their own program, SETI, is the only road which could lead to the discovery of extra-terrestrial intelligence. This, in spite of the fact, that there is absolutely NO evidence that any extrasolar civilization is trying to communicate by radio astronomy. The objects in Cydonia cry out to be investigated. They are the only"evidence" (even if tentative) that someone else may be out there.
Won't you please use your position as our Congressional representative on scientific matters to MAKE SURE that our tax-supported space agency spends the small fraction of their SETI budget necessary to properly analyze this data AND to re-photograph this area during the Mars Observer Mission in 1992.
Very sincerely yours,
Martin E. Arant