Discovery of Specific Geometric Redundancies at Cydonia Mensae:
New Support for the Relationship Model
Indicating a "Martian" Intelligence
By Richard C. Hoagland, Founder
The MARS MISSION
NASA's unmanned Viking mission in 1976 returned images of a set of highly controversial, anthropomorphic and geometric objects located in the Cydonia Mensae region of the planet Mars. These objects for 13 years have been derisively dismissed as irrelevant to SETI -- the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence -- mainly, it is argued, because NASA's on-going SETI Program has systematically ignored the potential for ETgenerated physical evidence within the confines of the solar system; interstellar radio searches of the electromagnetic spectrum are currently the exclusive SETI focus. Recent work, however, now reveals a set of strikingly ^Rspecific and repeating mathematical constants^R, derived from redundant geometric spacing and alignments between five geomorphologically diverse objects -- including a direct mathematical connection with the siting latitude of the objects on the planet. It is argued that this new evidence presents robust support for the "intelligence hypothesis" as an increasingly likely explantion of these enigmatic landforms. The only potential natural process capable of producing such specific mathematical relationships -crystallization -- is reviewed and dismissed for a variety of reasons, ranging from scale factors, to the extreme morphological diversity of the mathematically connected objects, to the absence of known surface constituants capable of forming such crystallization patterns. Even an unknown "local crystallization phenomenon," it is pointed out, could have no plausible connection with the specific latitude of the objects on the planet -- the strongest single observation in favor of an "intelligence hypothesis." Comparison is inescapable: between the potential geometric "signal" strongly suggested by these new observations at Cydonia, and proposals made by several well-known investigators of the last century for similar patterns to be impressed upon terrestrial signals to hypothetical extraterrestrial observers -- proposals that included the construction of giant geometric figures here on Earth.
Acceptance of these observations is not equivalent to acceptance of the potential existence of "Martians"; recent discussions of the feasibility of sub-light interstellar exploration make clear that, while previous visits to the solar system by advanced technical societies is difficult, it is not precluded by the parameters of current physics. In conclusion, therefore, it is argued that these new observations mandate a general reexamination of the existing SETI paradigm regarding ET artifacts, even as they urgently suggest the need for an acceleration of the effort to secure new Cydonia imagery from Mars Observer.