Sep 10, 2022 I Nick Redfern

The Planet Mars: Why It's Far From Being a Dead World

Today's article is on a controversial subject, one that focuses on the possibility there is life on the planet Mars. That's right: Martians. And, possibly the remains of ancient buildings. Even what's left of long dead cities on Mars. Let's have a look at the available data that suggests Mars is far from being dead. May 22, 1984 was one of the most significant of all days in the incredible quest to seek out the truth of intelligent, alien life on Mars. So, why weren’t we, the public, told all about it? How come the story wasn’t splashed across the front pages of the world’s newspapers? Why weren’t major TV news networks on top of it? The answer to all of those questions is both controversial and amazing: the entire affair was deliberately shrouded in blankets upon blankets of secrecy. And who was responsible for ensuring that the secrecy remained intact?

None other than the Central Intelligence Agency: the CIA. Operating out of its headquarters at Langley, Virginia, the CIA – for reasons that, decades later, still remain unclear – decided that it was vital to try and determine if Mars was a dead world, a planet teeming with life, or somewhere in between. So, the CIA decided to focus on Mars in its very distant past. It has to be said that the CIA took a most controversial and alternative way to securing the answers. The CIA’s agents didn’t employ the help of NASA or of any other space agency. In fact, rather astonishingly, and taking into consideration the subject-matter – life on Mars - there is no evidence that NASA had any idea, whatsoever, of what the CIA was doing behind the curtains. Rather, the CIA used a process known as “Remote Viewing,” or, in simple terms, spying of the psychic kind. And what did the CIA find? I'll tell you. The remote-viewer said: "I’m tracking severe, severe clouds, more like dust storm, ah, its geologic's like mountains of dirt appear and then disappear when you go before. See ah…large flat surfaces, very ah...smooth....angles, walls, they're really large though, I mean they're megalithic." More was found by the CIA: "I'm seeing ah…It's like a perception of a shadow of people, very tall...thin, it's only a shadow. It's as if they were there and they're not, not there anymore."

(NASA) The Martian Banyan Trees

Other statements from the CIA Remote-Viewer include these: "I just keep seeing very large people. They appear thin and tall, but they're very large. Ah...wearing some kind of strange clothes. I want to move from your physical location in space to another physical location, but in this time period. Deep inside of a cavern, not a cavern, more like canyon. Um, I'm looking up, up the sides of a steep wall that seem to go on forever. And there's like ah...a structure with's like the wall of the canyon itself has been carved. Again I'm getting a very large structures, no…ah…no intricacies, huge sections of smooth stone...They have a ah....appears to be the end of a very large road and there's a...marker thing that's very large, keep getting Washington Monument overlay, it's like an...obelisk." There's more: "Ah...very...tall again, very large...people, but they're thin, they look thin because of their height and they dress like in, oh hell, it's like a real light silk, but it's not flowing type of clothing, it's like cut to fit."

There was this from the CIA, too: They're ah…evidently was a…a group or a party of them that went to find place to live. It's like I'm getting all kinds of overwhelming input of the…corruption of their environment. It's failing very rapidly and this group went somewhere, like a long way to find another place to live." "Impression of a really crazy place with volcanos and gas pockets and strange plants, very volatile place, it's very much like going from the frying pan into the fire. Difference is there seems to be a lot of vegetation where the other place did not have it. And different kind of storm." Of one thing we can be certain when it comes to the matter of the CIA’s 1984 remote-viewing of Mars: the entire story is undeniably and wholly incredible. We are, after all, talking about an ancient Martian race, giant-sized humanoids, ancient pyramids, a civilization teetering on the very edge of almost certain, irreversible destruction, and much more. Now, let's look at another Martian mystery.

As NASA noted in 1997: “Launched November 7, 1996, Mars Global Surveyor became the first successful mission to the red planet in two decades. After a year and a half spent trimming its orbit from a looping ellipse to a circular track around the planet, the spacecraft began its prime mapping mission in March 1999." But, there was more. Tucked away among a wealth of less controversial images from the Mars Global Surveyor were a number of astounding images that appeared to show nothing less than vast areas of vegetation; trees, even. They looked eerily like what on Earth are termed Banyan Trees. They are, essentially, trees that grow and thrive by living on other trees. It wasn’t long before the media – and Arthur C. Clarke – caught wind of these extraordinary photographs and what they seemed to show. He wasted no time at all in giving his opinion on this new development on Mars. Clarke made no bones about it when he said that the collective images were “so striking that there is no need to say anything about it.” Clarke was also excited by the fact that Mars’ very own Banyan Trees appeared to alter in appearance, according to the seasons on Mars. On this particular point, Clarke could not forget NASA’s words that Mars had “very repeatable weather patterns” when he said, “Something is actually moving and changing with the seasons.” 

It was in 1998 that the Mars Global Surveyor photographed what looks very much a monolith on the surface of Mars’ moon Phobos. The controversy surrounding the eye-opening image continues to annoy NASA and to amaze seekers of Martians and those who conclude that Mars was once a world filled with life. It should be noted, though, that Phobos’ monolith is not alone. That’s right: Phobos has a rival in the weird stakes. Say “hello” to nothing less than the monolith of Mars. That’s right: both Phobos and its parent planet appear to have on their surfaces what seem to be obelisk-shaped stones. It’s no surprise that the controversy surrounding the “object” seen on the Red Planet reverberated all around the world when the story reached the eager ears and eyes of the media. 

(NASA) Phobos' Monolith

On September 24, 2015, the U.K.’s Express newspaper ran an article titled “Has Stonehenge been found on Mars? Ancient ‘alien’ stone circle discovered on Red Planet.” That’s quite a headline, to say the very least. “Mr. Enigma,” who highlighted the breaking story at his YouTube channel said that what appeared to be in evidence on the surface of Mars was “a perfectly circular platform with a strange cluster of stones emerging from it.” He added: “I know the formation is not an exact match, nor am I saying it is, indeed, a Stonehenge set up. I am just saying there is something strange about this area and it looks very much like the mysterious ancient stone circle of Stonehenge. Could the builders of Stonehenge have visited Mars and did they build the same thing there? Or did we have visitors who taught us how to build these things and do the same for long-lost beings on Mars as well? Or is this just another face on Mars illusion?”

Now, let us take a careful look at some of the other imagery that has been collected, studied and placed into the public domain as evidence that there was (and possibly still is) life on Mars. One particular case - that I personally think has a high degree of merit attached to it - concerns what has become known as the “Face-Hugger photograph.” Taken in July 2015 by NASA’s Curiosity Rover, it appears to show a strange creature that looks astonishingly like the monstrous face-invading creatures that appear in the phenomenally successful series of Alien movies. They starred Sigourney Weaver as Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley and reaped in an incredible amount of dollars. The story broke in early August 2015. The headlines were predictably sensational. The U.K.’s Metro newspaper ran with the story and titled their feature as follows: “Crab-like alien ‘facehugger’ is seen crawling out of a cave on Mars.”

(NASA) The Face Hugger

The article included the words of Seth Shostak, a skeptic when it comes to the matter of life on Mars, and the Senior Astronomer and Director of the Center for SETI Research; “SETI” standing for “search for extraterrestrial intelligence.” Shostak said of the strange looking thing and other allegedly anomalous photos that reach him from time to time: “Those that send them to me are generally quite excited, as they claim that these frequently resemble something you wouldn’t expect to find on the rusty, dusty surface of the Red Plane. It’s usually some sort of animal, but occasionally even weirder objects such as automobile parts. Maybe they think there are cars on Mars.”

Take a look at this photo taken in the Libya Montes area – a ring of mountains on Mars - by the Mars Global Surveyor. It appears to show a large face, with a pointed chin, a pair of eyes and a nose. Hence the name: "The Crowned Face," whatever “it” may be. In just this article we have been able to see that Mars is filled with anomalies, some of the planet itself, and others that appear to have been created by intelligent beings. Very much like what we see in the final moments of the 1968 movie, Planet of the Apes, the Martian landscape appears, to me, to be littered with evidence of what was once at least one or several sprawling cities, but all now rendered pulverized and flattened. And a civilization collapsed. In the movie, such a city would turn out to be New York, as the presence of a ruined and pummeled Statue of Liberty makes abundantly and graphically clear. That’s when Charlton Heston’s astronaut character, “Taylor,” learns to his sudden horror that he is not on a faraway world, after all, but on Earth, thousands of years after a nuclear war has all but decimated our world and its people.

(NASA) The Crowned Face

There’s another parallel with that classic movie, too: one of the primary characters in Planet of the Apes is Dr. Zaius, the Minister of Science. He has spent much of his life terrified by the possible revealing of the true history of the ape planet. Namely, that we, the human race, came first and that, in terms of technology, we were once far ahead of the apes’ society. Zaius’s fear is that opening the equivalent of Pandora’s Box will cause chaos in the world of the apes. So, he takes the only option he thinks is viable: Zaius buries everything, just in case, even if he’s not fully sure of what went on before his civilization emerged. I sometimes ponder on the possibility that some of NASA’s staff, not unlike Dr. Zaius, might be fearful of what the ramifications could be if history is changed by the opening of that aforementioned box.

When it comes to the scientific community, it is almost exclusively unwilling to address the mysteries of Mars in a fashion that just might have a potentially adverse bearing on their lofty, much-cherished reputations. Some, I suspect, are fearful of what they might find if they dare to go looking too closely: what we might call a skewed case of deliberate self-censorship. That point is something that also harks back to Planet of the Apes. As the movie comes to its chilling, unforgettable ending, Dr. Zaius cautions Charlton Heston’s character, Taylor, with these words: “Don't look for it, Taylor. You may not like what you find.” Something to ponder on, for sure...

NOTE: All of the photos used in this article came from NASA.

As NASA is an arm of the U.S. Government, NASA considers the pictures public domain.

Nick Redfern

Nick Redfern works full time as a writer, lecturer, and journalist. He writes about a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, alien encounters, and government conspiracies. Nick has written 41 books, writes for Mysterious Universe and has appeared on numerous television shows on the The History Channel, National Geographic Channel and SyFy Channel.

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