Not one, but three faces on Mars

Martian_face_viking-3.jpgImage by Viking 1 in 1976. NASA [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


When I first heard about the face on Mars, I—like many people—was fascinated. Could it be evidence of intelligent life? Was the universe even stranger than we had imagined? Or was this simply a trick of Light and shadow?

And, I wondered, why was it taking so long to go back and look for the answer?

Indeed, it was another twenty years before the face was re-imaged, this time by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (1996-2006).

1280px-Face_on_Mars_with_Inset.jpgBy NASA / JPL / University of Arizona [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

To my great disappointment, the pronouncement was that it was simply a natural feature, a trick of light and shadow. But was it?



Enter John E. Brandenburg PhD:

Initially a plasma physicist working on research for the various space program, Dr. Brandenburg’s interest in the Mars question became a life-long passion. And his career, including work on the Clementine Moon Mission, gave him access to some surprising information.

His book, Death on Mars: The Discovery of a Planetary Nuclear Massacre, is a fascinating account of his career and discoveries over the years. For instance, there is not one, but three faces on Mars.


The Three Faces of Mars

The image we have seen, the one pictured above, is from a region called Cydonia.

The second and third faces are from the region of Utopia and are called Galaxias and Chaos and also known as Galaxias A and Galaxias B.

Face A & B.jpgNASA Image 86A10 from Brandenberg (2015)

Here is a close-up of Galaxas:

Utopia Face 1.jpgTHEMIS image V22286011 2007 Galaxias Face A


But were the faces made by intelligent life?

For a variety of reasons, I would contend they were. The most compelling is the similarity among them.

Despite the obvious erosion, the faces share many characteristics in common, including:

  • Overall structure of nose, mouth and eyes
  • Helmets
  • Helmet ornamentations
  • Indentations over the left eyes
  • Marks on the cheeks

Furthermore, enhancement of Galaxias A shows symmetric brickwork on the nose and a pupil in an eye while enhancement of the Cydonia image shows nostrils.

But what is most interesting, all three faces are situated in what appears to be the rubble of destroyed cities beside a long-dead ocean.



Yes, there was once an ocean on Mars

Or, so it would seem.

Brandenburg had access to the reports on soil samples taken from the Viking lander that touched down in an area with all the geologic characteristics of a vast ocean. The soil samples were salty. But was there water on Mars?

Based on data retrieved from analysis of meteorites, yes there was once water on Mars. But not only water–organic matter and microfossils were obtained from the same meteorites.

s96-12609.jpgElectron microscope photo of Meteorite ALH84001 showing microfossils (NASA)


Mars was once like Earth

As shocking as this may seem, all this suggests that Mars once had an atmosphere—a greenhouse bubble—that supported life. And if the humanoid faces are any indication, that life included human-like beings who, according to Brandenburg, had progressed to the stone-age as evidenced not only by the sphinxlike faces but by the pyramidal structure close to those faces.

So what happened to this stone-age civilization?


Enter xenon 129, krypton and argon 36 analysis

Brandenburg also had access to reports on the Martian atmosphere (or lack thereof). He found an excess of xenon and krypton gases in relation to argon-36.

There is only one thing that could account for that ratio and that is a violent hydrogen bomb explosion. Nuclear reactions like those in nuclear power plants just will not do it. It had to be a bomb. Why? Because analysis of our atmosphere after exploding nuclear bombs obtained the same signature.


Was there a nuclear war on Mars?

That is Brandenburg’s hypothesis and his arguments are convincing at least to the point of demanding further study.


But who could have exploded those hydrogen bombs and when?

Because Brandenburg believes Martian civilization did not advance further than the stone-age, he contends that a civilization outside our solar system was responsible.

I am not so sure. I do not think we can look at what appear to be stone-age structures and say the civilization was only stone-aged. It is equally likely an advanced Martian civilization wiped itself out (a chilly warning, if we care to take it) and all that survived were megalithic structures from the past. As would happen here under similar circumstances.

When did this nuclear explosion happen? According to Brandenburg about 200 million years ago, the time of the Great Permian extinction on Earth—a time when life was nearly knocked of our own planet as well.

Take another look at the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter image:

1280px-Face_on_Mars_with_Inset.jpgBy NASA / JPL / University of Arizona [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


Look at the symmetry of the face. Look at the nostrils. Now think about what 200 million years of erosion would do to carved details. I am surprised this much has remained.


More questions than answers

Why does our most famous survivor of the Permian extinction—the cockroach—show resistance to radiation? Did a thermonuclear event also happen on Earth? (Brandenburg, 2015)

And what about the out-of-place artifacts found on our planet? Could the inhabitants of Mars have made it to Earth hundreds of millions of years ago? Does this explain 252 + million year old footprints discussed in my earlier blog.

More intriguing: Could Martian “humans” have been marooned on Earth all those hundreds of millions of years ago, surviving and eventually adapting and evolving to become the humans we know today? Does Mars hold the bones of our ancestors?

And why, I now wonder, are the faces pointing up to the cosmos where only airborne craft would see them, not inhabitants on the surface of the planet?


One more thing

It would seem the search is now on with others finding more faces on Mars. This discovery is attributed to someone named Greg Orme:

MARS Face #4.pngFrom the MARS GLOBAL SURVEYOR 1999.




Brandenburg PhD, John E. (2015). Death on Mars: The Discovery of a Planetary Nuclear Massacre. Kempton, IL: Adventures Unlimited Press.



It’s another UFO—That wasn’t



Having decided that it was time to clean out the basement, my husband and I have been chipping away at the storage down there. You know what I mean—the piles that accumulate because, “Hey, it might come in handy one day,” or, “This is too good to throw away, someday I’ll find someone who can use it.”

(And don’t you just hate it when you get a gift and just know someone was trying to unclutter their basement?)

Anyway I came upon this UFO (unfinished object) in a bag. What memories! I started it maybe 40 years ago and—as I remembered it—never finished the hand quilting. No time like the present.

I pulled it out and dragged it upstairs.

Okay, to finish it I need:

  • Needles and thread
  • Special thimbles so I don’t pick my fingertips apart with the needles
  • Oh, and a frame to hold it so it will be easier to handle. A floor frame, of course.

Next step: Amazon. Found just what I needed and then I found a few more “cute” gizmos for crafts. All must-haves of course. Order placed.

An hour later, I got to inspecting the quilt. Well, I searched and searched and it was all quilted. There wasn’t even an inch that needed more work. It wasn’t a UFO at all. When, I wondered, did I actually finish it? (And mend the rips, too.)

Just another UFO that wasn’t. How sad.

What did our ancestors know about quantum physics?


When first I saw Laird Scranton’s book, The Science of the Dogon: Decoding the African Mystery Tradition, I thought, “Oh, another re-hash of the ancient alien theory.”

There had been a lot of talk about the Dogon ever since Robert Temple published a chapter on them in The Sirius Mystery: New Evidence of Alien Contact 5,000 Years Ago. (Temple’s chapter was based on anthropologists Griaule’s and Dieterlen’s work with the Dogon).

But last week I heard an interview with Laird Scranton. He was discussing his work on Chinese cosmology and how it, symbolically, is similar to the Dogon and others. THAT certainly changed my mind. This man is brilliant


Who is Laird Scranton?

41TL9cX3qQL._UX250_.jpgPhoto from the Laird Scranton page on Amazon

He’s not an anthropologist, nor an archeologist, nor a quantum physicist, but he is a cosmologist who has had to delve into all these subjects. The brilliant part is that I probably understand these subjects—especially quantum theory—better from reading his work than from reading “popular” books on these subjects. He is a genius at explanation.

Laird Scranton is a computer programmer—that’s his day job. More specifically, he takes old programs and updates them. This means he must look at code, look for patterns in code, and try to figure out what the original programmer intended by that code. It is kind of like deciphering a new language, but one that uses symbols, not full words and sentences. He took that skill, applied it to Dogon cosmology, and what he found is astonishing.


What he has found

The first thing he discovered is a deep-rooted similarity between creation myths across the globe. Most these creation myths (cosmologies) start with a self-created god/dess who emerges from primordial water then creates more gods (8 to be exact) in pairs of opposites such as male/female, dark/light, etc….

He notes there are symbols common to these cosmologies, most notably a spiraling coil, primordial waters, clay, and the numbers 2 and 8.

He also uncovers concepts in common throughout creation myths including female goddesses of moisture, weaving and language associated with a twin god associated with pottery and/or metallurgy, as well as an original Mother Goddess. Cosmologies also seem to emphasize the four cardinal points and creation as beginning with the Word.


But then things get interesting

After isolating these recurring “themes” he takes a closer look and finds they correlate with current scientific theories, most notably the Big Bang and quantum physics.

His further research uncovers these same themes carried out in different regions of the globe and in different cosmologies, but with the same “root” symbols.


I’ll give an example

The goddess Neith is one of the oldest, if not the oldest Egyptian God/dess. Indeed she pre-dates dynastic Egypt. Born from primordial waters, she is the weaver goddess and this is one of her many hieroglyphs:               unspecified.png

The “wavy” line is water, the mound is a representation of matter (at least for the Dogon), the figure denotes a god/dess, but the important symbol is the shuttle with which she weaves the world into existence. Weaving is done with threads, which are also strings.

So that takes us to quantum physics and string theory. What is important to know about string theory is that the basic source of matter is theorized to be like a string rather than a sharp point or blob.

Strings combine—weave together—in complex ways. These pictures of “string formations” are from Wikimedia Commons:

Feynman_relativ.gifBy Nina Hernitschek [CC BY-SA 2.5 (, via Wikimedia Commons



By Steffenchristensen (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

Look familiar?



And that’s not all

If this were the only example he gives, I’d say “interesting co-incidence.” But it is not.

Take the word for thread, string, or cord in ancient Egyptian. It is set related to the word sett that means “to tremble” or “to vibrate.” Quantum strings vibrate.  

But, again, that is not all. Neith weaves the string, “the fundamental source of the vibration of matter” as Scranton puts it, to create the matter of the universe.

Neith is not the only god/dess that can be understood using quantum theory. Scranton goes on to describe the Egyptian god Menu (or Min) whom he sees as the “composite of the four quantum forces—in a sense virtually a formula for matter.” (It would take me pages to describe that one, so I will spare you.)

What I have just given is at best 1% of the convincing arguments Laird Scranton puts forth. The evidence seems to be overwhelming.

As for me, I am convinced some ancient civilization, lost in one of the many cataclysms of “pre”-history, encoded scientific information in myths and legends as a way of preserving them until humanity was again advanced enough to understand the science behind them.


Or maybe other dimensional beings?

But then, I must admit, Scranton’s view is also intriguing. What physicists have found about other dimensions is also encoded in the science of the Dogon and in Egyptian hieroglyphs. (It has to do with quantum physics and something called spin—again, too long to describe here.) Could this knowledge have been brought to the Egyptians by entities from other dimensions? That’s what the Dogon “myths” say. And the “myths” of many other ancient cultures as well.




Laird Scranton homepage

Scranton, Laird (2006). The Science of the Dogon: Decoding the African Mystery Tradition. Rochester, VT: Inner Traditions.

Temple, Robert (1998). The Sirius Mystery: New Evidence of Alien Contact 5,000 Years Ago. Rochester, VT: Destiny Books.

For interviews, see YouTube or Where did the road go podcast (among many other venues)