(…and will we ever be able to get there…from here?)

Based upon the state of our scientists’ knowledge and understanding about conditions on Mars, it seems that it was not always the cold, arid, and lifeless planet it’s been thought to be. It’s now thought that at one time it may have had a warm, wet, environment, which helped it have an atmosphere similar in many ways to what we have here on Earth.

What we don’t yet know or understand about it, however, is why and how that all changed. So NASA’s recent announcement that there is evidence of liquid water on Mars raises some very intriguing questions, the main one being…can there ever be another there…there… and will we ever be able to get there…from here?

We think that’s a very important one to ask because if, at one time, Mars did have an environment similar to what we have here on Earth, then, its potentials for colonization by humans are much more likely to be real. The recent Hollywood film production – The Martian – about one of our astronauts becoming stranded there, like a latter-day Robinson Crusoe, explores that possibility based upon apparently sound scientific premises…making the idea of humans colonizing it not as far-fetched as some might think…which leads us to a further bit of speculation about how things might go forward from where we are today.

However, there are other things to consider which could have an importance as we do so. Among these are some hundred years of previous speculations about extraterrestrials coming to or visiting Earth. Most prominent of these being the theories and writings on the subject by a gentleman named Von Daniken who was convinced that the rise of most of Earth’s civilizations was due to such extraterrestrials’ arrivals here…not just the result of a progressive evolution by a bunch of clever humanoid apes. Although dismissed as being a self-promoting crackpot by much of the scientific community at the time, his views did generate a host of followers who came to believe the same thing (and for many who still do today). That is, our developments of civilization and high levels of technology derive from such extraterrestrials coming to Earth.

Over time a lot of supposedly supporting evidence for such visitations was pointed out, such as the famous lines and figures in Chile’s and Peru’s coastal deserts, the dimensions of which can only truly be viewed from the air…as ” signposts” for extraterrestrials; or, the similar though less extensive figures found among the Mound Builders sites of Illinois, in North America. Other strange rock carvings and signs in Europe and the Western Hemisphere, further reinforced these speculations because they very closely resembled what we today call – space suits and helmets – the most startling of all being those Toltec monolithic statues in Mexico which sport what look like some sort of ray-gun device at their sides.

Then of course we have all those UFO episodes, of which Area 51 in our New Mexico is the most notorious, all of which have helped to keep such visions of little green men from Mars neatly imbedded in our erstwhile modern minds, with films such as -ET- being the most vivid example of that.

But our bit of speculation here is more of the “what if” kind rather than anything fancifully mystical, as we attempt to synthesize all of these things into a more coherent perspective. So here are some of those “what if’s” to provide us with some serious food for thought about it:

  • Though not as favorably positioned as Earth in its relation to our sun star, what if Mars had at one time a habitable environment suitable for sentient beings.
  • And at that time, what if it still had an active molten core, similar to Earth’s, thus keeping it warm enough to sustain such life forms.
  • And because of that, what if liquid water was plentiful, flowing about much as it does here on Earth.
  • And because of that liquid water, what if a more complex, composite, and thicker atmosphere, much like our own, was able to develop and prevail there.
  • And from all that, what if sentient life formed and evolved, much as it has done here on Earth, to reach as high or higher levels of technological development as ours.
  • Then, what if, at some point in its history, things began changing on Mars. Its molten core began cooling, becoming less active; thus what had once been a warm life sustaining environment became increasingly colder and colder; water began freezing, no longer liquid, and its cyclic contribution for maintaining that Martian atmosphere diminished, thus making it impossible for existing life forms there to survive, as that atmosphere (much like with the freeze-drying process) slowly began fizzing off into the vacuum of space, to ultimately leave Mars with only a thin remnant of atmosphere it seems to have today.
  • So, what if, whatever sentient beings existing there at the time came to realize that “emigration” to a nearby planet, our Earth, was the only option left for the survival of their species, thereby becoming the source of all those stories about extraterrestrials coming to Planet Earth, leaving us to ponder “what if”, because of that, we are, perhaps, descendants of such a Martian “colonizing” event here on Earth?
  • But now, finding ourselves in a similar predicament to theirs back then, because our numbers may be overloading our environment, we too are beginning to realize we may be forced to do the same as such long ago Martians ancestors did, only this time, we would be reversing that event by our “re-colonizing” of Mars, in effect, … coming home again.

Well, if this sounds too much like the script for an off-the-wall-far out-sci-fi movie script, tell any of those Hollywood producer types this is copyrighted content, but, if they want to use it tell them to phone Mars, and if ET answers…we’re ready and willing to talk…deal.


Annex - Issue No. 86- Oct 2015