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Missions To Mars
Will they make it? Will they survive? Some won't!

In 1988 the Russians launched their Phobos II probe to Mars.
One of its missions was to photograph Phobos, the smallest of
Mars' satellites. In one of the photos transmitted back to
Earth, an anomalous light is shown to left of the tiny moon.

Russian astronomer Paul Stonehill states that the light, or
UFO, then turned toward Phobos II and destroyed it. No further
signals were received from the probe.

In October, 1992, America launched its Observer spacecraft to
Mars on a comprehensive photographic mission to map the surface
of that planet as a prelude to a manned exploration in the near
future. One of the features NASA has agreed to photograph is an
apparently symmetrical object known as "The Face on Mars" near
the Cydonia region, which appears to have been carved by
sentient beings. It is about one mile long and one mile wide.
Computer enhancements of the object and other nearby features
indicate that they may not be naturally formed.

Although Mars' atmosphere is 150 times less dense than Earth's,
scientists believe enough elements are available to have
supported microbes and they plan to search for them in the
perma-frost at the poles. Microbes frozen for thousands or
millions of years have been recovered on Earth and made to live
again. Scientists hope to recover similar suspended life on
Mars and re-establish them elsewhere. If that fails, they have
sophisticated plans to introduce microscopic plant life from
Earth to the surface of Mars and begin a cycle of life that may
lead to the building of an atmosphere, higher plants and even
animal life as a purely naturally occurring evolutionary
process.

Once introduced to a fertile environment, scientists are
convinced micro-organisms and microscopic plant life will
create their own atmosphere, just as they did on Earth millions
of years ago. Once higher plants are established, animals
should follow naturally.

Of course, colonists will have to be sent to Mars to oversee
and occasionally prod this life-building process. If
successful, Earth's future generations_your grandchildren and
mine_will become the "Martians," the offworld harvesters and
animal husbanders of that far planet.

But one wonders if Mars (and other worlds) have not already
been claimed by the same beings who apparently visit Earth from
time to time. If a UFO can destroy a Russian probe, as Paul
Stonehill contends, they could as easily destroy a spaceship
laden with microscopic life or Earthers planning to settle the
Plains of Cydonia.

One answer to this question of ownership might be revealed when
close-up photographs show what the "Face" really is. If it is
an artifact created by a dead civilization, we should erect a
fence around it and leave it alone. If it was carved by more
recent visitors, we may have to fight vigorously for landing
rights on Mars.

The Observer spacecraft should reach Mars, if all goes as
planned, in January of 1993. The data returned from that probe
will establish the criteria of Earth scientists for the next
several decades.

The U.S. government and NASA have rekindled their interest in
extraterrestrial life with SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial
Intelligence). The largest radio telescopes on Earth are turned
to the heavens to seek out the faintest random or planned
signals directed toward this solar system. Scientists expect to
garner more information in the first 30 seconds than have been
recorded in the past 30 years.

At the same time, interest has been renewed in formerly
scrapped plans for nuclear engines to power a future generation
of spaceships to Mars and beyond. Nuclear engines are not a new
concept in spacecraft engines. American scientists and
engineers tested them at Jackass Flats in Nevada and were close
to producing a usable engine before the Space Shuttle concept
forced cancellation of the project.

Nuclear powered spacecraft will be assembled in space, well
away from Earth, and will provide an almost limitless source of
energy for the future journey to Mars and deep space. The
journey to Mars will require about three months out, a stay of
600 days (to allow Mars and Earth to reach their closest points
to each other in their orbits of the sun) and a return journey
of three more months. In all, the first international team of
scientists will be gone for nearly two and one-half years.
Everything they will need for the trip will either go with them
or precede them in a supply ship which will be waiting in orbit
around Mars. If the owners decide it's okay, of course.

Now, all this expensive exploration isn't going to happen in
the next year or so. It is tentatively planned for the second
decade of the 21st Century when your infant son or daughter, or
your grandson or granddaughter is 23 or 24 years old.

There are a number of people who believe earthlings are not
only planning a journey to Mars, but are actually returning to
Mars after countless centuries of having been absent while
colonizing planet Earth. They contend the Earth colonies
survived some cosmic cataclysm while our original Martian
ancestors did not and that we are now going back to reclaim our
original planet. Proof or disproof of that will begin to unfold
by January, 1993.

There are reports that alien encounters are followed by medical
examinations during which sperm samples are taken from males or
artificial insemination is inflicted upon female abductees. Why
they would do that is anyone's guess, but the consensus of
opinion is that the aliens are trying to develop a crossbred
being who can exist both in space aboard their craft or on this
planet as a new generation of hybrid earthlings. If these
reports are true it would appear the aliens plan to eventually
settle here, whether we like it or not.

All these things_sightings, encounters, contacts,
abductions_taken separately seem to be hokum; considered as a
whole, they begin to make sense. But one of the greatest
obstacles to solving the mysteries surrounding UFOs and TLOs
and their inhabitants and motives is that we tend to examine a
100th century phenomena with 20th century technology and a 15th
century mentality. We are trying to examine the UFO phenomena
with ideas and instruments as obsolete as those used by
Columbus when he set out to discover the new world in 1492.

Until we learn the secrets of the propulsion systems used on
alien spacecraft; until we learn how they traverse such great
distances with ease; until we discover from whence they have
come and why they are here; until we begin to think in terms of
something other than brute force and miles per hour, we will be
no closer to duplicating the alien ships and the feats of
their pilots than 15th century navigators were when hoping for
fair winds and full sails to carry them across 1200 miles of
blue water 500 years ago.

We have to forget everything we've learned and study the UFO
phenomena as a totally new and different concept.

Fossil fuels, without question, are the worst sources of energy
ever conceived. Their combustion is dependent upon consuming
vast amounts of oxygen, which robs humans of the very gas they
require to survive. Residues produced by burning fossil fuels
pollute the atmosphere and destroy both plant and animal life.
These residues affect the environment in ways we are just now
beginning to understand.

Nuclear fuels are no better and, in many ways, are even worse.
Radioactive wastes from nuclear furnaces will affect life on
this planet for millions of years. If enough radioactive waste
is dumped in landfills, caves and oceans, we may soon find our
tiny island is completely uninhabitable. If we are to survive
to see our children and grandchildren harvesting Martian wheat,
we need to turn our attention to more suitable sources of
energy.

Humankind did not set out to purposefully destroy this planet
with deadly residue. That fossil fuels were discovered at all
was probably an accident. Only the exploitation of fossil fuels
was planned. But somewhere, someday, some clever engineer is
going to discover a way to provide power to the entire world
without all the perils apparent in fossil and nuclear fuels.

Until now we have been rather like ants climbing a great
redwood tree. We know we are climbing although we cannot see
the top, our destination. We are so small and the tree so large
that it will require several generations to make it to the top
of the tree.

A hundred years ago, more or less, one of our ancestors reached
a lower branch of the tree and, thinking they were on the main
trunk, continued onward, unaware they were going in the wrong
direction, unaware every step was taking them farther and
farther away from what they once saw as their original
destination.

Now we have to backtrack, to unthink what we have done, and
find the main trunk of the tree again. We have to unthink
fossil fuels. We have to unthink nuclear reactors. We have to
unthink water-driven dynamos that are destroying our rivers and
lakes to produce a few kilowatts of electricity.

If UFOs are real, if they have come from the far fields of
space, they have done so by virtue of some power source that is
inexhaustible and does not threaten to kill their pilots every
time they take a breath. We desperately need to discover what
that power source is before we are in grave danger of
perishing.

Nuclear engines can only provide a temporary and dangerous
source of energy for future spacecraft. Crew members will most
certainly encounter serious health risks. The fragile Martian
environment can only suffer from repeated exposure to nuclear
wastes and exhaust emissions as more ships land to supply the
colonies and blast off to return to Earth. This is not the
legacy we want to leave to future generations of earthlings.

Until we cast out the medieval notion that we have the right to
plunder the resources of all we see and touch; until we rethink
the idea that we have the right to exploit any person, nation
or planet for profit, we had better stay where we are and not
seriously consider staking claim to a world that doesn't belong
to us.

Perhaps the aliens who are performing genetic experiments with
humans have more than curiosity in mind. Future crossbred
children may see more than we can see, know more than we can
now possibly imagine. If they are to inherit the Earth and
planets orbiting our sun; if they will ultimately be the
keepers of future worlds, then they would want to insure that
all generations to follow would receive the very best, rather
than the very worst, their ancestors envisioned.

One or more of these "Star Children" may create the perfect
power source, the ultimate engine, the great gleaming starship
a decade or two from now. If we're lucky and if they survive
the system, they and their schoolmates, their husbands and
wives and children, will leap away from island Earth to build
new cities on new planets in galaxies we can only imagine in
our dreams.


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