The "Message of Cydonia":
First Communication from an Extraterrestrial Civilization?
By Richard C. Hoagland*
and Erol O. Torun @
[Copyright (C) 1989
All Rights Reserved]
Abstract
In 1976 an unmanned NASA Viking spacecraft successfully
photographed the surface of the planet Mars. In the subsequent
13 years, a mystery has loomed . . . a mile-long, 1500-ft high
humanoid "face" discovered in a northern Martian desert called
"Cydonia." Initially dismissed by NASA as "a trick of light and
shadow," new analysis presented here reveals a far more complex
situation, and a far more significant conclusion:
The "face" and its surrounding "enigmatic landforms" appear
to be a carefully layed out, highly-sophisticated, redundantly
encoded "mathematical and geometric CETI message" on the Martian
landscape -- in the tradition of century-old proposals by Gauss,
Lockyer, et al..
This paper presents the evidence whereby the authors have
reached this "radical conclusion." We -- one of us a former NASA
consultant, the other a geomorphologist -- detail the extensive
geodedic and mathematical analysis of "the Face" we have
conducted over the past several years: specifically, its
geometric relationship to other, equally enigmatic objects in the
immediate vicinity. This evidence includes multiple appearances
of two specific mathematical constants: "e" and "pi," derived by
angular measurement of the placement of key morphological objects
around the "face" and the discovery of redundant angles and
derived constants from that placement. We have also discovered
the two constants -- "e" and "pi" -- "coded" in the geodedic
siting latitude of the "complex" on the planet.
It is this multiple, diversified, but converging geodedic,
geometric and mathematical evidence that, in the authors'
opinion, now robustly supports the "radical conclusion" presented
above.
The geometry and mathematical constants we have discovered
at Cydonia appear to be a highly-specific communication of
"embedded tetrahedral geometry." It's apparent purpose: the
geometric
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* The Mars Mission: Box 981, Wytheville, VA 24382
@ The Defense Mapping Agency: McLean, VA 22102
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prediction of a specific geodedic latitude -- 19.5 degrees N. and
S. -- resulting from the location of the vertices of a
"circumscribed tetrahedran" rotated inside a planetary or stellar
sphere. This conclusion is reinforced by the geomorphological
observation of a major "tetrahedral pyramid" at Cydonia --
connected geometrically (by a 19.5-degree angle offset to the
local geodedic meridian) to equally obvious morphological
representations of "spheres" at Cydonia itself.
The purpose of all this appears to be to direct attention
towards "something occurring at these two specific planetary
latitudes." When examined by the authors, using published
geodedic planetary maps from NASA and U.S Geological Survey
sources, these latitudes are observed to be associated with a
hitherto unknown planetary and stellar energy phenomenon --
blatantly emerging at these specific latitudes -- on astronomical
objects all across the solar system, including the Sun. Further,
the appearance of these "energy outpourings" seems to be
modulated by the polarity of the planetary (or stellar) magnetic
dipole moment -- raising, in the author's minds, the possibility
that the "message" is attempting to direct us to a verifiable
astrophysical manifestation of a basic, "unified field,"
connecting planetary angular momentum, gravity, and
electromagnetism with surface energy release.
The possibility that "the message" is directing us to, not
merely energy transfer but energy generation, is also considered
in this paper. Several convergent observations of the outer
planets, most recently from Voyager 2, are presented to buttress
our contention that we may be looking at a new astrophysically-
significant form of energy. Evidence is also presented that some
manifestations of this energy may be altering the local
"gravitational space-time metric" -- consistant with current
theoretical interpretations of tetrahedral mathematics by
specialists, as "representative of higher-dimensional n-spaces."
The implications of these "real world" geophysical
manifestations of "unified field tetrahedral mathematics" --
specific, localized energy release on planetary surfaces,
apparently unrecognized until the "Cydonia tetrahedral
mathematics" were decoded by the authors -- are profound: ranging
from a possible breakthrough in the centuries-long search for a
Unified Field Theory connecting the four elemental forces of
Nature; to possible technological applications of this knowledge
-- including a new energy source, and possibly, ultimate control
of gravity itself.
We conclude by urging immediate verification of the "Cydonia
Message," via the 1992 unmanned Mars Observer spacecraft, as well
as detailed follow-up to our preliminary work presented here.
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