A few of you noticed this one, and it's clear why. NASA has unveiled its new Mars lander, based on the Curiosity lander, and it has a couple of very intriguing capabilities packed into its suite of scientific instruments and capabilities:

Mars 2020 rover will pave the way for future manned missions

Note first of all that one capability will be ground penetrating radar, or radar tomography:

"Also on board the 2020 rover will be a ground-penetrating radar for analysing the planet's geology, two arm-mounted gadgets for analysing the chemistry and structure of soil and rocks, and two cameras."

This will doubtless delight those who believe that Mars shows evidence of so many anomalies that suggest artificiality (and this author is among them), some of which, as some have suggested, include indications of possible underground "anomalies" or "structures". So the interesting question will become where will this probe be landed in relation to such hypothesized anomalies?

The second capability is more interesting, and suggestive:

"Among them is a device for turning the CO2 that dominates the thin Martian air into oxygen.


"Being able to produce oxygen could help with that ambition, since transporting fuel is heavy and expensive. Other Nasa spacecraft can already produce oxygen from CO2 but the new "MOXIE" device will test this capability in the Martian atmosphere, for the first time.

"An oxygen supply would also be essential if people were to land on the planet."

In other words, can oxygen be conveniently produced on Mars to sustain a human presence there, and, perhaps eventually, terraform the planet? Notably, the article is suggesting that this would be a necessary step for the production of "rocket fuel" for rockets originating on that planet, a strange strengthening of the chemical rocket meme during a week which has seen NASA admitting interest in alternative demonstrable propulsion technologies which portend the end of the chemical rocket. Now, if you're like me and willing to entertain the high octane speculation, you probably suspect already that this is all "for show and tell," a bit of theater, when they already know good and well that oxygen can be produced on that planet and have probably already done so. After all, the theory that oxygen became locked in the Martian soil has been around for decades now. With this in mind, I suspect rather that the hidden purpose is not to determine if oxygen can be produced, but rather, how efficiently and cheaply. In other words, the terraforming, permanent presence goal might be the real goal here.

Speculation, I grant you, but in the end, theater. It remains to be seen where they will choose to land this probe, and that will be the determiner of what kind of theater it will be.

See you on the flip side.

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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. electrodirector on August 14, 2014 at 8:02 am

    Take a look at this image taken on Sol 184 of the Curiosity rover mission:

    To the right, on top of the lower third of the image, there is what looks like a cardboard box. It has an uncanny resemblance to storage boxes sold by IKEA. What are we seeing here? Is this a picture of a garbage dump at McMurdo station? Or are the martian IKEA products similar in durability to ours down here?

    Before giving any money to NASA – to continue warfare with other means – how about PROOF that they are where they claim to be, that they went there the way the say, that what we are shown are images representative of Mars, not just some desert spots. Mars images from 30 million clicks away show large green areas; these stupid Earth-based cameras don’t know what NOT to register.

    The Kassett or Motorp (as IKEA call it) cardboard box looking thing, including the small metal frame to hold a name card at one end – which is visible – appears in at least one other image, as well.

    There is something fishy, not only in the state of Denmark. Remember, the NASA employee who claimed that the martian soil analysis showed all signs of active biological life all of a sudden was declared a pseudo-scientist by those who are so busily hiding Schiapparelli’s and Lowell’s canals.

    The exceptionalism perversely granted to other quasi-religious movements like Ufology (Church of) seems to be claimed by NASA as well. Normally, this would indicate the same perpetrators behind several interconnected mind manipulation schemes; it worked once, so let’s continue. There is no question in my mind where we observe this same approach, daily.

    What we are shown is not a space program, it’s space opera. The real space program is out in the open, top secret, there for all to see.

    And, to address the 800 pound gorilla in the living room, the gadget to turn CO2 into oxygen does exist, so what would all the billions really be for they want to pump oh-so-dangerous CO2 under the seabed, or for other, similarly hare-brained scams?

    If a house of card reaches a certain size, it collapses. I’m looking forward to seeing the first real pictures of Mars, but I’m not holding my breath.

  2. Robert Barricklow on August 9, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Well, let’s look at where they’re no going to land(publically).

    On an established base.

  3. DownunderET on August 9, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Yeah why Mars? I mean the Moon is only a couple of days away, and it would be child’s play to go back to the Moon, but alas that’s old territory and nothing to see here so move along.

    If they do go back to Mars, how about landing it in the car park at Cydonia, I mean at least you’d have something to look at. What a tourist mecca, the Face, the Fortress, and the D & M pyramid, they might even add a McDonalds just for folks to feel at home.
    As Joseph said “theatre” at NASA’ best, and what a load of malarkey it is.

  4. marcos toledo on August 8, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Just wondering what technological glitch NASA has plan if this rover comes upon something it’s not officially suppose to find. As to where they will send this probe think of the Mars equivalent of the Atacama or Namibia desert.

  5. DanaThomas on August 8, 2014 at 5:46 am

    Given the space data manipulation policy, I wonder if we can believe even supposedly basic data like the composition of the Mars atmosphere, much less what is on (and under) the surface. Remember how they let out that water had been “suddenly” discovered on the Moon…

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