Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) gets ready to search for life on the Martian surface
The success of Jet Propulsion Lab's "Curiosity" landing on the surface of Mars, August 5-6th, 2012, a $2.5 billion USD project by NASA, brings a new and exciting chapter that could inaugurate the finding of life on Mars, past and present. The entry into the Martian atmosphere and the descent time of seven anxious minutes was viewed on millions on television screens around the world, with live NASA feed from JPL in Pasadena, California. There have been no serious attempts to answer questions as to the possibility of microbial life on Mars since the analysis of topsoil by the Viking 1 and 2 missions in 1976. That data was inconclusive, but now these questions can again be raised, redefined by the Curiosity experiments. If evidence is found, then perhaps a "sample return mission" or even a manned mission to Mars will be next in line. A manned mission is not out of the question in the next 25-50 years. The Mars Society (marssociety.org) believes it feasible since "water" appears evident on Mars. If subsurface water can be tapped, it could generate oxygen for the first astronauts on Mars, as well as allow plants brought from Earth to be grown.
Top enthusiasts from Charles Elachi, Director of JPL, to Scott Hubbard of Stanford University have acknowledged that many engineers and planetary scientists are willing to make a "one way mission" to Mars and consider it their future permanent home. If they wish to return they must await the planetary-orbital window that occurs every 2-3 years before attempting a return to Earth. At those times, the trip would take between 7-9 months.
Dr. J.J. Hurtak, President of AFFS, once asked Louis Friedman, deep-space scientist and past director of the Planetary Society, whether "Earth and Mars ever shared the same biosphere in previous times?" He said he could not answer this question, but the latest mission to Mars may be able to begin to answer the important questions regarding previous life forms or those possibly now living under the surface of Mars. If organic carbon or certain forms of methane are found, that would indicate the presence of microbial life. Then the questions arise: Should we go to Mars or adopt a "hands off" policy not to return? Would examination of Martian life forms, maybe through a "sample return mission," reveal DNA or RNA like ours?
For the present, the Curiosity's pulsing and sending signals to Earth will help us understand if the quantity of water below the surface is sufficient to support the new generation of explorers. Curiosity will conduct Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN) experiments detecting neutrons beneath the Martian soil. This will determine Mars's water content to an accuracy of one-tenth of 1 percent (0.01%) and resolve layers of water and ice beneath the surface. All the experiments which will be scheduled over the next two years, should make the MSL mission more resilient in continuing the quest begun in 2003 by the earlier rovers Opportunity and Spirit. (The Spirit Rover landed on the 3rd of January, a significant date for AFFS.)
In the context of human missions to Mars and the beginnings of establishing a human colony there in the next fifty years, if no contemporary life forms are discovered, humans may attempt to terraform the planet, creating a “terrestrial” atmosphere (using a combination of greenhouse gases) while living off food factories sequestered deep beneath the surface. With this we can become real co-creative "Human-Martians"! For more information on the MSL experiments and new data/pictures see: http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/
New Evidence for the Multiverse
Copyright © 2011 Academy For Future Science
The idea that there are multiple universes other than our own known physical universe has been popularized and culturally rooted for years throughout the media of science-fiction, fantasy, and film, but now scientists are starting to agree. This scientific acceptance that we are part of a “multiverse” began with inflationary cosmology models which have evolved in theoretical physics out of those first proposed in 1980 by Alan Guth to explain the relatively homogeneous, flat structure of our local universe generated by our presumed Standard Model (Big Bang) origin. In this line of thinking, the early physical universe burst from its pinpoint-origin and rapidly, exponentially expanded outward at unimaginably high temperatures, then cooled, but subsequently re-heated enough to ignite the stars, and to then inflate—forever, thus the naming of this school of thought "Eternal Inflation".
The idea of an inflationary universe is widely accepted in modern physics, particularly since its expansion by the work of Andrei Linde (1982). Linde put forth the idea of inflation taking place through a scalar field which amplifyied the original energies of the Big Bang outward or down "a potential energy field", something like an avalanche on a grand scale. In Linde's model ("new inflation"), the bubbles which formed as the early universe cooled were separated by inflation, and are forever speeding apart.
Since it is thought by many in physics that each "bubble" could have contained its own nascent universe, it has long been held by String Theory theorists such as Dr. Michio Kaku, that the universe ought more properly to be called the Multiverse. Until now, these ideas have remained a mathematical abstraction, however, because humanity has lacked the tools to search for any physical evidence to determine whether such universe-bearing bubbles did indeed separate from ours—because every physical event leaves a signature, or scar as it were—there should be leftover telltale marks at the outer edges of our universe (where the light is the oldest) from which the sequence of inflationary action could be determined.
Whether we need to use optical telescopes of a greater sophistication than the Hubble, or instruments to search out, map and measure the background radiation left over from the great origin event—until now there was simply no tangible proof. With a new generation of instruments that have been sent out beyond Earth's atmosphere in recent years, such as the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (which is designed to map the background radiation in our universe), Dr. Hiranya Peiris and her team of cosmologists at University College London have now announced that the data from this probe is pointing to four areas exhibiting the characteristic disc-shaped signature (what might be called "scars") indicating a region these other "bubble" universes may have been thrown apart from ours.
More data is, of course, needed to firmly corroborate that these areas are evidence of other "bubble universes", but it is hoped that such evidence may be coming soon from the Planck Telescope, another new-generation background-radiation measuring device. In the meantime, the announcement of the data from the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) which has been returning data to scientists for seven years now, is a very exciting development in cosmology. (Read about the announcement here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14372387
By far the majority of mainstream physicists today accept one or another of the inflationary models proposed over the last thirty years, with criticism and dissent present in the field as well, but not all agree with the speculative theorizing about other universes that is implied by the math. All do, however, generally accept that all of the observable universe originated in a small, causally connected region; those thinkers who are theorizing a multiverse are nevertheless constrained by the dialectic of the material, wherein any other potential universes were more or less mechanically spawned out of the origin event (Big Bang), and are moving away from us so far, so fast, that there is, not nor cannot be, any information flow coming from those universes to ours.
However, alternatives exist, as we find in The Book of Knowledge: The Keys of Enoch® by Dr. J.J. Hurtak, PhD., PhD. which uses the term “universes” throughout the book. What if our local physical universe, rather than merely having "spawned" (with all the impersonal coldness that word implies) a number of other physical universes that simply move apart forever, had itself been brought into being through a similar "bubble" out of a parent universe? And what if there were actually an ongoing information flow from that parent universe into ours?
The Keys tell us that there are regions of interface between our universe (indeed, our Earth as well) and a much vaster matrix: what the mechanistic scientists refer to as an inflationary "bubble" is more accurately a probable spin off from a greater universe. Moreover, germane to a fuller sense of the connectedness of our universe to others, we read in Key 204:21 that "...we, as one living sub-system of intelligence pulsate within larger evolutions of star intelligence. Our local universe is a sub-system to larger membrane force fields of star universes" and, expanding outward again in a super-inflationary manner, that "These and other astrophysical sites are points of contact with the greater universes, which show our part of the chiliocosm-- our part of the collective interplay of a thousand-plus universes intersecting with categories of both physical and non-physical intelligence" (Key 215: 2).
The cosmology of The Keys by does not negate the rational thinking process of science; rather, by using the more nuanced word "chiliocosm" instead of the “multiverse", one is invited to contemplate a time when rational thought, not being divorced from the higher realities from whence it originated, will use hard data toward the comprehension that we are not simply orphans on the edge of space, but are part of a vast extended, interconnected family in the heavens.
MARS500: TO MARS AND BACK IN A CANISTER
June 3, 2010 was a monumental beginning of an important program where six future cosmonauts from Italy, France, China and Russia in front of a plethora of cameras and newsmen in Moscow walked into a confined space for the next 500 days, maybe even 520 days, until November 2011. The appearance of six happy space travelers marks the beginning of an experiment of living in very close quarters and spending many days together in a series of interconnected metal canisters that comprise the model of a one-way space probe to Mars. The complete round trip simulation will cover the amount of days it will take to travel to Mars and back. The real mission to Mars is already tentatively planned for 2030.
Life during interplanetary space travel is not only stressful, but requires a pre-testing environment to work out the scientific, medical and sociological challenges of living in a confined “space environment”.
It is hoped that the Mars500 program will bring us one step closer to our planetary neighbor and help open the door to the past and the future in providing answers to the time when Mars had an atmosphere like Earth, with an abundance of water. This has also been recently confirmed by the research of Dr. Gaetano Di Achille and Professor Brian Hynek from the University of Colorado, Boulder as reported in the journal Nature Geoscience. The study reveals a vast ocean once existed on Mars 3.5 billion years ago. They identified 52 delta regions fed by numerous river-like systems studied over numerous valley networks. They now claim that the ocean covered around 36% of the planet and contained 30 million cubic miles of water.
picture credit NASA: Greg Shirah
Water, of course, is a key ingredient for life and so Mars is more likely to house some forms of life. Even Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, the second man on the moon (1969) is pushing to go to Mars and Russian researchers are fascinated with a strange monolith and other peculiar anomalies connected with the moon of Mars called Phobos.
The Russian space agency also wants to return to Mars, in part, to complete the 1989 Phobos mission to one of the moons of Mars. This original mission, not significantly mentioned in the press, failed which resulted in the loss of a one billion US dollar probe called “Phobus 2” which housed a multitude of experiments. Most interesting were the final images recorded by the Russian cameras from the “Phobos 2” probe which made it to the moon of Mars but then disappeared under the mysterious circumstances of an elongated shadow that seemed to be hovering nearby the probe. (http://www.keysofenoch.org/html/re-examining_the_lost_mars_pro.html) In stories released on Televisa (Mexico City) in 1989 by Dr. J.J. Hurtak and noted television journalist, Jaime Maussen, film footage showing pictures of unusual phenomena prior to the disappearance of the Soviet probe was discussed with Russian experts who did not rule out the possibility of a real extraterrestrial interception that nullified the mission that was also being monitored by the U.S. Deep Space Tracking Program at Cal Tech’s Jet Propulsion Lab in California.
For More information on the Mars500 see:
THE SEARCH FOR THE MEANING OF THE PYRAMIDAL STRUCTURES ON MARS: DO THEY HOLD THE KEY TO
by J.J. Hurtak, Ph.D., Ph.D.,
Copyright © 1973, 1976, 2006 J.J. Hurtak
Five hundred years ago human beings were seen as the pinnacle of creation and their Earth was acclaimed as the center of the universe. This changed with Copernicus four hundred years ago
and is undergoing further change with the findings of the Mars Global Surveyor showing evidence of previous fluvial activity on Mars, the Mars Odyssey finding ice crystals, the Mars Express
with MARSIS technology exploring the Martian subsurface, the MER rovers, and the forthcoming Phoenix project in 2007.
Photo: Mariner 9/ NASA
From The Book of Knowledge: The Keys of Enoch® Key 104
The following is an excerpt from an article by this author published in 1976 covering anomalies that may
open a profound chapter in humanity's search for its cosmic origins and the meaning of some of the pyramidal analogs on planet Earth:
The historic gap between ancient documents claiming some form of extraterrestrial visitation and our present search for 'a viable extraterrestrial paradigm' is now being bridged by the findings of remarkable pyramidal
structures on Mars by the Mariner 9 probe. The Mariner 9 spacecraft which reached Mars on November 11,
1971, circled the planet 698 times in 349 days, gathering a wealth of science data that has revised all previous
concepts of Mars. For more than half a Martian year, the spacecraft maintained an instrumental surveillance of the planet as the seasons changed beneath the cameras. 
Besides Mariner 9, photographs from 1033 miles up, showing a sinuous rille 2500 miles long indicating that
free-flowing water may have existed in Mars geological history, a series of tetrahedron pyramids were seen. These Martian pyramids appear in sets which are centered at approximately 15.258 latitude and 198.425
longitude, appearing on a somewhat barren plateau. A comparison of two photographs taken from a viewing angle of 6.018 degrees on February 8, 1972 and 37.510 degrees taken on August 7, 1972 shows near perfect
tetrahedrons of two denominations observed from two different time directions when the Sun was well above the horizon. These show remarkably exact pyramidal faces disclosing that these pyramids are not part of a natural
phenomena (see Fig. 1.) 
We know from the work of Nobel prize winner Jacques Monad that mother nature does not create surface
realities by straight lines or repeatable structures, but here we have in the region of Elysium Quadrangle on Mars
sets of pyramids showing exact repeatable patterns with what appears to be the same mathematical distance
between the sets. Could these structures whose volume is estimated to be some 700 to 800 times the volume of
the Great Pyramid in Egypt be part of an earlier evolutionary story, some other evolutionary mechanisms of life in the local universe? 
It is true that the geological history of Mars shows that half the planet erupted into turmoil as lavas flowed and
great volcanoes poked into the Martian sky. Sometime during the three and a half billion year old history of Mars,
and probably fairly recent, copious quantities of water flowed on the surface of Mars and eroded immense arroyo
beds. Yet, in the midst of a planet which is geologically active with volcanic mountains and calderas larger than any on earth the Mariner 9 B frames MTVS 4205-77, DAS 0779453 and MTVS 4296-24 DAS 12985881,
taken in the east central portion of the Elysium Quadrangle, showed a perfect set of tetrahedron pyramidal structures too unique to be a result of natural formations.
Like Carl Sagan and others, I pointed out that non-artificial pyramidal structures can be explained by one or several of the following mechanisms:
(1) Wind-faceting of volcanic cones, lava flow ridges and elongated level morphologies by prevailing storm winds.
These winds could be either part of the primary circulation pattern of Mars or dust storms of long duration.
(2) Regolith mantling of erosional remnants of either intersecting resistant dikes, dipping sediments, or other bedrock forms that have pyramidal appearance.
(3) Probably glacial sculpturing producing horns analogous to alpine glacial horns on earth.
(4) Rotation of solidified lava blocks in the underling molten lava. The tilting of such solidified blocks could expose
corners protruding above the lava field.
Closer examination, however, by image enhancement has shown details of parallel walls and structures build
exactly above the water line as determined by the US Geological Survey for the surface of Mars. [4 ] In fact, the
Soviets have reached the opposite conclusion than the Americans on the question of previous evolutionary life on Mars by reprocessing the NASA data and the more than 54,000 Mariner 9 frames.
Additional arguments have been brought forth by traditional geologists who have argued that the unique mountain formations in the Peruvian higlands provide an analog for wind-faceted Martian pyramidal structures. More
extensive research, however, reveals non-natural pyramidal sets clustered in Chan-cay, Jequet-epe-que, Viru,
etc., in the surrounding Peruvian areas. It has become clear that the many earth mount clusters, so far discovered
in Peru, are not to be dismissed as geological anomalies, but with further investigation many have been discovered to be, in reality, astronomical-calendrical complexes built during previous millenniums of time.
Compared to the grid network of pyramidal sets in Mars' Elysium Quadrangle, the Peruvian area does not give weight to the arguments that the pyramids are a result of regolithic mantling of erosional remnants of either
intersecting resistant dikes, dipping sediments, or other bedrock forms. Nor are there any visible faults that would
indicate structural controls relating to the grid formation of the four tetrahedron pyramids. A site of multiple pyramidal structures suggest the need to update the arguments of surface morphology. 
Additional attention to striking anomalies of pyramid structures on crater rims is drawn by Mariner 9 cameras to a
location near the south pole of Mars (original B frame 1417-160341 changed to 42125) which shows a regular
assortment of high plateau grid units, box-like structures of several kilometers each with raised bulwarks possibly
used as an experimental area for a biome, or as some type of information gathering grid pattern that was
destroyed by cataclysmic change. This site was nicknamed by NASA as the "Inca City." A closer examination
of aerial pictures shows similarities with Machu Picchu in Peru. How many professional archaeologists have ever
heard of the site of Morro Solar? It is within a mile of Las Palmas, on the outskirts of Lima, and reveals acres of
scientific buildings and an elaborate hydraulic system virtually unknown to the scientific world. How many know
about the twenty-five pyramids at Apurle in northwestern Peru? Jack West , a contemporary archaeologist,
has recently brought forth pictures showing scores of small pyramids within Peruvian pyramidal shaped mountains. More and more archaeological evidence has shown that what geologists for centuries have perceived as
mountains have, in actuality, turned out to be pyramidal artifacts from previous millenniums.
Pyramid structures which range in dimensions of 3.0-base to 6.0 km mean diameter have been identified in the
Elysium Quadrangle of Mars. Geologic processes that could result in such features have not produced a satisfactory scientific explanation for some of the pyramids. Thus we must keep in mind that what may appear to
be a natural hill from an aerial view may be a pyramidal artifact.
Perhaps, instead of preparing for the contemporary scans of the Martian micro-intelligence, we might prepare
ourselves for a close examination of pyramidal structures as blueprints for bio-magnetic analogs? The Martian
and Egyptian pyramidal grids may be models preparing us to meet the superior architects in our immediate universe? Perhaps, the pyramid is a future artifact?
Hurtak, J.J. (1976) "The Meaning of the Pyramids on Mars" in Beyond Reality. March-April, 1976.
 Hurtak, J.J. (1973) Picture and details of tetrahedrons first published in The Book of Knowledge: The Keys of Enoch, Los Gatos: Academy For Future Science, pp. 35-36.
 Dolphin, Lambert. (1974) Private conversation. Stanford Research Institute, Menlo Park, CA.
 Mazursky, Harold. (1976) Private conversation at the USGS office. Flagstaff, AZ. Mazursky was considered one of the leading authorities on Mars and the Viking 1 and 2 missions.
Sagan, Carl. (1973) "Sandstorms and eolian erosion on Mars" in Journal of Geophysical Res. 78. pp. 4155-4162.
West. Jack (1972) Trial of the Stick of Joseph . Sacramento: Rich Publishing House.
MARS Early Water March 2004
Did Life as We Know It Once Exist on Mars?
Copyright © 2004 J.J. Hurtak, Ph.D., Ph.D.
NASA's mission briefing (the week of 3 March 2004) on the progress of the Mars rover at Meridiani Planum,
introduced startling new evidence of water once abundant on the red planet and the astrobiological puzzle of the close association of water and sulfur. The evidence of the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) called Opportunity clearly showed what some planetary scientists and exobiologists call "overwhelming evidence" of water–lots of water–existing on the planet Mars.
As a key to the existence of
water, the findings announced at NASA headquarters indicate that the abundance of vast salt and sulfur traces and deposits are good indicators for massive water activity in the distant geological past.
Specifically, Opportunity has shown that the heavy salt content on the outcropping rock is four times the amount found on the ground and with a quantity of sulfate. "You have to have a lot of water involved to get these results....Mars was habitable for a long period of time," said Steve Squyres, principal scientist for the rovers at NASA. 
The support for strong fluvial activity is evidenced in:
- the Jarosite rock (composed of iron rich materials, iron sulfate hydrate, etc.); usually this indicates the rock's wet history having been in an acidic lake or an acidic hot springs environment. evidence of sulfate in rocks; and,
- massive amounts of salt in the samples, four times higher than that which is in the ground
The "brewing evidence" shows a strong case for an evaporation sequence of conditions that moved from
high levels of sulfur to sodium chloride (NaCl) (water-soluble solid) to bromide, as well as salt-rich brine material, all indicative of strong water activity where byproducts precipitated out of brine.
The recent Mars findings are unique and could be the historical "smoking gun" that will lead to further evidence of a once living habitat for life on Mars. Advanced analysis through the Moessbauer spectrometer
and alpha X-ray spectrometer (provided by the international team from Mainz and the Max Planck Institute in Germany) indicates
that ground water could create an environment favorable for life. In short, the signs of strong water
movement around and through the rocks allow the rocks to speak of environments within meteorite craters that could have had all the right triggering mechanisms for life that we find here on earth.
In the coming days (Sols), the Opportunity team will also look at the fantastic accumulation of different spherical anomalies NASA calls "blueberries". Even though the material is simple "grey" rounded
pebble-like structures, they hold possibly additional clues to water activity. These round particles (l mm thick) could be from volcanic hailstones, droplets of volcanic glass, or they could be spherical
concretions that formed when there was liquid water in a rock.Another sign of water comes from the holes within the rocks which are clearly evident. As crystals grow within rock, they become
tabular like medicine pills. As they grow, they push the rock aside. When the mixture of water chemistry dissolves away, or erodes
away, they leave tabular voids, or in some instances small spheres. Thus, the rocks have holes because:
- the rock has not dissolved but the inner material has precipitated out of the rock; or
- unique water chemistry and stratigraphy allowed the rock to soak up water like a sponge, and as the holes increase in size wherever precipitation grows, it replaces the rock. 
Thus, there are two basic scenarios of geological surface activity in the Martian past that one needs to consider:
- either there was a tremendous amount of interaction from volcanic activity which resulted in an accumulation of basaltic ash that was later drenched with water; or
- Martian sediments were formed and are in their present condition because of evaporating brine (water with a lot of salt).
Dr. Jim Garvin (NASA's leading scientist for Mars and Moon explorations), Ed Weiler (associate director of NASA), and other experts were very careful not to give
reporters any time-line for the early existence of water on Mars, while other scientists are willing to say this would fall within a geological time period of 3 to 4 billion years
ago. This writer recalls talking to Garvin in the mid-1980s when Garvin spoke of his interest in
participating in a far-reaching program of "exploring Mars that would turn a dream into reality." 
In conclusion, NASA now agrees that there was an extensive presence of water on the Martian surface for an extended period of time. Whether this was long enough to trigger life as we define it on planet Earth
remains to be seen. The variety of the evidence suggests that the next mission is to find "fossils" which will be the confirmation of the beginnings of the great chain of life.
Life might not have been so fortunate to continue as it did on planet earth, but there is no clear clue why it would not have started. We know that Earth, itself, has had many cataclysmic epochs where massive
extinctions took place all over the globe. Could Mars have been so unlucky that a similar extinction ultimately destroyed all life? Let's hope we don't have to stay tuned too long until the next chapter of life
unfolds on Mars.
1. Dr. Steve Squyres, principal scientist for MER exploration at NASA briefing 3 March 2004.
2. Bentley Clark at press conference 3-03-04.
3. Personal conversation with Dr. Jim Garvin at time of SIR-A briefings, JPL, Spring 1986.
THE DISCOVERY OF LIQUID WATER ON MARS AND THE NEXT EVOLUTIONARY LEAP
Copyright © 2006 by J.J. Hurtak, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Image (Left) E11-03412 (Right) SO9-02603
December 22, 2001 August 26, 2005
Image credit: NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems
Images taken by NASA's Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) showing the flow of 'liquid water' on the surface of Mars were released on 7 December 2006. This has increased the scientific expectation that Mars could have
the same mechanisms of evolution as its sister planet, Earth. Our knowledge of Earth tells us that 'where there is
water, there is the mechanism of organic life' and the future possibility to create a human habitat. The discovery of liquid water on Mars is not only momentous evidence of life past, but a major step toward the future
'humanization' of outer space.
The evidence of water comes from a comparison of several images from the Global Surveyor's Mars
Orbiter Camera (MOC). While image data acquired in December 22, 2001 (E11-03412) showed no evidence of water, images of the same geographic point on August 26, 2006 (SO9-02603) showed new landscape
traces, appearing as a place where liquid water recently flowed.
Several pictures have been taken of the site, starting on 30 August 1999 (MO4-04175). A light deposit was seen with the MOC as early as 21 February 2004 (R14-02285), the first indication that something was taking
place, looking like a stream bed on a downslope area in a specific mid-latitude gully area on Mars.
In fact, several gully regions have recently revealed newly formed light-toned areas, usually around southern
walls. This is an attribute one would expect of surface materials eroded by a fluid substance with the properties
of liquid water. Numerous elongated marginal branches and pathways mirror exactly how waters flows around obstacles. The liquid flow is clearly visible even at low relief and is not the movement of dust particles.
Initially it was assumed that this was just the result of wind blasts on the surface of Mars, but the fact that
several Martian gullies have shown similar surface changes has allowed scientists to reconsider that what they are
observing is evidence of a liquid water flow. Gullies would be the most obvious places for water flow and these
new observations have been characterized as a "squirt gun" effect, where small amounts of liquid water flow out from near surface sources for a short time before refreezing (NASA, 2006). Apparently, snow and ice flow is
strong enough in some of the Martian gullies to cause a brief, low-volume debris flow, initially energized by liquid
pressures but in which ongoing flow, freezing at both the top and bottom, takes place after a short period of time. The most promising images (as seen here) have been taken from a crater in Terra Sirenum near 36.5
degrees South, 161.8 degrees West, and there are other images such as those taken of the southwest wall of a crater in the Centauri Montes region near 38.7 degrees South, 263.3 degrees West.
In addition to the obvious surface brightness values, remote sensing scientists have observed that the new
light-hue deposits are clear evidence that a surface change has occurred. Even to the amateur observer, it is
evident that there are new, relatively long, extended marginal branches in the gullies. These are consistent with
water flow patterns at relatively mild inclination levels (image enhancement indicates the slopes are between 20
degrees and 30 degrees). Because the materials have retained their light hue over a period of time, scientists have considered this due to various sediments captured by the flow such as salts, or simply frost or ice.
All this has encouraged NASA to explore Mars further in a search for organic remains of micro-life. NASA's forthcoming Phoenix program to Mars (2007-2008) will employ TEGA (the Thermal Evolved Gas
Analyzer) which has eight thermal ovens the size of a common writing pen, that will receive soil from the lower arctic area on Mars and then heat it up to look for signs of life.
How do these new findings fit into the picture of our world? In recent years a research team made up of members from the Mars Society and NASA Ames Research Center in northern California traveled to Devon
Island, some three hundred miles south of the Arctic Circle. A 20-member scientific team lived in a small habitat
similar to what would be placed on the Martian surface (hopefully by 2024) to find clues to the sociological and
technical survival skills required for living in Mars' cold, windy and arid landscape environments (Mackay, 2006).
Conceivably, Mars may soon be offering us something we can no longer find on earth: empty continents
into which excess populations could migrate. As with any living environments, the availability of clean water is a
crucial factor. The finding of 'water resources' on our sister planet is a major factor for off–planetary movement
of space pioneers and is part of a solution to exo-industrialization development using resources in outer space.
Water, for example, could provide not only a survival resource but an energy resource, establishing the base-line for the growth of scientific habitats to suit a new generation of humanity.
Mars ultimately could become a new stepping stone toward the solution to population growth, but proper
space law is required so that we do not destroy the planet's precious resources, while allowing for reasonable conditions in which we can share bio-habitats. As we seek out new ways of planetary cooperation and the
elevation of our standard-of-living, space may afford us:
. Large human habitat structures that can be built on the Moon and Mars
. Complex systems of space biospheres, used also as way stations for travelers
(as in the film: 2001: A Space Odyssey)
While the short-range motivation for some is space industrialization, others envision the possibility of small
city platforms on the high frontier with the "pull" of both physical and humanistic expansion–and thus survival– of
humankind. As we gain a new living environment in space, we also need to acquire additional long-term goals
establishing friendly, space-derived services and products for the development of future generations of humanity
living in space. With a new space law (Hurtak, 2005), the sharing of space resources will come as a bonus to our grandchildren. The next great leap for humankind is right before us!
1. NASA (2006) Pictures cited are from the MOC operations during the multiple extensions of the MGS mission conducted under NASA/ Caltech/Jet Propulsion Lab leadership. 1999-2006.
2. MacKay, Christopher (2006) Conversations between MacKay and this author at the 7th Annual Mars Society Conference, Washington, D.C., 7-12 August 2006.
3. Hurtak, J.J. (2005) 'De olho no espaco para preservar a Terra' in A Noticia News, Santa Catarina, Brazil. October 9, 2005.
Space Law Needed for The Protection of Martian Resources
by J.J. Hurtak, Ph.D, Ph.D.
Excerpts from a Paper for the Mars Society Conference,
Copyright © 2003 J.J. Hurtak
The recent confirmation of surface and subsurface ice and water reservoirs on Mars represents ground breaking news and the need to prepare Space Law documents that will
preserve and protect these critical resources by future missions to Mars. The Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft not only concluded that Mars has a molten liquid core that has some similarity to Earth, but it
has detected surface and the possibility of even larger subsurface water reserves that could prove useful to human habitation. Along with this evidence, the Mars Odyssey orbiter confirmed (in 2002) ice at
the north pole (and in 2004, the Mars Express has confirmed ice at the south pole and hydrogen in the atmosphere).The January landings of NASA's Spirit and Observer missions hope to write a new history on the shared biosphere of Mars-Earth and the possible beginnings of life on earth connected with Mars. A new generation of ecological issues on Mars stands before us which exemplify the interconnectedness of life and its natural support systems for future life on Mars. Modern scientific discoveries are revealing that localized activities can have global consequences and that dangers of contamination can be slow and perhaps barely perceptible in their development until it is too late.
Traditional environmental law and international diplomacy offers some practical guidelines for confronting such situations. Environmental problems of the past were addressed largely through
unilateral actions, national legislation, and occasional international treaties, all based on unmistakable evidence of damage. However, if the international community is to respond effectively to the new
environmental challenges of the Martian resources like water, a substance vital for species survival or extinction, governments must undertake coordinated actions before damage becomes tangible and thereby
1. Discovery of Martian Fluvial History
There is growing evidence that a far larger body of water inundated the northern plains much earlier in
Martian history. Immense outflows likely formed large ice-covered lakes or there may have been one large ocean. Along with others in the remote sensing field this author first raised this tantalizing
possibility in the mid-1970s after he identified possible shorelines in the Mariner-9 images. This interpretation along with others in the field like Michael Carr originally received additional support from
Prof. James W. Head (Brown University) and his colleagues. Using remote sensing measurements made by the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft, they found that at least one of Mars's putative shorelines lies
along a boundary of nearly constant elevation –a result most easily explained by erosion associated with a standing body of water. This would fall within a geological time period of 3 to 4 billion years ago.
While the geologic evidence for an ancient ocean appears increasingly
persuasive, the genesis and timing of its existence is still unknown. Until recently, geologists thought that if a large body of water ever
existed it must have resulted from the discharge of the outflow channels and thus would have first appeared about midway through Mars's geologic history. However, some planetary scientists have
taken a different approach, first by considering the hydraulic conditions required to explain the channels themselves and then by extrapolating those conditions backward in time. We conclude that an
ocean on Mars (as on Earth) almost certainly condensed shortly after the planet formed. Cameras from NASA's Mariner-9 and Viking l and Viking 2 documents, and more recent findings of heavy hydrogen
concentrations by Odyssey show evidence suggesting that catastrophic outflows repeatedly discharged massive floods onto the regions of the Valles Marinaris and Chryse Planitia.
But what about today? Closer examination of both old and new documents from Martian orbiters show huge
potential reservoir areas in the planet's southern highlands. Of the planet's total estimated inventory of 0.5 to
1.0 km of Hydrogen between 94 and 98 percent of it remains unaccounted for, the vast bulk of which may
reside as ground ice and groundwater beneath the Martian surface  The total volume of water ice present
in the south polar cap is still unknown but is believed to be more shallow than in the north which would be between 1-3 km in thickness. Both have liquid water according to the Mars Global Surveyor findings
(2003). If both caps are composed completely of water, the combined volumes are equivalent to a global layer of between 25-35 meters deep spread out across the planetary surface. This is comparable to 14.2
million square km of Antarctica that is covered with ice at an average depth of 2,000 meters.
New findings presented by researchers predict that most gullied surfaces will not be sites of near-surface water reservoirs because the snow surface is now gone near the
equator. At the Martian surface, the low relative humidity of the atmosphere means that ground ice is thermodynamically unstable at the "warm" latitudes around the equator at 40 degrees and, therefore,
dissipates into the atmosphere. Depending on local conditions and variations in subsurface properties, the average depth of this desiccation
ranges from a few centimeters at the planet's middle latitudes to as much as 1 km near the equator.
Ground ice could also be present in mass deposits in the northern
plains, an expectation based on the evidence of the early ocean and possible flooding by outflow channels later on. As a result, the sequence of volatile-rich layers underlying the
plains is likely to be quite complex, having been built up through multiple episodes of flooding, freezing,
sublimation, and burial. This complexity has undoubtedly been compounded by other geological movements and vicissitudes on the planet's surface, which may or may not provide for enriched soils.
Water activity exists, in some form, currently and in the past, within centimeters of the surface and at the ice
caps on Mars. This fact has already influenced our rationale in the search for landing sites and should
continue to provide important areas for future sample return missions. While at the same time, the rock layers
above gullies, previously thought to be a water source, are extremely difficult to access and are unlikely landing sites.
Study of the thawing of the glacial layers at the poles and snow melt accumulations in the craters of Mars also
have important implications for the search for life on Mars, as well as the potential for human exploration. If
liquid water is produced and regenerated on relatively short time scales associated with the variations in
orbital parameters and if it reaches up to several tens of centimeters of the surface, being stable for extended
period of times, it could provide a means for life to have survived at certain periods of Martian history, and could provide favorable sites for extant life today. However, the pole-facing mantles provide an excellent opportunity to sample and study the water-rich reservoirs which are the key to all future life surviving on the
planet. Hence, the water-units on the surface or subsurface are the potential resources not only for
exobiological exploration of the planet, but for the survival of human societies, tied into the future terraforming of Mars. 
2. Protection against Environmental Hazards on Mars
There are four basic objectives in environmental law proposed for Mars: the protection of aquatic ecology;
the protection of specific subsurface habitats where some organic life may live; the maintenance of clean water for use by interplanetary space mission teams, and the protection of water resources and water
samples that will be shipped from Mars to Earth for research and study by governments and multi-national corporations. Simply put, the biosphere of Earth also extends to Mars and this larger biosphere needs to be preserved!
On the basis of new geological data the directive for formulating a Martian Environmental Law (MEL) under
space law, policy makers from the U.N., government, regulatory agencies, the water industry, and aerospace specialists on planetary environment should work together to provide an integrated framework for the
protection of surface water, groundwater, estuaries and remnant areas of the ancient Martian ocean shorelines. This is to encourage cooperation between different exploratory parties or consortiums of the
Martian surface by using management based on international policies for the governing, protection and welfare of coastal and oceanic areas as announced at the UN World Summit on Sustainable Development
Is it possible to design a version of incentives so that responsible parties could normally be expected to
discover the magnitude of the risks, investigate the menu of risk-reducing strategies, make a socially
acceptable choice, and act accordingly? Increasingly, court remedies are being relied upon to provide exactly
this kind of system of incentives. In cases such as oil spills and contamination of water supplies by toxic
emissions, the courts have forced responsible parties not only to pay for clean up of the contaminated sites,
but also to compensate those who suffered damage in one form or another from the contamination.
However, we cannot wait until "after the fact" on Mars, but we must implement regulations which are by their very nature ex ante ; they prescribe or prohibit specific activities before they occur.
3. The Montreal Protocol:
An Example of Global Environment Law
In the 1980s global politics and environmental issues collided in the world. British scientists reported in 1985
the thinning of the ozone layer of the Antarctic, and the pressure was on to freeze and/or reduce CFC
(Chlorofluorocarbon) production. By 1987, the international agreement entitled the Montreal Protocol was
signed by the United States, the European Community and twenty-three other countries. Nevertheless, there
were loopholes in the Protocol which permits India and China to continue to place high concentrations of
CFCs into the atmosphere. Clearly the problems of the world ozone crisis in the 1980s illustrate a good
strategy of how many governments of the world worked together in resolving sharp differences on the curtailment of CFC production which was seen as a trigger agent for the destruction of the fragile ozone
For obvious reasons, European industry—and hence the EU (European Community) –did not welcome the
proposal of a quick time table to eliminate all CFC production by the end of the 1990s. Several times the negotiations threatened to break down. Sweden, the United States, and other countries continued to
emphasize during the debates that, if only production were controlled, unfair benefits would be conferred on
the EU, while CFC-importing nations, especially the developing countries, would be at a disadvantage.
Ultimately, the logic and equity of an "adjusted production" formula was compelling, and the opposition to a
"production only" formula became implacable. The EU Commission found itself isolated, and a solution in the
form of a more comprehensive legal language proved successful. The legal solution crafted at Montreal was
practical and impartial, defining an agreed upon schedule to phase out production. The path to litigation
resolution in space-related activities may well hinge on constructive language that is "time related" in putting problem solving on a fast track.
Our latest scientific and social comprehension of the cause and spread of CFC destruction, also shows how
unaware we are for returning to Mars with the scenarios that could seriously affect the "skin" of the planet. A
sense of uncertainty about the way the upper atmosphere is monitored through old standards and old calibrations of pollution needs to be examined with remote sensing techniques to monitor the gases, such as
hydrogen, that are present on Mars.
Scientific data presented during the protocol negotiations in Canada was taken very seriously at the time of
the Ozone hole treaty which influenced not only environmentalists to forget how uncertain the scientific
evidence had been but also politicans. Something tremendous "out there" also had an unsettling effect on many government spokespersons who seemed to not understand the full impact of the Montreal Treaty's
capability to set an international precedent for future global environmental laws. One U.S. observer termed
the protocol "a major half-step forward," while a British writer uncharitably described it as a masterpiece of
fudge and compromise…"full of loopholes" and a "feeble agreement." Fortunately, others like Chris Patten, U.K. environmental secretary, described it as "the model for...future environmental diplomacy." 
4. Resources on Mars: Water and Minerals
Increasing economic pressure, in contrast, to understanding non-renewable resources on planet Earth and
Mars forces Earthlings to look principally at exploration for economic developmental. New advantages of
the space program will focus on futuristic exploitation of mineral and energy resources on the nearby planets
as part of a great extraterrestrial imperative. But an even more important feature stems from Mars' suspected
ocean, that once covered much of the planetary surface and its suspected vast underground water resources which will make water economically feasible to exploit for future mission to Mars.
The high degree of certainty that mineral deposits do exist similar to those on earth is based on close
geological similarities that have been observed in over twenty meteorites that have been found on Earth that are believed, based on their chemical composition (iron, etc) to
be from Mars. Microstratigraphy shows detailed carbonate deposits in meteorites were inserted while the rock was still on the Martian surface, providing possible evidence that
liquid water circulated through the surface crust. 
Scientists, since 2001, have used Odyssey's gamma ray spectrometer to locate suspected water locations near the
signature of buried hydrogen. Neutron data reveals major concentrations of ice-rich layers of water beneath the surface. In addition, gully formation at the surface by snow
melt is thought not to produce mineral deposits, such as salt, as it does on earth, a prediction opposite to what might be
expected if the source water was subsurface brines. There is suspicion of mineral occurrences including antimony, chromium, copper, iron, zinc, sulfur and molybdenum on the Martian surface. However, none
approaches a grade or size warranting immediate economic interest. Also there are probably very large deposits of coal and sedimentary iron, but because of the high costs of Mars operations that would occur
during the first half of the twenty-first century, few conceivable resources, excepting the search for a water
reservoir or search for petroleum from microbial life, would have any likelihood for immediate exploitation for economic benefit.
If ancient bacteria created petroleum, any extraction would be difficult but not impossible in the deep
underground regions since technologies have been developed for drilling and recovering petroleum in the
Arctic regions of earth. Drilling ships and platforms, so effective for the usual massive undulating and
gargantuan storms in the Arctic, could be used directly on Mars. Thus, fuel and water resources would be
exploited far sooner than mineral resources. Unless there were exotic minerals, there is little potential for the
development of Martian reserves before more attractive areas throughout this world are explored, that is for
bringing back reserves to Earth. But Martian water and fuel resources would be first exploited by our own Martian explorers and first colonizers.
The factors of development are complexly interrelated and difficult to assess for the present, let alone the
future. From in only a short time from the first human landing or even with simple unmanned probes with special robotic tools, it can become feasible to develop a Martian resource, such as surface water for
evenutal human settlements. Other sources of coal or oil shale might be found in the first decades of development, that could be used as an energy resource in the place of geothermal energy, which would
greatly change cost factors of industrial development on Mars, so we must immediately force a reconsideration of previous environmental incentives to keep Mars clean.
The political volatility of the resource question, especially the problems of rights of ownership and development, has prompted proposals that range from sharing any found mineral wealth equally among the
nations to establishing the planet as a total ecological zone; it is understood that any significant mineral discovery will provide a severe test for the nation-states first on the Martian surface.
In one definition of "resource development", Mars natural resources can be defined as natural materials or
characteristics of significance to humankind. By this broad definition, the term includes not only biological and
mineral resources but also the land itself, water, ice, climate, and space for living and working, recreation and
storage. "Economic resources" are those that can be used or exported at a cost that is less than their value.
Any attempted appraisal must therefore be continually reevaluated in terms of current market values, logistical costs, and technological development.
A rich imagination can also see many possible uses of the Mars poles and their reserves. The polar ice sheets
possibly contain as such as 90 percent of the planet's glacial ice—a huge potential supply of fresh water—but any economic value is precluded by delivery costs except for the exo-industrial settlements.
Mars ice has been proposed as a long-term, deep-freeze storage site for grain and other foods, but calculations show that such usage is not economic at the early stages of settlement, because of excessive
shipping, handling, and investment costs. The Antarctic Treaty rules out military use, however, and the
increasing capability of earth-based long-range aircraft rocketry, and satellite surveillance and reentry decreases the possible military importance of Mars.
In the long run, we might find, as Libya did when they exploited their ancient underground water, that there is
a limited and meager inventory of accessible water which would be at odds with the volume of fluid needed
to shape exo-industrial operations for making Mars user-friendly to the first generation of earthlings.
Therefore, space law for the protection of vital environmental resources, especially water and petroleum, must be the single most important part of framework legislation for all participants.
Management plans will have to be developed, specifying what actions are needed to implement the environmental objectives of maintaining international reciprocity for all sides at each surface and subsurface
water site deemed important for human exploration and settlements on Mars. The following planetary considerations can be argued for the following water scenarios:
(1) Because not all bodies of water are used for the same purpose, specific protection zones are to be
established within each ancient river basin, subject to more stringent protection according to the uses made of them.
(2) Groundwater should not be polluted at all, so direct discharges into groundwater should be banned, and groundwater should be monitored so that changes in chemical composition can be detected and man-made
pollution addressed by new technology.
(3) Member exploratory parties on Mars whether national or international are to be subject to the use of
water through laws and 'green taxes' to achieve the goals of the directive, the goal being to prevent the
over-extraction or drilling for water, and to encourage more efficient use of water reservoirs, and to ensure that the environmental costs of water use are borne by the user.
The long-term viewing of Martian resources may soon be possible due to NASA's Spirit and Opportunity probes with a plethora of follow-up missions. In spite of other world-wide problems, such as the threat of
nuclear devastation and the gradual one of curbing human population-pressures, the time is right for all
thinking humanity to act in an ecologically-minded context. This should range from applying legislation
through enlightened maintenance of each local ecosystem, whether natural or artificial, and to care for it in the
interplanetary context of what this writer calls, the Joint Earth-Mars Biosphere. Each of the ecosystems
comprising the Joint Earth-Mars Biosphere, should become an integral part of our life in unity with Earth's living biota–including Humankind.
In building a society and eventual civilization on Mars, through cooperation among nations, we can only do
this by preserving water as the future "life blood" of humanity. Let us not destroy our chance of building new
life upon the remnants of a once global Martian ocean. But let us now begin with introducing protective laws
which will protect possible invaluable "surviving micro-organisms" that can give evidence of our evolutionary
track in the cosmos, as well as our own future on our sister planet. Immediate space law legislation is, thus,
needed for the initial contact with the tread of life on a sister planet and the development of human civilization on Mars in the 21st century. Accountable and courageous leadership in all sectors will be needed to mobilize the necessary effort. If the world community fails to act forcefully in the current decade, the Earth's ability to
sustain life in space, including back on mother Earth may be at risk.
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Update on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
by Dr. J.J. Hurtak, Ph.D., Ph.D.
The successful rendevous of the MRO (Mars Reconnaissance Orbitor) with the planet Mars on March 10th (2006) will allow sophisticated instruments to look for 'waterways' and document the dendritic
networks of flow channels both on the Martian surface and below its sands. A platform of High Resolution (HiRISE), Context (CTX) and Mars Color Imagery (MARCI) cameras will open a new page
for the study of the search for water and other triggering mechanisms of life using remote sensing technology hovering some 300-500 kilometers over the Martian surface, but penetrating 1 kilometer under the surface, where underground water reservoirs could be discovered.
The MRO cruised through interplanetary space for 7 and ½ months before reaching Mars. During the voyage, testing and calibrations continued with some of the most elaborate scientific instruments and experiments ever
brought into space. Four trajectory correction maneuvers were planned in case there was a need to correct the trajectory for proper orbital insertion with Mars. Only
three trajectory correction maneuvers were needed by the MRO, with a fourth correction deemed unnecessary, in order to make a perfect orbital connection with the planet.
In addition to high-resolution instruments that will help space engineers to evaluate possible landing sites for future missions, the MRO's communications capabilities will provide a critical transmission relay for
the surface missions undertaken by future robotic and human mission teams. MRO will even be able to provide critical navigation data to future probes during their planned landing schedules. More
importantly, the Orbiter may be able to uncover the reasons behind the failure of past Mars missions (the Russian Phobos 2, NASA's Mars Polar Lander, and the British Beagle lander) and discover exciting findings of water and other signs of primitive life, past or present, on our sister planet.
The 2006 mapping of the smallest details on the Martian surface (down to the resolution level of 3.3 feet - 1 meter diameter) highlights the importance of the new mission which will lay the
groundwork for future NASA planned surface missions which will include a lander called Phoenix for 2007, followed by the Mars Science Laboratory, a highly capable rover now being developed for a 2009 launch opportunity.
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter website at JPL
HiRISE Instrument website
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Reception