Top Ten Mars Phenomena That Are out of This World

Posted by – August 17, 2016
Categories: Science & Cosmology

From human faces to fossilized bacteria and everything in between, Mars has always intrigued us Earthlings with promising hints of life. NAB authors George J. Haas and William R. Saunders (The Cydonia Codex and The Martian Codex), Richard C. Hoagland (The Monuments of Mars) and Barry E. DiGregorio (Mars: The Living Planet) explore and analyze these Martian oddities in their books. We’ve sifted through their findings and compiled a list of the top ten most bizarre sights and spectacles found on the Red Planet.


10. The Mars Buddha

Haas and Saunders note this image’s “uncanny resemblance” to a Buddha. The Mars “Buddha” even appears to be seated on a lotus flower in a meditative pose.

Mars Buddha

Mars Buddha:
LEFT, Mirrored fetus image showing location of the Buddha-like figure. RIGHT, Buddha-like figure (detail). Note the meditative posture.

Mars Buddha in lotus bloom

Mars Buddha in lotus bloom:
Analytical drawing of previous figure by George J. Haas

9. Cronos

Worlds collide in this likeness of Cronos (Greek counterpart to the Roman Saturn) found on the surface of Mars. In Ancient Greek mythology Cronos infamously devours his children before they can usurp his throne. As Haas and Saunders have pointed out, this image mimics many portrayals of the Greek god eating an inverted figure.


The Cronos image

The Cronos image:
LEFT: The Martian Cronos. Note the inverted figure being eaten. Enhancement by the Cydonia Institute.
RIGHT: Analytical drawing by George J. Haas

8. Syrtis Major

DiGregorio tells us this region of Mars appears to grow and change color to green and blue during the Martian spring/summer and fades during Martian fall/winter. Could these changes be proof of a living planet or simply the result of discolored, wind-blown dust?

7. The Admiral

After mirroring these markings found on the surface of Mars, Haas and Saunders believe the result closely resembles the Maya Jaguar God known as Lord Sun. Both figures possess a prominent Roman nose, squinting eyes and long ears.

The Admiral (Enki)

The Admiral (Enki):
We believe this image to be the Maya Jaguar god. The image would seem to depict the Jaguar god as the Sun rising from the night sky. Notice the radiant halo around the sides of the head, and the heart-shaped breastplate.

6. Fossilized Bacteria

The world-famous SNC meteorite contains carbonate material believed to originate from Mars. DiGregorio explains this could be the result of weathering, magmatic activity, or biology. According to Dr. Robert Folk, a geologist at the University of Texas, the Martian microfossils look identical to two-billion-year-old fossilized bacteria that he found in Italy.

5. The Crown Face

After mirroring the left side of the Crown Face, Haas and Saunders noticed an eerie similarity between the Mars formation and facial markings found in images of Mayan gods including facial tear bands, fish fins, and emanating breath scrolls.

The Pheonix Face

The Phoenix Face:
Duplicated presentation of the left side of the Crown Face.
Enhancement by the Cydonia Institute.

The Phoenix Face drawing

The Phoenix Face:
Analytical drawing by George J. Haas

G1 mask

Detail of Stela 1, Copan, Mexico:
Note the crown, decorative forehead ornament, and fish fins on cheek.
Drawing by George J. Haas. Image source: Linda Schele.

4. The City

Hoagland describes his discovery of an Ancient Martian city as, “a remarkably rectilinear arrangement of massive structures interspersed with several smaller ‘pyramids’ (some at exact right angles to the larger structures) and even smaller conical-shaped ‘buildings.’” The city appears to have been constructed directly in view of both the infamous D&M Pyramid and “the Face.”

3. The D&M Pyramid

Haas, Saunders, and Hoagland marvel at the bilateral symmetry and complex internal geometry of this five-sided pyramid found in the Cydonia region. Cartographer Erol Torun claims that the pyramid “is unlike any other landform seen to date in this solar system, and even small scale phenomena such as crystal growth cannot explain its morphology.”

Geometry of D&M Pyramid

Geometry of D&M Pyramid (2002)
THEMIS 20020413a (notated). Courtesy Dr. Mark Carlotto.

2. Water

DiGregorio discusses the exciting discoveries of polar ice caps and atmospheric water vapor. More recent evidence proves the existence of liquid water on Mars.

1. The Face

Originally brushed aside by NASA and the public as a trick of light and shadow, Haas, Saunders, and Hoagland (along with many other experts) now believe the Face to be potential evidence of an ancient Martian civilization. It’s peculiar yet specific alignment with the City and the D&M Pyramid seem to point to the existence of a complex society in Cydonia—perhaps even one trying to send signals to life on other planets.

The 1976 Face on Mars

The 1976 Face on Mars (Viking):
Original NASA presentation of Viking orbiter image frame 35A72. Courtesy NASA/JPL/Caltech.

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About the Author

Grace Ann is about to enter her senior year at Pomona College, where she studies English and classical literature. She is having an amazing time interning for NAB this summer and hopes to continue working in publishing after she graduates. In her free time she enjoys yoga, hiking, and cooking.