Mars UFOs, Martians and More

UFOs on Mars?
Mars UFOs, Martians and Life on Mars

by Robert Hughey (Google+)

There's some big questions regarding Mars that we can't really answer yet - about its history and about its present as well.
Pic of Cold Mars, see Curiosity Rover UFO Sighting on
Beautiful, Cold Mars. We struggle to find water, but it might surprise you to see what Mars looks like in the middle of its Winter. Those ice caps are frozen carbon dioxide: Dry Ice.
  • Does Mars have life on it currently? 
  • Did Life on Mars exist in the past? 
  • If so, did Mars ever have Intelligent Life
  • Does any relationship exist between Life on Earth and Mars?
  • Why is Martian Life, even microscopic life, worth spending billions on?

Yes, I'm wanting to create a page discussing the Planet Mars, history and future alone with her billions of years as our neighbor. Is that correct to call Mars a her? It is correct to refer to Earth as such, but I guess my human need to be anthropomorphous on any and everything possible has given Mars a more masculine feeling.

It's a planet, so it's an "it," but it's Mars, Earth's sibling, the red God of War himself, potential home to who knows what, at least maybe a long, long time ago.

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Martian Disclosure

I must admit I have a small obsession with our handsome neighboring World. I find Mars to be a beautiful planet, strangely covered in rust, and I think it has a myriad of mysteries just waiting on mankind's eventual visit. I would not even be surprised if researches eventuall find Martian archaeological evidence of old civilizations on the planet.  

Though brighter minds than mine are more hopeful to find proof of ancient microorganisms. With my firm belief that Mars at least had life at some point, I easily forget that as of yet: we've found no proof officially of even a speck of algae or other simple organisms ever lived on Mars.

I feel in my bones that's not the case, but I admit that my hope completely guides my faith.
2012 Mars (photo of 2001 Mars), Life on Mars?
Mars, in 2001, with the southern polar ice cap visible on the bottom. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mars has a History, but perhaps not the one I wish.

It may end up that we discover that life never existed on Mars, and we probably won't find living Martian organisms beyond microbes or perhaps simple life, and I would accept it if so, but I still believe that Life always finds a way to survive.

We almost all believe (throughout the diverse different human cultures) that life is precious and even sacred, which I have no problem agreeing with. But I can't help but look at surprises Science has experienced in the past, such as the Silicate Lifeforms (rather than carbon-based) that have been found in the deepest, darkest recesses of our oceans, and then I realize that human beings probably have an extremely limited view and understanding of what "LIFE" actually can be in this big, beautiful universe.


Life, as we know it.
What exactly is life - fundamentally?

 One way to quantify life: Life is a way that matter develops an awareness of itself and an ability to further diversify the complicated order of the Universe.  

By that, I mean that Life eventually can develop concepts greater than any number of  living beings, concepts like: 

  • music, 
  • art, 
  • agape (love of the divine "love" itself), 
  • spirituality, 
  • war, *
  • genocide, *
  • philosophy... 
    *(life is messy and terrible sacred and divine) 

So Life is organized and conscious matter on a scale that over billions of years can eventually produce an actual self-aware little unit of matter, able to question its own existence and the Universe itself, while sitting here at a desk his family gave him when he began writing. That little self-aware unit of matter finds Life amazing, and while I'm plunking away at these square keys, I find I realize we should be looking at the diversity of Life on Earth as an example of just how much or how little the Universe may be filled with lifeforms. 

I think Life in the Universe may be less rare than we instinctively as a species imagined. Earth may be unique here in our Solar System, unless Europa or another large moon of Jupiter or Saturn hold a surprise or six billion. Not only is it a big Universe out there, it's also a very old Universe with trillions of years to come for life to go about the business of living. 

If we look around Earth, life finds a way to exist in almost every conceivable environment. Boiling 180 degree mineral water near a Volcano? You'll find it teeming with microbes that thrive in that otherwise aseptic environment. Under the deepest trenches of the ocean, where no sunlight exists? You'll find silicate lifeforms (while you, me and every organism we see around us are Carbon-based) developing and thriving around vents in the crust.  

The universe is complex, and life is not separate from the Universe.  "Life" is merely a concept of conscious matter, which we human beings are the current intellectual and cultural pinnacle of Life that has developed on EarthWell, at least culturally (including our amazing stores of accumulated knowledge). 

I honestly wonder if the brains of Beluga Whales and Humans, which has more complicated higher brain functions?  I could ask this because I went to the Georgia Aquarium this past season, and the Beluga Male there looked me in the eyes and seemed far more aware than any other animal I have ever locked eyes with in my entire life. 

It was striking and awe-inspiring.

Anyway, this page is merely my ramblings about Mars, UFOs and Life. The fact is that Mars would make a mostly lame "base of Operations" for other civilizations observing, experimenting or involving themselves in our Solar System.

Let's talk about our latest robotic visitation and efforts to understand the Red Planet. We call it "Curiosity," though I think that innocuous name belies how large, powerful and simply cool this robot explorer actually is.

Martian School: How to Get to Mars

Mars Curiosity Rover UFO Sightings (link to a post with videos)

Life on Mars UFOs
Artist's Rendition of the "Sky Crane" maneuver that brought Curiosity to Mars (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
But then again, we have the Curiosity Rover currently zipping across the Martian Surface, and that Robotic Powerhouse keeps catching odd anomalous images in the skies. I start to get excited, but then I remember that Curiosity (like his older siblings) is faxing images across the entire damn solar system.  Scrambled bits and bytes are bound to happen, and when I ask anyone with any visual computing insight, I always get told that the Mars UFOs are simply "digital artifacts" like you see on the television when a storm comes by and disrupts the picture.

Enough about my musings about Mars and Life. 

Tell me your thoughts, questions or your own musings.  I'd love some input from a voice other than my own here. I'm sure anyone reading would appreciate it too.  

*Not to say Philosophy is bad. It's thinking about ways of thinking.
I know that interests a lot of people, and I sincerely applaud that.
Philosophy was really big, y'know, back in the BCE too.

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