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Trees on Mars? What NASA Might Know About Extraterrestrial Life

Updated on June 21, 2012
NASA image of Mars
NASA image of Mars
Dark side of the Moon as captured by Apollo (Click to enlarge)
Dark side of the Moon as captured by Apollo (Click to enlarge)

Does NASA know about foliage on Mars? The claim about trees on Mars is made in the comprehensive book Dark Mission: The Secret History of NASA. This book is authored by Richard Hoagland, a science adviser to CBS News during the Apollo program, and Mike Bara, a Boeing engineer. It's possible that these guys have lost their marbles. But if what they say is true, then NASA knows darn well that there's extraterrestrial plant life.

Here are some fun conspiracy ideas about extraterrestrial trees, the dark side of the Moon and such inspired by Dark Mission.

The Dark Side of the Moon is Colonized

In the science fiction film Iron Sky, Nazis escaped to the Moon after World War II. Where did they set up? On the dark side.

There actually is a dark side of the Moon -- a side that we never see from Earth. Since we can't see what's going on up there, some people truly believe that there are full cities or military bases on the heavenly body.

Some fringe elements believe that the dark side of the Moon has been claimed by alien forces. I think it's more likely that if anyone has been building on the Moon, it's the US military.

Mars Has Trees

The NASA photo to the right was published in The Telegraph on January 13, 2010. It shows the surface of Mars. Do you not see trees?

NASA dismisses this as an illusion. They say the tree-like structures are debris or dust clouds left by glaciers. What do you think?

In the YouTube video below, a guy zooms in on another Mars photo that I saw posted by the European Space Agency.

A photograph of Cydonia, Mars (Click to enlarge)
A photograph of Cydonia, Mars (Click to enlarge)

There Are Pyramids on Mars

In Dark Mission, Hoagland states that there are pyramids on Mars that have the same dimensions as those found on Earth. The implication is that the Martian pyramids and the Earth pyramids were constructed by the same intelligent beings.

One mathematically-informed challenge to Hoagland's specific evidence can be found on a Washington University webpage. Basically he's saying that you can find mathematical coincidences anywhere and that Hoagland is being too generous in calling dimensions of structures "the same."

Nonetheless, ufologists insist that the Cydonia region of Mars includes a number of artificial structures. The photo to the right is often studied for pyramids. The structure of a human face has also been identified in Cydonia.

The face on Cydonia
The face on Cydonia

Mars Has a Human Face

The Cydonia area of Mars has attracted interest from respected scientists and crazed crackpots. In 1976 NASA's Viking mission to Cydonia captured an image of what appears to be a human face on the Martian surface.

Some people say this is evidence of intelligent life having lived on Mars. NASA dismisses the apparent face on Mars as a pareidolia - a mental trick similar to when we see animal shapes in clouds.

Read more about the face on Mars.


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    • SantaCruz profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Santa Cruz, CA

      Ooh, I hadn't heard of the Mars Analogues Conference before! Here's a link for anyone who's interested:

      Thanks, Sueko!

    • Sueko Sasaki BASW profile image

      Sueko Sasaki BASW 

      8 years ago from Southwest Missouri, The Ozark Mountains

      I can't get enough of Mars so thank you for this article! I really enjoyed your links, too. I'm waiting for my Sister to get home from the Mars Analogues Conference in Morocco so I can pick her head for details. I think you just gave me an idea for an article.

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      Glenn Stok 

      8 years ago from Long Island, NY

      We already have satellites circling the moon mapping every square inch. So we already know what's on the dark side of the moon. You can see it yourself with Google maps of the moon.

      Latest discoveries on Mars I find very interesting. I check out NASA's website every once in a while and I saw a picture of the rock they found that looks like a pyramid. And the latest pictures of what looks like dried-up riverbeds are also very interesting.

    • Cliff Mendrez profile image

      Cliff Mendrez 

      9 years ago from Philippines

      This is really an interesting hub! Images from outer space never fail to amaze me. Thanks for sharing.

    • Larry Fields profile image

      Larry Fields 

      9 years ago from Northern California

      Great hub! Voted up and interesting. I especially liked the photo of the Martian 'trees'.

      Speaking of the devil, there's something slightly similar in Nambung National Park, in Western Australia. It's an area called The Pinnacles.

      These spires could be mistaken for dead tree snags by alien observers with hand-held telescopes in a satellite. However the proposed geologic mechanism for their formation probably could not apply to Mars.

    • KrystalD profile image


      9 years ago from Los Angeles

      Fascinating! Thanks for the hub!

    • SantaCruz profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Santa Cruz, CA

      Yes, the Cydonia face appears in space agency photos. People have looked at the images in different ways, accounting for erosion... The book I linked to has many more such images.

      As for how it all fits together, um... One idea is that giant pyramids were fueling stations designed to be seen from outer space. But that's getting very out-there.

      NASA documents from a few decades ago are candid about expecting to find intelligent life, though not necessarily on Mars... Here's a newspaper article about intelligent life on other planets. It's from today!

    • karthikkash profile image

      Karthik Kashyap 

      9 years ago from India

      very nice article indeed. I myself am an amateur researcher when it comes to aliens. There may be certain truth when conspiracy theorists claim that there may be aliens who inhabit the darker side of moon.

      There are also certain claims that Mars and moon may have been space stations for aliens en route to earth. How much truth is there in these claims, no one knows. But it is definitely fun to read them.

    • Greensleeves Hubs profile image

      Greensleeves Hubs 

      9 years ago from Essex, UK

      Strange, but defiinitely NOT TRUE!! I'm glad you describe them as 'fun conspiracy ideas' Fun, they may be, but can anyone seriously believe that there is life of this kind on Mars. There's no credibility to the images, no logic in the science of complex Earth-like life on Mars, and no possible reason or way in which the truth (if it were true) could be kept hidden by NASA

      As far as Cydonia is concerned, other images have been taken at different times which show this to be nothing more than a trick of the light - the human brain has a natural propensity for trying to identify human facial features from the most basic of information.

      Nice article though!

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      9 years ago

      I certainly hope that such a pretty young lady will not have "maus sonhos" due to all these intriguing phenomenae.

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      9 years ago from Texas

      Very interesting read - thank you for sharing

    • ajinkyax profile image


      9 years ago from India

      face of Cydonia is it really TRUE ??


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