THE RED MENACE
MONOLOGUE WRITTEN BY CLYDE LEWIS
Back in the 1970s, NASA researchers that studied the soil which had been gathered by the Viking Landers 1 and 2 found clear indications of gas release that they believed came from living organisms.
Others countered; however, that such gases more likely resulted from chemical reactions among highly-reactive inorganic compounds in the soil, and the argument for life on the Red Planet fell by the wayside.
In 1976, Gilbert Levin said that the tests that were conducted on the Viking probes did indeed demonstrate the existence of microbial life forms on Mars.
NASA rejected his findings.
It was August of 1996 where speculations came from NASA and others that perhaps fossilized bacteria was found in a meteorite that somehow fell to Earth and according to Scientists was from Mars. This was “evidence” that bacteria may have contributed to the decay of living material that once existed on the planet.
Again, the findings were dismissed.
In 2001, University of Southern California’s Joseph Miller, was preparing a proposal to NASA to conduct biology experiments on future Mars missions.
He stumbled across the old data. A figure in an old geophysical journal report caught his eye. It was about methane gas emission, Miller noted, had been highly periodic. Subsequent investigation revealed that, in fact, the gas release signal followed a circadian rhythm. It had a precise circadian rhythm of 24.66 hours, which is particularly significant because it’s the length of a Martian day.
Specifically, the gas emission fluctuations seemed to be entrained to a two degrees Celsius temperature fluctuation inside the Viking Lander.
The circadian rhythms from the Martian soil persisted for nine straight weeks.
He said that in 1976 the Viking researchers had an excellent reason to believe they’d discovered life; he believed a good 75 percent certain. He then postulated that the methane fluctuation made it nearly 100 percent.
NASA said nothing – and they denied that any kind of life or indications of life were discovered.
Today, NASA held a press conference saying they had an important announcement.
NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has found organic molecules on Mars. Curiosity has found methane and other organic compounds that are the basic building blocks of life as we know it.
This is not news – this is merely delayed official response to what we already know and I am curious as to why after decades of denial are edging closer to confirmation.
You may remember a decade prior to this announcement NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor took pictures of what appeared to be water bursting through a gully wall and flowing around boulders and other rocky debris. In 2011, the high-resolution camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured what looked like little streams flowing down crater walls from late spring to early autumn.
Mission scientists told the public that the flows were “recurring slope lineae”
In 2015, NASA held a press conference that they confirmed water on Mars.
Again, even with this data they said that there is no life on Mars.
NASA has always been called the agency with Never A Straight Answer, but it is also the agency that always goes out of its way to dismiss life of any kind out in space and yet they request money to continue their missions and whatever cosmic hair they have to pull.
Still with the discovery of water, methane, and organic molecules, there is no confirmation – shouldn’t this raise suspicions as to what NASA is hiding?
It appears that NASA has always imposed an information blockade of anomalous activities in space. They also seem to have a political agenda and a top secret military attitude when questions are raised about contradicting data that is released from other space agencies.
In the 1960’s, there was a plan devised by the U.S. Government to have in place a conspiracy of denial with regards to the possibility that a new space program would discover the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe. This plan, provided by the Brookings Institute, was completed in December of 1960 and pointed out the very real fear of social disintegration if humanity discovered in its cosmic journey proof of extraterrestrial life.
The Brookings statement speculated that there would be discoveries of artifacts on Mars, Venus and the Moon.
The Brookings Report was very clear when it suggested that “Anthropological files contain many examples of societies sure of their place in the universe which have disintegrated when they had to associate with previously unfamiliar societies espousing different societies in different ways.”
Needless to say, the guardians of intelligence suggested that if the U.S. space program found evidence of alien life or technology that it would be advisable to withhold that information.
NASA continues to go to great lengths to cover up proof of microbial life on Mars, not to mention possible artifacts from ancient aliens who previously visited the Red Planet.
However, if you were to look up the definition of Organic Molecules you will find that they are the molecules of life and are built around chains of carbon atoms that are often quite long. There are four main groups of organic molecules that combine to build cells and their parts: carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids.
Literally they have found the building blocks for life. They have also discovered methane which is a gas released when something dies or decays.
Life begins with organic molecules. The molecules demonstrate that odds are there is life on Mars.
The rover has identified a repeatable, identifiable pattern in the methane measurement, just like Viking did in the 1970’s – just like what Joseph Miller exposed at USC.
NASA says that while the discovery of Martian organics – specifically methane – does not confirm life, it is yet another major piece of evidence that Mars may sustain microbial life.
The more one researches from the whole horizon of data, the more one can put together the correct dots and thus a clear and correct picture. NASA has given us a hollow “maybe” on Martian life and once again the acronym of Never A Straight Answer applies when NASA says one thing and later admits to another not just once but many times in the last 4 decades.
I recently gave my presentation on microbial life forms, alien pathogens, and possible Martian revelations last Friday at Contact In The Desert in Indian Wells, California. While my presentation focused on Cladogenesis and the Clade X exercise I was able to also speak about the research done by Joseph Miller and Gilbert Levin.
I also spoke about extremophiles, namely bacteria, diseases and other microbial life forms surviving the extreme conditions in space.
When Apollo 12 retrieved parts of the Surveyor 3, which landed on the moon in April of 1967, bacteria was found in the probe. It had survived the launch and managed to stay alive on the airless surface of the moon for 3 years.
The bacteria were Streptococcus Mitis. It is a bacterium that is normally found in the nose and throat. Apparently, one of the astronauts or a NASA employee had it and spread it on the surveyor.
An important concept in space microbiology or astrobiology is ‘habitability’, which is essentially an assessment of whether an environment can support the activity of a given organism.
This is why recent studies in microorganisms in the stratosphere put more fuel on the fire for the confirmation of alien life in space.
Planets that were once not even considered candidates to host alien life might be re-analyzed to find habitable regions after the discovery of unique bacteria.
Recent discoveries in the extreme climate of Antarctica have inspired scientists to reconsider the possibility of life on icy moons like Enceladus and Europa.
The presence of microbial life in Earth’s stratosphere is not only opening up a new arena in which to study extremophiles, but is increasing the range of possible environments in which we may find life on other planets.
Conditions in the stratosphere are brutal – it’s a dry, cold, low pressure, ultraviolet-drenched environment, which is why it serves as an apt analog to life on other worlds with similar conditions.
In fact, the same conditions in the stratosphere are similar to the conditions on Mars.
Scientists are discovering non-spore-forming extremophiles have mechanisms to protect themselves in extreme conditions found in outer space.
If life can survive the conditions in the stratosphere, it can survive in space. When it comes to microbes hitchhiking on interplanetary spacecraft, it’s going to be increasingly important that we know which of these bacteria, or fungi can survive, since we know from the stratosphere studies that cold temperatures, UV radiation and other factors won’t kill every last cell.
Currently, space agencies including NASA have a mandate not to expose other planets to Earth’s microfauna, so precautions are taken before launching landers. In most cases there’s not likely to be much that will remain alive after a spacecraft has been doused in cosmic rays. However, we know from experience how hardy invasive species on Earth can be – there’s a reason life is “everywhere” on Earth.
Mars is a dusty planet and spacecraft coated in dust could bring with it little microbial invaders that could hitchhike and contaminate our planet and could very well make people sick if exposed to an alien pathogen.
The late Physicist Stephen Hawking once warned that if aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn’t turn out well for the Native Americans, We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet.
We need to remember that when Columbus arrived he brought with him new diseases that the native inhabitants had no immunity to. This resulted in many deaths of those he and his crew came in contact with. Hawking was implying that Aliens would bring with them their various diseases.
Combining all of the alleged stories of contact, reverse engineering, new technology, and bio warfare we begin to see a deadly pattern in all of the chaotic “truth” that exists in the alternative media. The truth that finding life out in space may be more frightening than we realize.
However, knowing how and why tough organisms persist in the stratosphere above our heads will be important when it comes to protecting planets that we explore in the short term. Meanwhile, looking farther into the future, those same extreme life forms could eventually help us to survive on other worlds as we expand out into the Galaxy.
This may sound unbelievable. Could our first contact be the arrival of extraterrestrial bugs that can make us sick? How can they survive the vacuum in space?
When we fly in airplanes are we flying thorough a soup of microorganisms living in extreme conditions similar to what we see on Mars?
The truth is that when one considers the whole virus replication cycle and extremeophile bacterial microorganisms the come close to NASA’s working definition of life: ‘a self-sustaining chemical system capable of Darwinian evolution– or invading the planet.
Life exists on Mars no matter what NASA is telling you – life finds a way and it has found its way here and chances are it came from Mars.
When we measure the response of terrestrial life in extreme environments on Earth, we can learn more about habitability across the Solar System and where to refine the search for life elsewhere.
Science is softening its stance on life in space, however, while I have said that confirmation of alien life is becoming a constant at this time, there is still some apprehensive containment of the information that is being doled out here in the United States as NASA wishes to have the monopoly on just what isn’t and what is truth about the cosmic imperative. It appears they are looking for life in space, they are in so many ways confirming life, but appear to want containment of all the information applying to the Martian question and whether or not it is the planet is the new red menace.
Mars has always been an enigma of sorts. It has always seemed to be the planet that we wonder the most about with regard to any kind of signs of life.
Beyond the harsh conditions of the stratosphere and Mars it may be wide to conclude that there are other places that have harsh environments that can sustain life.
The search for alien life in the solar system should include exploring non earthlike environments for life having an unearthly biochemistry. We expect alien life to conform to the same basic chemical and ecological constraints as terrestrial life, since inorganic chemistry and the laws of ecosystems appear to be universal.
Astrobiologists usually assume alien life will use familiar terrestrial biochemistry and therefore hope to find alien life by searching near water or by supplying hydrocarbons. The assumption is that alien life is likely to be based on carbon and water. Terrestrial carbon-water biochemistry is not possible on most of the bodies of our solar system, but all alien life is not necessarily based on terrestrial biochemistry.
If alien life has a separate origin from Earth life, and if can survive in an environment extremely different from Earth’s, then alien life may have unearthly biochemistry.
NASA seems to stumble over the tongue when asked to say alien, or even extraterrestrial life.
Science tells us that we have now peered into the birth of creation wit particle physics and depending on who you listen to, you will also hear that the universe is teaming with life.
There is also an old NASA policy file that even indicates that the Earth needs protection from extraterrestrial matter that may be on spacecraft returning to Earth.
The NASA Policy Directive 8020.7G. The Office of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate has issued a Policy on Planetary Protection Requirements for Human Extraterrestrial Missions.
The policy states:
“The conduct of scientific investigations of possible extraterrestrial life forms, precursors, and remnants must not be jeopardized.
In addition, the Earth must be protected from the potential hazard posed by extra-terrestrial matter carried by a spacecraft returning from another planet or other extra-terrestrial sources. Therefore, for certain space-mission/target-planet combinations, controls on organic and biological contamination carried by spacecraft shall be imposed in accordance with directives implementing this policy.”
This policy also functions as a clear indication that NASA is already aware of biological contaminants leaving earth and contaminating other planets and the reverse where exobiological life could be brought back and destroy the biosphere.
So the question is why does NASA continue to contradict itself when it comes to the discovery of life in space?
While it would be very exciting to have NASA actually admit to microbial life on one or more extraterrestrial worlds, it would be a far cry from finding intelligent life. Even so, such a microbial discovery would still greatly open up the possibility of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe.