Boston (May 28)

Mars Researchers Find Likely Ice in Mars Craters

The Society for Planetary SETI Research today
announced that their analysis of the craters shown
in the April images captured by NASA's Mars Global
Surveyor indicates that several may well contain frozen
pools of ice.

SPSR researcher and geologist Harry Moore discovered
that several craters in the image captured by MGS on
April 24 show craters with what appear to be flat, highly
reflective surfaces in their centers.

A crater located in the upper one-third of the April 24
image, not only clearly shows the apparently flat surface
in its bottom but also shows the afternoon sun reflecting
off the flat surface and leaving a circular reflection of light
on the far crater wall.

In addition, poster sessions by various SPSR members
at the American Geophysical Union Spring meetings in
Boston will conclude that the controversial feature often
called the Mars "face" is most likely an artificial
construction, and that it shows strong evidence of having
been eroded by water runoff.  Image scientist Dr. Mark
Carlotto's AGU paper shows that the general symmetry
of the Mars face is between 92 and 99%, depending on
the measuring system, while SPSR geologist James
Erjavec points toward strong evidence of water-based
erosion of the Mars face.

Since it's highly unlikely even on Mars that these
indications of erosion could have survived four billion
years, the indication is that Mars had an active water
environment far more recently than standard Mars theory
would previously have suggested.
Combined, these three findings all point toward a past
Mars which was much more Earthlike than Mars scientists
previously thought and make it likely that the water era on
Mars may have lasted until around 500 million years ago.

However, SPSR cautions that all findings are tentative
and SPSR President Dr. Horace Crater said that SPSR
strongly supports NASA Director Dan Goldin's calls for
Mars Global Surveyor to capture many more images of
Cydonia in order to settle once and for all the questions
about possible artificial features there.

Crater, of the University of Tennessee Space Institute,
also recommended that NASA perform extensive
spectrographic analysis of the entire Cydonia region of
the Northern Plains of Mars in order to determine if the
SPSR's early findings of possible frozen surface water
on Mars are confirmed.
Crater said that if the early findings of Martian surface
water ice hold up, that it may be far easier for NASA to
establish human settlements on Mars than was previously
expected. The likelihood of Mars holding all the resources
necessary for successful human settlement was also
bolstered by the findings of Mars meteorite researcher
Dr. John Brandenburg, whose paper presented to the
AGU onThursday concludes that the highly organic
carbonaceous chondrite meteorites are very probably
from Mars. Since their composition is quite similar to oil
shale bearing rocks found on Earth, similar layers of such
material on Mars would probably provide all the organic
material necessary for developing plastics, liquid
propellants and heating fuel.

The SPSR is a collection of Phds, professors and other
credentialed researchers and scientists, some of whom
have spent up to the last twenty years analyzing possible
evidence for extraterrestrial artifacts on Earth and other
planets of the solar system.
Many of their findings are summarized in the recent book,
The Case for the Face: Scientists Examine the Evidence
for Alien Artifacts on Mars, available from Adventures
Unlimited Press and through many of the major book
chains nationwide.

Dr. Brandenburg will be at the Book Expo America on
Saturday at the SCB Book Distributors in Chicago to
discuss the findings of the SPSR and to promote The
Case for the Face. Several online articles about the
findings of the SPSR may be found at the following
web sites:

as well as extensive recent coverage at
Media contacts may be initiated through Mind Into Matter,
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June, 1998

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