"There are also others who know something" - Severus Sebokht, 662 A.D.
To Cautiously Retread Where the Enterprise Mission has Gone Before.....
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Collapsed Mounds / Cydonia Region / Mars
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Mars. Ruins of an Ancient Spacefaring Civilisation?
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Introduction: Cydonia Quest's Purpose
My access to the World wide web began in April 1998, just as the first images of Mars began to come back from the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) spacecraft.
This access allowed me to discover through The Enterprise Mission (TEM) web-site that the theories of Richard Hoagland regarding Cydonia, hyper-dimensional physics and cover-ups had developed in weird and wonderful ways in the years since the publication of Hoagland's "The Monuments of Mars". The TEM web-site had enough material on it to fill several books, but with the exception of the articles on hyper-dimensional physics, none of this new work had been drawn together or indexed in any way. This is too formidable a prospect for anyone new visiting the TEM web-site.
Therefore, the objectives of the Cydonia Quest web-site are twofold -
Firstly, to categorise, summarise and analyse the TEM theories.
Secondly, to publish my own and others research into these theories on to the web.
The Enterprise Mission has drawn together all its theories into one grand theory. However, all the contributing theories can stand or fall alone. I have divided them into the themes of Mars, Hyperspace and Conspiracy in the Main Gateway Menu above. But before we go any further I should say a word about.....
.....the issue of Richard C. Hoagland !!
For two decades Mr. Hoagland has been the "evangelist" for the hypothesis that artificial looking formations on Mars are just that - artificial. Many of the sober scientific minds that have been drawn into this research (including members of the Society for Planetary SETI Research) were first introduced to the topic through talks given by Hoagland.
It is therefore unsurprising that many in the Cydonia community have been shocked and dismayed by Hoagland's newer, outlandish theories that rival the "X" Files. It sometimes appears as if Richard Hoagland is asking his readers "to believe six impossible things before breakfast". I do find that the evidence for TEM's more sensational claims is usually more ambiguous than is justified by the conclusions reached by TEM.
Carl Sagan is infamous for declaring that "extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence". I think that this can be more usefully rephrased as "finding convincing evidence for extraordinary claims is extraordinarily difficult". As TEM sails further into uncharted waters I think that this problem explains much of the hostility that they face.
Personally, I enjoy reading the Enterprise Mission web-site and have discovered many intriguing facts that I wouldn't otherwise have known. I've learnt to view the conclusions from TEM's investigations as thought experiments....and to my surprise some of it is better grounded than one might imagine. In this web-site I will, therefore, consider one or two improbable things before breakfast.
Robert Harrison - June 2000
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