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TMA-1: The Martian Artifact - Page 2

A Sign of Intelligent Life on Mars

A Martian Sculpture Depicts "The Eye of Mars"

by Robert D. Morningstar

(Copyright 2004-2006, RDM*)

TMA-1 clearly appears to be an intelligently conceived and designed form.. If so, this alone, of course, would indicate (and prove) the presence or ,more likely, the previous existence of intelligent life on the Red Planet. The photograph, released by NASA/JPL on March 25th, is shown below, enlarged and enhanced by this writer.

A Sign of Intelligent Life on Mars Uncovered

The object, which I describe as a bas-relief sculpture is carved out of a slab of Martian rock is called "The Berry Bowl" by NASA/JPL. The object, carved in relief and nicknamed "The Martian Artifact" or "TMA-1" by this writer, shown above just left of center in the photo, depicts the planet Mars, itself, with extreme" accuracy, and particularly, the topography of Solis Lacus, a significant region of southern equatorial Mars, known as "The Eye of Mars" (for reasons that I will describe later).

I now believe that this artifact, TMA-1, may be a "Time Capsule", or the remnant of a larger one, intended to call attention to the region or, perhaps, to record the circumstances or forces, which caused a cataclysm that destroyed Mars' once Earth-like ecosystem.


Why has NASA not come forth with more information on this important event? Other than presenting it in its only press release to date in what they described as a "whimsical" (and, in my opinion, almost comical) manner, dubbing it facetiously "The Berry Bowl.". Since then, there has not been a single reference to it, despite the claim in the original press release that it was left uncovered for future study. Is NASA psychologically blind-sided in this or is there another explanation?

It may well be that NASA has failed to recognize the object for what it really is.

Could it be "tunnel vision", "blind-sidedness" or was there another cause for hesitation or oversight? Perhaps, NASA scientists are not allowed by their official policy or scientific paradigms to recognize such an artifact. A reluctance to recognize it may be that NASA scientists are constrained from publicly acknowledging, asserting belief in or revealing the existence of extraterrestrial life. No one wants to be the first to risk ridicule and lose credibility or career.

It is also possible that someone within NASA/JPL, a concerned scientist, leaked the photograph so that someone, like myself, might recognize it and come forth to characterize it.

And so, on October 30th, 2004, on the 66th anniversary of Orson Wells famous "War of the Worlds" broadcast, I journeyed to Johns Hopkins' University to communicate to AIAA members my discovery, impressions and geometric proofs that "TMA-1" or "The Berry Bowl" was intelligently designed to call our attention to a particular region of Mars.

Panoramic View of "The Marsberry Field" (NASA/JPL)


To really understand the official NASA non-disclosure policy (prior to Dr. Griffin's appointment), we must first remember an important historical point. NASA internal policy prohibits disclosure by command and control mechanisms engineered and implemented after the Brookings Institution 1960's report on "Peaceful Uses of Outer Space".

In that report, the Brookings Institution recommended prohibition of disclosure, with a warning against the revelation of the existence of extraterrestrial life to the people of America or the world. Brookings Institution thinkers feared social, economic and religious upheaval would result. The Brookings Institution's conclusions were based on the now famous events, which transpired 66 years ago, the public reaction to Orson Wells' radio broadcast of "The War of the Worlds" and the local panic that ensued.


Many of us, "Marsologists," were fortunate enough to observe Mars nightly during the planet's closest approach to Earth in 60,000 years in 2003. From the 14th of August, the night of the New York City blackout, through August 30th, I viewed Mars nightly.

From August 26th through the 29th, I made detailed telescopic observations for 2 to 3 hours each night. With these detailed observations of Mars in August 2003, and comparing them daily with NASA Hubble Space Telescope (HST) photo imaging of Mars, this researcher studied the southern hemisphere and equatorial region of Mars in great detail. Since it was facing us directly, a vast area called "Solis Lacus," known by astronomers as "The Eye of Mars", emerged as Mars' most significant, awe-inspiring and memorable terrain feature on the night of the 27th-28th, 2003.

From August 26th to August 29th, '03, I viewed the regions of the South Polar Cap, with its spike like mountain peak, radiating and refracting light as Rayleigh Scattering which interacts with the Aurora Australis of Mars, making Mars a appear brilliant to the human eye, much like a pink neon globe.

Mars' airglow made its atmosphere visible for miles above its surface, and imposing a pink-red-orange, electrified halo on the entire planet. I observed 2 long streams of south-to-north alto-stratospheric cloud formations, stretching north from Tharsis Montes.

These almost identical cloud formations paradoxically appeared to be parallel, tubular altostratus clouds, which spun in the same direction, like two white marble columns rolling in the same direction and extended from Tharsis Montes to the far north for over a thousand miles, parallel to the Tharsis Bulge and over the Albus Tractus Borealis.

Only now, 2 years later, with detailed knowledge of the topography of region of Tharsis and Xanthe, do I understand the orographic (terrain formed) nature of the twin tubular, parallel jet streams.


On the night of August 26-27, '03, I studied in detail, a region of southern hemisphere known as the Hellas Basin and witnessed, much to my surprise, huge, billowing banks of fog, rising from Hellas Basin as sunlight, traversing it, revealed many layers of terraced slopes, reminiscent of the striations of the Grand Canyon, and reflecting every hue of red, rose, sienna, umber, brown, purple and black. The ever-darkening nether regions of darkness in the basin can very accurately be described as "hellacious".

Hellas Basin possesses unique atmospheric and terrain characteristics. This vast impact crater, approximately 600 miles wide, contains what could be described as a "Sea of CO2", looking like a small carbon dioxide ocean, which causes these effects above the surface.

The sea of carbon dioxide is contained by strong Martian planetary winds that seal the basin due to their pressure and velocity. The effect of the fog banks, rising from the crater, created the impression that I was viewing the immediate aftermath of a fresh asteroid impact, still smoldering after impact. The effect was shocking as I realized the magnitude of the original event and how it must have altered the entire planet's ecosystem.


Solis Lacus, a far greater impact region, is to be found not far away, also in the southern hemisphere of the Red Planet.. It is difficult to believe that Mars survived these two huge impacts and more. In contrast to the vaporous Hellas Basin, this region is usually depicted by NASA/JPL and HST photos as a vast, nondescript desert area near the Martian equator, immediately adjacent to the region called Valles Marinaris, a 4000 km. (2500-mile long) crack in the planet Mars. I observed Solis Lacus on the night of August 27-28th, 2003 for over an hour as the planet Mars turned and slowly brought it into view.

Solis Lacus is an area of vast depression covered by sands (if you believed the pre-2004 NASA photos). It was depicted in the computerized Hubble photos much like a Martian Sahara, nearly flat, overrun and filled in by Martian dust and sand.

However, in reality it appeared to me to be so deep that when sunlight strikes Mars, traversing its rim at low sun angles at morning and sunset, Solis Lacus remains in darkness, while the rest of the planet is bathed in bright sunlight for several hours. This explains the appearance and disappearance of "The Eye of Mars" during the course of the Martian day. (Reader take note: The sun angle is a very reliable indicator of the true angle of the slope of descending terrain into the central region of Solis Lacus.)

As the planet turned, a vast dark spot appeared, beneath a brilliant Martian airglow. This made Mars look to me like a gigantic eyeball and Solis Lacus looked like its pupil. Furthermore, another strange effect: the pupil bled a long black tapering tear to the south formed in the southern region called Thaumasia Fossa, a dry river bed or, more likely, another meandering fracture or fault line in the planet caused by the asteroid impact, which created Solis Lacus.

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