Physicist John Brandenburg believes he knows why there is no detectable life extant on Mars: Martian civilization ended after two massive nuclear explosions rocked the planet millennia ago. Brandenburg will present his findings Nov. 22 at the 2014 Annual Fall Meeting of the American Physical Society in Illinois. Those findings hold within them a dire message for our own planet, because Dr. Brandenburg doesn’t think Martian civilization ended as an internecine struggle among the indigenous Mars populations. It ended in an “ancient nuclear massacre” via nuclear weaponry raining down from space, with Mars the target of war-like aliens.
The Inquistr reported Nov. 21 that Dr. Brandenberg, in a paper to be published in the Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, developed his ideas from the strong radioactive findings on Mars. He wrote: “Given the large amount of nuclear isotopes in Mars atmosphere resembling those from hydrogen bomb tests on Earth, Mars may present an example of civilization wiped out by a nuclear attack from space.”
Brandenberg’s work derives from findings of high concentrations of Xenon-129 in Mars’ atmosphere in addition to the presence of great amounts of uranium and thorium on Mars’ surface. And even though his hypothesis may not fit the norm, it has some substantiation in that scientists have not ruled out that some type of nuclear explosion may have occurred in Mars’ past.
Still, Brandenberg goes straight to the heart of it. “Was Mars murdered?” he asks, according to Vice, in the set-up for his forthcoming book, Death on Mars: The Discovery of a Planetary Nuclear Massacre.
Brandenberg has posited theories of ancient aliens on Mars before. In fact, he believes there have been two ancient civilizations on Mars, which he calls Cydonia and Utopia. He believes that the recent rash of Mars photos that show what appear to be statues and other artifacts of alien beings (albeit eerily anthropocentric) indicate remnants of these civilizations and that the famed Face of Mars (which is located in the Cydonia region — and has been debunked by NASA as an artificial construction) also signifies something left over from the ancient aliens. And to tie his theories into a nice bundle, he says that the absence of civilization on Mars (or, rather, its removal) is one of the reasons why Fermi’s Paradox — that if life and possibility of intelligent beings existing is so theoretically abundant in the universe, why have we no definitive proof? — still holds true.
Yet, Dr. Brandenburg isn’t the first to suggest that life on Mars was destroyed in a nuclear holocaust. Back in 1976, Vice points out, Robin Collyns took the position that nuclear explosions did occur on Mars in his book Did Spacemen Colonize the Earth? Collyns suggested that the explosions may have been “constructional” in nature and were most likely due to the work of “rational” beings.
But if Brandenburg is correct, then Earth might have something to worry about. Barring that the civilizations on Mars had somehow constructed space platforms from which to launch the nuclear weapons (and that doesn’t seem possible, given that Dr. Brandenburg posits that the civilizations seemed to reach zenith at what equates to the level of our ancient Egyptians), then they appear to have been attacked from space. If so, could those belligerent beings possibly one day target Earth?
It is doubtful that Dr. John Brandenburg is being given much serious consideration from his colleagues, given that his theories border on pseudoscience and ideas that cannot be directly tested (although he does call for missions to Mars to further study the planet and its lost civilizations). At the same time, he has provided a great backstory for at least one episode of History Channel’s “Ancient Aliens” and many future science fiction novels.