If Mars One Goes Ahead, Will It Open A Can Of Worms Of Secret Missions Of The Red Planet?

First Published: September 17, 2016 Last updated: February 7th, 2019 Written by: Marcus Lowth Estimated Reading Time: 6 minutes Posted in: Space

For several years there have been plans, both by NASA and private companies, to achieve a manned mission to Mars. Of the privately funded proposed missions, Mars One is perhaps the most interesting, if only because they are offering a one-way ticket only.

The project is the brainchild of Dutch entrepreneur, Bas Lansdorp, who first made public his plans in May 2012. What’s more, a reality-type TV show documenting the mission will partly fund the out of this world exploration. A key individual who created and relaunched the Big Brother show will be in charge of packaging this for TV.

Many met the announcement with scepticism to begin with, even claiming it was nothing more than a hoax. Lansdorp told the BBC at the time,

“If you look at the team involved in Mars One, none of us would do this as a hoax. If a Mars mission was to happen we’d want to be part of it and if we did a scam now and it didn’t work no-one would ever include us in the real thing! I’m a real entrepreneur. If it wasn’t possible, I wouldn’t spend my time on it. I truly believe it will happen!”

Artist's impression of the Mars One pods on the Martian surface.

Artist’s impression of the Mars One pods on the Martian surface.

Lansdorp believes his company will land humans on Mars by the mid-2020s, several years ahead of NASA’s target date. While the NASA mission will bring their astronauts home however, Mars One’s astronauts will remain there. Those making up the crew of the proposed mission will, in theory at least, spend the rest of their days on the red planet, establishing if they can the first human settlement there.

It is the one-way ticket that is potentially allowing Mars One to proceed before any of its rivals, including NASA. Mars One will not have to carry the fuel that would be essential to make a return journey. Nor will it have to overcome the logistics or the obstacles of “launching” a craft from the surface of Mars. That’s not to say that one day this will never be possible, but its certainly not guaranteed.

While the potential crew members have been whittled down somewhat now, millions of people originally applied. All did so knowing full well it was a one-way ticket, including people with families and young children. Mars One has plenty of detractors, not least because many consider it an ill-thought out attempt at planetary colonisation.

Or might it be safe to assume that whoever gets to Mars first will have access to its secrets. If that is Mars One, then those secrets should go out across television channels and media platforms in all their glory for all to see.

Ancient Martian Civilisations?

Might they find evidence of a past civilisation from long ago? There have been a plethora of theories about past, advanced civilisations on Mars.

There are numerous alleged sightings of “objects” photographed on the red planet by the NASA Rover. The supposed Sphinx on Mars would surely be of interest for example. As would the alleged Martian Pyramids that some insist sit proudly on the Martian surface. As crazy as those examples are to some, both of these alleged sites seemed a little more credible when a picture surfaced online in 2015. It appeared to show a ruined pillar with petroglyphs similar to those found at ancient Egyptian sites, etched into it in the dust of the Martian surface.

In 2014 there surfaced a claim that Mars had suffered some catastrophic nuclear event in its past by propulsion scientist, John Brandenburg. This nuclear fallout was present in the Cydonia and Utopia regions of the planet. In part due to his own theory that these areas also had indicators that an “advanced ancient humanoid civilisation” had once resided there, Brandenburg believed it was not a natural event that had caused the fallout. Brandenburg even went as far as to say that those responsible were likely an alien race who launched a nuclear attack on the indigenous population of these regions.

Secret Missions To Mars?

Perhaps of more interest though, might they find evidence of much more recent activity?

In September 2016, NASA Scientist, Jeffrey Sheehy, who is the senior technology officer of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, stated that although the technology did exist to reach Mars as far back as the 1970s, the technology to maintain a human presence on the Martian surface to justify the mission didn’t.

Some people however believe that only the first part of that statement is true.

Around a year before Lansdorp’s announcement, Italian UFO researcher, Luca Scantamburlo, released a report of a manned mission to Mars back in 1973. He claimed that the information had come to him via whistle-blower and pilot on the alleged mission, William Rutledge.

There had been several “information gathering” missions to Mars between 1970 and 1972 according to Rutledge. All launched from secret locations in South America and were joint efforts between America and the Soviet Union. The 1973 mission’s sole purpose though was to land on the red planet. The crew consisted of Rutledge himself, Commander Elliot See and Soviet cosmonaut, Vladimir Ilyushin.

Shortly after this release of information by Scantamburlo, a three minute piece of footage appeared on the Internet. It was claiming to be “leaked” video of the 1973 mission to Mars aboard the ISV Columbus. While the footage is in all likeliness a hoax, it does have an air of authenticity about it. At the very least is impressive footage regardless of the authenticity. Check out the video below:

VIDEO: Lost NASA Footage of Manned Mission to Mars – Project Redsun: Fact or Faked?

As for the claims made by Rutledge, perhaps his response to being the whistle-blower sums it up best when he said, “What can NASA or the USAF do now? Blocking or suing me would be an acknowledgement. They can speak of hoax or fiction!”

Although considerably less credible than Rutledge and Scantamburlo, a woman known only as “Jackie” claimed live on air on Coast To Coast radio in 2014, that she had seen with her own eyes “humans on Mars in 1979” while she had been an employee with NASA.

Her job was to download streaming data, describing herself as being part of NASA’s “downstairs team.” She claimed that via a live feed she witnessed men in “space-suits” walking on the surface of the red planet. Although Jackie claimed that a further six NASA employees also witnessed this event, no-one stepped forward to back-up her claims.

It has been a long running rumour that NASA and other such bodies are vastly further ahead than they admit. Their capabilities in space travel and technology is arguably far beyond what the public realises. It isn’t too much of a stretch of the imagination to think that perhaps these types of missions were going on in secret.

The Black Budget?

While it is common knowledge that former United States President Ronald Reagan had an interest in UFOs, even claiming two separate sightings of them, one particular paragraph he wrote in his journals (eventually published in the book “The Reagan Diaries” in 2007) raised an eyebrow or two in relation to this.

The entry in question read, “Lunch with 5 top space scientists. It was fascinating. Space truly is the last frontier and some of the developments there in astronomy etc. are like science fiction, except they are real. I learned that our shuttle capacity is such that we could orbit 300 people.”

This made some wonder exactly what NASA concern themselves with. As far as the general public were aware, space shuttles of the time only had capacity for eight people. Were NASA working with technology far beyond what we knew they possessed? If they were, were they doing this in secret while hiding behind the so-called “black budget?” Many people suspect they are.

Outspoken whistle-blower and former Canadian Defense Minister, Paul Hellyer, stated in January 2014 that the black budget was very real and amounted to “trillions of dollars.” This money is “rerouted” from public spending and used for “top secret” projects.

When Gary McKinnon managed to hack into several top secret United States government files in the early 2000s – including NASA files – he made some remarkable revelations about what he had seen. Some of his claims appeared to back-up what people such as the aforementioned Hellyer are saying now.

Of all the files and folders that McKinnon claims he had access to, perhaps the one marked “Non-Terrestrial Officers” is the most intriguing.

McKinnon told Project Camelot during an interview, “That phrase is nowhere to be found on the web, or in military documentation. The other thing (I saw) was a list of ship to ship and fleet to fleet transfers. Bear in mind, ‘fleet to fleet’, so multiple ships, of materials!”

You can view the full Project Camelot interview with Gary McKinnon in the video below:

VIDEO: Project Camelot interviews Gary McKinnon

When interviewed on television in 2010, many viewers also picked up on Gene Cernan’s comments concerning the cancellation of the moon missions. NASA now wanted to turn their attention to conquering Mars. When the news anchor asked Cernan to respond to Buzz Aldrin’s comments about the situation, he stated quite matter-of-factly that Aldrin “wanted to go back to Mars!”

Did he simply make a mistake when he said Mars and really meant “the moon?” Or did he just forget himself for a moment? You can see the video below and make up your own minds.

VIDEO: USA Already Went To Mars : Astronaut Gene Cernan

Is it possible that manned missions to Mars have taken place without our knowledge? If so, if Mars One proves successful and does manage to land a team of people there, will the truth be made available to the general public back here on Earth? Or maybe a conspiracy theory in its own right will unfold as soon the mission launches?

About Marcus Lowth

Marcus Lowth is a writer with a love for anything interesting, from UFOs, aliens, and the Ancient Astronaut Theory, to the paranormal, general conspiracies and unsolved mysteries. He also has a passion for film, music, and the NFL. Marcus has been Editor-in-Chief at UFO Insight for several years due to his excellent knowledge in these fields. Marcus also regularly appears as an expert on radio talk shows discussing these topics.

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