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KRONOS Vol II, No. 2Letters...
MARS AND THE SEARCH FOR LIFETo the Editor:
Week after week bears witness to a constant, accelerated and undoubtedly most often deliberate decline on the part of the "acceptable" sector of the scientific community on the issuance of true and sensible information to the public. As a classic example are the planetary probes of 1973-1976 which reiterate the same facts that they already had validated by the probes of the 1960's. Points of especial ridiculousness are the rediscovery of the 10th moon of Saturn, known before the 20th Century, and other more recent "finds" that Earth was much hotter internally -- as well as at the surface -- in prehistoric times (which first of all had been already known for centuries, besides being a foregone conclusion, since Earth began as an exceedingly hot ball of gases in its primeval state of formation). The list is endless.
Yet there are certain individuals who do seek the truth in science and who can reach intelligent conclusions through evaluation of facts, such as Immanuel Velikovsky had done in theorising the tremendous magnetic fluxes of Jupiter, which has now been proven, the great heat of the young planet Venus, which has now been proven, the presence of argon on Mars, which has now been proven all years before any space probes were sent to these destinations to relay this data. With the latest Viking probe to Mars discovering that this planet contains much more oxygen and water than the so-called authorities on planetary studies had imagined, it is a calculable certainty that the experts, if they are true to form, will alter their statements and assign themselves the credit of always having known of the greater presence of these substances on Mars. And the public will not challenge it because the attention and memory spans of most people are so pathetically short.
Another tendency of NASA and related government-sponsored projects is to drag out a job "forever and a day" to perpetuate themselves in a making-money enterprise. Viking I lander set down on the Chryse plain desert, and Viking 11 alighted at the edge of the polar cap. Why in the world, the average person with average intelligence would ask, didn't they set down in or near the green belts of moderate latitudes? -- to which NASA would probably counter, "tongue in cheek", with "Well, we thought it would be too risky to attempt to land a probe in that area for fear it might be smashed against sharp objects." Yet does not anyone consider that it is far better to take a chance and land in a sensible area than to always head for the supposedly safe remote locations where chances for organic life would be practically non-existent in the first place, as the gathered "expert" information would seem to indicate? Even right here on Earth, if extra-terrestrial beings sent probes to our planet and landed one vehicle in the arid, barren Sahara Desert, and the other one near the polar ice cap, the chances for picking up organic life would be scarce indeed, but the probability and propensity does exist.
During the years 1947-1950, my father discussed with his friend Albert Einstein many stimulating and explorative topics, one of them being the existence of life evolution on Mars. It has been stated time and time again that the environment of Mars is too hostile for organic matter, what with the lack of moisture, the absence of a substantial magnetic field and the extremely rarified atmosphere to shield off ultraviolet and other deadly short wave radiation from the Sun, plus the intense cold. Since it has already been proven that the established scientific community has been wrong about the magnetic field of Jupiter, the presence of oxygen and water on Mars, and so on, then these other "expert" conclusions have a great chance of also being untrue. As Dr. Einstein and my father discussed, life on Mars can exist in the green belt areas. Atmospheric pressure can be substantially greater in low-lying valleys of this area, held in close to the planet by a correspondingly low-lying magnetic field. Oxygen in sufficient amounts could be produced by vegetation in that area to support a corresponding environmental form of animal quadruped. And these quadrupeds can be protected from the intense cold through special adaptations. Charles Darwin discussed the amazing ways in which organisms adapt to their environment, and also Dr. Velikovsky spoke at some length of changes in organisms in adapting to higher radiation levels. My father and Albert Einstein considered that the quadrupeds can shield themselves from the low temperatures through adaptation by evolution, in that they could have first of all a unique type of blood system similar to recently researched type of life known as an ice fish and ice cod that reside in the icy cold Antarctic waters. These fishes were found to have high levels of glycoprotein in their blood, making it basically OH in nature, which could therefore act as a sort of antifreeze. The outer body layers of the quadruped could be very heavily insulated with fats and highly unsaturated fatty oils, with sweat glands that extend downward for over an inch or more, therefore forming a maze whereby the skin can be fed with nourishment carried by a multitude of lymph and sweat glands which lead gradually, layer by layer, to the surface. In this way the heat would be retained for a much longer period of time within the quadruped's body. In cases of extreme cold the sweat glands would be able to close off entirely, thus allowing no cold to penetrate through the fatty layers; the skin surface would just be asleep. And of course the quadrupeds can retreat into classical hibernation caves during the Mars winter of cruel cold.
Vegetation could have evolved in just as amazing a way. Instead of frail-leaf structures, these plants might very well be tube-like, with yet another OH based plant fluid inside the stems, the next layer consisting of a pithy type of substance, finally ending in a hard and glass-like outer coating to serve as further insulation. The quadrupeds could crack these stem plants open to consume the soft pulp and fluids inside. And as cacti in our own deserts on Earth store water and these cacti, plus other types of Earth plants, do send tap roots down a hundred feet or so to seek subterranean sources of moisture, so too can these plants of Mars, and even more so through the natural law of adaptation of all species to environment.
This I write to you at KRONOS because I have found that your publication is one of the very few that takes an interest in science for the sake of truth and is not wary of exploring the possibilities of new and unexplored frontiers in knowledge.
Very truly yours,(Signed) Gail C. Proctor
Yonkers, N. Y.