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EW: Sagan's 'Cosmos' Pyramids Compared

From: Kurt Jonach - The Electric Warrior <eWarrior.nul>
Date: Sat, 2 Nov 2002 21:15:42 -0800
Archived: Sun, 03 Nov 2002 10:28:27 -0400
Subject: EW: Sagan's 'Cosmos' Pyramids Compared


The Electric Warrior : Cydonut November 2, 2002

martian enigmas

image: The Pyramids of Elysium Revisited

(The Electric Warrior) -  It was the late Carl Sagan, a NASA
planetary scientist and beloved science writer, who first
commented about the Pyramids of Elysium.

"They seem eroded and ancient, and are perhaps, only small
mountains, sandblasted for ages. But they warrant, I think, a
careful look."


This image shows Sagan's pyramids as they appeared in his book
'Cosmos' side-by-side with the original Viking photograph. The
photo from the book looks washed-out compared to the Viking
photo below. In the top photo, it looks as if there might be
three or four different pyramids on the left. But, in the bottom
photo it can be seen that these are actually part of a single
mountainous range. It's hard to argue with Sagan, but even the
feature on the right doesn't look very pyramid- like in the
bottom photo. It has a triangular shadow, like the next photo in
this series. But, is that enough to convince us it's really a


This photo shows a mound on the Elysium planes, not far from the
pyramids. Is there anything weird about it? Probably not.
Photographed in 1999 by the MarsGlobal Surveyor spacecraft, the
rounded mound looks like it has been shaped by natural
processes. Notice that the sunlight in this photo casts a
distinctly triangular shadow. It's easy to understand why a
feature like this might look like a pyramid if photographed by a
lower resolution camera.

Sagan's statement evoked images of ancient, lost civilizations
on Mars. But no one, not even Sagan, believed they were real

So, is there any reason to believe that the Elysium pyramids are
artifacts, and that together with the enigmas at Cydonia they
beckon further inquiry into the possibility of ancient,
extraterrestrial intelligence? Probably not. The high resolution
MGS images show seemingly natural geological features.

Recent photographs of the area seen here reveal ordinary looking
 mounds, shaped by the Martian environment. Contemporary Cydonia
researchers ought to revisit the Pyramids of Elysium and ask
whether they add any evidence for the Pyramids at Cydonia.

November 2, 2002
Silicon Valley, CA

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