Was our planet terraformed by a Martian civilization?

Perhaps we are a species trying to find our way back to where we came from.

Good and bad news almost simultaneously reached life in the solar system about 2 to 2.5 billion years ago. On the one hand, Mars turned into the frozen desert it is today after losing its atmosphere and surface liquid water reserves. However, cyanobacteria substantially increased the amount of oxygen in Earth’s atmosphere at about the same time. The aerobic metabolism and complex life forms that gave rise to us were made possible by this Great Oxidation Event.

Was the timing of the two incidents coincidental or was it the result of cause and effect?

For example, if a large asteroid impact caused Mars to lose its atmosphere, the same impact could have brought several Martian rocks containing distinct biological or chemical species to Earth, tipping the balance in favor of cyanobacteria and initiating a transition on Earth. earthly existence.

Once scientists find signs of early life on Mars, the hypothesis that Mars and Earth had a common biological ancestor will be tested. Ancestry can also be linked to intellect.

In an earlier essay, I calculated that the entire Martian technological infrastructure would already have been reduced to dust as a result of an asteroid impact if an advanced technological civilization originated on Mars twice as fast as on Earth and then disappeared when Mars lost its habitability. This natural destruction was comparable to the Martian landscape being bombarded with several thousand Hiroshima atomic bombs every square kilometer.

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But let’s explore this conceivable scenario a little further. A Martian Elon Musk, who founded a company called SpaceY with the aim of transporting Martians here after declaring his wish to die on Earth, would undoubtedly exist if there had been a sophisticated technological civilization on early Mars. Musk expressed his wish to die on Earth. Imagine that goal was accomplished two and a half billion years ago, as opposed to Musk’s current wish to die on Mars, which has yet to materialize.

If that’s the case, then 2.5 billion years ago, when the Martians realized that their planet was on the verge of losing its atmosphere and its ability to support liquid water, SpaceY’s earnings and stock value must have skyrocketed. Terraforming the Earth became one of the main goals of Martian politics, as inhabiting it became the clear path to redemption.

Possible stages of a terraforming of Mars.

Possible stages of a terraforming of Mars.

Was the Great Rust Event the result of Mars terraforming the Earth? By eradicating rival species, planting or increasing the nutrients that made the cyanobacteria thrive, it is possible to have artificially cultivated the enhanced activity of the cyanobacteria. If so, did the Great Exodus Event on Mars occur after the Great Rust Event on Earth?

Frankly speaking, I don’t like science fiction when it challenges the principles of physics. However, I like science, and the scientific method can be used to evaluate the “Formed Earth” claim. When researching early life on Earth or Mars and finding that the genetic makeup of living things on the two worlds is different, one can readily reject this. If an earlier culture settled there, it’s also possible to look for ancient relics on Earth, Mars, or perhaps the Moon.
Cyanobacteria: Responsible for the accumulation of oxygen in the Earth's atmosphere.

Cyanobacteria: Responsible for the accumulation of oxygen in the Earth’s atmosphere.

Using information from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to date salt craters suggests that liquid water existed on Mars between 2-2.5 billion years ago. NASA’s MAVEN Orbiter has revealed evidence that Mars’ atmosphere disappeared during this period. The Perseverance rover has yet to find any remnants of Martian technology. However, it is also possible to follow this latest land hunt.

What would the ruins of an ancient Martian civilization look like on Earth? As I predicted in my previous post, meteorite impacts and geological activity in the form of volcanoes and plate tectonics would have wiped out the technological infrastructure of a civilization that existed before us and then perished billions of years ago. But we can discover unique artifacts in areas where the destruction was only partially complete.

Such an undertaking would be high risk and high reward. But compared to the suggested risk or reward of migrating an actual technological civilization from a rocky planet to its nearest neighbor, the risk or reward level of the quest is significantly lower. Musk’s current goal of moving humanity to Mars resembles a child travel scheme after the death of both parents, if the Martians arrive first.

By the way, I’ve been looking for alien artifacts and technology near Earth for the past few days as I’ve been driving near my farm, which is close to the Weizmann Institute, where I’m due to give a public presentation on Project Galileo. .

It occurred to me that if we found anything out, the answer to Enrico Fermi’s paradox: “Where is everyone?” would be: “Right here, in front of us”.

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