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4.0 von 5 Sternen The Mars Mystery
The search for life on Mars has fascinated generations of astronomers and stargazers etc. The announcement that NASA scientists may have located evidence of liquid water on the surface of the red planet is only the latest chapter in the exploration of Mars. As much as the public craves proof of little green men, the focus of the scientific search has been to uncover...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Important, but not up to previous standards.
Graham Hancock's foray into "The Mars Mystery" suggests a disjointedness that is not in character with his usual form. It is definitely not of the same high quality of "Fingerprints of the Gods"; however it does contain the elements of a good story if told with less speculation and more supporting evidence. There is little question that The Face and the Pyramids of...
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Grenzwissenschaft pur, 9. Januar 2001
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Längst hat der Mars Global Surveyor die Hoffnung all derer, die von künstlichen Monumenten in Cydonia träumten, zerstört, Gesicht und Pyramiden haben sich als natürliche Formationen entpuppt. Und doch kann man hier ein gleiches Phänomen wie gut ein Jahrhundert zuvor beobachten: Als damals die angeblichen Marskanäle Lovells aus Trugbild entlarvt wurden, hielt Lovell eisern an seiner Vorstellung einer untergehenden Marsszivilisation fest. Lovell ist lange tot, doch hat er zu Beginn des 21. Jahrhunderts Nachfahren gefunden. Einer von diesen ist der ehemalige BBC-Journalist Graham Hancock, der in den USA sein Buch "The Mars Mystery" vorstellte und damit sogar bei CNN auftreten durfte. Darin beschreibt Hancock, daß der Mars einst ein freundliches Klima mit dichter Atmosphäre und fließendem Wasser hatte. An sich nichts neues mehr, doch im Gegensatz zu den Astronomen, die diese Periode in eine Zeit vor ca. 3.8 Milliarden Jahren ansiedeln, erlischt bei Hancock das freundliche Marsklima durch ein Ereignis in geologisch jüngerer Zeit: Den Einschlag eines gewaltigen Asteroiden, der das riesige Hellas-Becken schuf und den Mars in die trockene und kalte Wüstenwelt verwandelte, die wir heute kennen. Hancock geht noch weiter: Mit dem Einschlag sei auch eine eingeborene marsianische Zivilisation zugrunde gegangen, die uns ihr Erbe und zugleich eine Mahnung in den Monumenten von Cydonia hinterlassen habe. Grundlage dieses Ergebnisses sind Berechnungen Richard Hoaglands, der damit angebliche Beziehungen zwischen den Monumenten von Cydonia und irdischen Monumenten wie den Pyramiden von Gizeh herstellen will und von einer Mars Connection träumt. Eine wesentliche Rolle dabei spielt das "Gesicht" in Cydonia, nach Hoagland ein Gebilde mit sphinxartigem Charakter und einer ägyptisch anmutenden Frisur. Wie passen hier die Bilder des MGS hinein? Hancock macht es sich einfach: Er erklärt sie als Fälschungen, wirft der NASA vor, sie habe dies in einer Art "Kalter-Krieg-Mentalität" getan, um dadurch gesellschaftliche und politische Umwälzungen auf der Erde zu vermeiden. Eine Behauptung, die sich durch nichts belegen läßt, aber bei vielen gut ankommt und für einen guten Verkauf des Buches sorgen wird. Hancock erblickt in den "Ruinen von Cydonia" eine Mahnung für die Menschheit - auch sie steht vor der Gefahr, daß ihre Zivilisation durch einen gewaltigen Einschlag zugrunde gehen wird, die Erde verwüstet wird. Diese Katastrophe lasse sich nur vermeiden, wenn man der durch Hoagland entdeckten Botschaft von Cydonia lausche. Sicher, das Ziel Hancocks, die Erde vor dem Untergang retten zu wollen, ist ehrenhaft, doch sein Weg dorthin nicht. Er stützt sich auf die fehlerhaften Arbeiten eines Mannes, der längst jeden Bezug zur Realität verloren hat. Es ist ein typisch grenzwissenschatftlicher Weg: Fehlerhafte oder gar falsche Annahmen werden zurUntermauerung eigener Thesen verwendet. Was von solchen Thesen dann zu halten ist, braucht nicht weiter dargelegt zu werden.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The Mars Mystery, 28. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Mars Mystery: The Secret Connection Between Earth and the Red Planet (Gebundene Ausgabe)
The search for life on Mars has fascinated generations of astronomers and stargazers etc. The announcement that NASA scientists may have located evidence of liquid water on the surface of the red planet is only the latest chapter in the exploration of Mars. As much as the public craves proof of little green men, the focus of the scientific search has been to uncover evidence of the conditions necessary for life. NASA researchers described their approach as "follow the water". Water is critical for the development of life and if the presence of liquid water - at or near the surface of Mars - can be confirmed, scientists will be steps closer to piecing the life-on-Mars puzzle.
Mars is the fourth major planet from the Sun, named after the Roman god of war because of its reddish colour. Mars has an elliptical orbit, and so its distance from the Earth varies considerably. Its mean distance from the Sun is 228 million km, about half as far again as is the Earth. A Martian day, or sol, is 24.6 Earth hours, and the Martian year is approximately 687 Earth days. The planet has two small satellites, Phobos and Deimos. Like the Earth, Mars has seasons because of an oblique axis of rotation and the presence of an atmosphere. It is, however, much colder: the mean surface atmospheric temperature is only -23o C. Mars is a small planet, having a mean diameter of 6,790 km, approximately half that of the Earth. Also, its density, 3.933 grams per cubic centimetre, is lower than that of Earth. Mars' thin atmosphere is composed predominantly of carbon dioxide, with some nitrogen and argon. Traces of water vapour have also been detected. The perennial part of the ice caps consists of water ice and the seasonal parts of frozen carbon dioxide.
Water is a substance composed of the chemical elements hydrogen and oxygen and existing in gaseous, liquid, and solid states. Water is one of the most plentiful and essential of compounds. It is vital to life, participating in virtually every process that occurs in plants and animals. Water is a colourless, tasteless, and odourless liquid at room temperature. It's able to dissolve many other substances. The versatility of water as a solvent is essential to living organisms.
In this book, Hancock states that there's an intriguing possibility that ancient Martian has been communicating with our ancestors and points out that there maybe a connection bewteen the remarkable structures of Egypt, say for example, sphinxs and those of Mars. And if we prove that there once has been water on Mars, will Earth have the same fate, or else we can protect the Earth from extinction? The book is written in a precise and neat way. Very interesting and exiciting.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen A strange amalgam of verities and balderdash, 16. Mai 2000
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"The Mars Mystery" is for the most part typical Graham Hancock. Like "Fingerprints of the Gods," "Heaven's Mirror," and his other works, Hancock collects an oddball mixture of the subset of real science that suits his preconceptions with a selection of pseudoscientific speculations made by other writers, all of which he ties together into what is meant to be a coherent whole. In this case, Hancock's major concern (which belies the book's title) is the potential imminence of a cometary impact on the Earth in the near future. As far as a "Mars Mystery" is concerned, the strange surface features located at the Cydonia region on Mars are covered and cited as possible evidence of an ancient, advanced Martian civilization that was wiped out by a major cataclysm, potentially a cometary impact. To this end, Hancock also presents a summary of Martian geology, but with his own signature overspeculation coloring the proceedings throughout; for example, he muses on the possibility that the enormous, nearly planet-wrecking impact that resulted in the formation of the Hellas plain on Mars could conceivably have occurred as recently as 10,000 years ago, at the same time as smaller impacts on Earth may have contributed to the end of the last Ice Age. Regardless, those looking for an exhaustive discussion of ancient Martian civilization, and its "message" to modern humanity, will find nothing here not summarized by Hoagland, Carlotto, McDaniel or others.
Hancock's rather considerable defects as a putative writer of "nonfiction" are more obvious here than in any of his other works; in fact, reading this book can be instructive in revealing the more skillful deceptions he has practiced elsewhere, such as in "Fingerprints of the Gods." In order to arrive at his thesis--that Mars (and, less violently, Earth) was subject to a horrendous bombardment by cometary debris, perhaps as recently as 10,000 years ago, which resulted in its odd Janus-faced appearance and distinctive plantary geology, and incidentally may have destroyed a teeming ecosystem and even an advanced civilization on the planet in the bargain--Hancock piles speculation upon speculation to the point of absurdity. I honestly can't see how anyone could fail to perceive the fundamental flaws in the narrative he constructs; certainly, the man is guilty of inconsistency--if the same long odds apply to the coincidence of so many odd features at Cydonia in order to rule out a natural explanation, how can they not also rule out Hancock's reconstruction of Mars' history?
Beyond shaky logic, however, "The Mars Mystery" is an aptly Janus-faced book as well. The juxtaposition of the sections on Martian geology and cometary impacts with the pseudoscience surrounding the spectacular over-analysis of the few existing photographs of the Cydonia region never seems appropriate. [I should note here, as Hancock does in a preface to the American edition of this book, that the former sections were written by Hancock, while the latter sections were written by an assistant of his named John Grigsby. Why Mr. Grigsby is not a co-author on the jacket is beyond me.] The two or three chapters concerning a "link" between Cydonia and monuments on Earth (such as Stonehenge, Giza, Teotihuacan, etc.) are ridiculous, consisting as they do entirely of worthless number games (finding pi, phi and other mathematical constants in certain measurements of these sites) that are more likely a reflection of the expectations of the "researchers" than of the characteristics of the sites themselves.
The threat to Earth, and more importantly to modern civilization, presented by the possibility of cometary impact is a real one, with a basis in real observations. One cannot help but agree with those portions of Hancock's thesis in which he laments the lack of a coherent international approach to the problem of Earth-crossing asteroids and comets. One simply wishes that in this case such an argument was not also lumped together with Martian "monuments" and advanced civilizations in antiquity that weaken it by association.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Important, but not up to previous standards., 29. August 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Mars Mystery: The Secret Connection Between Earth and the Red Planet (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Graham Hancock's foray into "The Mars Mystery" suggests a disjointedness that is not in character with his usual form. It is definitely not of the same high quality of "Fingerprints of the Gods"; however it does contain the elements of a good story if told with less speculation and more supporting evidence. There is little question that The Face and the Pyramids of the Cydonian plain on Mars make for an intriguing mystery which will likely only be resolved with extensive exploration of Mars. Is this arrangement a natural fluke or an engineered set of structures put there by an ancient race of intelligent beings, beings which may have had a link to Earth? Hancock only serves to heighten the frustration previously generated by Richard Hoagland in "The Monuments of Mars". This frustration is not helped in any significant way by a disappointing resolution and lack of clarity in the Mars Global Surveyor and the Malin Space Science Systems Mars Orbital Camera, aided and abetted by the potentially subjective method of computer "contrast enhancement" and the suggestion of a NASA cover-up complicity. But this Cydonian part of the book does not seem to fit with the rest of it; I tend to agree with T. Peters in his review that the lack of a "walloping confirmation" from the Mars Global Surveyor forced publication of a book in heavily revised form. But what is the true story told here, what was Hancock really trying to say? That Mars was once rich in atmosphere and water and now stands in stark testimony to the vastly destructive effect of asteroid and comet impact is a reasonable thesis. That the same thing could happen to Earth is also a credible argument and the fact that the Yucatan peninsula Chicxulub crater evidences the Cretaceous -Tertiary extinction of the dinosaurs and 50% of the genera and 90% of the species of the existing life should give us pause for a realistic contemplation. Walter Alvarez in his "T. Rex and the Crater of Doom" actually tells this story better. But here Hancock launches a speculative work which requires great conjectural talent; the proposition that a single giant asteroid breakup is responsible for nearly all of the entire present topological state of Mars is indeed harrowing. True, this would have had the necessary energy to explain a host of questions. A single impactor which produced the Martian Huygens Crater at 305 degrees West and 17 degrees South would have had the necessary energy to denude the entire Martian surface of its once robust 3 bar atmosphere while thrusting up the largest volcano in the solar system, Olympus Mons, within about 4 degrees of its exact geometric antipode. Surely multiple hits which created the three largest basins on Mars would boast orders of magnitude larger energy availability for ocean destruction, crustal distortion, and shield volcano excitation, although Hancock does not attempt any actual quantitative exposition, making instead an intriguing qualitative case. It follows that we earthlings should be very attentive to our potential affinity for earth crossing objects. If Hancock has achieved something of merit, it is a call for the continued exploration of Mars and a growing public emphasis upon asteroid and comet research, both compelling topics with a potentially profound impact on our past...and our future.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen ignore the sphinx on the cover..., 7. Juli 1998
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Mars Mystery: The Secret Connection Between Earth and the Red Planet (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Graham Hancock's newest book, which I had eagerly anticipated since reading (and re-reading) both of his previous books on (supposedly) similar topics (Fingerprints of the Gods, Message of the Sphinx), was somewhat of a disappointment. His two previous works in this area, although heavily "discredited" on the web, here and elsewhere, as reaching too far, I found to be the most well researched and "hmmmm..."-oriented on the subject of a civliization pre-dating currently accepted theories (which is the extent all conventionally accepted "truths" of the history of the human race are, as there is no soild proof, only compelling eveidence, which Hancock presents...) as to the origin of ancient structures on our planet, the time frame of their creation and of the culture of the creators/builders, itself a topic hardly even considered by most "experts" (i.e. professors, archaeologists, historians, etc..this is dealt with in "Fingerprints" extensively). One thing I always liked about Hancock was his un-reliance on "aliens"; he tried to fit in the pieces of the puzzle with a new perspective of the evidence at hand, "right" or "wrong", the same evidence used by the "experts", interpreted through a new filter. Yet with "his" new book (a look at the authorship in the author's note shows that his research assistant wrote many of the chapters) seems less involved with a connection between Earth and Mars as far as ancient civilizations than you would expect...it deals more with the possibility that Mars had been ravaged by comet or asteriod collisions in its history, and that Earth may have suffered and may soon see a re-occurring threat of this type of disaster. This in itself is an interesting and intruiging possibility, well documented and handled by Hancock et. al., but the "secret" connection doesn't hold up. For those of you who have read his previous works, trust me there is the the slightest, alth! ough interesting, connection between ancient structures and civilizations and Mars in this book, but it is definitely not the book I had expected from Mr. Hancock. A far more interesting work in this area is "The Monuments of Mars" by Richard Hoagland. In fact it seems from postings and websites (for what they are worth) that Mr. Hancock was asked to write this book, and put what he had been working on hold, by his publishers due to the recent interest in the "life on Mars" news stories. At any rate, although still an interesting and informative read (as usual), "Mars Mystery" didn't live up to the standard the author himself set with his previous works, although far beyond most books in this area. Anyone who is new to Hancock should definitely start with "Fingerprints of the Gods", and those of you familiar with his work, keep a grain of salt nearby....
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4.0 von 5 Sternen interesting, better than I thought, 16. Mai 2000
While the chance for finding intelligent life in the universe is extrememly unlikely (See "Rare Earth" and "Nature's Destiny") the "objects" on Mars always have intriqued me. Hancock does a good review of Mars exploration and what we know of Mars. He also shows us some of the political mess that often runs NASA (See "Deep Time" for another good story on NASA bureacracy concerning the Cassini probe). He scours all previous works on the Cydonia images and pulls it all together, no need to read the older books. The latest MGS photos have caused more problems, than answering questions. NASA photo mishandling and new objects found and questionable photo processing have driven this controversy further.
Mars was once wet, and it wouldn't be surprising to find fossils of primitive life, or maybe life there now. Intelligent life is unlikely, but perhaps not impossible. NASA should end its hypocracy, and dedicate some time with these probes to studying the Cydonia region, to answer the lingering questions.
The only odd thing proposed in this book, is the continuing search for some "lost civilization." Many cultures share the story of a massive flood in the Middle East having disasterous effects on mankind, which has shown to be rooted in reality (See the book "Noah's Flood). But what evidence of some super-advanced civilization before then?
Are similar monument designs around the world inherited from some super race or Martians, or the logical ends of ancient peoples whom relied on the same stars and math for calendars and agriculture?
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2.0 von 5 Sternen A disappointing and surprisingly disjointed book., 10. Juli 1998
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Mars Mystery: The Secret Connection Between Earth and the Red Planet (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Mr. Hancock's previous works have been well researched and notably well written. It was therfore a surprise and a disappointment to work my way through The Mars Mystery.
This is really a book in two parts. The first chapters are a rather good summary of the debate about the Cydonian features. The notable players are referenced in a fair summation of the controversy to date. If you haven't read Hoagland or DiPietro's work, you'll find this fascinating.
Apparently this was written in anticipation of a walloping confirmation from the Mars Global Surveyor. Both time and circumstances then conspired against Gordon. NO BIG NEWS.
He must have waited for new photos and confirmation. None came. As the publication date pushed back weeks, then months, the pressure to print must have been serious. It is here that the book diverges.
In search of a salable finish, Gordon takes off on the more current(marketable?)issue of comets. They distroyed Mars, they could distroy us. This is the secret connection between Earth and the Red Planet? This is an interesting, but clearly tangential topic from Cydonia. But then the seasonal movies are Deep Impact and Armageddon.
Sadly, the chapters authored by Gordon on this topic are the most fragmented in the book. The serial structure is redundent and uneven. He's working on this piecemeal and it shows.
In all, the first book(on Cydonia) failed for lack of closure. The second (on THE COMET THREAT) is desperation.
Gordon Handcock is too good a writer and researcher to blow up on deadline.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen A Tenuous Theory That Goes Everywhere But To Its Point, 28. Dezember 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Mars Mystery: The Secret Connection Between Earth and the Red Planet (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Graham Hancock has written several interesting books. In "Fingerprints of the Gods" he presents a plausible theory of a prior Earth civililaztion that was lost to a world wide catastrophy but somehow managed to pass hints of its knowledge and existence. "The Sign and the Seal" presented an even better case for where the Ark of the Covenant wound up. "The Mars Mystery" is a book that is not quite sure what it is. An attempt to link pyramid like formations on Mars to Ancient Egypt is, at least as presented, stretching it to say the least. Hancock constantly sets up his case then admits he has no solid evidence and then sets up again. NASA is either part of a coverup on one page or just bungling on another page. Added to this is a discussion of possible planetary destruction from objects in space. The Mars "pyramids" are left behind (never to be fully returned to) and a catalogue (that goes on far longer than needed) of asteroids, comets, etc. follows. The point is to warn of possible future catastrophies. The subject is valid but the argument as presented is meandering, repeatative and in need of a good editor. Mr. Hancock was on firmer ground in the two prior books mentioned above. In "The Mars Mystery" his prior abilitity to think out and present his arguments in a clear and logical manner has lost out to a style more fitted for a super market tabloid.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Map of Mars Guvnor, cheap at twice the price., 20. April 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Mars Mystery: The Secret Connection Between Earth and the Red Planet (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Is it just me or have most of the conclussions this book drags it's way to been holed below the waterline by the recent Mars mapping mission? perhaps I'm inhabiting a parallel universe in which major pieces of Astronomical news are given more coverage. The most recent NASA mars mission took numerous highly detailed mapping photos of the Cydonia region which have revealed the so called "Face" as an artifact of the poor resolution of the few, oblique images that previously existed.(I know,I know, some people will scream "CONSPIRACY! CONSPIRACY!" but there are some people who think the earth is flat too) The recent pictures also show the "Pyramids" to have moved downwind, changed shape and passed over the top of more solid geographical features. Remarkable! The Martians must have been advanced indeed if they could make pyramids that behaved just like sand-dunes. Perhaps now Graham can go back to bothering reputable archeologists with theories about ancient ruins all around the world being based on the remnants of Atlantis, instead of wild speculations about little green men (did you spot the irony there, normally I wouldn't mention it but some people don't seem to be able to recognise it) This book was pedestrian and ridiculous when it was written, now it is outdated, pedestrian and ridiculous.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen whats wrong with speculations backed with facts?, 1. Januar 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Mars Mystery: The Secret Connection Between Earth and the Red Planet (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Although i am only sixteen, which often seems the main excuse to discount my opinions and feelings as incessant babble, i have pretty well fortified stockpile of scientific and mathematical knowledge. I have tested all of Mr. Grahams theories refering to mathematical constants that occur in Egypt and in Cydonia ( pi, phi, the e/pi and e/phi ratios,and the tetrahedral constant) and found the connections uncanny to the last. Also with my previously acquired information and observed analysis of the area using fractal analysis, the features in that reagon do appear to be artificial. Human kind has a tendency to discount ideas they cannot comprehend only to find their truth when its too late, and this ignorance itself is quite disheartening. It is odd to me how some can sit and mock these theories and then go and read their Bible and beleive in a God that by no means shows proof of its exsistance. This also applies to those who beleive in the ever growing popularity of the theory of evolution, to which there is no difinitive proof. I almost pity those who doubt and critisize Graham, for it is they who will be laughed at during Grahams posthumous popularity when landers due prove artificiality on the mars structures.
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