Mars Civilization Wiped Out By Nuclear Holocaust? Curiosity Rover Spots Crucifix Artifact Near Ruins Of Fallen Mars Temple [Photos]

In March 2015, at the 46th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston, Texas, Dr. John Brandenburg, a theoretical plasma physicist and expert in propulsion technologies with a PhD from the University of California at Davis, presented a paper in which he claimed evidence that two ancient Mars civilizations -- the Cydonia and the Utopia -- were wiped out by a series of massive explosions caused by detonations of thermonuclear devices.

According to Brandenburg, a former consultant on Space Missile Defense and Directed Energy Weapons, the evidence supporting his seemingly outlandish thesis comes from two sources: The first, a thin layer of radioactive substances, including uranium, thorium, and radioactive potassium, distributed on the surface of Mars, and nuclear isotopes in the Martian atmosphere similar to what is observed after nuclear bomb tests on Earth.

A nuclear mushroom
Nuclear bomb explosion [Image via United States Department of Energy/Wikimedia/Public Domain]Brandenburg argued that the isotopes in the Martian atmosphere and the layer of radioactive substances on the Martian surface constitute indisputable thermonuclear "weapons signature" and challenged skeptics in the scientific community to come up with an alternative explanation.

He warned that the evidence on Mars points to the fact that Earth civilization is under threat of similar attack from the same hostile technologically advanced alien civilization.

Evidence of ancient Mars civilization, according to Brandenburg, also comes from remains of ancient artifacts and architecture which prove that intelligent culture creating alien species had lived on Mars in the past.

Mars Curiosity rover
NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars [Image via NASA/JPL-Caltech/Wikimedia]Since Brandenburg first presented his incredible claims to the scientific community in a paper titled, "Evidence of Massive Thermonuclear Explosions in Mars Past, The Cydonian Hypothesis and Fermi's Paradox," at the 2014 Annual Fall meeting of the American Physical Society, Prairie Section in Monmouth, Illinois, online anomaly hunters have worked to provide evidence supporting his assertion that Mars had hosted ancient alien or extraterrestrial civilizations.

But anomaly hunters admit that their work is complicated by the fact that unlike remains of ancient Earth civilizations that are only a few thousands of years old, ancient Mars civilization is millions of years old and thus its material remains have been degraded extremely over time. The archeological evidence, according to Mars anomaly hunters, was also damaged severely by the series of powerful thermonuclear weapons explosions that wiped out the alleged civilizations.

Cross on Mars
Crucifix-shaped artifact on Mars proof of ancient Mars civilization, according to UFO and alien hunters [Image via NASA]But anomaly hunters claim that with practice and patience, it is possible to identify the highly degraded remains of the ancient Mars civilizations. And several claims have been made of discoveries of artifacts and architectural remains of ancient civilizations, including an artificial dome on Mars, face sculptures on Mars, and remains of ancient life forms.

Cross-shaped object on Mars
Is this cross-shaped object evidence of ancient Mars civilization? [Image via NASA]According to anomaly hunters, since Curiosity was deployed to the Gale Crater region of Mars on August 6, 2012, to investigate the planet's climate and search for evidence of conditions favorable for microbial life it has sent back hundreds of photos that prove Brandenburg's thesis that Mars bears remains of ancient civilizations.

Recently, a French Mars anomaly hunter, Christian Mace, announced to the UFO and alien community that while scrutinizing Curiosity rover photos of the Martian landscape consisting of a rocky mound, he stumbled, incredibly, on evidence of a crucifix-shaped artifact concealed partially behind rocks.

The cross-shaped object, according to the anomaly hunter, stands among rocks close to ruins of what some anomaly hunters have identified as the "beautifully carved" caved-in roof of an ornately designed structure that may have been an ancient Mars temple-complex.

But skeptics have once again dismissed the latest incredible announcement from the UFO and alien community, saying that "discoveries" of familiar human cultural artifacts on Mars are due to a psychological bug of the human mind called apophenia.

According to skeptics, a form of apophenia, called pareidolia, explains frequent announcements of discoveries of humanoid faces on the Red Planet.

But undaunted, members of the UFO and alien communities present the latest bizarre claim, arguing that the crucifix-shaped artifact and the ornate fallen structure spotted in Curiosity rover photo provide evidence of ancient Mars culture and civilization. They have also claimed repeatedly that the goverment is covering up the undisputable evidence of ancient civilizations on Mars.

NASA Engineers celebrate
NASA is covering up evidence of ancient civilization on Mars, according to conspiracy theorists [Image via NASA/JPL-Caltech/Wikimedia]The latest discoveries, according to anomaly hunters, may have had religious or spiritual significance to the ancient alien builders.

Although, anomaly hunters suggested that the nature of the cross-shaped artifact and the elaborate design of the caved-in building nearby suggests that they may have had religious significance to the ancient Mars aliens, they stopped short of claiming that ancient Martians were Christians. But they pointed out that just as the cross design is a cross-cultural symbol used by several religious traditions, including Christianity and Hinduism, ancient aliens on Mars may also have adopted the cross shape as a religious symbol.

Commenting on the new discovery, UFO blogger Scott Waring affirmed that the photo by Curiosity rover actually shows a cross close to the "beautifully carved" caved-in roof of a building. The roof, according to Waring, was designed with ornate "archways carved in its top and three thin layered sections."

"This is a very unusual find and probably a significant discovery for some readers here that are religious."
"This is a very unusual find and probably a significant discovery for some readers here that are religious," the UFO blogger commented. "A cross was discovered on Mars... sitting on the other side of the rock hill... Near the cross are the ledges of a beautifully carved roof that has since caved in. It has archways carved in its top and three thin layered sections."

Waring pointed out that Curiosity rover photographed the cross- or crucifix-shaped structure from a direction in which it was blocked partially from view by rocks. He expressed confidence that had the picture been snapped from the other side a full size cross would have been revealed.

[Image via United States Department of Energy/Wikipedia/Public Domain]