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Page 44: Visitors?

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The today's page is inspired by the 19th century Martian Madness. This is the time was erroneously believed that there were canals on Mars, made by an extraterrestrial civilization. These were a network of long straight lines that appeared in drawings of the planet Mars, first observed by the Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli in 1877, and "confirmed" by later observers like the American Percival Lowell.

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Schiaparelli called these lines canali (natural rivers), which whoever was translated into English as canals (artificial channels). By the early 20th century, improved astronomical observations had revealed the "canals" to be just an optical illusion. Modern high resolution mapping of the Martian surface by spacecraft shows no such features, only dried rivers and canyons.

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Check your comments for my replies :golly:

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Page 44: Visitors?

"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages."

William Shakespeare

In the dense Hellenic (Greek) forest, there is an old forgotten observatory with a dark secret. A small group of explorers found a small book that belongs to an unknown Greek astronomer called Aristarchus Matsopoulos. Matsopoulos observed Mars during the early 20th century.

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In 1915 A.D. (54 B.T.), during the World War I, Aristarchus Matsopoulos notice a brightly shine in the Martian surface. The shine appeared close to the Martian equator and disappeared almost immediately. It was a volcano? A meteor impact? A signal from an intelligent specie?

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Because of the catastrophic World War I, Aristarchus Matsopoulos hide his notes in the observatory and disappeared. Nobody knows what happened to him.

150 years later, in 2065 A.D. (94 A.T.), floating robots scans the Argyre Basin to found any evidence about it.

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And they found it!

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In the middle of a crater the robots discovered 9 white structures, 150 years old, just in the place where Aristarchus Matsopoulos saw the mysterious shine.

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This infrastructure looks like a small alien colony. But there is nobody here to live.

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But who made them? And why?

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Maybe those structures are communication devices.

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Communication with what?

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There are many theories about them. Obviously they didn't made by the native Ancient Martians, so most probably was made by extrasolar explorers. From where the Visitors came? What they want on Mars? Are they still somewhere here in the Solar System? Could we communicate with them? Did they also build some of the strange structures, like the Marshenge in Respect-8 and the pyramid in Life-6? If yes, why?

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And what was this mysterious shine? An energy bust? A communication beacon? A signal? And what's the message?

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But what if the Visitors was actually the Ancient Martians? Are they still alive, somewhere in the Solar System?

Maybe the answer of the question "are we alone?" is not between the distant stars, but somewhere much closer to us!

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That is an interesting idea.I don't think it is accurate,however.Did the astronomical observation really occur or did you invent it to keep the story moving along?

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