**THE D
& M PYRAMID OF MARS**

By: Jason Martell

The D&M Pyramid appears
to be positioned with architectural alignment to other enigmatic objects nearby
that have also been studied as possibly artificial. The main axis of the D&M
as illustrated below, points at the Face in Cydonia. Henceforth we will refer
to this direction as the "front" of the pyramid.

The front of the D&M Pyramid has three edges, spaced 60 degrees apart. As
noted above, the center axis points to the Face. The edge on the left of this
axis points toward the center of a feature that has been nicknamed the "City"
by the Cydonia investigators. The edge on the right of the center axis points
toward the apex of a dome-like structure known as the "Tholus". The
five-sidedness, bilateral symmetry, and primary alignments were first observed
by Richard Hoagland after studying quality digital enlargements prepared in
1984 by SRI International from negatives of images processed by DiPietro and
Molenaar. Turning back to the reconstructed geometry, we will now consider the
internal symmetries of this object. The D&M Pyramid displays a complex interplay
between five-fold and six-fold symmetry. Both symmetries are present simultaneously,
with the front of the pyramid exhibiting six-fold symmetry, and the "ground
level" of the pyramid yielding a 36 degree angle that is characteristic
of five-fold symmetry.

It is worth noting that the practice of combining symmetries was widely
practiced by the architects of antiquity. It was believed that geometry and
certain mathematical relationships were crucial building blocks of the Cosmos,
and that architecture should reflect these symmetries. These practices were
later revived in the Islamic world and especially in Renaissance Europe. The
angles formed by the D&M Pyramid when viewed from above differ from each
other. Consequently, they can form various ratios. These angle ratios were studied
to see if the values were significant, or merely random. The
angle ratios display significant values, with a preponderance of square roots
and fractions involving square roots. Once again, we have a theme used by Classical
architects, who used the square roots of two, three, and five in laying out
the proportions of their buildings. For
clarity, three of these angle ratios are illustrated below:

The ratios of the shaded angles are equivalent to the indicated values. In the
above illustration, the ratio of the shaded angles is equivalent to the ratio
of e (the base of the natural logarithms) and pi (the relationship between a
circle's diameter and circumference).

(This ratio of e/pi is nearly equal to the square root of three divided by two,
and the precision of measurement, +/- 0.2 deg, is insufficient to distinguish
between these two possible values.) A table has been prepared displaying a list
of the measured angles, and the results of the analysis. The square roots of
three and five, and the values of e and pi predominate. The identity of these
values is strengthened by the numerous combinations in which they occur. Note
that the radian measure and trigonometric functions of some angles yield the
same values produced by the angle ratios. The geometry thus has a common contextual
thread. As mentioned
earlier in the section on criteria, all of this geometry is "dimensionless",
i.e. it is not dependent on such cultural conventions as counting by tens, or
measuring angles in the 360 system. This geometry will "work" in any
number system. Conclusions
This investigation of the D&M Pyramid reveals a morphology that is inconsistent
with the surrounding geology. The geo morphological processes observed to exist
on Mars not only fail to provide a potential mechanism for the D&M Pyramid's
formation, but seem to preclude its very existence. Analysis of the object's
geometry, and its alignment with other anomalous landforms, reveal intricate
relationships that are numerous and logical, and are suggestive of highly sophisticated
design. This object
has been compared with the elaborate symbolic architecture of antiquity. While
much of the geometry is the same utilized by Classical architects, it is important
to note that the implementation is totally different. Nowhere in Earth history
is this exact type of geometric symbolism to be found. The
same techniques used for most of this century in air photo interpretation show
that the D&M Pyramid may be artificial, or may be a natural landform modified
by intelligence. The true nature of this object can be resolved by re-imaging
the Cydonia region to obtain high-resolution imagery of the D&M Pyramid
and the other enigmatic landforms nearby. The issue of possible ruins at Cydonia
is thus the only question involving extraterrestrial intelligence that can be
easily resolved with known scientific means.

The Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft will image the infamous "Face On Mars"
shortly after it begins mapping the martian surface in 1998 (the spacecraft
arrives at Mars in September 1997). NASA will post the pictures on Global Surveyor's
Web Site (http://mgs-www.jpl.nasa.gov/) AS SOON AS THEY ARE RELEASED! The high-resolution
pictures are expected to show details as small as 10 feet across, ten times
better than the best Viking images. Please visit my website for the latest updates.
I wish to acknowledge Dr. Mark J. Carlotto, The Analytic Sciences Corporation,
the National Space Science Data Center for the imagery and coordinate information,
and Mr. Richard C. Hoagland for background information and collaboration on
the research described herein.