(April 16, 1998) -- Many of the stories in this edition of CNI News focus on the question of evidence for life on Mars and other distant points in space.
We begin with the latest news from Mars Global Surveyor. At first glance, two new MGS images of the famous "Face" and "City" landforms at Cydonia do not bolster hopes for evidence of intelligent activity on the Red Planet. But analysis of the new images has barely begun, and much remains to be seen, including another image scheduled for April 23. At least one independent Cydonia analyst, Tom Van Flandern, flatly says the new image of the Face supports the claim of artificial construction.
Meanwhile, there is much else in the news that augurs well for life on Mars, and beyond. Newly announced evidence lends further support to the claims that a meteorite from Mars shows signs of life. Other evidence suggests that a large rock-like object on Mars might be the remains of an ancient life-form. Still other evidence suggests that Mars may have deposits of a substance similar to oil-shale -- a substance that would virtually require the very widespread, if ancient, presence of life on Mars.
There is news as well from other locations in our solar system. The Saturnian moon Titan has lately been shown to have water. Titan, already known to have a dense atmosphere, now joins the Jovian moon Europa and Mars itself as one of the best places to look for life.
In point of fact, water is showing up all over the known universe. Another new discovery demonstrates the presence of massive amounts of water in an area of the constellation Orion known to be a center of star-formation. This suggests that water may be present in large quantities in the formative stage of many star/planet systems, furthering bolstering the growing belief among mainstream scientists that the conditions for life, and life itself, may be commonplace throughout space.
Here at CNI News, we consider it essential to bridge the gap between the findings of space science and the claims of UFO experiencers and researchers. Mainstream science continues to resist the idea that earthlings are being visited by extraterrestrials in UFOs. Until recently, this resistance was based in large part on the assumption that there is little or no evidence for life elsewhere in space. But that assumption is now all but defunct, signalling a massive change in scientific viewpoint that opens the door to possible future acceptance of UFO claims.
Thus, while this edition of CNI News dwells more heavily on mainstream science than usual, we think the latest news from the science front is mostly good news for UFO research.
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