A recent report at the U. Today website titled "Opportunity Discovers Most Powerful Evidence Yet for Martian Liquid Water" included some photos and someone had something funny to say about one of them: " They have finally found ruins of an ancient Martian building at last. See the second pic ".
I replied that "that can't possibly be since humans there disappeared many millions of years ago", but I was being serious, and I explained that I'd read about the matter in an old Theosophy book that had belonged to one of my grandfathers (R.I.P.). The joker turned out to be of the "hit-and-run" sort. He vanished. Two other people scolded me for bringing up religious matters on a scientific discussion forum. I told them that all I did was take up the challenge. One of them repeated the mainstream point of view on Theosophy: that its founder was an impostor.
I also said that, given the fact that so much time has gone by, any remains will be found buried beneath a lot of soil, so that "what we need on Mars is a big, simple, sturdy BULLDOZER that can search for possible macrofossils, not weak contraptions with complex minilabs that claw the soil like a chicken".
They've been sending those useless things ever since I was quite young, back in the early Seventies, and it has led them nowhere, so I'd tell them to try something else before another half a century goes by. Maybe there aren't even any germs anymore over there. Even if there was never any life on Mars, why not simply dig as deeply as possible and see what comes up? They could use explosives, as they do in the mining industry. This is such an obvious option that one wonders why the geniuses in charge of the space program haven't discussed it. Maybe they're not as bright as they're supposed to be, after all. Amateurs are bolder and far more creative.
My relative was neither a pathological liar nor a fool, and he wasn't crazy either. I inherited his outlook, which is more Eastern than Western, not whimsically, but because I know from experience that there are, after all, immaterial realms. I've been there, like so many others, especially those involved in violent traffic accidents (cp. "near-death experiences"). Many years ago I had a spontaneous "out-of-body experience" (OOBE). Clairvoyance and other "supernatural" skills (they're quite "natural", really) are authentic and the authors of books like the aforementioned one were seers.
The problem is how to go about convincing the people who work for the NASA that they should stop fooling around and start digging big, deep holes in several places all over the planet. Heavy-duty digging machines would be far cheaper and easier to put together and send than those ineffectual little testing stations. Since gravity on Mars is much weaker, they wouldn't have to be as heavy as those we use here --they could be made of strong, light materials like aluminium--, and besides, in order to make them even easier to deliver, they could be designed in such a way that soil and/or rocks could be placed on them, which would give them the necessary heft.
This is the official launching of my 100 Bulldozers On Mars project. If there are any people here who think it's a sound idea then maybe we should write a petition, sign it and send it over to the dull managers who control the space programs in several countries.