NASA’s 2016 mission to Mars has the purpose of understanding the interior and formation of the red planet. It is the hope that this expedition can uncover certain mysteries of not only our neighboring planet, but the formation of the four inner planets of this solar system. Yet, could this mission actually discover something more shocking? Could this mission prove that Mars, like our own planet, is hollow?
The stationary lander INSIGHT — Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport — will land in one of four possible site on Mars. Insight will need a safe place to land, being a stationary platform that will perform various tests to gain insight into the nature of the red planet’s interior.
The possible landing sites are very close to the landing sites of previous Mars missions, such as Spirit and Curiosity. The equatorial plain known as the Elysium Planitia, is the ideal location due to its placement on the equator, its gentle slopes, and sandy soil. The equator will provide the most sunlight for the solar panels for INSIGHT during its time on the Martian surface. The gentle slopes will increase the possibility of a safe and steady landing and the sandy soil will allow the probe, aboard the robot, to most successfully get to a depth of 12 to 15 feet.
This heat-flow probe will allow INSIGHT to take heat readings coming from below the planet’s surface. While the probe could penetrate broken-up surface rock or normal soil, it may be hard pressed to go beyond large rocks or bedrock. In addition to the heat-flow probe, INSIGHT will also install a seismometer to understand movement throughout the crust of Mars, with the help of a radio transmitter it has aboard.
This is, actually, a very interesting expedition and of significant scientific inquiry. The reason being that this could help the hollow earth theory find a firmer foothold.
Our understanding of our planet has gone through many different and startling shifts in perception. At one point we viewed the Earth as flat, where the Sun circles and orbits our little part of the world. Both views changed, despite the social and political upheaval that it created, and we now understand that the Earth is round, actually spherical with a larger middle and thinner top and bottom, and that the Sun is the center of the system of which Earth is only one of many planets that circle it.
Our understanding of the Earth, and other planets, has not stopped evolving, though much of mainstream science does not see a different view of the Earth as a worth while inquiry. There has been a theory, originally postulated in the mid 19th century, that the Earth is not some solid ball with some fiery core, but is actually hollow on the interior.
This may sound strange and outlandish to many, but so did a round Earth sound to people before it was consistently shown to be true. The theory is that as the Earth formed, the densest materials spun out to the outer edge of the gravitational field, where the lighter more gaseous materials stayed in the center. That the center of our planet is actually a tiny sun and that the gravitational field that holds us to the planet is found in the crust of our planet. This would account for various phenomena, such as earthquakes resinating like a bell and not a solid object.
It may be hard to imagine what that might look like, but reserve judgement until you have given it some real thought. There are a list of questions that lend some credence to this theory of the Earth. Such as: why are all glaciers made of fresh water if we believe there is only salt water around the area of the poles? Why do arctic animals migrate towards the poles, as apposed to towards the equator, when it begins to move into winter; like the musk-ox does?
The hollow earth theory goes beyond just the Earth. If our planet formed in this way, and there are may arguments that it did, then it stands to reason that our other planetary neighbors did as well. The NASA voyage in 2016 to understand the interior of the Martian planet may well provide data that only supports the hollow earth theory.
The proving of the hollow earth theory would, of course, place much of our current understanding of our planet and other celestial bodies into question. It may have other more mundane consequences as well, but what is true will always be proved, eventually. So it is that many people may find themselves asking the question: Will NASA’s 2016 Mars mission prove it hollow?
By Iam Bloom