What about John Brandenburg?

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  1. wwkirk

    wwkirk Celestial

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    Dr. John E. Brandenburg has argued that in the distant past, there were nuclear explosions, probably due to a war, on the planet Mars. Is he legit? How seriously should we take his research and conjectures?

    News article:
    Intelligent life on Mars was wiped out by nuclear war, says scientist

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    Death on Mars: The Discovery of a Planetary Nuclear Massacre

    His online article on the topic:
     
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  2. pigfarmer

    pigfarmer tall, thin, irritable

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    Heard a podcast interview with him a few years ago. Didn't sound nuts but I'm guessing whatever he's offering as proof is equivocal
     
  3. Thomas R. Morrison

    Thomas R. Morrison Administrator

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    I looked at his theory a few years ago and it turned out that he's looking at the isotopic abundances of an element or two on Mars, and interpreting their prevalences as nuclear fission detonation by-products...when in fact a much more rational explanation exists: neutron capture precipitated by intense on-going cosmic ray bombardment (Martian soil gets exposed to much higher energy cosmic rays than the surface of the Earth, due to our dense atmosphere and magnetosphere).

    It's also pretty crazy to talk about about civilizations arising on Mars 3.8 billion years ago...billions of years earlier than multicellular life evolved here on the Earth where conditions were much more favorable.
     
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  4. pigfarmer

    pigfarmer tall, thin, irritable

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    Hadn't realized it was that far back. I heard this guy on a podcast a few years that had Robert Hastings as a follow on guest. Hastings can be a prickly fellow.
     

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