A 16-minute documentary video released by the European Space Agency (ESA) in 1993 called "Mars and The Pyramids of Elysium" (see video at end of article), speculates that pyramids exist on Mars that were built by an ancient civilization.
While the American space agency NASA, conducts their pedantic science exploration of Mars – a tedious effort that 26 years on is still focussed on rocks, geology, water and finding signs of ancient microbial life - this European vision for exploring the Red Planet as presented in this daring video, boldly targets far more imaginative and robust scientific goals such as the search for fossils and present-day life on Mars, something NASA has clearly been avoiding.
During the film, statements are made such as:
Picture  Fossils from shore of ancient lake – image taken from the ESA video
Credit: ESA 1993
The ultimate goal of the European Space Agency may well be revealed in the video’s closing shot, which ends in dramatic fashion as two ESA astronauts stand before the artificial pyramids of Elysium “Towering before them...” and closes with the statement:
“Yet again Mars surprises everyone. Yet again, Europe ushers in a new chapter of history."
Picture : ESA astronauts stand before the Pyramids of Elysium - image taken from the ESA video Credit: ESA 1993
Although this 1993 video is somewhat dated (albeit with a fine choice of music from Vangelis and Jeff Lynne’s ‘War of the Worlds’) and the ESA haven’t made much progress yet with their plans for exploring Mars on the scale suggested, it was obviously released for a specific reason and carried the message that it was intended to.
To date, NASA continues to ridicule the idea that the Planet Mars was ever inhabited by an intelligent civilization ... and yet this ESA video appears quite open to the idea.
M J Craig
Watch the Video: "Mars and Pyramids of Elysium"
Credit: ESA 1993
(The events quoted begin at around the 10:40 mark...)
Picture : Pyramid-Shaped Object in Elysium Planitia - image taken in 2010 by HiRISE/MRO
Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
Picture : The Pyramids of Elysium - image taken in 1972 by Mariner 9 Credit: NASA/JPL
1. Original ESA source for the video Mars and the Pyramids of Elysium
2. Image source for Pyramid-Shaped Object in Elysium Planitia
3. Image source for the The Pyramids of Elysium in Mariner 9 image frame 4205-78