Ridley Scott and Matt Damon are currently working on The Martian, about a manned mission to Mars that goes horribly wrong. But in a development that Hollywood could only hope for, a former NASA employee is claiming that there was a secret manned mission in the 1970s, and that the space agency covered it up. The woman, identified only as “Jackie,” said she was part of the team monitoring the Viking Lander expedition in 1979, and that she saw human figures on Mars. On Coast to Coast AM she asked the presenter, “I wonder if you could solve a 27-year-old mystery for me. That old Viking rover was running around. Then I saw two men in space suits – not the bulky suits we normally used, but they looked protective. They came over the horizon walking to the Viking Explorer.”
She claims that she and six others saw the video feed. “There were probably about half a dozen of us downstairs. We were just maintaining the equipment. Then they cut off our video feed,” Jackie said. When they reported it, their bosses “locked the door, and taped paper over the door so we couldn’t see. My question is – were they our guys?” This is just the latest claim in a long string of conspiracy theories about men on Mars -both human and extraterrestrial. “These accounts of secret space missions seem to be growing in number and remind me of the infamous Project Serpo,” said UFO researcher Nigel Watson. Project Serpo was “an extraordinary alien exchange programme” in which an alien survivor of the Roswell crash “helped to organise twelve specially trained people to visit his home planet Serpo in the Zeta Reticuli solar system. This mission occurred in 1965 and they remained there until 1978. During their stay two of them died, two remained on the planet and the rest, after returning to Earth, have died because of the high levels of radiation they were exposed to on Serpo.” NASA had no comment on its former employee’s claim.