About us

About us



mars-350x309George Haas and William Saunders met on the Enterprise Mission’s (website) discussion forum in April of 1998, while reviewing the newly released Mars Global Surveyor photographs of the Cydonia area that included the infamous “Face on Mars”. These were exciting times, due to the fact that these were the first new images of the Cydonia region to be released by NASA since the original Viking Orbiter back in 1976. We began collaborating on our discoveries and over the next few years produced our first publication The Cydonia Codex – Reflections from Mars in CD Rom format in 2003. It wasn’t until the following year that we were able to meet “face to face” in Washington D.C. while attending the first X-Conference and presenting our CD Rom to an enthusiastic crowd. Our work was soon noticed by North Atlantic Books, which released a revised and condensed edition of our CD Rom in book form in 2005.

After expanding our studies beyond the Cydonia region we released our second book The Martian Codex- More Reflections from Mars in 2009. The new book was a continuation of our in-depth investigation of Cydonia and explored other regions of the planet by highlighting the discoveries of other independent researchers.

In 2010 we penned an article published in Jan/Feb issue of FATE magazine titled Zecharia Sitchin on Mars  and had our first science paper Avian formation on a South facing slope along the Northwest rim of the Argyre Basin published in the fall 2011 issue of the Journal of Scientific Exploration.

Currently we are collaborating on our second science paper and are independently working on two new books.

George J. Haas

George J. Haas is a member of the Society of Planetary SETI Research and the founder and premier investigator of the Mars research group, The Cydonia Institute (EST1991). His research encompasses over 20 years of study and analysis of NASA and ESA photographs of the surface of Mars. Beginning with the Face on Mars Haas began documenting unprecedented parallels between aesthetically designed structures on the red planet with the art and iconography of Mesoamerican cultures. His early schooling was in the visual arts, which included painting, sculpture and photography. He is a sculptor, art instructor, writer, curator, and the former director of the Sculptors’ Association of New Jersey (1999-2001). During the 1980s he exhibited extensively throughout the New Jersey and New York area and was represented by the Grace Harkin Gallery in New York’s East Village and had a one man show at the OK Harris Gallery of Art in Soho in 1989. Over the last two decade he has studied the art and iconography of North and South American cultures and is an active member of both the Pre-Columbian Societies at the University of Pennsylvania and in Washington DC.

William R. Saunders

William R. Saunders is the associate director of the Mars research group, The Cydonia Institute (1998). His interest in Mars began after reading Richard C. Hoaglands book “The Monuments of Mars” in 1990.  Saunders attended the University of Alberta in Edmonton studying Commerce, Geomorphology and Biology. He graduated in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree. In 1978 he began his career in the petroleum industry in Calgary, Alberta working for Calco Resources while taking night courses in geology at the University of Calgary. He then moved on to Suncor Resources working as a geological technologist in 1982. In 1990 he began his consulting career and is currently self-employed as a petroleum consultant based in Calgary.