Richard C. Hoagland (born April 25, 1945) is an author, a speaker, and the founder of an independent initiative called The Enterprise Mission. Hoagland does not claim to have formal scientific training.

… His writings claim that advanced civilizations exist or once existed on the moon, Mars and on some of the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, and that NASA and the United States government have conspired to keep these facts secret. He has advocated his ideas in two published books, several videotapes, lectures, interviews, and press conferences.

…Hoagland operates a website, Enterprise Mission, which he terms "an independent NASA watchdog and research group attempting to figure out how much of what NASA has found in the solar system over the past 50 years has actually been silently filed out of sight as classified material".

…In 1997, Hoagland received the Ig Nobel Award for Astronomy.

… During guest appearances on Coast to Coast AM With George Noory, Hoagland references longstanding friendships with scientists from NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory who, according to Hoagland, provide him with inside information. However, on the 21 and 22 August 2008 radio show he stated "we do not depend on sources, when I say so-and-so source told me, I have additional confirmation from another mechanism, usually the physics and terms of numbers that backs up with what our source or sources have told us."

…Hoagland has proposed a form of physics he calls 'Hyperdimensional Physics' which, supported by the work of Thomas E. Bearden, he claims to represent the full implementation of James Clerk Maxwell's original 20 quaternion equations, instead of the reduced Maxwell's equations as amended by Oliver Heaviside commonly taught today.

…A tenet of these views holds that vast amounts of energy originating from dimensions we cannot perceive are available at latitudes 19.5° both south and north on the sun and every planet in the solar system.

…Hyperdimensional physics is not taught in any recognized institution of learning anywhere in the world, and 19.5° energy on planet Earth has never been demonstrated.[

…Hoagland claims "the Face on Mars" is part of a city built on Cydonia Planitia consisting of very large pyramids and mounds arranged in a geometric pattern, with the ratios between measured angles roughly equaling mathematical constants such as pi, e, and the square root of 2.

…The “face” image from the HiRISE camera on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, released in April 2007, was so detailed that even Hoagland appears to have abandoned his contention that the whole structure is a face. In the epilogue to his book released the following October, he analyzes instead the details of the face mesa within the MRO frame that he says are "obviously collapsed geometric ruins [with] parallel walls, multiple, 3-D planes, twisted beams, and thin girders."

…Hoagland asserts that there are large semitransparent structures constructed of glass on the lunar surface, visible in some Apollo photography when the images are digitally manipulated. He goes on to say that NASA is suppressing knowledge of an ancient civilization on the Moon, and that the advanced technology of this civilization is lying around on the Moon's surface.

…Many scientists have responded to Hoagland's claims and assertions. In 2002, Ralph Greenberg, Professor of Mathematics at University of Washington, Seattle, wrote a paper asserting that the logic of Hoagland's deductions from the geometry of Cydonia Mensae is flawed.

…In 1995 Malin Space Science Systems, NASA prime contractor for planetary imaging, published a paper critiquing claims that the 'city' at Cydonia is artificial, the claimed mathematical relationships, and — very specifically — denying any claims about concealing questionable data from the public.

By Michael Goodspeed

[The views expressed here are those of the author -- ED.]

Another sad reality about the many hucksters and scam artists who run rampant has recently dawned on me. These people haven't become famous simply because they tell fantstical tales that gullible people love to hear; often, they have stolen, plagarized or otherwise debased the fine works of people in related fields. Such people are guilty of the worst kind of fraud, and must be held accountable.

Of all the questionable characters on the alternative scene today, perhaps none has been accused of such indiscretions more often than Richard C. Hoagland.

…In 2002 America, Hoagland's is among the five most recognizable names in the UFO community. Obviously, this has much to do with the comfortable soap box he has long been provided on America's favorite paranormal talk show. Given the extraordinary influence that Hoagland has on public perception of the Mars face, NASA and the overall ET issue, I think it is worthwhile to take a look back at the numerous allegations of professional fraud that have been levied against him.

Michael S. Heiser is a scholar in Near-Eastern Semitic languages, Koine Greek, and Sumerian, as well as ancient Near-Eastern religions, biblical studies, and Second Temple Jewish monotheism. He is also author of The Façade, a novel discussing the identity and theological implications of the UFO phenomena and the existence of extraterrestrial life.

He has also written The Bible Code Myth, a refutation on the bible code phenomena which is mainly based on the fact that there are many different readings in various manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible. He has made numerous appearances on Coast to Coast AM.

….Heiser has studied the passages in the Old Testament that allude to a recognition of a whole host of divinities in service to God (or, a pantheon). According to Heiser’s research on passages like Deuteronomy 32:8-9, after the Tower of Babel incident, the Earth was divided into seventy sectors, each ruled by some of these divinities, doled out to council members as a curse from God towards humanity for idolatry, it is assumed that these 70 are successionists who joined Helel, and that there is a strong possibility of the myths throughout the world being at least partially factual.

It is also possible that Heiser, along with Jane's Defence Weekly columnist Nick Cook is responsible for popularizing the theory of a German connection with UFO’s, particularly concerning the work of Viktor Schauberger (who, legend has it, developed a type of liquid-vortex implosion engine that created a powerful electro-magnetic force that could propel vertically). He also believes that through Operation Paperclip, German scientists have conducted anti-gravity tests on U.S. soil and that the Roswell Incident was an example of human experimentation.

On the topic of extraterrestrial life itself, Heiser considers it unlikely that the universe is populated, but is open to this idea as well. He has worked towards explaining how extraterrestrial life, in the event such is discovered, can be reconciled with the Bible and Judaeo-Christian theology, going so far as to cite a little known Church dogma in effect up to the 1700’s that proclaimed the denial of the existence of alien worlds to be a denial of God’s omnipresence and thus heretical.

He was fascinated by ancient Mesopotamian literature and the subject of UFO’s. However, he is critical of the works of Zecharia Sitchin on the Anunnaki. In Heiser's opinion, nearly all of Sitchin's work consists of unsubstantiated interpretations. In addition, Heiser believes that Sitchin takes words out of context, and occasionally alters or misinterprets words significantly.

(Sitchin's speculations have entirely discounted by professional scientists, historians, and archaeologists, who note many problems with his translations of ancient texts and with his understanding of physics.)

Hugh Ross

Dr. Ross’ theological as well as scientific account of the state and origin of the planet earth has been rebutted by another Christian Creationist, Bolton Davidheiser: Ph.D., Zoology:

We are pleased to print Dr. Davidheiser's booklet entitled "A STATEMENT CONCERNING THE MINISTRY OF DR. HUGH ROSS." This is an honest assessment of Dr. Hugh Ross. Dr. Ross is a fine Christian. However, his views on the Bible and science need to be evaluated and exposed. Dr. Davidheiser did just that.

We believe that this book will enlighten this generation concerning the ministry of Dr. Hugh Ross. Dr. Davidheiser have studied most of Dr. Hugh Ross's materials and tapes and found that Christians need to know the exact position of Dr. Hugh Ross. Dr. Davidheiser wrote: "I have no desire to hurt him personally, and doing so is the one thing that makes me somewhat reluctant, but it seems definitely much more important to warn potential pastors who would have him at their churches."

In fact, Dr. Davidheiser sent a copy of the draft of this booklet to Dr. Hugh Ross for comments. Dr. Davidheiser said that "I think that the honorable thing to do is to send it first to Dr. Ross to ask if he finds any errors of fact on my part. I sent him a copy of the first edition and he had found no fault. He seems to think people criticize him because they do not know what a fine person he is and would not criticize him if they know him personally...."