Chapter Nine

Landing on Planet Earth....The Symbol of the Seven Dots.... The Seven Stations....

"We have set foot only on the Moon, and have probed only the planets closest to us with unmanned craft. Beyond our relatively close neighbors, both interplanetary and outer space still outside the reach of even small scanning craft. But the Nefilimís own planet, with its vast orbit, has served as travelling observatory, taking them through the orbits of all the outer planets and enabling them to observe at first hand most of the solar system.

"No wonder, then, that when they landed on Earth, a good deal of the knowledge they brought with them concerned astronomy and celestial mathematics. The Nefilim, "Gods of Heaven" upon Earth, taught Man to look up unto the heavens - just as Yahweh urged Abraham to do.

Mr. Sitchin explains the reason for so many findings dealing with symbols of constellations, planets and the relationship with the "gods."

"What was the meaning of the symbol of the seven dots? Many clues leave no doubt that it was the celestial symbol of Enlil.

"....The planet of Enlil was Earth. Earth - to the Nefilim - was the seventh planet.

"....Our astronomy is geared to the notion that Earth is the third planet - which, indeed, it is if one begins the count from the center of our system, the Sun.

"But to someone nearing our solar system from the outside, the first planet to be encountered would be Pluto, the second Neptune, the third Uranus - not Earth. Fourth would be Saturn; fifth Jupiter; sixth Mars.

"And Earth would be seventh."

"No one but the Nefilim, travelling to Earth past Pluto, Neptune, Uranus, Saturn, Jupiter, and Mars could have considered Earth "the seventh."

"....Earth is not the only planet whose numerical position in the solar system was represented symbolically. Ample evidence shows that Venus was depicted as an eight-pointed star: Venus is the eighth planet, following Earth, when counted from the outside. The eight-pointed star also stood for the goddess Ishtar, whose planet was Venus.

"Many cylinder seals and other graphic relics depict Mars as the sixth planet. A cylinder seal shows the god associated with Mars (originally Nergal, then Nabu), seated on a throne under a six-pointed "star" as his symbol. Other symbols on the seal show the Sun, much in the same manner we would depict it today; the Moon; and the cross, symbol of the "Planet of Crossing," the Twelfth Planet.

Mr. Sitchin explains the central religious events of ancient Mesopotamia, and the finding of Mardukís seven stations.



The first station of Marduk, "House of Holiness."
The second station, "Where the Field Separates."
The third station, (the name partly mutilated) had an epithet "Lord of Poured-Out Fire."
The fourth station, "Holy Place of Destinies."
The fifth station, "The Roadway."
The sixth station, "Travellerís Ship."
The seventh station, "House of building life on Earth."

On each station Marduk had an epithet, and the epithet of the seventh house was "God of the House of Resting."

"It is our contention that the seven stations in the procession of Marduk represented the space trip of the Nefilim from their planet to Earth:

  • that the first "station," the "House of Bright Waters," (Mardukís epithet) represented the passage by Pluto

  • the second ("Where the Field Separates") was Neptune

  • the third, Uranus

  • the fourth - a place of celestial storms - Saturn

  • the fifth, where "The Roadway" became clear, "where the shepherds word appears," (Mardukís epithet), was Jupiter

  • the sixth, where the journey switched to "The Travellersí Ship," was Mars

"And the seventh station was Earth - the end of the journey, where Marduk provided "House of Resting" (the godís "house of building life on Earth").

Aeronautics and Space Administration of the Nefilim....


"How did the "Aeronautics and Space Administration" of the Nefilim view the solar system in terms of the space flight to Earth?

"Logically - and in fact - they viewed the system in two parts. The one zone of concern was the zone of flight, which embraced the space occupied by the seven planets extending from Pluto to Earth. The second group, beyond the zone of navigation, was made of four celestial bodies - Moon, Venus, Mercury and the Sun. In astronomy and divine genealogy, the two groups were considered separate.

"....In the skies, each group was supposed to stay in its celestial zone, and the Sumerians assumed that there was a "celestial bar" keeping the two groups (of "Four" and "Seven") apart.

"The Four were located in a celestial zone the Sumerians termed GIR.HE.A ("celestial waters where rockets are confused"), MU.HE ("confusion of spacecraft"), or UL.HE ("band of confusion"). These puzzling terms make sense once we realize that the Nefilim considered the heavens of the solar system in terms of their space travel.

"Only recently, the engineers of Comsat (Communications Satellite Corporation) discovered that the Sun and Moon "trick" satellites and "shut them off." Earth satellites could be "confused" by showers of particles of solar flares or by changes in the Moonís reflection of infrared rays. The Nefilim, too, were aware that rocket ships or "spacecraft entered a "zone of confusion" once they passed Earth and neared Venus, Mercury, and the Sun.

"....First to be encountered by the Nefilim approaching the solar system was Pluto. The Mesopotamian lists name this planet SHU.PA ("supervisor of the SHU"), the planet that guards the approach to the Supreme Part of the solar system.

"....Next to the Shupa was IRU ("loop"). At Neptune, the spacecraft of the Nefilim probably commenced its wide curve or "loop" toward its final target. Another list named the planet, HUM.BA, which connotes "swampland vegetation." When we probe Neptune someday, will we discover that its persistent association with waters is due to the watery swamps the Nefilim saw upon it?

"Uranus was called Kakkab Shanamma ("planet which is the double"). Uranus is truly the twin of Neptune in size and appearance. A Sumerian list calls it EN.TI.MASH.SIG ("planet of bright greenish life"). Is Uranus, too, a planet on which swampy vegetation abounded?

"Beyond Uranus looms Saturn, a giant planet (nearly ten times Earthís size) distinguished by its rings, which extend more than twice as far out as the planetís diameter. Armed with a tremendous gravitational pull and the mysterious rings, Saturn must have posed many dangers to the Nefilim and their spacecraft. This may well explain why they called the fourth planet TAR.GALLU ("the great destroyer"). Throughout the ancient Near East, the planet represented the punisher of the unjust. Were these names expressions of fear or references to actual space accidents?

Among other details found in the Akitu rituals, which Mr. Sitchin mentions, the following was found in a very early Sumerian text:

It has been created like a weapon;
It has charged forward like death ...
The Anunnaki who are fifty,
it has smitten....
The flying, birdlike SHU.SAR
it has smitten on the breast.

"The text does not identify "it", whatever destroyed the SHU.SAR ("the flying supreme chaser") and its fifty astronauts. But fear of celestial danger was evident only in regard to Saturn.

"....They called the fifth planet Barbaru, Jupiter, ("bright one") as well as SAG.ME.GAR ("great one, where the space suits are fastened"). Another name for Jupiter SIB.ZI.AN.NA ("true guide in the heavens"), also described its probable role in the journey to Earth: it was the signal for curving into the difficult passage between Jupiter and Mars, and the entry into the dangerous zone of the asteroid belt. From the epithets, it would seem that it was at this point that the Nefilim put on their meís, their spacesuits.

"Mars, appropriately, was called UTU.KA.GAB.A ("light established at the gate of the waters") reminding us of the Sumerian and biblical descriptions of the asteroid belt as the celestial "bracelet" separating the "upper waters" from the "lower waters" of the solar system. More precisely, Mars was referred to as Shelibbu ("one near the center" of the solar system).


"An unusual drawing on a cylinder seal suggests that, passing Mars, an incoming spacecraft of the Nefilim established communication with "Mission Control" on Earth.

"The central object in this ancient drawing simulates the symbol of the Twelfth Planet, the Winged Globe. Yet it looks different: It is more mechanical, more manufactured than natural. Its "wings" look almost exactly like the solar panels with which American spacecraft are provided to convert the Sunís energy to electricity. The two antennas cannot be mistaken.

"The circular craft, with its crownlike top and extended wings and antennas, is located in the heavens, between Mars (the six-pointed star) and Earth and its Moon.

"On Earth, a deity extends his hand in greeting to an astronaut still out in the heavens, near Mars. The astronaut is shown wearing a helmet with a visor and a breastplate. The lower part of his suit is like that of a "fish-man" - a requirement, perhaps, in case of an emergency splashdown in the ocean. In one hand he holds an instrument; the other hand reciprocates the greeting from Earth.

"And then, cruising on, there was Earth, the seventh planet.

Earth, the Seventh Planet as Counted from Pluto, the way the Nefilim Would Count.... Enlilís Flight Charts....

"....In the lists of the "Seven Celestial Gods" it was called SHU.GI ("right resting place of SHU"). It also meant the "land at the conclusion of SHU," of the Supreme Part of the solar system - the destination of the long space journey.

"....Paralleling the seven stations of Mardukís journey, the planetís names also bespeak a space flight. The land at the journeyís end was the seventh planet, Earth.

"We may never know whether, countless years from now, someone on another planet will find and understand the message drawn on the plaque attached to Pioneer 10. Likewise, one would think it futile to expect to find on Earth such a plaque in reverse - a plaque conveying to earthlings information regarding the location and the route from the Twelfth Planet.

"Yet such extraordinary evidence does exist.

Mr. Sitchin explains and provides copies of a tablet, which unlike others, is a circular disc, found in the ruins of the royal Library in Nineveh.

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Cuneiform Planisphere
Nineveh, Assyria
British Museum

A copy was made by L.W. King, in 1912, he was curator of Assyrian and Babylonian antiquities in the British Museum. The disc is divided into eight segments.

Despite damaged areas on the disc, still several areas remained clear to be able to be deciphered; after several personalities tried to interpret it, still presented a problem, a repetition of syllables in the Assyrian language:

lu bur di lu bur di lu bur di
bat bat bat kash kash kash alu alu alu alu.


na na na na a na a na nu (along the descending line)
sha sha sha sha sha sha (along the circumference)
sham sham bur bur Kur (along the horizontal line).

Treating these syllables rather as Sumerian word-syllables, Mr. Sitchin concludes in a spectacular manner:

"....What unfolds here is a route map, marking the way by which the god Enlil "went by the planets" accompanied by some operating instructions.

"The line incline at 45 degrees appears to indicate the line of a spaceshipís descent from a point which is "high high high high," through "vapor clouds" and a lower one that is vaporless, toward the horizon point, where the skies and the ground meet.

"In the skies near the horizontal line, the instructions to the astronauts makes sense: they are to "set set set" their instruments for the final approach; then, as they near the ground, "rockets rockets" are fired to slow the craft, which apparently should be raised ("piled up") before reaching the landing point because it has to pass over a high or rugged terrain ("mountain mountain").

Let this be just an example of a vast explanation about the discís inscriptions. One must really view the graphics to comprehend, therefore the book of The 12th Planet is a must for one to appreciate the importance and seriousness of this finding.

"In sign language and in words, the Nefilim have sketched for us the route from their planet to ours.


"The full span of 3,600 Earth years, which applied to tenures of office and other activities of the Nefilim upon Earth, suggests that they might have preferred.... a short trip an a stay in Earthís skies coinciding with the arrival of the Twelfth Planet itself. This would have called for the launching of the spaceship...when the Twelfth Planet was about midway on its course back from the apogee. With the planetís own speed rapidly increasing, the spaceship required strong engines to overtake its home planet and reach Earth.... a few years ahead of the Twelfth Planet."

"Based on complex technical data, as well as hints in Mesopotamian texts, it appears that the Nefilim adopted for their Earth missions the same approach NASA adopted for the Moon missions: When the principal spaceship neared the target planet (Earth), it went into orbit around that planet without actually landing. Instead, a smaller craft was released from the mother ship and performed the actual landing.

"....The landing craft had to rejoin its mother ship, which then had to fire up its engines and accelerate to extremely high speeds, for it had to catch up with the Twelfth Planet, which by then was passing its perigee between Mars and Jupiter at its top orbital speed."

"....Dr. (Amnon Sitchin) has calculated that there were three points in the spaceshipís orbit of Earth that lent themselves to a thrust toward the Twelfth Planet. The three alternatives offered the Nefilim a choice of catching up with the Twelfth Planet within 1.1 to 1.6 Earth years.

"Suitable terrain, guidance from Earth, and perfect coordination with the home planet were required for successful arrivals, landings, take offs, and departures from Earth.

"We shall see, the Nefilim met all these requirements.




Chapter Ten

Cities of the Gods.... As Above so Below.... E.RI.DU, First Settlement....

"The story of the first settlement of Earth by intelligent beings is a breathtaking saga no less inspiring than the discovery of America or the circumnavigation of Earth. It was certainly of greater importance, for, as a result of this settlement, we and our civilizations exist today.

"The "Epic of Creation" informs us that the "gods" came to Earth following a deliberate decision by their leader. The Babylonian version, attributing the decision to Marduk, explains that he waited until Earthís soil dried and hardened sufficiently to permit landing and construction operations. Then Marduk announced his decision to the group of astronauts:

In the deep Above,
where you have been residing,
"The kingly House of Above" have I built.
Now, a counterpart of it
I shall build in the Below.

"Marduk then explained his purpose:

When from the Heavens
for assembly you shall descend,
there shall be a restplace for the night
to receive you all.
I will name it "Babylon"-
The Gateway of the Gods.

"Earth was thus not merely the object of a visit or a quick, exploratory stay; it was to be a permanent "home away from home."

"...As the Nefilim searched for an additional "home," Earth must have struck them favorably. Its blue hues indicated it had life-sustaining water and air; its browns disclosed firm land; its greens, vegetation and the basis for animal life. Yet when the Nefilim family voyaged to Earth, it must have looked somewhat different from the way it does to our astronauts today. For when the Nefilim first came to Earth, Earth was in the midst of an ice age - a glacial period that was on the icing and de-icing phases of Earthís climate:

Early glaciation                           - begun some 600,000 years ago
First warming (interglacial period) - 550,000 years ago
Second glacial period                  - 480,000 to 430,000 years ago.

"When the Nefilim first landed on Earth some 450,000 years ago, about a third of Earthís land area was covered with ice sheets and glaciers.

Mr. Sitchin expands on other Earth conditions, like the depth of the waters was different than today, and more. Then, he continues:

"....They searched, no doubt, for a place with a relatively temperate climate, where simple shelters would suffice and where they could move about in light working clothes rather than in heavily insulated suits. They must also have searched for water for drinking, washing, and industrial purposes, as well as to sustain the plant and animal life needed for food.

"....The attention of the Nefilim, now we know, focused on three major river systems and their plains: The Nile, the Indus, and the Tigris-Euphrates. Each of these river basins was suitable for early colonization; each, in time, became the center of an ancient civilization.

"....The Nefilim, judging by the Sumerian practice and records, made extensive use of petroleum and its derivatives; it stands to reason that in their search for the most suitable habitat on Earth, the Nefilim would prefer a site rich in petroleum.

"....The Land of the Two Rivers, Mesopotamia, was doubtless put in first place. Some of the worldís richest oil fields stretch from the tip of the Persian Gulf to the mountains where the Tigris and Euphrates originate.

"The Book of Genesis describes Godís abode on Earth - Eden - as a place of temperate climate...... "It was a place that drew its waters from a network of four rivers....

"While opinions regarding the identity of the first two rivers, Pishon ("abundant") and Gihon ("which gushes forth") are inconclusive, there is no uncertainty regarding the other two rivers the Tigris and the Euphrates....

"....The biblical name Eden is of Mesopotamian origin, stemming from the Akkadian Edinu, meaning "plain." We recall that the "divine" title of the ancient gods was DIN.GIR ("the righteous/just one of the rockets"). A Sumerian name for the godís abode, E.DIN, would have meant "home of the righteous ones" - a fitting description.

Mr. Sitchin mentions as well that the Nefilim at times would land in a splash down, and they would choose what today is the Arabian Sea (the western part of the Indian Ocean), the astronauts were prepared with special suits. Their craft were initially termed "celestial boats."

"Why would the Nefilim splash down in the Indian Ocean, hundreds of miles from their selected site in Mesopotamia, instead of the Persian Gulf, which is so much closer? The ancient reports indirectly confirm the second glacial period, when todayís Persian Gulf was not a sea but a stretch of marshlands and shallow lakes, in which a splashdown was impossible.

"In Mesopotamia they established their very first settlement on our planet. They named it E.RI.DU ("house in far away built"). What an appropriate name"!

Large Ice Fields The Patagonian Glaciers, these two radar images were taken five and a half months apart by Space Shuttle Endeavour.

Views from Space of Nile River


Views from Space of Nile River

Indus River

Indus River

Euphrates crossing Syria

Euphrates crossing Turkey

Oil Spills in the Arabian Sea

Persian Gulf seen from Space


Northern end of Persian Gulf, seen from Space


Persian Gulf , Gulf of Oman and the Strait of Hormuz, from Space

Lower Pool of Jerusalemís Gihon Spring

The Arabian Sea spans the Horizon from the western part of Pakistan.

Indian Ocean off Kenya






Sunset over Indian Ocean


Wall of Babylonian Archaeological Ruins.
Capital of the former Mesopotamian Empire

Earth Station I....Work on the Land.... Nippur, Mission Control Site .... Sophisticated Instruments and Weapons....

"At Eridu, in southern Mesopotamia, the Nefilim established Earth Station I, a lonely outpost on a half-frozen planet.

"....A Sumerian text, believed to have been the original of the Akkadian "Deluge," relates the following regarding five of the first seven cities:

Only part of the text given here:

The first of the cities, ERIDU,
he gave to Nudimmud, the leader,
The second, BAD-TIBIRA,
he gave to Nugig.
The third, LARAK,
he gave to Pabilsag.
The fourth, SIPPAR,
he gave to the hero, Utu.
The fifth, SHURUPPAK,
he gave to Sud.

"The name of the god who lowered Kingship from Heaven, planned the establishment of Eridu, and four other cities, and appointed their governors or commanders, is unfortunate obliterated. All the texts agree, however, that the god who waded ashore to the edge of the marshlands and said: "Here we settle" was Enki, nicknamed "Nudimmud" ("he who made things") in the text.

"This godís two names - EN.KI ("lord of firm ground") and E.A ("whose house is water") - were most appropriate.

Some of the works performed on the land and water were:

the cleaning of the small rivers,
drain the marshes,
obtain cleaner, potable water,
implement controlled irrigation
landfillings or the raising of dikes to protect the first houses from the omnipresent waters.

Many other works were recorded in a poem: here are some:

He marked the marshland,
placed in it carp . . . - fish;
He marked the cane thicket,
placed in it . . . - reeds and green-reeds.
Enbilulu, the Inspector of Canals,
he placed in charge of the marshlands.

Him who set net so no fish escapes,
whose trap no . . . escapes,
whose snare no bird escapes,
...the son of . . . a god who loves fish
Enki placed in charge of fish and birds.

Enkimdu, the one of the ditch and dike,
Enki placed in charge of ditch and dike.

Him whose . . . mold directs,
Kulla, the brick maker of the Land,
Enki placed in charge of mold and brick.

"....The Sumerian king lists indicate that Enki and his first group of Nefilim remained alone on Earth for quite a while: Eight sharís (28,000 years) passed before the second commander or "settlement chief was named."

"Interesting light is shed on the subject as we examine the astronomical evidence.

A serious study is also offered taking in consideration the passing of the constellations. Mr. Sitchin continues:

"If Enki landed on Earth - as we believe - at the start of an Age of Piscis, witnessed a precessional shift to Aquarius, and stayed through a Great Year (25,920 years) until an age of Capricorn began, then he was indeed in sole command on Earth the purported 28,000 years.

The book continues with more study and conclusions.

"But while Enki was enduring the hardships of a pioneer on Earth, Anu and his other son Enlil were watching the developments from the Twelfth Planet. The Mesopotamian texts make it clear that the one who was really in charge of the Earth Mission was Enlil; and as soon as the decision was made to proceed with the mission, Enlil himself descended to Earth. For him a special settlement or base named Larsa was built by EN.KI.DU.NU ("Enki digs deep"). When Enlil took personal charge of the place, he was nicknamed ALIM ("ram"), coinciding with the "age" of the zodiacal constellation Aries.

"....Larsa launched a new phase in the settlement of Earth by the Nefilim. It marked the decision to proceed with the tasks for which they had come to Earth, which required the shipping to Earth of more "manpower," tools, and equipment, and the return of valuable cargoes to the Twelfth Planet."

"....From Larsa Enlil proceeded to establish a "Mission Control Center" - a sophisticated command post from which the Nefilim from Earth could coordinate space journeys to and from their home planet.

"....The site Enlil selected for this purpose, known for millennia as Nippur, was named by him NIBRU.KI ("Earthís crossing").

Sophisticated instruments in Nippur:

"...a "lifted íeyeí which scans the land"
"...a "lifted beam which searches the heart of all the land."

Awesome weapons:

"....Its sight is awesome fear, dread"; from "its outside no mighty god can approach." Its "arm" was a "vast net," and in its midst there crouched a "fast-stepping bird," a "bird" whose "hand" the wicked and the evil could not escape. Was the place protected by some death ray, by an electronic power field? Was there in its center a helicopter pad, a "bird" so swift no one outrun its reach?

Other features were:

".... the dark, crownlike chamber"....where stars charts were kept; where the astronaut's communications were received and instructed from.
"....Archaic Sumerian pictographs show a structure of a high tower of antennas rising from it, as well as a contraption that looks very much like the giant radar nets erected nowadays for capturing and emitting signals - the "vast net" described in the texts.

Marshland in Africa

Enki..... marked the marshland..... as mentioned in The 12th Planet....

Areal view of a Marshland

Sculpture of man holding a carp.
Prague, Czechoslovakia.
It brings to mind.... (Enki) placed carp in the marsh as the poem in the book says....

Reeds, left and lower.

He.... (Enki).... placed in it (the marsh) reeds....

Enlilís "awesome weapons," are likened to Radar and Radio Dishes, "the net" in whose center there appeared to be like the likeness of a "fast-stepping bird."

Radio Dish

Radio Dish

The Spaceport at Sippar....The ancient symbol of "Target"

"While these centers were being established (the seven cities), the completion of Nippur was followed by the construction of the spaceport of the Nefilim on Earth. The text made clear that Nippur was the place where the "words" - commands - were uttered: There, when Enlil commanded: "Towards Heaven!"... that which shines forth rose like a sky rocket." But the action itself took place "where Shamash rises," and that place - the "Cape Kennedy" of the Nefilim - was Sippar, the city in the charge of the Chief of the Eagles, (Shamash, Enlilís grandson) where multistage rockets were raised within its special enclave, the "sacred precinct."

"Completing the list of the first seven cities of the Gods and the correspondence with the twelve zodiac constellations was Larak, where Enlil put his son Ninurta in command. The city list calls him PA.BIL.SAG ("great protector"); it is the same name by which the constellation Sagitarius was called.

"It would be unrealistic to assume that the first seven Cities of the Gods were established haphazardly. These "gods" who were capable of space travel, located the first settlements in accordance with a definite plan, serving a vital need: to be able to land on Earth and to leave Earth for their own planet.

"What was the master plan?

"As we searched for an answer, we asked ourselves a question: What is the origin of Earthís astronomical and astrological symbol, a circle bisected by a right-angle cross - the symbol we use to signify "target."

The symbol goes back to the origin of astronomy and astrology in Sumer and is identical with the Egyptian hieroglyphic sign for "place."

"Is this a coincidence, or significant evidence? Did the Nefilim land on Earth by superimposing on its image or map some kind of "target"?

Mr. Sitchin explains that Mt. Ararat, from which two picks arise, Little Ararat and Great Ararat, like two shining beacons, permanently snow-covered, plus other features in the surrounding areas, served the Nefilim as landing site; plus coordinations of south-north meridian, and the convenience of a river location.

"....A meridian drawn through the center of the twin-peaked Ararat bisected the Euphrates. That was the target - the site selected for the space port.

Explaining the possibilities, Mr. Sitchin confirms three questions:

To the question of "could one easily land and take off there? The answer was Yes.

"Could astronauts and materials be brought there without too much difficulty? The answer was Yes.

"Was there a nearby source of energy, of fuel for light and power? The answer was an emphatic Yes.

"The bend in the Euphrates River where Sippar was to be established was on of the richest known sources in antiquity of surface bitumens, petroleum products that seeped up through natural wells and could be collected from the surface without any deep digging or drilling.

"In Near Eastern languages, the name, Sippar, means "bird." Sippar was the place where the Eagles would come to nest.

"How would the space shuttles glide down to Sippar?

By navigation, using the familiar Earth features, which had in fact had been:

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Cuneiform Planisphere
Nineveh, Assyria
British Museum

"drawn on a ceramic unearthed at Susa, in a stratum dated to about 3,200 B.C. This shows:

"A triangle of waters and mountains on each side, pointing like an arrow toward Sippar. An "X" would mark Nippur, in the center.

"It brings to mind the planisphere that described the flight path and procedures, which was based on 45-degree segments.

Because the ceramic of the "Target" is so incredible, Mr. Sitchin explains:

"Incredible as it may seem, this sketch was not made by us...."

"...This we believe, was the master plan of the Nefilim. Having selected the best location for their spaceport (Sippar), they laid out the other settlements in a pattern outlining the vital flight path to it. In the center they placed Nippur, where the "bond Heaven-Earth" was located"

TARGET - This photo is of the Space Station Mir. But the symbol of "target," the "cross" in the center for docking, is exactly the same used in the ancient charts for landing, found at Susa, and believed to have belonged to Enlil and the "astronauts" under Enlilís command.

View of satellite Eureka as it flies over Cape Canaveral (Kennedy Space Center), taken from shuttle Atlantis.

It reminds of what is found in The 12th Planet:

"Enlil commanded "Toward Heaven"; that which shines forth rose like a sky rocket...."

Rockets on display. Kennedy Space Center, Florida




Ark of the Covenant.... "Black Boxes" .... Ziggurats....

Mr. Sitchin takes times to explain the many instruments the Sumerians had possessed in their Spaceport and at the "Mission Control" in Nippur. Some of these instruments bring to mind the Ark of the Covenant.

Mr. Sitchin comments:

"...These "black boxes", when we see what they look like, bring to mind the Ark of the Covenant built by Moses under Godís instructions. The chest was to be made of wood, overlaid with gold both inside and outside - two electricity-conducting surfaces were insulated by the wood between them. A kapporeth, also made of gold, was to be placed above the chest and held up by two cherubim cast of solid gold. The nature of the kapporeth (meaning, scholars speculate "covering") is not clear; but this verse from Exodus suggests its purpose: "And I will address thee from above the Kapporeth, from between the two Cherubim."

"The implication that the Ark of the Covenant was principally a communication box, electrically operated, is enhanced by the instructions concerning its portability. It was to be carried by means of wooden staffs passed through four golden rings. No one was to touch the chest proper; and when one Israelite did touch it he was killed instantly - as if by a charge of high-voltage electricity.

"Such apparently supernatural equipment - which made it possible to communicate with a deity though the deity was physically somewhere else - became objects of veneration, "sacred cult symbols." Temples at Lagash, Ur, Mari, and other ancient sites included among their devotional objects "eye idols." The most outstanding example was found at an "eye temple" at Tell Brak, in northwestern Mesopotamia. This fourth-millennium temple was so named not only because hundreds of "eye" symbols were unearthed there but mainly because the templeís inner sanctum had only one altar, on which a huge stone "double eye" was displayed.

"In all probability, it was a simulation of the actual divine object - Ninurtaís "terrible eye," or the one at Enlilís Mission Control Center at Nippur, about which the ancient scribe reported: "His raised eye scans the land ... His raised Beam searches the land."

Mr. Sitchin continues on to explain the building of the ziggurats, their measurements, and the probable relation with the distances and locations of the Cities of the Gods.

He continues:

"But were the ziggurats raised only to observe the stars and planets, or were they also meant to serve the spacecraft of the Nefilim? All the ziggurats were oriented so that their corners pointed exactly north, south, east, west. As a result, their sides run precisely at 45-degrees angles to the four cardinal directions. This meant that a space shuttle coming in for a landing could follow certain sides of the ziggurat exactly along the flight path - and reach Sippar without difficulty.

"....Even scholars who have approached the subject without our "space" interpretation could not escape the conclusion that the ziggurats had some purpose other than to make the godís abode a "high rise" building. Samuel N. Kramer summed up the scholastic consensus: The ziggurat, the stagetower, which became the hallmark of Mesopotamian temple architecture ... was intended to serve as a connecting link, both real and symbolic, between the gods in heaven and the mortals on earth.

"We have shown, however, that the function of these structures was to connect the gods in Heaven with the gods - not the mortals - on Earth"