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This land marking caught our attention on a flight from Liberal, Kansas to Santa Fe, New Mexico. We spotted it in the North Eastern part of New Mexico. We often fly this route as it is a natural VFR path for small aircraft and Santa Fe is a nice place to stop for the night.

The markings are quite large as seen in this photo. They are hard to miss if you are within a ten mile radius. We were about 2000 feet above. A little Google research revealed the markings to be a symbol for the Church of Spiritual Technology and the location called Trementina Base belongs to the Church of Scientology.

Former Church member Michael Pattinson has said that the circles are intended as signposts for reincarnated Scientologists who will come from outer space. Seriously! Do they actually beleive this? We are not sure if the very long runway is intended for the aliens or for celebrity members. We hope the mother ship will come soon and take them all away :)

There is a vault here that apparently contains Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard's writings situated in a building in the steep rock wall below the runway.

Here is a closer look at the vault. The writings are engraved on stainless steel tablets and encased in titanium capsules underground. The project began in the late 1980s.

There is also a resort like complex not far from the circle markings. We wonder if there was anyone there getting annoyed at us flying around. Or maybe they were hoping we were aliens :) Strange indeed.