Tesla was convinced that life existed on Mars and
that his power broadcasting apparatus would allow him to easily
communicate with the mysterious inhabitants of the red planet on the
grounds that with the power he had available, distance was no object.
When his friends pointed out that Tesla himself claimed that his power
broadcaster worked by sending vibrations through the Earth and that
there was no air in space to carry any "vibrations" to Mars, Tesla
dismissed them as "not helping."
During his Colorado
Springs days, Tesla was so predisposed to the idea of Martians that he
was convinced that rhythmic clicking from his receiver was nothing
less than a message from Mars. Since then, some have claimed
that what Tesla heard were natural radio sources from outer space,
though it is more likely that it was a fault in his own equipment.
Whatever it was, Tesla never gave up on his hopes of being the first
to make the Big Hello with Mars and continued to add it to his To Do
list for his World System for decades to come.