Skip to comments.The Martian mountain known as 'The Face' gets a makeover
Posted on 09/22/2006 1:00:26 AM PDT by Republicain
The Mars Express probe has photographed the classic surface feature on the Red Planet's surface known as "The Face". The mountain, which looks just like a human head with eyes, mouth and nostrils, was first pictured by the US Viking 1 Orbiter in 1976.
The formation instantly became the stuff of myth and conspiracy theories, with some claiming it was evidence of an ancient Martian civilisation.
The new European images of The Face were taken in July this year.
It has been something of a struggle for scientists to get a decent shot of the area in mid-northern latitudes referred to as Cydonia.
The probe was either at too high an altitude when making a pass or had its view degraded by dust and haze in the atmosphere. A 22 July fly-over finally provided perfect conditions.
The new images even reveal a feature that looks like a skull The probe used its High Resolution Stereo Camera to picture The Face and other geological structures around it in 3D.
This requires imaging experts at the German space agency to post-process essentially flat, overhead shots to produce perspective images that give the viewer the impression they are flying over the surface in a light aircraft.
The results are some of the most spectacular views of the Red Planet ever seen.
"These images of Cydonia on Mars are truly spectacular," said Dr Agustin Chicarro, project scientist for the European Space Agency's Mars Express mission.
"They not only provide a completely fresh and detailed view of an area famous to fans of space myths worldwide, but also provide an impressive close-up over an area of great interest for planetary geologists, and show once more the high capability of the Mars Express camera."
Scientists are interested in Cydonia because it tells them about erosive processes on Mars.
Cydonia is located in the Arabia Terra region and belongs to the transition zone between the southern highlands and the northern plains. This transition is characterised by wide, debris-filled valleys and isolated remnant mounds of various shapes and sizes.
Mars Global Surveyor images taken at the turn of the century proved beyond any doubt that The Face pictured by Viking 1 was nothing more than a trick of the light; there was no evidence there of structures built by an ancient civilisation, as some Red Planet fans had hoped.
Mars Express imaged another popular surface feature earlier this year: the 230km-wide (143 miles) impact crater that looks like a smiley face.
I bet lots of "Art Bell" people cryin on this one. HEHE!
In that case, it looks like the War on Terra must take on the God of War...
Sorry Art Bell...scientific FACT just shot you in the ass.
The "Art Bellish" reply will be along the lines of:
a) NASA photographed the wrong mountain
b) Cydonia was photoshopped out of its facial features
c) The Greys and/or the interdimenional traveler aliens rearranged the mountain when they became aware Art was on to them
d) That's a close-up of the crust of a peach cobbler.
peach cobbler lol!
Dang! Aint no way!
I seen the newspaper headline at the check out that a statue of Elvis wuz found on Mars an that is wut it is!
A sub headline said that Sattelite beamed back"All Shook Up" fer further proof.
You cant fool me! The truth is out there!
Off topic... Glenn Beck went down a few pegs on my resepct list when he had George Noorey on the other day. Not that Noorey isn't entertaining at times but Glenn was treating him like he was reputable. Sheesh.
I wonder how long it will take Hoagland to work up the math on this new artifact?
To boot, under the face and the skull in the other photo, one can see the imprint of a foot with toes.
Is "Big Foot" whom we know and love on Earth actually an alien from Mars?
What? You don't see the tell tale Egyptian handiwork?
e) See? Its a big face, just like we've been saying all along!
It's uncanny, so life like. /S
Pretty spacey thread. :)