Mars Face stuff collected at SEDS:
marspyra.gif Mars pyramids and face marsface.dat Technical information on Mars Face Frames f035a72 & f070a13 33a72pr.gif The "Face on Mars" 70a13pr.gif The "Face on Mars" f035a72.fts Original "Mars Face" Frame "f035a72" in FITS format f070a13.fts Original "Mars Face" Frame "f070a13" in FITS format view_n.gif Projected Mars Face View From North view_ne.gif Projected Mars Face View from North East view_s.gif Projected Mars Face View from South view_sw.gif Projected Mars Face View from South WestThe sci.space FAQ (part 10) gives account to and some data on the "Face on Mars":
There really is a big rock on Mars that looks remarkably like a humanoid face. It appears in two different frames of Viking Orbiter imagery: 35A72 (much more facelike in appearance, and the one more often published, with the Sun 10 degrees above western horizon) and 70A13 (with the Sun 27 degrees from the west). The feature, about 2.5 km across, is located near 9 degrees longitude, +41 degrees N latitude, near the border between region Arabia Terra and region Acidalia Planitia.
Science writer Richard Hoagland has championed the idea that the Face is artificial, intended to resemble a human, and erected by an extraterrestrial civilization. Most other analysts concede that the resemblance is most likely accidental. Other Viking images show a smiley-faced crater and a lava flow resembling Kermit the Frog elsewhere on Mars. There exists a Mars Anomalies Research Society (see address for "Mars Research" below) to study the Face.
More detailed discussions of the Face, including raw and processed imagery and discussion of plans for observation by the upcoming Mars Global Surveyor, are at
Mars Global Surveyor has now taken a
first hi-res image
of the Face and revealed that it is probably an interesting mountain or
mesa; no signs for an artefact are obvious (a fact which was not much
surprising for most investigators and scientists).
More on these results is in preparation.
Last Modification: April 13, 1998