Face-to-Face with the "Face"
October 21, 2009
In April 2000 we presented all the images that had been taken in the Cydonia region of Mars up until that time. This is the area where popular books, magazine articles, tabloids and other news/infotainment media have speculated that some of the hills and mesas were artificially-shaped by extraterrestrial intelligence into forms such as a pyramid, a cone, and, most publicized, a face. Owing to this continuing interest, the Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) team has, whenever the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft has flown over the region, commanded the MOC to take a picture. This page releases all images acquired since April 2000. Picture A, above, shows the locations of the MOC high resolution views obtained since April 2000. Picture B shows a section of one of these, MOC image M16-00184, which shows a portion of the famed "face" landform. Picture B covers an area 1.1 km (0.7 mi) across and 3.0 km (1.9 mi) down and is the highest-resolution view ever obtained for this feature (1.7 meters-- 5.6 feet-- per pixel). Links to all of the other pictures are given below.
Topics: Human Interest, Mars, Spacecraft, Space exploration, Cydonia, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Mars Global Surveyor