AerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 5118 times:
Images from the famous "face" on Mars at Cydonia taken by the European Space Agency's Mars Express have revealed a geological formation that somewhat resembles a human skull, according to a news report.
The report discounts any theory that the shape is anything but a geological happenstance.
Quote: One of these visible remnant massifs became famous as the 'Face on Mars' in an image taken on 25 July 1976 by the American Viking 1 Orbiter.
A few days later, on 31 July 1976, a NASA press release said the formation "resembles a human head." However, NASA scientists had already correctly interpreted the image as an optical illusion caused by the illumination angle of the Sun, the formation's surface morphology and the resulting shadows, giving the impression of eyes, nose and mouth.