The Face on Mars2016-12-11T12:56:09+00:00

The Face on Mars 

The face on Mars image from New Medical Terms

The “face” on Mars


A popular term for Plate #035A72, a specific image taken in 1976 by NASA’s Viking 1 spacecraft of a geographic region of Mars that scientists had called Cydonia. According to some, 35A72 bears a striking resemblance to a human face (at 12 o’clock in image 35A72) , complete with headdress, which triggered speculation that it was a monument built by an ancient civilisation. 
One fruitcake, Richard C Hoagland, went on to claim that he had discovered evidence of structures and relics which put the age of the postulated city at 500,000 years old (give or take a week). NASA–per Hoagland–was clueless about the magnitude of his discoveries and conclusions. Dr. David Morrison, Chief of the Space Science Division at NASA’s Ames Research Center, said Hoagland was largely “self-educated” in science (translation, a self-taught fruitcake). Morrison knew of no one in the scientific community, or with the NASA Mars Science Working Group…who ascribed any credibility to Hoagland or his weird ideas about Mars.


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