|Cydonia - "The Face"
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 picture shows a section of one of these, MOC image M16-00184,
which shows a portion of the famed "face" landform.
It 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).
more information and images
Photo Credit: NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems