Thursday, September 21, 2006

Cydonia - the face on Mars

After multiple attempts to image the Cydonia region from April 2004 until July 2006 were frustrated by altitude and atmospheric dust and haze, the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on board Mars Express finally obtained, on 22 July, a series of images that show the famous 'face' on Mars in unprecedented detail.

These are some of the best images yet, full of complex and intriguing detail. Unfortunately, the accompanying article merely reiterates pop-science myths that will likely not survive archaeological appraisal.

The ESA provides factual misrepresentations (such as the demonstrably inaccurate portrayal of the Face as a trick of light) and pointedly refuses to mention other, perhaps more illuminating, anomalies -- including the D&M Pyramid and Cliff, both plainly visible in the Mars Express data.

Time permitting, I'll post a more detailed refutation at the Cydonian Imperative.


platts42 said...

You school them good Mac!

Still looks like an artifact to me.

Mac said...

The whole region is littered with weirdness -- including the Face, which remains anomalous.

Fortunately in their rush to demolish the Face (again) they posted a damned interesting perspective view of the D&M Pyramid...