MAA-001: The Face on Mars
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Image Analysis Report
MAA Report Ref: MAA-001
Report Date: July-August 2017
Research Status: Open - Possible building/monument
Description: The Face on Mars
Approximate size: 2.75 x 2 km
Mission images/dates: Viking Orbiter 1976, MGS 2001, Mars Express 2006, MRO/HiRISE 2007
Location: Cydonia Mensae
Found by: Tobias Owen
Image credits: (See image captions)
Graphics/image editing: Mars Archaeology Archive
Image sources: (See image captions)
This feature and its resemblance to a humanoid face, looks much less so the closer we get to it and for this reason is dismissed by geologists as just another eroded mesa. However, if this were indeed a monument, then the intention may have been for it to be viewed from afar, perhaps from orbit, instead of closeup. Also if we are to seriously consider potential sites of former habitation on Mars, then we should factor in perhaps some many thousands of years of erosion, sediment and possible damage when viewing potential structures. Regarding possible facial features, if the 'mouth' and 'eye socket'on the left side were mirrored on the right, then the case for an artificial structure would be significant. However the right side is obscured by material, making it difficult to assess if any further symmetry exists.
POTENTIAL FOR AN ARTIFICIAL STRUCTURE
A large degree of both curved symmetry to the north and south and parallel symmetry running east and west. Possible facial features located relative to a human face, and which rise from an indicated platform. These elements may suggest a monument or building, carved or engineered from the rock.
Mesa formed by geological erosion.