The 'Mars Face' is a rock formation on Mars which resembles a
humanoid face. It was first imaged by NASA's Viking Orbiter in 1976.
Is the Face in the Cydonia Mensae region of Mars really a face of
some kind, or is it just a trick of differential erosion or light and
This looks much less like a humanoid face than the
lower resolution Viking Images. In particular, the symmetry of the
"mouth" and "eye sockets" isn't very good. Although there are two
depressions where one would expect eye sockets, the left depression
is much larger and apparently shallower than the right. The mouth is
poorly defined and shallower than I would have thought from the
Viking images. On the 'nostrils' there is some interesting symmetry.
When I place my hand over the right side of the image, all I see
is an ordinary hillside, but when I cover the left side of the image,
there is something of a face-like appearance. Anyway, that's just
subjective perception. Have a look.
NASA Press Release on NASA's planned 1998
observations of the Cydonia region.
Martian Enigmas Home Page. This page is authored by Dr. Mark
Carlotto, who now seems to be distancing himself from
He has done a lot of work on the Face on Mars and other supposed
Martian anomalies, but his own views on the phenomena are cautious,
though he appears to be optimistic that they will turn out to be
artificial. Probably the best place to visit if you're interested in
the Mars Face.
Science Systems. Mike Malin is the principal investigator for the
Surveyor camera and a Mars Face skeptic. This is the one of
the first places to look for new pictures from MGSO. I keep this
page registered with
netmind to alert me
to any updates. Unlike most in the anti-artifice camp, Malin has been
willing to take the time to at least briefly
his position. Have a look and see if you agree.
McDaniel Report. An essentially pro-face site, but reasonably
well balanced and thoughtful. No conspiracy mongering.
Page. DiPietro was one of the earliest researchers into the
Cydonia land forms.
Van Flandern's Cydonia Page. Van Flandern claims that the face is
right on what used to be Mars' equator, and therefore...
The Verified Gullible
Loons. A group of hard-working amateur scientists interested in
Lunar anomalies. Visit their site and see if you can explain the
photographic evidence they present.