“Face on Mars”: 40 years of great mystification

Of course, we are talking about the famous "Face on Mars", a photograph taken by the Voyager 1 spacecraft at the time when it flew past the Red Planet. On them in the region of the region of Kydonia (Latin Cydonia), something was noticeable that resembled a huge human face, carved in rock or built by hand.

In 1976, NASA thought it was an illusion caused by the play of shadows and poor image quality. However, the yellow (and not only) press immediately broke out with loud headlines that life outside the Earth was finally found. This "discovery" inspired many, which led to the emergence of such phenomena of popular culture as "The X-Files", "Futurama", X-COM, "Martian" and others.

More than 20 years later, in April 1998, the Mars Global Surveyor flew over Kydonia and confirmed that the scientists' initial hypotheses were true: he managed to get a clearer picture of the area. A rocky formation 1.5 km in diameter across was indeed nothing more than an ordinary mountain.

Since then, other photographs have been taken. In 2001, the Mars Global Surveyor made a second call to the designated region, and in 2007 the interplanetary station Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter finally confirmed the observation results.

It is worth noting that even today, after four decades, there are still those who are ready to argue that scientists are hiding from us the truth about Martian civilization. Be that as it may, Popular Mechanics urges you to refrain from excessive conspiracy theology and, first of all, trust only scientifically based facts.


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