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25 years ago NASA’s Viking1 spacecraft was circling the planet Mars, snapping some photos of possible landing sites for its sister ship Viking2, when it spotted the shadowy likeness of a human face. An enormous head nearly 3 miles from end to end seemed to be staring back at the camera from a region of the Red Planet called Cydonia. Today, we have more detailed images that show how wrong we were. Even though I for one would like to believe Face On Mars is a strong sign of some ancient civilization, we can see it was just an grand Optical Illusion, one of the most famous one to be precise. Jump inside this article for few more pictures and descriptions.


Face On Mars Famous Optical Illusion

This is Cydonia in high resolution. Sadly, looks like no civilization was here, but the image itself looks pretty amazing, you have to admit!

Face On Mars Famous Optical Illusion

You can see the progress in high-res technology from 1998 to 2001 through resolution at which this photos were taken. Progress of detoriation is also visible. This sand dune looks like face only in certain conditions like: sun angle and camera position.

Face On Mars Famous Optical Illusion

This is how NASA calculated the 3D surface of Mars Face would look like. They used techonlogy that is nowdays used by Google to enable 3D Earth’s surface in it’s Google Earth application.

Face On Mars Famous Optical Illusion

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26 Responses
  1. Josh says:

    bummer

  2. Nishant says:

    Wow that was like…..the illusion was just setup by martians for the visiting craft.Seems aliens are just playing with us!!!

  3. Nimrod says:

    I think it’s trying to tell us something.

  4. Farted says:

    Wait… I thought the moon was made out of cheese.

  5. Twilight says:

    Farted, Its Mars, Dumbass.

  6. Farted says:

    i like love brad pitt!!!!!!!!!! omg!!!! hes soooooooooooo cute. that face reminds me of him.
    omfg u shut ur mouth twilight.

  7. Guest says:

    This looks like a pretty good vission only that is was mistake of camera postition and from long ago it made diferences in resolution so wasnt relly a face

  8. tsunei_09 says:

    aliens are planning to invade earth by gathering information on us and leading us into a trap! NASA walked into a martian trap!!! nooooooooooo…..

    • Abob says:

      DEFO AGREES!!! then, (and im not being sarcastic here, i promise) maybe they started messin it up to trick us into thinkin our technology was amazing!!!! maybe they covered the structure in sand!!! then…
      THEYRE SMART ENOUGH OT INVADE! GET FOOD AND HIDE IN A ROOM WITH A DOORKNOB AND LOADS OF MIRRORS!

  9. Anonymous says:

    First hour guest, Richard C. Hoagland of Enterprise Mission appeared live-in-studio to reveal a startling Moon ‘artifact’ photo. Calling the artifact, found in Shorty crater, ‘Data’s Head,’ (a color enhanced image is pictured left) he said it was taken on the Apollo 17 mission in December 1972. He believes what we are looking at is a robot head, similar in appearance to C3PO from the Star Wars film. For the complete story see enterprisemission.com/datashead.htm.
    – from Coast to coast website

  10. Anonymous says:

    If you look at the 2nd picture from like 5-10 feet away, you can kinda see a face!

  11. Me haha!!! says:

    ahhh creepy! i will not sleep tonight!

  12. Anonymous says:

    darn those special cameras and other angles! i say there is a face on mars…whos with me?

  13. Leo says:

    You are absolutely right! There was a face. It’s all a big cover-up.
    Nasa has sent 6 men with wheelbarrows and shovels to Mars and they have thrown sand over the face. :)

  14. Anonymous says:

    ive seen this before people like to make faces out of things so it is so not real just like that “Saddam Husein’s Face Appears on The Moon” its not real.

  15. hi guys! I think its cool! Dont fight Farted and twilit please. And farted, y r u called farted? the name stinks. Lol!

  16. Matt says:

    The reason we saw it the first time is because the human brain is good at recognizing faces, even if the faces are just rock formations and odd lighting.

  17. Hello says:

    i think a giant mouse was flying in a space ship and was trying to go to the moon becuase he thought it was made out of cheese but he fell on mars and was so bored he created a giant face on mars then the giant mouse died. The End

  18. swim says:

    it looks like michael myers

  19. guest says:

    the second one looks like a pregnant woman! this is so cool…

  20. Moonlight says:

    I was reading a book… It was VERY fascinating. It had shown evidence of life on Mars and how it had something to do with the Egyptians. Possibly when humans lived on Mars, they built a giant face? Might be…

  21. LD says:

    So in 25 years the image has really worn down. Wonder what that face looked like years before 1976?

  22. Raven Symone says:

    OMG is is so dain HAM TURKEY AN RICE

  23. BRADI KENDS says:

    HEY DARE GOOGLE

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