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originally posted by: SkepticOverlord
originally posted by: iDope
Here is a close up of the face.
But… it's a crater.
You're eye is being fooled into thinking it's a face-looking thing in relief. Instead, it's a crater, the light from the angle of the sun (relative to the objects) is coming from below.
It's merely a trick of lighting. Nothing more.
originally posted by: wildespace
a reply to: iDope
The images you posted are low-resolution, and are thus more conductive to pareidolia. You can access higher-rez Mars imagery in Google Earth, by ticking the box under Layers / Global Maps / CTX Mosaic, which uses images from Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's "Context Camera".
Here is this "head" as seen in Google Earth with CTX Mosaic enabled:
Doesn't look so much like a head, does it? And it is indeed a depression (or a crater) rather than a mound. Here's an oblique view, with elevation exagerrated x2:
There is only partial CTX coverage of the "head" as seen in Google Earth, but you can access the fuller CTX coverage (which can actually be accessed directly from Google Earth if you know how to do it) here. (the "head" is in top left corner of the image strip)
Rule of thumb for Mars and Moon pictures where you see something peculiar - try to find higher-resolution images of the same area.
[Edit] Here's the second "head" as seen by CTX camera (middle right side of the image strip):
[Another edit] To compensate for that partial oblique CTX view, I used the full CTX image to use as an overlay in Google Earth:
Here's a tutorial on how to do this: www.google.co.uk...
originally posted by: DPrice
originally posted by: Segenam one day .. maybe one sharp eyed dude will see sommething, somewhere, world changing,
Do you really think NASA would allow for that to happen? You seem pretty naive.
originally posted by: Saint Exupery
It reminds me of the "indian with an iPod" in Canada: