Hmmm... after all this time and effort to debunk the structures found at Cydonia, why would NASA be so interested in studying it... without telling
BD: NASA and their apologists have been belittling all study of the Face at Cydonia ever since Dr. Tobias Owen and Gerald Soffen of NASA discovered it
in 1976. NASA brass, along with Dr. Michael Malin, the official in virtual dictatorial charge of the cameras orbiting Mars, have aggressively
dismissed any investigation of possible archaeology at Cydonia as a frivolous misuse of a priceless scientific resource. Now they've been caught in a
blatant deception, examining on the sly the very area and object they've repudiated as a waste of time and taxpayer money. What do you make of this?
MT: It's very interesting that we find two high-quality images of the Face on Mars languishing on the Internet, unannounced and essentially unseen.
Either Malin has changed his mind and now considers the Cydonia region deserving of study, or his hostile attitude toward Cydonia has been a charade
from the beginning.
BD: Why would NASA/JPL stick their necks out like this?
MT: Dr. Malin went to great lengths to explain how difficult and costly it is to aim the MOC [Mars Orbiter Camera] in order to justify his outspoken
criticism of planetary SETI, which he denounced as pseudo-science. Malin freely admits the first image of the Face taken by the MGS spacecraft in 1998
was done to placate the public; he certainly didn't want to devote any time to reimaging the feature. This doesn't ipso facto imply that Malin
considers the Face evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence; he may simply have a sincere geological interest in it. But if so, why the violation of
his promise to announce Cydonia imaging opportunities in advance? To me that's rather alarming.
BD: Then what's your hunch as to the real motives behind all of NASA's fan dancing?
MT: Conceivably, Malin feels that exposing his own interest in the Face would add fuel to conspiracy-oriented thinkers convinced there is a secret
effort underway to study Cydonia. But by taking images of the Face in virtual silence, he risks legitimate accusations of not living up to his word.
Now that we know that the Cydonia region is not without interest to MSSS, one naturally wonders if there is in fact a quiet study of the region in
progress by some element of the NASA/JPL/MSSS hierarchy.
BD: To what degree does this vindicate those who charge that NASA has been involved in a systematic Mars cover-up?
MT: The conspiratorial nuances come from the fact that Malin has been such a nasty and persistent Face debunker. He's brazenly declared that the
first angle-shot of the Face in '98, which JPL deliberately ruined -- I have no doubt whatsoever about that -- was only taken because he was forced
to by popular demand. The real problem is the whole NASA system, funded with our taxes, that grants a man like Malin virtual dictatorial control over
the orbiter cameras and to very literally own Mars imagery in the first place.