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Mars Global Surveyor image of the Face on Mars

Mars Global Surveyor image of the Face on Mars

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Caption

Face on Mars. Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) space- craft image of the "face on Mars" feature in the Cydonia region. This eroded mesa-like land formation is 1.5 kilometres across. When an image of this feature was first taken by Viking 1 in 1976, it appeared remarkably like a human head with shadows giving the illusion of eyes, nose and a mouth. Taken with the Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) on the MGS in 5 April 1998, it's true form is visible. The spacecraft was 444km from the object, and the image has a resolution of 4.3 metres per pixel making it a ten times higher resolution than the Viking 1 image.

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