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4800 x 6000 pixels
40.6 x 50.8 cm ⏐ 16.0 x 20.0 in (300dpi)
VICTOR HABBICK VISIONS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY VICTOR HABBICK VISIONS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Face on Mars. Computer artwork of the 'Face on Mars' feature. This eroded mesa-like land formation, located in the Cydonia region of Mars, is 1.5 kilometres across. When an image of this feature was first taken by the Viking 1 spacecraft in 1976, it appeared remarkably like a human head, with shadows giving the illusion of eyes, nose and mouth. Studies have found that the human brain will instinctively recognise a pattern and try to relate it to previously seen objects. This ability is especially well-developed for recognising human faces. Similar shapes have been 'found' on cliffs on Earth.
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