Most of us have seen the famous “face on Mars” image, captured by Viking in 1976. It appears to depict a humanoid face gawking into space from the floor of the Cydonian Valley.
As compelling as this evidence of extraterrestrial life may have been for enthusiasts, few scientists considered the blurry photo proof that little green men had carved their leader’s mug into a mountain. NASA eagerly chalked up this anomaly to natural geology meeting bad lighting.
The 1973 photo was snapped with little more than a Polaroid camera duct taped to a satellite, so nobody could convincingly dispute NASA’s conclusions. Case closed.
Everything changed on April 5, 1998 when NASA launched Mars Global Surveyor (MGS); the mission, to orbit Mars and document its surface using high resolution cameras and telescopic lenses.
Initially, the data being transmitted to Earth was closely guarded, but NASA and Jet Propulsion Laboratory succumbed to public pressure and began selectively releasing it — including an updated image of “the face on Mars”.
“See”, Nasa said,”we had it correct 25 years ago, nothing here but hills”. This time, however, a dissenting voice came from high within their own ranks. Dr. Tom van Flandern, Chief Astronomer of the US Navel Observatory, announced that details of the published image had been intentionally filtered out.
Dr. Flandern’s own imaging experts removed Nasa’s photographic filters, then triangulated the 1998 photo with the original 1976 photo. The results shocked them.
Previously unobserved details now came into sharp focus — eye brows, irises, nostrils, parted lips.
Given the correct size, shape, location and orientation of these facial features, Flandern statistically determined this to be an artificially created structure. In fact, according to him, the odds against the face being a result of natural processes are “one in a thousand billion billion”…this isn’t a typo.
Dr. Flandern’s calculations were met with silence, despite his exalted position at Nasa. He died of cancer in 2005, but not before giving a series of sobering presentations to the public. Here’s one of them.