Face page

First, GIZA in Egypt can give us a preview of what something 'engineered' may look like from Space.  Remember, the Egyptian Pyramids of Earth are a lot less than 10 thousand years old.  The Cydonia Mensae Face may be 10 MILLION or more years old.  How would YOUR Face look in the mirror at that age?  

I also think the image below can be used to also give a reference for interpreting images from the two Moon questions on the main page.


Now to The Face on Mars.  Since 1976 when the Viking spacecraft orbiter took a serious of images of an unusual 'landform feature' on the Martian surface that looked like a human face, the controversy over this feature is not only not settled, but even more intense than ever before.  There is a long long history to this feature, the dialogue, or lack there-of, the investigations, or lack-of, the scientific and popular pontifications and all the media hype have failed to still settle this issue once and for all.  

There is no way I can hope to give you even a smidgeon of the amount of material this feature has generated through the years right now.  Your own microcomputer and your internet connection can find you literally thousands of sites devoted to Mars anomalies and specifically the Face itself.  The search is interesting but fraught with scammers whose findings may be based more on wishful thinking than hard data. 

 However, there is an unusual lack of public 'real-data' with respect to this feature; and this presents us with a problem using your microcomputer for investigative purposes cannot solve by itself.  So as an example of what YOU can do WITH your computer to address these types of concerns; I have set forth here in a basic chronological order the highlights of the Odyssey we have gone through with just getting a decent picture of that enigmatic mug (pun intended).


As of 1/1/2001 there have been more than 57,000 public images released from the MGS MOC to the USGS PDS so that the average citizen can use their own home computers and access hard scientific data from this NASA scientific instrument.  There have been an estimated 120,000 images actually acquired by the instrument.  There has been only ONE ( 1 ) image of the Mars Face publicly released, which was taken in April 1998.  There was one other public attempt announced in April 2000 and this is what happened then from:


"An attempt to take a picture of a portion of the "Face" itself (M12-01787) in mid-February 2000 was foiled when the MGS spacecraft experienced a sequencing error and most of that day's data were not returned to Earth. Only the first 97 lines of M12-01787 were received"  Notice that this notice was NOT presented, or told about to the public for ~60 days past the attempt.  NOT WHAT NASA PROMISED ! ! !

On that fateful day in April 1998, JPL/NASA/MSSS released the now infamous 'catbox' image of the Cydonia Mensae Face to the world-wide press, and said SEE! It's a pile of ROCKS !  Here's their catbox:


Subsequently, BETTER and more HONEST 'renditions' of the RAW data were done by other NASA personnel and members of academia and general public once the raw data was released.

See the difference between the original release and after correct processing here:


and the following image emerged:

That image is:


The image below is a morphing animated gif from Dr. Mark Carlotto from his site at:



There are new or priori 'points of evidence' in this 1st new image that were not visible in the original Viking images; the 'nostrils' clearly indented depressions and side by side, clearly grooved 'headdress' seemingly aligned above the ridge line for the nose, there is an eyeball and a distinct alignment down the center of the mesa for the nose ridge with nostrils evenly placed aside that line  and correct mouth placement.  Although the mouth edge is 'open' in this image and was 'closed' in all the Viking images.  It is unknown why this should be.  

We have still yet to see, from ANY image Viking or MGS, the right hand side ( Eastern side ) of the feature.  In other words, this scientific image is still only capturing 1/2 of the data available.  The above image is 4.2 meters per pixel resolution yet the MOC is capable of 1.4 meter per pixel resolution so we also have yet to get the very BEST scientific image of the data released to the public.


Also when going through the data archive I noticed that many images were 'missing' from the archive.  MGSC1013 for example had 38 images missing from its archive volume.  Using MS Office Access database one can load the index of images from each volume, or the entire collection.  From that data one can use critical thinking and problem solving skills in finding the dates, times and circumstances surrounding the missing images.  With that information you can use the internet to go over the operations logs for the spacecraft and look for any problems that may have arisen to account for the missing images. There were none.


Through the Continuing Education Office of Clinton Community College I filed a FOIA request to NASA about the missing images, the Mars Face and other issues.  This FOIA had the signed endorsement of current CCC President Dr. Carol Eaton, Continuing Education Dean Mike Schwartz, Retired; and in a further example of my bridging the two college's together, this FOIA is endorsed by PSUC Board of Trustee Member and Director of Community/Government Relations, Don Garrant.  His support brought on board PSUC alumni Congressman Anthony Weiner whose call to NASA prompted NASA's response and call back to me.  We are currently waiting 60-90 days to give NASA reasonable time to begin to comply with the FOIA request.  We'll keep you posted.





Below is link to new Cydonia images released January 31, 2001.  The new Cydonia Face image only acquires the top left corner of the feature as we peek down at it from space, about 25% of the entire feature.  CAN'T THEY HIT THE TARGET DEAD-ON CENTER?  Although this new image CLEARLY has an 'eyeball' dead-center in the 'eye-socket'.


This time it seems that the 'processing' was completed BEFORE this release.  Too bad that NONE, nada not ONE ( 1 ), of these EIGHT ( 8 ) imaging opportunities had been publicized BEFORE acquisition, AND released to the public IMMEDIATELY afterwards has had been PROMISED by JPL/NASA!  More broken promises!


There was another public attempt at getting the Cydonia Mensae Face made and can be read about at the bottom of here:


Once again, there was NO prior notice that an imaging opportunity was coming up, and the data was NOT released IMMEDIATELY upon retrieving it.  There is NO REASON why the IMQ or IMG files CANNOT be released when acquired by JPL/NASA/MSSS for this particular region and to ANNOUNCE imaging opportunities in ADVANCE !


New Update May 24, 2001:

I have been fired with Broken Promises from CCC for my participation in the pursuit many Americans were working together to get NASA to acquire a GOOD picture of this target.

Here is link to the FIRST release of the latest Cydonia Mensae Face acquisition try.  Although they once again did NOT notify the public a targeting opportunity was being made.  There is 'good' reason to believe that MSSS wanted to release this particular image right after acquisition, but was held back by JPL/NASA ( however THIS is only a very good rumor as to the timing of Sen. Jim Jefford's nuking the leadership of the Senate and 'maybe' had nothing to do with each other ) [Similar, like sorta how ‘they’ had Don Rumsfield come out with his ‘Space Force’ on the same day the Project Disclosure with Dr. Greer was unfolding at the National Press Club-coincidences ya think?].. They did NOT tell us about it IN ADVANCE though.

At least this time...






However, as a 'first' impression: I'm not eating crow...nor should anyone else eat any, just yet anyway. This thing may be 10 MILLION years old or older! How would YOUR Face look in the mirror after so long a time. There's pics of the Egyptian Pyramids that don't look like anything either.  The possibility for artificiality is STILL there.  But yes, they finally---


but, once again...they broke their promise to tell us IN ADVANCE AND TO RELEASE IMMEDIATELY ! Not saying they did ANYTHING other than NOT live up to their promises with this area, AGAIN ! ! ! Also, where is the RAW imQ or imG files? Those SHOULD be released as well, IMMEDIATELY ! other than that...we'll wait-n-see. Because WHY wasn't the 3-D made from the April 1998 image with this one? Where is that 'odd' little piece from the bottom right of the 4th image gone to? The 'nostrils' don't seem to match the orthification they should in this one in comparison to other images. Just all random thoughts till I can get more together later this or next week.

However, at this time I will make public another letter which I had been waiting for a reply on.  Dr. Mikey Malin has acquired the image I ordered and sent $85 American buck-a-roos for.  So I hope he sends my 24 X 30 poster of THIS new image he has acquired and satisfied the requirements I set forth in the order, those being:

Dead-On Center, both left and right sides, from the tippy-top of its headdress to the bottom of its chinny-chin-chin.

He did it!  I hope he cashes the check, its good, and sends the poster to the campus.  I'll be happy with what my $85 last-working bucks bought.  I ALWAYS knew they had the capability to do it.  

Dr. Carl Sagan's famous quote about this feature that "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence." still rings true today.  Also true is that extraordinary evidence requires an extraordinary investigation.  After 5 tries we've finally got overhead data of the WHOLE feature.  Because of the world-wide attention and interest in this enigmatic feature a full stereo 3-D would be called for along with the immediate release of ALL the raw data files.  Not so much as to 'prove' it is NOT artificial; but as a conclusion into an inquiry by humanity into what may TRULY lie there in the dead n dry n dusty dunes of Mars.  Hey, if it really is a hill of rock, it will still be famous.  Maybe not as the Martian Mount Rushmore...but the Martian Mount Faceless.  What's important is the effort of TRUTHFUL and FULL scientific inquiry, of wondering, of questing and dreaming.  For if we loose the ability to dream, to quest, to wonder and explore in TRUTHFUL HONESTY then we shall surely perish as a species.

In every passionate pursuit, the pursuit counts more than the object pursued.
 -- Eric Hoffer


UPDATE 5/31/2001:



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