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Re: ESA Admits Doubts About Their Mars Face Model

From: Paul Scott Anderson <paulscottanderson.nul>
Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2007 11:51:27 -0700
Fwd Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2007 07:43:02 -0400
Subject: Re: ESA Admits Doubts About Their Mars Face Model

>From: Lan Fleming <lfleming6.nul>
>To: UFO UpDates <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2007 15:17:47 -0500
>Subject: ESA Admits Doubts About Their Mars Face Model

>Late last year, an image was widely published in the popular
>media that depicted what was purportedly a 3-dimensional model
>of the Face On Mars. The model was constructed from images of
>the landform taken by a stereo-camera aboard the European Space
>Agency's Mars Express orbiter. The model showed the Face with an
>extremely irregular surface and a huge 'horn' rising out of the
>'forehead', making the landform appear so mis-shapen that did
>not merely cast doubt on its artificiality, but made it appear
>absurd that the question would have ever been raised at all.

Thanks for the update, Lan. A notable admission:

"All our press products are based on standard DTMs derived in an
automated way, and which do not match scientific standards
necessarily, and are not error-checked. We understand that this
might have caused some disturbances in the case of the Cydonia

Neither of the articles I saw in Sky & Telescope and SkyNews
magazines mentioned the vertical exaggeration at all.

Also, for some interested List-members who may have missed this,
the Face was also just re-imaged by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter,
with the highest resolution so far, down to mere centimetres in
the largest version of the image (303.4 MB):


I've seen surprisingly little discussion of this so far, perhaps
because the Face does appear more natural-looking (i.e. a mesa),
the higher the resolution gets (small boulders can also be seen
scattered across it in places). But also, again no evidence seen
of the supposed "horn"...

I'd still like to see MRO re-image other nearby formations
though, the D&M in particular.

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