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Re: ESA Admits Doubts About Their Mars Face Model

From: Lan Fleming <lfleming6.nul>
Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2007 13:53:17 -0500
Fwd Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2007 06:52:20 -0400
Subject: Re: ESA Admits Doubts About Their Mars Face Model

>From: Paul Scott Anderson <paulscottanderson.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2007 11:51:27 -0700
>Subject: Re: ESA Admits Doubts About Their Mars Face Model

>Thanks for the update, Lan. A notable admission:

I thought so, too.

>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"...

The resolution of this new camera is down to a few centimeters
from several hundred kilometers above the planet surface. The
technology is remarkable, but I never was overly excited about
the prospect of another Face image at this very high resolution.
I figured that it most likely just show more natural terrain at
a finer scale. The landform is obviously composed of native
rock, as I and other people surmised before the first high-res
image was taken by the Mars Global Surveyor back in 1998. There
are only two alternative explanations for the appearance of the
Face: it's either a natural landform eroded for not fully-
explained reasons into an unusually symmetrical shape, or it's
an artificially sculpted landform whose finer details have been
eroded away. Erosion of artificial stone structures tends to
begin at the smallest scale and progressively obliterates
larger-scale features. I've seen close-ups of unrepaired
surfaces of the Great Sphinx that looklike perfectly natural
cliff faces covered with gullies and no hint of alteration by
human hands. That being said, with regard to artificiality, I
think the rule should be that the landform is presumed "innocent
until proven guilty." The high resolution images have fallen far
short of proof.

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

I agree, although I suspect the results will more likely than
not be the same as with the Face. In the short run, the question
of primitive mircrobial life on or near the surface of Mars
seems more likley to be resolved. There do seem to be some
indications of it, including the results of the Labeled Release
experiments on the old Viking Landers which were dismissed too
hastily, in my opinion because scientists didn't know at the
time how stubbornly simpler life forms can hang on in extremely
hostile environments. Maybe if some confirmation of primitive
life is made, consideration of more advanced life forms in the
past might get more serious attention from scientists in the
future. Unfortunately, I suspect it will be a distant future.

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