Face of Mars
What has a man named Hoagland proposed has been photographed on the face of
I find nothing recent, but here are two abstracts supplied by the on-line
Readers' Guide Abstracts:
TITLE: Metropolis on Mars, in Omni magazine, March 1985, p. 64
ABSTRACT: Three years after the Viking photos of Mars were taken, computer
scientists Vincent DiPietro and Gregory Molenaar found the image of a
three-dimensional symmetrical face on Mars in two of the photos. Extending
interpretation of the photos, science writer Richard Hoagland claims to have
found indications of a vanished civilization on Mars. His argument is based
on a group of surface features that include a "grid-like pattern of recti-
linear markings" resembling those of a city. Buildings on these streets may
have been designed to catch winter warmth and view the solstice. James
Oberg, Mars expert and National Aeronautics and Space Administration
engineer, and Harold Masursky, senior scientist with the U. S. Geological
Survey and top international expert on Martian geology, both challenge
Hoagland's findings. Neither of them, however, rule out the possibility of
intelligent life on Mars.
TITLE: Facing up to Mars, in Discover magazine, April 1985, p. 92
ABSTRACT: Yet another myth involving life on Mars has gained credence of
late, due largely to the trumpeting of science writer Richard Hoagland.
Photographs taken by the unmanned Viking spacecraft in the mid-seventies
show a land formation that resembles a human face. Two researchers, using
computer enhancement to view the image, expressed disbelief that the "face"
was simply a coincidental rock formation. Hoagland seized upon the idea,
suggesting that the photos reveal relics from an ancient civilization. A
group of Berkeley professors, none of whom are professional astronomers, are
investigating whether the face was indeed the work of an extinct Martian
race. Most experts dismiss this theory as hokum, pointing out that such
"faces" can be seen in many mountain formations on Earth.
You may want to look at these articles and form your own opinion
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