Friday, July 30, 2010

The Face on Mars, by HiRise

HiRISE captured this image (in 2007) of an eroded mesa made famous by its similarity to a human face in a Viking Orbiter image with much lower spatial resolution and a different lighting geometry.

Compared to the original Viking image, HiRISE shows incredible detail, even from 300 kilometers above the surface.

Photo credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Note: The so-called "Face on Mars" is located in the Cydonia region.

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