the longest time, UFOnuts were convinced that intelligent Martians had carved
a human-like face in a location called Cydonia. The hubbub was generated
by a batch of photos from the Viking Mars Orbiter, which took the photos in
What many people don't know is that NASA
did not spring upon the photos immediately and say: "Look! Thems is
aliens!" The photos languished in storage for years before anyone
even attempted to associate them with intelligent beings. However, the
face was noted as an odd geographical formation, as a kind of novelty
if nothing else.
Even so, 1998 saw more detailed
photographs of the region coming from NASA, and these images showed nothing
out of the ordinary. In face, the face had completely disappeared
from the exact region.
So, it seems that the scientific
conclusion, that the face was a product of erosion and/or odd shadows seemed
Obviously, the UFOnuts screamed "CONSPIRACY!" and
the issue is still debated.
An article by Patrick Riley appeared
recently on the FOX News website. Throughout the article, Riley shows
very little concern for hard evidence, and gives new artistic renderings of
the age-old face some undeserved credibility.
Judge for yourself. The article can
be found here.
thanks to CSICOP for alerting us to