Thursday, February 22, 2007

The Face on Mars

This is the pic which started all the fuss. A few years back they did an orbital pass of Mars, the red planet, and noticed that there was a sculture of a face a full kilometer and a half long of a human face. click on the images to enlarge.
The top pic is the first picture. The bottom pic is ten years farther along. The middle pic is a map of the area. This map is essential to realizing just how freakin' BIG that area is!
Upon looking at the bottom map, you can see all sorts of formations. For instance, just south of the "face" is a great big "skull"(North is to the right.) A casual glance will show us all sorts of other things...for instance, I spotted a series of pyramids which are in the exact arrangement of the Pyramids at Giza, which I understand are themselves in exact correlation to the major stars in the constellation Orion.
Not surprisingly, a large number of nutbars came out from under their rocks to explain the "face of Jesus" on Mars, and the connection between Moses, Pharoh, or whatever and the people on Mars. The whole thing is quite amusing, and I let YOU, my gentle readers, do some google searches to see how a chance arrangement of rocks started a landslide of speculation. Whole books have been written on the subject!
Tomorrow, I shall post the "closeup" pictures of this phenomon and you will wonder where all the fuss came from!


Jennifer said...

I have seen these pics and read about "the fuss". It is easy how uneducated people with a tendency toward excitability could think there would be a connection. But yea, when you look at close-up pics of the region, those ideas should be squelled. It's fascinating how the human brain seems to be programmed to see things that aren't really there.

Jennifer said...

"easy to see how..."

Anonymous said...

Our brains are hardwired to create linkages between what we know and what we see.

This is the phenomenon that allows people to see Jesus in melted ice cream and the Virgin Mary in Grilled Cheese sarnies.

Add the laws of probability into this and you will inevitably get these correlations. Numerous are the grilled cheese sarnies that bear the likeness of Elvis's big, fat, dead, king or rock and roll, backside. You've probably eaten one yourself.

Hail to the king baby.

The Reverend Shayne Dark

Zlanth said...

Yep, we're wired for pattern recognition, especially faces.

Why? We have to identify people's faces every day! :D

Jennifer said...

I've always wondered why no one ever sees the young, hot Elvis...

Dr. Deborah Serani said...

Wow, those photos and the ones in the above post are awesome.