Latest Discoveries on the Face on Mars: What's Your Take?

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In summary: But as the atmosphere is hugely thinner than on earth, not much in terms of wind. Near the poles, where the frozen carbon dioxide undergoes sublimation, you can experience some pretty extreme winds. Hoagland has been well documented as astronomical idiot prime, and a biased one to boot who sells books on stupid claims.
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I've just been reading the latest 'discoveries' regarding the infamous 'Face on Mars' at Cydonia ...

http://www.enterprisemission.com/paper_1/paper_1.php?page=paper1

It's pretty intense stuff. Richard Hoagland and his entourage seem pretty convinced about its composition and origins - even expanding to other geological 'features' near to the 'Face' itself.

What's your take on all this?
 
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I don't think I saw one thing of what that guy was talking about, don't know about you.
 
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well it looks cool but until we drop something/someone down on Mars to check it out first hand, it'll just be dirt to me
 
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I don't think I saw one thing of what that guy was talking about, don't know about you.

I couldn't see the "face" either from the overview picture, until of course the writer basically said "its the top one", then i went "oohhhhh". I'm sure many people wouldn't see the face, unless someone pointed it out.

There was a documentory about this i think, and it tied highly with phychology. I think it went on the lines of people who "see" images within random visual contrusts are more likely to be religious.. their minds seem to link such images to people.
 
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Is there any wind on mars?
 
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i'm almost ceratin there is (as certain i can be without actually feeling it)...
 
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*sign*

Hoagland has been well documented as astronomical idiot prime, and a biased one to boot who sells books on stupid claims.

Link to other forum:
http://www.badastronomy.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=8532&highlight=hoagland [Broken]

Yes, there is wind on mars. But as the atmosphere is hugely thinner than on earth, not much in terms of wind. I suppose near the poles, where the frozen carbon dioxide undergoes sublimation, you can experience some pretty extreme winds.
 
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If you have ever wondered why skeptics seem biased, and often shrill and 'close minded'...Richard Hoagland is the answer. Every time he is debunked, which is often, not only does he repeat his nonsense claims, but he adds even more horse manure to them! I mean, what the hell, guys and gals, Hoagland has been full of crap since at least the mid-80s. You don't even have to read anything he claims anymore, you know it is a lie on principle.

OK, I'll stop ranting now. No, there is nothing to whatever claims Richard Hoagland is making to sell his latest book and/or VHS tape.
 
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The Face on Mars is just a geologic formation. In 1976, the Viking mission took a photo of this region and, due to the lighting at the time, combined with the low resolution photo taken, the mound had an appearance of a face. But so what. On Earth, there are many examples of rocks, clouds, potatos, whatever that look like faces...the human brain is hardwired to look for such patterns.

In 2001, the Mars Global Surveyor took a higher resolution photo of this area and showed that it is just a geologic formation.

Check this link to see both photos...
http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/mgs/msss/camera/images/moc_5_24_01/face/index.html

Also note the links to the other Cydonia landforms...supposed pyramids, etc. as claimed by folks like Hoagland.

einsteinian77 - As FZ+ said, yes there is wind on Mars...enough to kick up frequent global sandstorms.
 

1. What is the "Face on Mars" and why is it significant?

The "Face on Mars" refers to a formation on the surface of Mars that appears to resemble a human face. It was first photographed by NASA's Viking 1 orbiter in 1976 and has since sparked speculation about the possibility of intelligent life on Mars.

2. What are the latest discoveries on the Face on Mars?

In recent years, high-resolution images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have revealed that the "Face on Mars" is actually just a natural formation caused by erosion and shadows. There is no evidence to suggest that it was created by intelligent beings.

3. How do scientists explain the initial appearance of the Face on Mars?

Scientists believe that the initial appearance of the "Face on Mars" was a result of a psychological phenomenon known as pareidolia. This is when the brain perceives a familiar pattern or shape in random or ambiguous stimuli, such as a rock formation on the surface of Mars.

4. Have there been any other significant discoveries on Mars related to the Face on Mars?

While the "Face on Mars" has been debunked, there have been other interesting discoveries on Mars, such as evidence of water and ancient lakes, as well as the potential for microbial life. NASA's Curiosity rover has also found organic compounds on the surface, which could suggest the possibility of past or present life on the red planet.

5. What is the general consensus among scientists about the existence of intelligent life on Mars?

While there is no conclusive evidence of intelligent life on Mars, scientists continue to explore and study the planet for any potential signs of life. The discovery of microbial life on Mars would be a groundbreaking discovery and could provide valuable insights into the origins of life in our solar system.

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