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Mars Global Surveyor
Mars Orbiter Camera

Face-to-Face with the "Face"

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-275, 31 January 2001


(A) Cydonia Image Locations April 2000 - January 2001
Each full image is provided in list below

(B) "Face" Close-up
from M16-00184

In April 2000 we presented all the images that had been taken in the Cydonia region of Mars up until that time. This is the area where popular books, magazine articles, tabloids and other news/infotainment media have speculated that some of the hills and mesas were artificially-shaped by extraterrestrial intelligence into forms such as a pyramid, a cone, and, most publicized, a face. Owing to this continuing interest, the Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) team has, whenever the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft has flown over the region, commanded the MOC to take a picture. This page releases all images acquired since April 2000. Picture A, above, shows the locations of the MOC high resolution views obtained since April 2000. Picture B shows a section of one of these, MOC image M16-00184, which shows a portion of the famed "face" landform. Picture B covers an area 1.1 km (0.7 mi) across and 3.0 km (1.9 mi) down and is the highest-resolution view ever obtained for this feature (1.7 meters-- 5.6 feet-- per pixel). Links to all of the other pictures are given below.

The April 2000 - January 2001 Cydonia Images:

The links below are to each of the images shown in Figure A, above. Note that gaps in the data caused by ground data system outages are shown in this figure but are not individually labelled. Owing to their large size, you should download the images using the links below to you computer using your web-browser, and then open them in an image processing program like Adobe Photoshop®. If you try to view these images directly in your web-browser, you will probably get a "broken picture"icon.

Image Links

M14-00709 (1.1 MBytes)

M15-00479 (3.5 MBytes)

M16-00184 (5.5 MBytes)

M18-00606 (5.7 MBytes)

M19-00850 (4.7 MBytes)

M19-01441 (1.5 MBytes)

M22-00378 (6.1 MBytes)

M22-02223 (2.0 MBytes)

CLICK HERE for ancillary data for these images

Images Credit: NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

Malin Space Science Systems and the California Institute of Technology built the MOC using spare hardware from the Mars Observer mission. MSSS operates the camera from its facilities in San Diego, CA. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Mars Surveyor Operations Project operates the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft with its industrial partner, Lockheed Martin Astronautics, from facilities in Pasadena, CA and Denver, CO.

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