Many still stubbornly believe that a developed civilization lived on the Red Planet, which in its culture could resemble the ancient Egyptians (perhaps the Martians once shared secrets with us). And as an example, give Cydonia.
The silhouette looks so believable that for someone it may be the embodiment of the desire to find extraterrestrial life.
Kydonia is a region in the northern hemisphere of Mars. This is a flat terrain, covered with many table mountains (round slope, but flat top). This area does not seem particularly remarkable, if not for the presence of the pyramids and the creepy face looking at the photographs.
Map of Sidonia Region
The story began in 1976, when the Viking-1 spacecraft sent a series of photos of the region Cydonia, many of which were of poor quality. For example, 11 shots reached at a resolution of 250 m per pixel.
But scientists looked at the surface with astonishment and mild shock, next to which they noticed several pyramids. Information quickly spread among the common people. The researchers tried to explain that it was impossible to make hasty conclusions, because the quality is bad.
The original image of "Persons on Mars", obtained by the Viking But they did not succeed in shouting excited voices, claiming that they found the pyramids and the head of the sphinx on Mars. So, the Martians were or can still hide from the prying eyes of earthlings. Over the next 20 years, these images will be used by ufologists as evidence of the existence of an alien mind.
But the flights of NASA's Mars Global Surveyor and ESA MRO orbiters will knock the ground from under the feet of UFO hunters. High-quality, high-resolution images will show only a 2-kilometer-high mountain table, which oval looks like a face, but without eyes, mouth, or signs of alien origin.
Image of the same region, obtained at a higher resolution.
Approximate photographs of the “city of the pyramids” also showed the absence of a hint that these elevations are pyramids familiar to us or created by the hands of newcomers. And do not forget about the effect of paradydia (visual illusion).
The scientific world has calmed down for a long time and is no longer looking for aliens on Mars. However, ufology is in no hurry to say goodbye to pictures of the face and the pyramids. They are convinced that NASA cleaned photographs before publication for the general public, because it is not profitable for them to spread information about the alien mind. And what do you see?