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Face on Mars

Face on Mars

Date: 21 September 2006
Satellite: Mars Express
Depicts: Perspective view of the Face on Mars massif
Copyright: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin, CC BY-SA IGO 3.0, Malin Space Science Systems

This perspective image was recorded during orbits 3253 and 1216 by the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on board Mars Express and shows a remnant massif, viewed from the southwest. The massif is thought to have formed via landslides and an early form of debris apron formation. It is characterized by a western wall that has moved downslope as a coherent mass (on the near side of the massif in this view).  The massif became famous as the Face on Mars in a photo taken on 25 July 1976 by the American Viking 1 Orbiter.

The image is based on data gathered over the Cydonia region, with a ground resolution of approximately 13.7 metres per pixel. Cydonia lies at approximately longitude 350.54° E and latitude 40.75° N.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 IGO License. Creative Commons License

Last Update: 1 September 2019
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