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Face on Mars

In 1976 NASA's Viking orbiter took numerous photographs of the surface of the planet Mars. In photographs of a region known as Cydonia was a strange structure that looked a lot like a human face and a series of pyramid shaped objects that seemed to have an intelligent layout. Conspiracy theorists speculated on the nature and purpose of the structures which came known as the 'monuments of Mars' and the face as the 'face on Mars'. Some people believed the face to be an alien structure designed as a means with which to communicate with the people of Earth or that it was built by an ancient civilization of space farers who once lived there.

In recent years NASA have sent other orbiters to Mars and taken new shots of the Cydonia region revealing the face from different angles and demonstrating that in actuality it doesn't really resemble a face at all. Some conspiracy theorists maintain however that these newer photographs are intended to cover up the truth.

Related entries: Asteroid, Big Bang, Black Hole, Cydonia, Supermassive Black Hole, TLP

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