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3D Face on Mars

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3D Face on Mars


Get out your
red/blue glasses
and gaze down on this
weathered mesa on Mars.

Of course, described as a rock formation which resembles a human head
in a 1976
NASA press release
this mesa is also famous as the
on Mars

The sharp stereo
image was created by
combining high resolution pictures from cameras on two
different spacecraft in Mars orbit -
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
Global surveyor

It shows rugged details of the
approximately 2 kilometer wide, isolated hill - similar
to mesa landforms
on planet Earth - rising
some 240 meters above the plains of the martian
Cydonia region.

This remarkable 3D view exaggerates the hill's vertical dimensions.

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