Odyssey Slaps the Face on Mars

NASA’s Mars Odyssey continues to churn out detailed imagery of the Martian surface. A just released photo shoot in infrared of the so-called “Face on Mars” has allowed more interpretation of the landform and the surrounding terrain. Odyssey’s picture taking provides a broad perspective of the landscape and geology of the Cydonia region — home of the “face” — showing numerous knobs and hills that have been eroded into a remarkable array of different shapes. According to Arizona State University scientists, the “big picture” view of the Cydonia region yields a kind of slap in the face to those touting the feature as carved out by previous Mars homeowners.