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Losing Face

Mars Express has delivered a nice animation of the Cydonia region. Needless to say, Richard Hoagland's lunatic fans will be disappointed. Or rather, they should be, and would be if they weren't nuts. As it is, they'll probably, along with Hoagland, decry the conspiracy to hide the truth, and claim that now ESA has become part of NASA's cover up.

Posted by Rand Simberg at October 23, 2006 12:23 PM
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One of these days an animation of the Face of Mars mouthing the words "Klaatu barada nikto" will surface.

Posted by Alan K. Henderson at October 23, 2006 01:21 PM

I've never quite understood what the Face conspiracy wackos think NASA is trying to accomplish with this mythical "coverup." What possible benefit does a space exploration agency gain from hiding what would certainly be the most important space exploration discovery ever? I've never seen Hoagland et al explain what _purpose_ a coverup would serve.

Posted by Cambias at October 23, 2006 05:09 PM

I say this tongue firmly in cheek.
Don't you know nasa destroyed the face on mars with the 'lost' Mars observer and Mars Polar Lander. It is a giant cover up.

Though seroiusly must say the first few seconds of the 3d from that perspective could see how the fast image could appear.

Posted by David at October 23, 2006 05:32 PM

The Hell of it is, if this object had indeed been the massive artifact of intelligence that a casual look suggests, I can't think of a *better* justification for a humans to Mars program, to find out more.

Just as I say (among other things) to the Moon Hoaxers: "Apollo 13. Why would a series of fake landings also include a fake near-disaster that would only damage NASA public relations...?"

...I say to these guys; "Why hide the one thing that's all-but-guranteed to open wide the funding spigots again?"

Posted by Frank Glover at October 23, 2006 05:48 PM

I blame George Bush.

Posted by Jay Manifold at October 23, 2006 07:36 PM

Oh, but the face on Mars is only a small part of the whole conspiracy, don't you know? Just go surfing through Dickie Hoaxland's website at

Posted by Astrosmith at October 23, 2006 09:02 PM

And one dares mention...Alternative 3...

The thing about these facers, like any conspiracy nuts, is that the delusion is self-reinforcing -- new evidence to the contrary just proves the sophistication of the coverup.

Posted by T.L. James at October 23, 2006 10:14 PM

The folks who read this site are clearly clueless. A quick study of any issue of the Weekly World News will tell you that the US government not only has already met with the aliens but actually includes them in the government. This also explains the lack of will to do anything about illegal aliens.

Posted by K at October 23, 2006 11:23 PM

We've been on the Moon since the Fifties. ;^)

Posted by Jay Manifold at October 24, 2006 11:05 AM

Now we just need to find a movie that proves to the internet rocket crowd that NASA isnít conspiring to prevent ordinary people from flying to the moon. Itís physics that has formed the conspiracy.

Posted by brian d at October 24, 2006 12:47 PM

There is no conspiracy. There is only rent seeking on the part of a government agency.

Posted by Rand Simberg at October 24, 2006 12:49 PM

I blame Karl Rove, that magnificent bastard!

Posted by TBinSTL at October 24, 2006 02:17 PM

'Facer'. I like that! It's way more concise than saying 'Mars face conspiracy nutters'.

Posted by Lena Lu at October 24, 2006 07:52 PM

I'm pretty sure that um, the face is just stepped out for smoke break. Can I take a message?

Posted by Josh Reiter at October 24, 2006 09:44 PM

Still, I hope future Martians will take to calling that mountain "The Face."

Posted by The Pathetic Earthling at October 24, 2006 11:17 PM

I like the site a lot of what hogland said is quite intersting, but very strange.I have been checking his site longer, than I have checked rand simberg site.

Posted by christopher coulter at October 25, 2006 02:39 PM

I wish things were moving fast enough that we could actually take Hoagland to Mars and let him explore Cydonia for himself. Let him fly over it and walk over it and dig into it and drive around it and anything else he wanted to do. What would he say when it was obviously just a big hill? He would probably claim he wasn't actually taken to Cydonia, maybe even claim he wasn't even on Mars.

Posted by Michael at October 25, 2006 08:21 PM

Come on now......If it had been animated using HYPERDIMENSIONAL software the coverup would be destroyed !!!!!!
Don't forget;according to a comic book AND a high quality RealPlayer movie (thoughtfully provided by the KGB) we have been on Mars for decades.
The shame I'm sure you all feel for being Govt. dupes and peddlers of misinformation about our Alien Overlords.

Posted by Sean at October 26, 2006 08:24 PM

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