A mysterious picture proclaiming to show a demonic face on the surface of Mars harkens back to the mid 90’s when the red planet’s first martian face hit the media full force. This latest find, discovered by researchers looking over data from the European Space Agency Portal. But is this the real deal? Clever Fakery? Or are there just too many variables here to really tell?
It looks unmistakably like a demonic face on first glance. The eyes are symmetrical, the ears are pointy and reach up similar to what we would expect from a goblin or a dragon, and the mouth is parted and open revealing no teeth, but a clearly distinguished tongue. If a feature such as this existed on Earth it would be a landmark as it looks so convincingly like a carefully crafted demon’s face about the size of Mount Rushmore. But is this draconian visage peering up at us from the surface of Mars truly a sculpture crafted by intelligent design? Or could it be a mere artifact of the surface’s rolling hills and canals?
One of the first things to take into consideration here is that the face is, just as the aforementioned sedona face, looking directly up toward the camera. If it were looking down or elevated from the rest of the ground around it like many statues seen on Earth, it would be far less ambiguous whether it was a naturally occurring artifact or not. But the face is in this case certainly more compelling than the muted textures of the other face on Mars, which appeared even upon first inspection to be an artifact of light and shadow stretching over the planes.
The face is certainly nothing short of extraordinary. Viewers have compared it to everything from a draconian alien to fairly generous interpretations of what dinosaurs may have looked like (not including the ears). And it does appear to bear a striking resemblance to the gargoyles seen on the facades of many European buildings.
But before we can consider this proof of a lost civilization, there have been documented natural occurrences on Earth of human faces. Inganahui, or the face of the Incas has been a tourist attraction for decades for its resemblance of a human face that occurred by natural means. But there are many who suggest this face may be of a less conventional origin.
Is this a face showing what the inhabitants of a long lost Martian civilization may have looked like? Is it the totem of a long lost tribe that hoped to scare off other visitors from the stars? Or could it be nothing more than a series of rocks that through some miracle of chance look like a face? Perhaps when humans set foot on the red planet they will be able to examine the formation more closely. In the mean time, it certainly raises several questions.