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Fig. 32 MGS (Carlotto)
The Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) of 1998 was not scheduled to image Cydonia at all. But due to public outcry, MGS obtained three new images of objects in Cydonia, one of which was of the Face, and two of the area referred to as the City. Premature announcements by a few scientists, accompanied by a very early, poorly processed picture of the Face, were widely disseminated by the news media as final “proof” that nothing on Mars can be considered possibly artificial (McDaniel Newsletter 1998).
This image was a great disappointment for Mars anomaly researchers because of the extremely poor job done by NASA in imaging the object as well as NASA’s persistent dismissiveness. There is glare across the camera plate. The resolution is nowhere near that available of the on-board Mars Orbital Camera (MOC) camera. Poor contrast gave it a flattened appearance.
An aerial photograph is of most use when the camera is above the object and light comes from the side. NASA imaged the Face in exactly the opposite way. The eastern side is so severely truncated by the camera perspective that it has defied even the best efforts at orthorectification; it is simply not in picture (Crater, McDaniel 1998). The western side is severely distorted by camera angle. Because of its poor quality, the picture has come to be called the “footprint” or the “cat box”.
Because of the camera angle, most people are unable to orthorectify mentally and can’t appreciate the symmetry. Also, it is not generally understood that when looking more closely at ancient ruins, a more rubble-like appearance is to be expected, as well as the accumulation of tons of dirt and dust.
It is incomprehensible why NASA has presented the MGS image the way it has. Conspiracy theorists maintain it is yet another attempt to squelch Mars anomaly research. Crater asserts that “the question is far from settled” and that “we deplore the lack of scientific integrity shown by these individuals on a matter of such importance” (McDaniel/Crater 1998).
Nevertheless, contrary to what was written in the popular media, the MGS image confirms many of the predictions made by researches like Carlotto and DiPietro. All the elements of detail have been verified as well as the more obvious symmetry of the entire structure. The so-called “teardrop” turns out to be the tip of the nose, which appears to have broken off like so many terrestrial sculptures.

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