First here's a b/w image I took and developed myself in my own darkroom:



I also begin by TRUTHFULLY wanting  to thank Dr. Michael Malin, et al for the fantastic 30 x 32 inch photograph, NOT a poster!, of the latest PR release of the Martian Face in Cydonia Mensae.  From directly overhead, both left and right sides, from the tippy-top of its headdress to the bottom of its chinny-chin-chin it completely fulfilled the requested order and his compliance is taken as a favor since the item was NOT advertised for sale when I placed the order.  And as of tonight 5/31/2001, it is still not offered for sale on the site.


After looking at the high quality photograph unrolled on the floor, three overhead lights along with a goose-neck spot, my glasses and a magnifying glass; here are the thoughts that sparked across the holes of my mind on this enigmatic, mysterious, and soul-grabbing feature lying there staring at the indifferent stars of our vast Universe in the dry dead dusty dunes of Mars.


The bottom right part of the Martian Mug at Cydonia Mensae is streaked with material in long flowing deposits that are ‘ strangely ‘ uninterrupted over various levels of terrain.  This streaked flowing can be seen in the upper right of this image also although it is fainter and less pronounced in the photograph.  All the streaking effects from this feature are from the feature outward onto the surrounding Mensae. ( Rain? ) There is NO streaking that goes from the prevailing wind direction ( from the left or West ) and continues across the feature, or across the landscape.  All the streaking is from the feature outward.  There is a straight-line whitish ‘water-mark’ type of discoloration of about nose width and beginning at the point between the eyes and narrowing upward until about an inch from the Mensae floor.  It is ~ 2 inches wide at the eye bridge and 1 inch wide when it tapers and thins out. 

 There is another very very large difference in gray scales going from under the nostril ridge on the right following the straight line part of the ridge, the lighter gray goes out to just above the break in the right wall and out onto the Mensae.  I note that the flowing gray streaks are NOT in the same parallel as this lighter grayish coloration, there is about a 40 degree off parallel angle between the straight edge of the grayish discoloration effect and the streaks themselves.  There is no discernable bottom hard-line of diffusion as there is from the nose ridge to the east.  There is however in the bottom right of the chin a grayish straight trail of a ‘deposit’ that goes OVER the ridge and then heads straight for the Mensae over 5 different levels of terrain and RETAINS the same grayish hue.  The right eye socket is also filled with a similar hued material that is a different hue than the material directly near it.  There is also a raised platform in the bottom right corner of this eye that could very well have been a tear for the right hand side that somewhat matches the placement of the left tear in distance from the nose ridge although it is much smaller in size.  In the shadow of the right angle of the ridge-wall of the bottom right there are three absolutely straight features that are clearly seen in the photograph in that shadow area. 


The more I look, the more I KNOW this is an engineered structure of something’s Face.  This is abundantly clear to me, especially having this 30 x 32 inch full high-quality portrait to look at.  It is also abundantly clear to me this image has some characteristics that have been seen in airbrushed or otherwise ‘altered’ images.  I have started this analysis with an artistic image I took, and developed from start to finish, myself.  This is to somewhat set my experience in black and white image processing and their results.  I have had 3 images published in the past and I am familiar with a number of darkroom, much less electronic manipulation methodologies. 


I am in no way implying or stating that my qualifications are ANYWHERE NEAR Dr. Malin or Dr. Edgette in this.  I would however like to have access to the electronic RAW data ( IMQ or IMG  the large gif doesn’t count folks.), along with seeing Tim Parker’s and Dr. Carlotto’s analysis of this RAW data.  I would also welcome either one of their inputs on this full-res 30 x 32 inch photograph that is clear, crisp, gamma and contrast adjusted just right to produce an image that is quite sharp and well worth the $85.00 last-working buck-a-roos I spent for it.  Again I HONESTLY THANX to Dr. Malin, et al !!!


I am NOT willing to outright accuse Dr. Malin of knowingly defrauding me in sending me an altered image.  I am willing to state that in some areas of this image I can see areas that resemble other techniques I could have used on the boy’s face in the image above.  In developing this image, it was CRUCIAL that the area of the boy’s face, chest and hand NOT be over-exposed and blacken like the surrounding screen material.  In the darkroom one uses a tool to block the light hitting ( exposing ) that part of the development paper for as long as the rest of the image.  This caused the surrounding screen to darken, yet caused the appearance of the boy’s face being clearer and more distinct than it would otherwise be.  His hand really is sticking through the screen, he had just punched through it wanting to go out.  Checking above his head you can see where my ‘blocking-out’ wasn’t as precise as an expert, but then I never said I was a professional trying make money off this.  Anyhooo the real point is I have done darkroom, and in-camera, image ‘tinkering’ and I  KNOW it can be done, and a few of the methodologies than can accomplish it.  This image has what looks, to me anyway imho, like ‘artifacts’ of some type of manipulation.  The ‘airbrush’ looks to the gray streaks of uniform hue and thickness with a smudginess to the resolution even in the photograph!  This is something you might not notice viewing the image on-screen where EVERYTHING is pixels anyway.  An ACTUAL PHOTOGRAPH is much much different.  There are NO pixels really.  ‘Smudginess’ is much easier to see and spot for what it is. 


Again I have to say to Dr. Mike Malin and crew that I am happy with what my $85.00 last-working buck-a-roos got me.  It is a high-quality image printed on 30 x 32 inch Fuiji Crystal Archive Paper.  It finally got what my letter request had asked for:  From directly overhead, both left and right sides, from the tippy-top of its headdress to the bottom of its chinny-chin-chin.  

I doubt ANY argument short of getting someone to climb to the top of the nose of this thing is going to change any more minds at this point.  Although we have yet to see the raw data AND a full-res 3-D red-green glyph of the ENTIRE feature.  So getting into 'debates' of one side vs the other side will probably only contribute to the global warming going on already and is best saved for when we can find a way to get REAL LIVE human faces peering at the thing from the tippy-top of its nose.  Until then, we'll probably still be babbling away at each other over this enigmatic Martian Mug.


Yes remember that “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence”; but also KNOW that extraordinary evidence requires an extraordinary investigation.  We’ve just been barely peeking at the thing until this last image.  And we have yet to see the raw data AND a full-res 3-D red-green glyph of the ENTIRE feature along with ALL the raw data files in FULL compliance with stated NASA policy on this feature and for this entire region of Mars.

 Btw the caption reads:

The Face, Cydonia Region, Mars

            (41.10N, 9.60W)

Bottom left is the MSSS logo n Malin Space Science Systems

Bottom right is NASA/JPL/MSSS

Thanx again Dr. Malin for sending the image.

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