Mars Illusion Photos: The 'Face on Mars' and Other Martian Tricks

Mars Face Makeover: Controversial Formation Observed from New Angles

A perspective view showing the so-called 'Face on Mars' located in the Cydonia region. The image shows a remnant massif thought to have formed via landslides and an early form of debris apron formation. The massif is characterized by a western wall that has moved downslope as a coherent mass. The image, created with data from the Mars Express orbiter, was released Sept. 21, 2006. Credits: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G. Neukum), Malin Space Science Systems

Bunny Rabbit on Mars


This photo from NASA's Mars rover Opportunity shows what at first glance appears to be a bunny rabbit head on the Red Planet. The image was released in March 2004 in the "mission success" panorama, and the bunny is an illusion likely created by a piece of Vectran cloth from Opportunity's lander.

Gandhi face on Mars, high resolution

ASU Mars Space Flight Facility

Photo taken of the Gandhi face geologic feature by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Gandhi face on Mars, low-resolution

ASU Mars Space Flight Facility

Photo taken of the Gandhi face geologic feature by the Mars Express Orbiter.

Mars Rover Spirit's 'Phallic' Tracks


NASA's Spirit Mars rover created these tracks shortly after touching down in 2004 to execute a turn, not amuse its handlers.

Strange Mars Photo Includes Tantalizing 'Tree' Illusion

NASA/JPL/University of Arizona.

This new image of Mars taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows an optical illusion. What appears to be trees rising from the Martian surface are actually dark streaks of collapsed material running down sand dunes due to carbon dioxide frost evaporation. The image was released in Jan. 2010.

Secret Mars 'Bio Base'?


A mysterious object spotted on the surface of Mars by David Martines while he was perusing the planet using Google Mars, a mapping program. What Martines described as a Martian "Bio Base" is actually an artifact caused by a cosmic ray interference, experts say.

Happy Face on Mars Exposed

ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G. Neukum)

A close-up view (from above) the Martian Happy Face, Crater Galle, in false-color.

Psychics Claim of Evidence of Life on Mars Debunked

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This image of Mars taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows what some psychics have claimed to be evidence of life on Mars.

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