Holovastika, Elvis' face, and the cannonball: what's actually shown in the pictures from Mars

Holovastika, Elvis' face, and the cannonball: what's actually shown in the pictures from Mars

There's a lot of Mars on Mars, and space probes are spinning over its orbit from all over the world, and they're all sending a lot of amazing images to Earth, and some of them have forced scientists to break their heads, but there's always an understandable explanation.

But people love good space stories. That's why it's so fun to talk about unusual objects that you can see in Mars images. Our imagination turns rock formations into fish, and space rays into alien communications. Researchers explain this effect by pareydoly. It's a visual illusion that leads to the discovery of fake images on real objects.

Face on Mars

One of the first riddles to appear in 1976 was the Viking-1 orbital machine sent by NASA, which flew past Mars and sent bright photographs.

If you look closely, you can see two eyes, but a mouth and a strange haircut, and some observers even found a resemblance to young Elvis Presley, and, of course, many commentators and lovers of the search for other civilizations immediately decided that it was a monument built by aliens.

Although NASA immediately explained the unusual image of the game of light and shadow on the cliffs, it took just under 30 years to debunk that myth. In 2001, Mars Global Surveyer took a new picture of "face." A clear picture with a higher resolution shows a much more vague and less dramatic education, and the resemblance to a living person is actually lost. In general, unfortunately or fortunately, it's just a flatland, not a religious structure created by aliens.

Smile, you're being filmed.

The picture of this crater has less resemblance to the real face, but it's amazingly reminiscent of a computer smiley face printed on the surface of Mars, and you might even think it's a way to show the grounders that they'll be happy to meet them here.

In fact, it's a polar crater located in the southern pole of Mars. It's almost always covered with ice, but it changes over time. The pictures below show how the face was transformed from 2011 to 2020. For example, two separate nostrils have merged into a single nose gag. Researchers explain that round patterns arise because the sun sublimates carbon dioxide.

Holovastika or sperm

It's like a giant tadpole that's about to turn into a frog on the surface of the Red Planet on a picture of a Martian intelligence satellite, and it's still compared to a spermoid or a toy yo-yo, and it's not really a hint of the existence of gigantic Earth or giants in the past, it's just a shock crater.

Researchers believe that the unusual shape was created by the fact that water formed the valley when the liquid came out of the crater.


On the North Pole, there may be a Santa on Earth and an angel on the South Pole of Mars, so it may seem that if you look at the image that the Mars Express spaceship made, you can see not only a well-defined figure, but also the heart that it sends to the observers.

In fact, this image combines the effects of many geological processes, is considered by the European Space Agency. An angel's arm on the left is probably a sublimation pit that arises when the ice becomes steam, leaving a marked depression, and the head and the eagle are the effects of a meteorite blow, and a soft frame is the result of deserted devils, Martian vortexes.

Cannon core?

There were wars on Mars, or maybe someone leaked berries? No, actually. Unusual spherical formations on Mars are examples of mineral nodules called blueberries. These entities are rich in hematite.

Other round structures are also mineral. For example, an unusual formation, which is considered to be a cannonball, is only 5 mm in diameter and consists of calcium sulfate, sodium and magnesium.

Dragon scales

Another unusual picture should please all the movie fans and dragon shows, see how the luxury scales on the surface of Mars flow.

This unusual terrain: the result of the interaction of the rock rock with the water produced by the MRO satellite. The uneven erosion of rocky entities has formed this unique texture. The interaction of the rock with water on ancient Mars is still poorly understood, but there is no doubt about its origin.

Human imagination willingly comes up with extraordinary explanations for the simplest things: the development of new space missions, the exploration of new corners of Mars, or perhaps other planets, will bring many more mysterious images, exploring and explaining which scientists will learn more about the world in which we live.