Comic book master Jack Kirby showed us the “Face of Mars” decades before it was actually seen for the first time by the Viking 1 orbiter in 1976 and became one of the most controversial structures ever found on the surface of the red planet.
The ‘Face on Mars’ as it has been popularly called throughout the years, is a distinctive–geological?–feature on the surface of located in the region of Cydonia, more precisely in Cydonia Mensae. The alleged structure resembles, according to many people, a human face.
It measures approximately 3 km in length by 1.5 km in width and is located at 41º05 ‘north and 9º50’ west.
It was photographed for the first time on July 25, 1976, by the space probe Viking 1, which orbited the planet at that time.
The mysterious face of Mars caught the attention of the public six days later in a press report delivered by NASA.
Its existence raised a global controversy, with many people suggesting that the face of Mars was the ultimate evidence of a long-lost, alien civilization existing on Mars.
Some even claimed that the face on Mars and its curious humanoid features were evidence that the human race originally originated on Mars.
Eventually, the study of the structure continued and different space probes and orbiters returned to photograph the region in higher resolution.
Newer images show a geological formation that does not resemble a face in any way, and scientists said that the face on Mars was the result of a combination of Sunlight, the angle of illumination, and how the low resolution of the image smoothed the irregularities of the surface.
Nevertheless, this explanation wasn’t accepted worldwide.
In the next years after the discovery of the face on Mars, conspiracy theorists accused NASA of concealing and editing the images deliberately to hide what would be the definitive evidence of the past existence of a Martian civilization.
And while many people sided with conspiracy theorists, others accepted for a fact that the face of Mars was a mere result of Pareidolia (where our brain tricks us into recognizing familiar patterns where there are none).
But the conspiracy behind the face on Mars continues to fuel new theories about Mars even today.
In recent years, new images of Cydonia have revealed what many conspiracy theorists claim are more artificial structures next to the Face on Mars. Some even claim there are pyramids, buildings, and temples hidden in plain sight.
The Face on Mars predicted in a 1958 Comic Book
The face on Mars was photographed for the first time on July 25, 1976, by the space probe Viking 1, which orbited the planet at that time.
However, a 1958 comic book, entitled “The Face on Mars“, which is the second issue of Harvey’s Comics’ Race to the Moon series, author Jack Kirby tells us how a group of explorers finds an artificial structure shaped like a human face on Mars. But not only that, after climbing it, they discover that the eyes of this construction are hollow and lead to a sort of room of visual records that shows the final destiny of the Martian civilization: an interplanetary war finished with most of the atmosphere and the few survivors took refuge in the underground kingdom of the red planet.
Curiously, the latter is consistent with what some planetary scientists from NASA believe today; if there is indeed life on Mars, it most likely is located under its surface. This is something logical considering the hostile levels of radiation that the planet is exposed to, due to its weak atmosphere and the absence of a magnetosphere.
Furthermore, the theory also coincides with modern suggestions that indicate an ancient civilization on Mars was annihilated – as Kirby recounts – by a nuclear attack by another alien race.
For example, physicist Dr. John Brandenburg presented an essay that indicates how the nuclear isotopes in the atmosphere of the red planet resemble those of a hydrogen bomb, “perhaps launched from space in a nuclear attack on Mars.”
This would be supported by data on the high concentration of Xenon-129 from the Martian atmosphere, and uranium and thorium from the surface, collected by NASA’s Mars Odyssey spacecraft.