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Which of the following images
is NOT an image of the landscape of Mars?
Can you answer it?
1- Cydonia face: positive: sculpture, realism evident in several confirmations, details corresponding to a human face, lack of background noise or interference, proximity to other possible artifacts or structures, peer reviewed papers demonstrating artificiality, passed conclusive a priori tests for artificiality; negative: one side of face severely damaged; has been designated a natural formation by NASA.
E0300824, E2001532, Cydonia Face, first noted by T. Owen, 1976; disc., V. DiPietro and G. Molenaar, 1978; 9.76°W, 41.14°N, 1.63 m/p (E20), ~1.85 km wide (full face); first artificial structure found on Mars.
SP122003, E1701041, and ESA Images of Cydonia Face.
2- Cavebear: positive: photographic realism, good shading, one confirmation at higher resolution, proximity to other possible artifacts or structures; negative: some background noise, apparent flat art (giving all such objects a lower probability for artificiality than would a three dimensional sculpture), limited detail.
S0500110, Cavebear, 2006; 74.60°W, 5.16°S, 456 m wide, 1.51 m/p, wall base West Candor Chasma
3- Clown: positive: realism in two confirmation images, extensive detail corresponding to a human face, proximity to other possible artifacts or structures; negative: extensive background noise, unfamiliar art style of mosaic, apparent flat art.
M0200343, Clown, 2006; 75.86°W, 6.04°S, ~670 m wide, 5.72 m/p, wall base West Candor Chasma http://www.msss.com/moc_gallery/ab1_m04/images/M0200343.html
E1002357, Clown, 2006; 76.02°W, 4.68°S, ~670 m wide, 3.01 m/p, emission angle of 17.95° accounts for appearance variance from previous.
4- Nefertiti Profile Image: positive: da Vinci style art, detail conforming to human face, good shading, two confirming images, proximity to other possible artifacts or structures, peer reviewed paper demonstrating artificiality; negative: background noise, limited detail due to medium resolution of images, apparent flat art.
M0305549, E0501429, Profile Image, disc., J.P. Levasseur, 2001; 108.12°W, 14.05°S, 5.65 m/p,
~800 m wide (face only), Claritas/Syria contact
5- Curiosity: positive: high degree of bilateral symmetry corresponding to a human face, bilateral eye detail, sculpture; negative: medium to poor resolution of image, no confirmation images, excessive background noise.
E0600269, Curiosity, 2006; 76.83°W, 5.24°S, ~340 m wide, 5.73 m/p floor of West Candor Chasma
6- Saint: positive: classic stained glass style art, good detail and proportionality conforming to that style, proximity to other possible artifacts or structures; negative: extensive background noise, medium resolution, no confirmation images, apparent flat art.
M0300647, Saint, 2006; 76.31°W, 5.92°S, ~175 m wide, 5.71 m/p, West Candor Chasma
7- Parrot: positive: detail and structure conforming to a familiar domestic animal (parrot), sculpture, proximity to other possible artifacts or structures, one confirming image; negative: can be explained as geological formation.
M1402185, Parrot, disc., W. Faust, 2002; 55.30°W, 48.07°S, ~2 km wide, 2.77 m/p, West Argyre rim region, adjacent to Parrotopia (not shown) , note mid-body of Parrot is raised mound.
8- Easter Island Man: positive: statue, two confirming images, similarity to familiar terrestrial art, no background noise; negative: poor image resolution, limited detail.
E0302550, Easter Island Man, disc., M. Pacasi, named by M. Luckman, 2002; 158.30°W, 42.70°S, ~217 m wide, 4.19 m/p, small crater in floor of Newton Crater
http://www.msss.com/moc_gallery/e01_e06/images/E03/E0302550.htmlE2100825, R0300585, Easter Island Man. Note shadow on E21, indicating object is raised from ground level.
9- Aladdin and Jinn: positive: realistic art, good shading, good detail and proportions corresponding to human faces; negative: apparent flat art, no confirming images, medium resolution, strange or alien apparent theme, excessive background noise.
R1601629, Aladdin and Jinn, 2006; 74.31°W, 5.18°S; face ~425 m wide; 4.54 m/p; floor of West Candor Chasma
10- Crownface: positive: realistic portrayal of handsome human face; negative: features or part of face missing or damaged, no confirming images, part of strange mosaic, face is north/south inverted within larger face, flat art, background noise.
M0203051, Crownface, Greg Orme, 2001; 275.52°W, 2.66°N, ~500 m wide; 5.78 m/p, inverted, south oriented (SO) smaller face within large NO face.
11- Barbara: positive: realistic, detailed human face, good shading, one confirming image; negative: large face over 2 km wide; details partially damaged or missing, Crownface is strangely inverted inside hair of large face, flat art, excessive background noise.
M0303483, M0203051, Composite Barbara, 2006; 275.53°W, 2.59°N and 275.52°W, 2.66°N, ~2 km wide; 4.33 and 5.78 m/p, floor of dry river bed in Libya Montes
12- Guardian: positive: face etched out of cliff or embankment, fair detail, part of Parrotopia mosaic; negative: large face, unlikely appearance of baby face, can be explained as natural formation.
M1402185, Guardian, disc. Jim Miller, image was supplied by MUC for the Anomaly Hunters, cropped and named by R. DeRosa, 2005; 55.30°W, 48.07°S, ~2.5 km wide, 2.77 m/p, adjacent to Parrotopia; profile forms rim of massif
13- Zorba: positive: human-like, well proportioned, symmetrical sketch-like art; negative: fine detail can't be discerned at this resolution, poor resolution for size of face, apparent flat art, excessive background noise
M0304877, Zorba, 2006; 72.02°W, 12.80°S, ~232 m wide, 5.65 m/p, Melas Chasma
14- Greta: positive: human-like, well proportioned, symmetrical sketch-like art; negative: fine detail can't be discerned at this resolution, poor resolution for size of face, apparent flat art; part of strange mosaic, excessive background noise, no confirming image
M0304877, Greta, 2006; 72.02°W, 12.80°S, ~465 m wide, 5.65 m/p, Melas Chasma
15- Grant: positive: realistic, good shading, corresponding to a human face; negative: excessive background noise, no confirming image, apparent flat art
M0304877, Grant, 2006; 72.02°W, 12.80°S, ~462 m wide, 5.65 m/p, Melas Chasma
16- Sculptured Faces: positive: sculptures, realistic and good shading, corresponding to human faces, one confirming image; negative: excessive background noise, medium resolution at this scale
E0201962, Sculptured Faces, 2006; 73.52°W, 5.38°S, ~864 m wide, (all faces), 2.88 m/p, wall base West Candor Chasma
17- Face in Triangle: positive: sculpture, associated with triangle shaped structure, human like features; negative: medium resolution at this scale, excessive background noise
M0802833, Face and Triangle, 2006; 74.14°W, 7.70°S, ~160 m wide, 5.70 m/p, West Candor Chasma
18- Old Man: positive: good detail and shading, corresponds to human face, realistic; negative: flat art, excessive background noise, no confirming images
E0103010, Old Man, 2006; 76.45°W, 6.13°S, ~173 m wide, 4.52 m/p, West Candor Chasma
19- M1800558 Face: positive: well detailed eyes, good proportion, probable sculpture; negative: damaged or missing lower part of face, no confirming image
M1800558, Face 1, 2006, 20.20°W, 2.39°N, ~180 m wide, 2.9 m/p, Aram Chaos,
20- Coprates Lady: positive: highest resolution HIRISE image, good proportion and orientation, apparent construction marks or signatures visible; negative: poor detail in secondary features at this scale
TRA000849_1675, Coprates Lady, 2006; 69.3°W, 12.4°S, ~510 m wide, .5 m/p, Valles Marineris, high resolution image
21- Hombre: positive: good detail and proportion in stylized face, part of mosaic with related theme; negative: medium to poor resolution at this scale, no confirming image
E1103633, Hombres, 2006; 76.45°W, 6.13°S, ~173 m wide, 4.52 m/p, West Candor Chasma
22- Nefertiti's Family: positive: part of Nefertiti (Profile Image) mosaic in same style, one confirming image, good shading and proportion; negative: faces very faint compared to Profile Image, medium detail
E0501429, Profile Image Family, disc., R. DeRosa, 2006; 108.16°W, 13.98°S, ~1.16 km wide, (Mother's face only), 5.71 m/p, Claritas/Syria contact
23- Profile with Hands: positive: well defined outline of profile with hands; negative: excessive background noise, no confirming image
S1800106, Profile with outreached Hands, 2006; 48.28°E, 27.98°N, ~625 m wide, 3.25 m/p. Located in a small crater just north of the Flammarion crater.
24- Mesa Man & Woman: positive: thematic mosaic at fair resolution; negative: excessive background noise, no confirming image, flat art coupled with natural terrain features
S0501051, Mesa Man & Woman, 2006; (Mesa Woman relatively enlarged ~35 %.); 73.33°W, 4.70°S, ~332 m wide (Mesa Man), 3.03 m/p, West Candor Chasma
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Which of the above images is not a real Mars image?
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