Do you think the “Face on Mars” was created by aliens? Perhaps you might want to read a recent article by the Bad Astronomer, Phil Plait. In this multi-page guide, Plait dismantles the NASA conspiracy claims of Richard Hoagland, setting the record straight. It’s great reading, and does a good job of explaining some larger issues, like why it’s hard to get true colour images of Mars, and how you can get funny patterns in almost anything you look at. You should also check out Plait’s previous defense against the Moon landing hoaxes. And while you’re at it, buy his book? Bad Astronomy.
Nice work Phil.