Why We See Weird Stuff on Mars

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40 years ago, the Viking 1 spacecraft sent back a photo that seemed to show a giant face carved out of rock. But the explanation for this isn’t extraterrestrial at all. In fact, it is very, very human.

None more than Percival Lowell.

Because the canals didn’t exist.

This is called Pareidolia. And it extends far beyond just Mars.

Pattern recognition even extends to machines.

But it’s not the only face we’ve seen on Mars.

Because that is what the scientific method is all about.

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