I remember it as if it were only yesterday. It was July 31, 1976, and I was trying to think of a topic to write about for my B.L.O.G. node on DARPA-Net. Then some shocking news came over the wires from the boys at Jet Propulsion Laboratories. A top-secret photo from the Viking 1 Orbiter was leaked to the press by NASA's Viking News Center in Pasadena.
It was a face. On Mars. Soon to be known as The Face On Mars.
This top-secret photo was proof positive that Manthourian drone scouts from Tau Ceti b had not only visited our solar system, but left concrete evidence of their presence, building a monument in their likeness on the surface of the Red Planet. It was an obvious retaliation for our attack on their secret lunar base during the faked non-landing of Apollo 13.
And NASA has spent the past third of a century covering it up. Even going so far as to send a robotic rover to slowly grind down the giant monument with its titanium wheels.
released by NASA in 2001 as part of their disinformation campaign, the little rover has almost completely erased all traces of Manthourian intelligence from the Martian surface. A decade later, it is doubtful that even the slightest trace of the Face on Mars remains.
It's a shame. I can only hope that, one day years from now, NASA will finally tell us the truth about Mars. For now, you'll just have to learn it from The Math Skeptic.