(Pic.1 Man on Mars, closeup - Courtesy NASA/JPL)
However, despite this object having a very distinctive humanoid appearance, we must accept that knowing what we do about the surface temperatures and the total absence of air to breathe, it is extremely unlikely that this is an actual living being walking about on Mars.
If the human resemblance were to mean anything other than a naturally sculptured piece of rocky outcrop, then it would more likely be a statue and not a living creature. But if it was a statue then we would need to find some corroborative evidence that there used to be a civilization around this area, for example some ruins of buildings, artifacts or walls perhaps.
(Pic.2 Man on Mars, zoom out - Courtesy NASA/JPL)
(Pic.3 Man on Mars, view from Spirit Rover - Courtesy NASA/JPL)
Unfortunately, this kind of indiscipline casts a shadow over other controversial areas of research that DO have rational platforms of evidence on which to base challenging questions, such as the question of Mars once having been home to an advanced civilization.
The interest in the ‘Face' on Mars and the enigmatic objects in Cydonia, and now the ‘Woman’ on Mars reveals a lively undercurrent of intense interest from ordinary people about Mars. A healthy fascination that is frustratingly being subdued by the dry ponderous, monotony of systematic, planetary research.
There is a growing impatience from many folk who are just about done with hearing about ‘interesting rocks’ and instead want to hear about some real discoveries. Not microscopic life – everyone knows this will be announced sooner rather than later, and will not be a surprise – but something that will excite their imagination and broaden their minds.
Is there life on Mars? The answer will surely be ‘yes’. The only question remaining will be ‘what kind of life, and how extensive is it?’.
For now, we are unlikely to see Martian humanoid creatures walking around on two legs on the surface of Mars (at least not without a spacesuit…), but I hope that soon we will get something really terrific. Something that will quantifiably deepen our understanding of the universe.