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Not Quite Marilyn

Not Quite Marilyn Face on Mars

Image Title: Not Quite Marilyn
Source: Mars Global Surveyor


By some strange thought process, while examining a Mars Global Surveyor image of the infamous "Face on Mars", I started thinking about Marilyn Monroe and the famous painting of her done by Andy Warhol. I began to wonder how Marty, my pet name for the face, would look similarly dressed up. Well, now you know. This is one of the images that I used in my "Mars As Art" presentation, first delivered at the 2004 Windycon Science Fiction Convention. I was very pleased with the audience reaction to this particular image and they were very amused by my attempt to explain how my mind went from thinking about Marty to thinking about Marilyn.

Source Image Background

The source of the face is Mars Global Surveyor NA image E0300824. The actual "Face on Mars" is approximately 1.5 kilometers wide by 1.2 kilometers tall. As seen in the image above, the Face is seen with an image resolution of approximately 1.94 meters per pixel. The location on Mars of the Face is 9.72N, 41.17W. This is in the Cydonia province of Mars and is home to a wide array of eroded mesas and buttes.

For more information about Cydonia, you should take a look at the image Cydonia in the Orbital Gallery.

Image Processing

Quite a bit actually. All work was done in Adobe Photoshop.

Wallpaper Download

I have created a low resolution, cropped version of Not Quite Marilyn for use as a desktop wallpaper. I am making this wallpaper available for your personal use only. It is not to be modified or redistributed in any form by any means. All rights are retained by the artist.

Not Quite Marilyn, 1024 x 768 Wallpaper Image by Jim Plaxco

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