Mahatma Gandhis face etched on Mars
Matteo Lanneo was surveying the amazing pictures sent from Europe`s Mars Orbiter back to Earth when he came across this uncanny resemblance to the father of the Indian nation, Daily Mail reported.
The head appears to have a moustache and shaven head and prominent eyebrows, just like Mahatma Gandhi, it quoted Lanneo as saying.
It is not the first time that a face has been spotted on Mars.
In July 1976, the American Viking 1 Orbiter took a photograph that appeared to show a hill in the shape of a human face on the dusty surface of Mars.
Within days of its discovery in 1976, space enthusiasts were speculating that the structure was man-made and had been built by Martians in the distant past.
However, an image taken with Nasa`s high-definition HiRISE camera in 2010 showed the face was just a large, rocky hill.
Seeing faces on Mars is a case of pareidolia – where a random stimulus is perceived as having significance, be it a symbol seen in a cloud or a face on a piece of toast.
Scientists theorise the phenomenon occurs because humans are hardwired to recognise familiar objects as a survival technique, the report said.
ESA`s Mars Express has just celebrated its eighth years in space. The Orbiter takes high-resolution images and maps the minerals on the surface. It also explores the subsurface using radar.