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I always dimly assumed that Stephen Harris - whatever combination of real people he may pseudonymically represent - got the idea for a story about pyramids on Mars from all that guff about there supposedly being pyramids and giant monkey faces on Mars.
However, I learn that the 'face' and 'pyramids' on Mars were not 'discovered' until the NASA Viking missions, which didn't snap pictures of the region of Mars known as Cydonia (where all the pyramids, town squares and giant useless chimp portraits are said to be) until after 'Pyramids of Mars' was broadcast.
The whole pyramids / Mars thing is alive and well today, beyond Who-dom. Viz, this species of utter balls:
This kind of drivel has not been stopped - or even slowed - by better and more detailed images taken by NASA since.
Here, for instance is an image of the 'pyramid', taken by Mars Global Surveyor in 2001:
Self-evidently NOT an artificial, architectural structure, I'm sure you'll agree. (If you don't, you have no business reading this blog. Go away immediately.)
Here, is the spooky 'simian' 'face' on Mars, imaged by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in 2007:
Looks exactly like Roddy McDowell in Planet of Apes ...