MAA-043: Rusted Rebar
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Image Analysis Report
MAA Report Ref: MAA-043
Report date: January 2020
Research Status: Open - Possible artificial object
Description: Rusted Rebar
Approximate size: 10-20 cm
Mission: Curiosity Rover
Location: Gale Crater
Found by: Various, including Jimmy Singer
Image date: Sep 2016
Image credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS; Neville Thompson/Gigapan MSL 1448 MR W-EDR/PDS
Graphics/image editing: Mars Archaeology Archive
NASA Image sources:
SOL 1448 RAW IMAGE CATALOGUE: https://mars.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/raw-images
Gigapan Higher Quality Imaging source: http://gigapan.com/gigapans/218759/
This object sits on the flat ground just beyond the slope of eroded sediment that has built up beneath a small cliff. Looking remarkably similar to rebar used in concrete construction work, this is the only clear example apparent in this NASA image. Although there are what could be similar fragments elsewhere, partially buried.
POTENTIAL FOR AN ARTIFICIAL STRUCTURE
The similarity to concrete rebar is strong, which could indicate a site where ancient buildings stood.
This is geological in nature, probably the remains of what was formerly veins of hard material encased in softer sediment, that has since eroded away exposing just the remaining hard material.