• MAA-004: The Hexagon

- Image Analysis Report

Image Analysis Report

IMAGE DETAILS

MAA Report Ref: MAA-004

Report Date: July-August 2017

Research Status: Open - Possible building/monument

Description: The Hexagon
Approximate size:  2 km

Mission images/dates: THEMIS/Mars Odyssey 2002, Mars Express 2006
Location: Cydonia Mensae

Pointed out by: M. J. Craig

Image credits: (See image captions)

Graphics/image editing: Mars Archaeology Archive

Image sources: (See image captions)

OBSERVATIONS

Hexagonal formations in nature are quite common and can be seen in ice and volcanic rock processes. Abundant hexagonal/polygonal craters can also be found across Mars, attributed to fracture patterns and possibly even electrical discharges. These explanations are probably more likely.

POTENTIAL FOR AN ARTIFICIAL STRUCTURE

A clear hexagonal shape sits within the partial remains of another similar geometric shape.

COMMON EXPLANATION

A remnant massif formed by geological erosion.

MAA-004.1 The Hexagon - Mars Express 2006

Image credit: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G Neukum)

CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Image source: http://spaceinimages.esa.int/Images/2006/09/Cydonia_region_colour_image

MAA-004.2 The Hexagon - Geometric perspective - THEMIS/Mars Odyssey 2002

​Image credit: NASA/JPL/Arizona State University

Image source: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/jpegMod/PIA04057_modest.jpg