• MAA-013: Tool Wrench: Nearby Objects - Image Analysis Report

Image Analysis Report

IMAGE DETAILS

MAA Report Ref: MAA-013

Report date: July-August 2017

Research Status: Open - Possible mechanical debris

Description: Tool Wrench: Nearby Objects
Approximate sizes:  Between 5 - 20 cm

Mission: Spirit Rover
Location: Gusev Crater

Pointed out by: M. J. Craig

Image dates: Sols 527,  540, 541  June 2005
Image credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell

Graphics/image editing: Mars Archaeology Archive

Image sources: (see image captions)

OBSERVATIONS

Close to the wrench/spanner-like feature sit several other unusually shaped objects.

POTENTIAL FOR ARTIFICIAL OBJECTS

A concentration of artificial-looking objects located within a 1 - 1.5 metre radius, suggest a possible technological debris pile derived from a common source. The objects have a significantly different character in appearance to surrounding rocks. Analysis of further images of the area do not reveal a similar concentration of such objects, indicating their uniqueness.

COMMON EXPLANATION

Meteorite debris, porous volcanic rock, ventifacts.

MAA-013.2 Object A: 15-20 cm - Sol 527.

Image credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell

http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/gallery/all/2/p/527/2P173156766EFFACA0P2440R1M1.HTML

MAA-013.1 Tool Wrench: Nearby Objects - Sol 527.

Image credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell

http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/gallery/all/2/p/527/2P173156766EFFACA0P2440R1M1.HTML

MAA-013.3 Object A: Moving sequence revealing structural perspective.

Image credits: NASA/JPL/Cornell

GIF sequence: Mars Archaeology Archive

MAA-013.4 Object B: 5-10 cm - Sol 540.

Image credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell

https://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/mer/gallery/all/2/p/540/2P174301129EFFACB9P2445R1M1.JPG

MAA-013.5 Object B: Moving sequence revealing structural perspective.

Image credits: NASA/JPL/Cornell

GIF sequence: Mars Archaeology Archive

MAA-013.6 Object C: 25-30 cm - Sol 540.

Image credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell

https://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/mer/gallery/all/2/p/540/2P174301129EFFACB9P2445R1M1.JPG

MAA-013.7 Object C: Moving sequence revealing structural perspective.

Image credits: NASA/JPL/Cornell

GIF sequence: Mars Archaeology Archive

MAA-013.8 Object D: 10 cm - Sol 527.

Image credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell

http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/gallery/all/2/p/527/2P173156766EFFACA0P2440R1M1.HTML

MAA-013.9 Object D: Moving sequence revealing structural perspective.

Image credits: NASA/JPL/Cornell

GIF sequence: Mars Archaeology Archive