• MAA-014: Junkyard Artefact

- Image Analysis Report

Image Analysis Report

IMAGE DETAILS

MAA Report Ref: MAA-014

Report date: July-August 2017

Research Status: Open - Possible mechanical debris

Description: Junkyard Artefact
Approximate size:  5 cm

Mission: Spirit Rover
Location: Gusev Crater

Found by: Unknown

Image date: Sol 15 Jan 2004
Image credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell

Graphics/image editing: Mars Archaeology Archive

Image source: http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/gallery/all/2/p/015/2P127699373EFF0313P2549L7M1.JPG

OBSERVATIONS

This image taken only fifteen days after landing, is most likely to be a small part of the spacecraft airbag mechanism.

POTENTIAL FOR AN ARTIFICIAL OBJECT

Angular characteristics similar to shorn metal fragments or strapping.

COMMON EXPLANATION

Part of the landing airbag.

MAA-014 Junkyard Artefact - Sol 015.

Image credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell

http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/gallery/all/2/p/015/2P127699373EFF0313P2549L7M1.JPG