• MAA-015: Pipe or Life Form?

- Image Analysis Report

Image Analysis Report

IMAGE DETAILS

MAA Report Ref: MAA-015

Report date: July-August 2017

Research Status: Open - Possible mechanical debris

Description: Pipe or Life Form?
Approximate size:  50-100 cm

Mission: Spirit Rover
Location: Gusev Crater

Found by: Unknown

Image date: Sol 229 Aug 2004
Image credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell

Graphics/image editing: Mars Archaeology Archive

Image source: http://mars.nasa.gov/mer/gallery/all/2/p/229/2P146694689EFF8600P2402L7M1.JPG

OBSERVATIONS

This provocative image throws up the possibility that if we are not looking at an artefact, then we may well be looking at a life form.

POTENTIAL FOR AN ARTIFICIAL OBJECT

A tubular form with a possible circular hole at the end, resembling a pipe.

COMMON EXPLANATION

Optical illusion.

MAA-015.2 Pipe or Life Form? - from a distance - Sol 229.

Image credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell

http://mars.nasa.gov/mer/gallery/all/2/p/229/2P146694689EFF8600P2402L7M1.JPG

MAA-015.1 Pipe or Life Form? - Close-up - Sol 229.

Image credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell

http://mars.nasa.gov/mer/gallery/all/2/p/229/2P146694689EFF8600P2402L7M1.JPG