• MAA-022: Vertical Feature

- Image Analysis Report

Image Analysis Report

IMAGE DETAILS

MAA Report Ref: MAA-022

Report date: July-August 2017

Research Status: Open - Possible mechanical artefact

Description: Vertical Feature
Approximate size:  30 cm

Mission: Spirit Rover
Location: Gusev Crater

Found by: James Tracy

Image date: Sol 69 Mar 2004
Image credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell

Graphics/image editing: Mars Archaeology Archive

Image source: https://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/mer/gallery/all/2/p/069/2P132498528EFF1800P2288L2M1.HTML

OBSERVATIONS

This iron shaped feature appears to have something laying flat behind it, possibly attached, although the shadow does not permit further analysis.

POTENTIAL FOR AN ARTIFICIAL OBJECT

Symmetrical proportions and possible attachment laying almost perpendicular to the vertical part, could indicate artificiality.

COMMON EXPLANATION

Ventifact.

MAA-022.2 Vertical Feature: from a distance - Sol 69.

Image credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell
https://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/mer/gallery/all/2/p/069/2P132498528EFF1800P2288L2M1.HTML

MAA-022.1 Vertical Feature: Close-up - Sol 69.

Image credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell

https://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/mer/gallery/all/2/p/069/2P132498528EFF1800P2288L2M1.HTML

MAA-022.3 Vertical Feature: Colour image - Sol 69.

Image credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell
https://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA05968