• MAA-027: Wheel Hub - Image Analysis Report

Image Analysis Report

IMAGE DETAILS

MAA Report Ref: MAA-027

Report date: July-August 2017

Research status: Research Status: Open - Possible mechanical artefact

Description: The Wheel Hub
Approximate size: 20-25cm
Mission: Curiosity Rover
Location: Gale Crater

Image date: Sol 064, Oct 2012
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Graphics/image editing: Mars Archaeology Archive

Image source: http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl-raw-images/msss/00064/mcam/0064MR0285005000E1_DXXX.jpg

OBSERVATIONS

A peculiar, possibly rounded formation that we’ve called the “Wheel hub”.

The limitation of the two-dimensional image comes into play here as we would be curious to know if this object is actually as round as it suggests from this one side that we can see. Perhaps on the other side it’s a completely different shape.

POTENTIAL FOR AN ARTIFICIAL OBJECT

It has three, maybe four parallel planes and a circular hole. Its location is relatively isolated in that there appear to be no comparable objects in the vicinty.

COMMON EXPLANATION

A segment of rock strata.

MAA-027.2 The Wheel Hub - Earth analogy

MAA-027.1 The Wheel Hub - Curiosity Rover, Sol 064 Oct 2012

​Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Graphic/image editing: Mars Archaeology Archive