• MAA-029: Small Pyramidal Object - Image Analysis Report

Image Analysis Report

IMAGE DETAILS

MAA Report Ref: MAA-029

Report date: July-August 2017

Research Status: Open - Possible artefact

Description: Small Pyramidal Object
Approximate size: 10cm
Mission: Curiosity Rover
Location: Gale Crater

Found by: Rami Bar Ilan

Image date: Sol 978, May 2015
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Graphics/image editing: Mars Archaeology Archive

Image source: http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl-raw-images/msss/00978/mcam/0978MR0043250040502821E01_DXXX.jpg

OBSERVATIONS

Appears to be a tetrahedral pyramid from the viewing angle with two smooth symmetrical sides, although the hidden side may not necessarily replicate what the front view suggests.

POTENTIAL FOR AN ARTIFICIAL OBJECT

Its small size (10cm) would seem to rule out any suggestions of megalithic construction, unless this portion just happens to be the tip of a large buried structure. If its just a small object, then it might be a piece of art, or have had some mystical or religious purpose.

COMMON EXPLANATION

A piece of fragmented rock, split into a sharp angular shape. To find a pyramidal shape is not unusual.

MAA-029.1 Small Pyramidal Object - Curiosity Rover, Sol 978 May 2015

​Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Graphic/image editing: Mars Archaeology Archive