• MAA-030: C-Shaped Object

- Image Analysis Report

Image Analysis Report

IMAGE DETAILS

MAA Report Ref: MAA-030

Report date: July-August 2017

Research Status: Open - Possible mechanical artefact

Description: C-Shaped Object
Approximate size: 5 cm
Mission: Curiosity Rover
Location: Gale Crater

Found by: Rami Bar Ilan

Image date: Sol 817 Nov 2014
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Graphic/image editing: Mars Archaeology Archive

Image source: https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/spaceimages/images/largesize/PIA19066_hires.jpg

OBSERVATIONS

A baffling one insofar as this very angular object is so very close to the Curiosity camera. Was the precision shape caused by the Rover wheel slicing into it perhaps, if indeed it drove over this spot? The mission scientists obviously must have seen and discussed it.

POTENTIAL FOR AN ARTIFICIAL OBJECT

A very symmetrically proportionate ‘C’ shape.

COMMON EXPLANATION

Odd-shaped rock or sediment. Angular shape perhaps caused by the Rover wheel.

MAA-030.1 C-Shaped Object - Curiosity Rover, Sol 817 Nov 2014

​Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Graphic/image editing: Mars Archaeology Archive