MAA-032: Wheels and Axle
- Image Analysis Report
Image Analysis Report
MAA Report Ref: MAA-032
Report date: July-August 2017
Research Status: Open - Possible mechanical artefact
Description: Wheels and Axle
Approximate size: 15cm
Mission: Curiosity Rover
Location: Gale Crater
Found by: Thomas Mikey Scrøder Jensen
Image date: Sol 729 Aug 2014
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
Graphics/image editing: Mars Archaeology Archive
If ever we could set nature an impossible task of eroding rock to look like a manufactured object, then surely ‘a set of wheels’ would be it. Frustratingly this object is too far away to permit closer examination in fact I almost chose not to present it due to the lack of detail, but there is certainly enough to raise an eyebrow and more.
POTENTIAL FOR AN ARTIFICIAL OBJECT
As well as the compelling circular wheel shape, there is a strong hint too of an inner circle, which strengthens the possibility that it could be exactly what it appears to be. There is also a suggestion of some other geometrical shapes just behind the"wheels", which may indicate a mechanical junk pile of sorts.
An optical illusion caused by the limits of the image resolution. Just round rocks and shadow-play.