• MAA-035: Beam Clamp Strut

- Image Analysis Report

Image Analysis Report

IMAGE DETAILS

MAA Report Ref: MAA-035

Report date: July-August 2017

Research Status: Open - Possible mechanical artefact

Description: Beam Clamp Strut
Approximate size: 5 cm
Mission: Curiosity Rover
Location: 'Dingo Gap', Gale Crater

Found by: Unknown

Image date: Sol 528 Jan 2014
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Graphics/image editing: Mars Archaeology Archive

Image source: https://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl-raw-images/msss/00528/mcam/0528ML0020870010203210E01_DXXX.jpg

OBSERVATIONS

The resemblance to a mechanical clamp or strut is very clear. However the closeup image resolution leaves some room for doubt.

POTENTIAL FOR AN ARTIFICIAL OBJECT

Geometrical/symmetrical shape and proportions. Other symmetrical objects also found in the vicinity (to be added).

COMMON EXPLANATION

An optical illusion caused by perspective, shadows and imagery limits. Odd-shaped rock.

MAA-035.1 Beam Clamp Strut - Curiosity Rover, Sol 528 Jan 2014

​Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Graphics/image editing: Mars Archaeology Archive