MAA-037: Stanchion Base Plate
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Image Analysis Report
MAA Report Ref: MAA-037
Report date: July-August 2017
Research Status: Open - Possible mechanical artefact
Description: Stanchion Base Plate
Approximate size: 40 cm
Mission: Curiosity Rover
Location: Gale Crater
Found by: Rami Bar Ilan
Image date: Sol 595 April 2014
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
Graphics/image editing: Mars Archaeology Archive
The resemblance to a triangular base is strong, especially with an extension which might suggest an attached stanchion. What is lacking is other images from a different angle, which could ascertain its true form and shape. The 'stanchion' shape itself may just be an illusion, formed by a flat surface and a dark rock, while the triangular 'base' may also not be flat at all. There are several images available of this object, but none offer a different angle from which to view and appraise its true nature.
POTENTIAL FOR AN ARTIFICIAL OBJECT
Triangular shape of a mechanical character suggested.
Optical illusion, due to perspective, shadows and imagery limitations.