MIA010: Geometric Features
Mars Report Ref: MIA010
Report date: July-August 2017
Research Status: Explained
Description: Geometric Features
Approximate size: 300 m
Mission image/date: MGS January 1998
Pixel width: 4.59 m
Location: South East Floor, West Candor Chasma
Found by: Unknown
Image credits: NASA/JPL/MSSS
Graphics/image editing: Mars Archaeology Archive
Image source: See image captions
When first discovered, this image was presented as possible evidence for a group of geometric structures. However, the lack of detail in the picture (at 4.5 m per image pixel) was clearly exposed by the more recent HiRISE image of 2008 (26 cm per pixel), which showed that the apparent 3D geometric character of the features was in fact an illusion caused by insufficient resolution in the image.
POTENTIAL FOR ARTIFICIAL STRUCTURES
None. Picture satisfactorily explained by geology.
ACCEPTED - Illusion caused by insufficient image resolution.