• MIA013: Tool Wrench - Nearby Objects

MIA013: Tool Wrench - Nearby Objects

 

IMAGE DETAILS

Mars Report Ref: MIA013

Report date: July-August 2017

Research Status: Open - Possible mechanical debris

Description: Tool Wrench - Nearby Objects
Approximate sizes:  Between 5 - 20 cm

Mission: Spirit Rover
Location: Gusev Crater

Pointed out by: M. J. Craig

Image dates: Sols 527,  540, 541  June 2005
Image credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell

Graphics/image editing/GIF sequences: M. J. Craig

Image sources: See image captions

OBSERVATIONS

Close to the wrench/spanner-like feature sit several other unusually shaped objects.

​POTENTIAL FOR ARTIFICIAL OBJECTS

A concentration of artificial-looking objects located within a 1 - 1.5 metre radius, suggest a possible technological debris pile derived from a common source. The objects have a significantly different character in appearance to surrounding rocks. Analysis of further images of the area do not reveal a similar concentration of such objects, indicating their uniqueness.

COMMON EXPLANATION

Meteorite debris, porous volcanic rock, ventifacts.

MIA013.1 Tool Wrench: Nearby Objects - Sol 527.

Image credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell

Image source: https://mars.nasa.gov/mer/gallery/all/2/p/527/2P173156766EFFACA0P2440L7M1.HTML

MIA013.2 Object A: 15-20 cm - Sol 527.

Image credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell

MIA013.3 Object A: Moving sequence revealing structural perspective.

GIF sequence: M. J. Craig

MIA013.4 Object B: 5-10 cm - Sol 540.

Image credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell

Image source: https://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/mer/gallery/all/2/p/540/2P174301129EFFACB9P2445R1M1.JPG

MIA013.5 Object B: Moving sequence revealing structural perspective.

GIF sequence: M. J. Craig

MIA013.6 Object C: 25-30 cm - Sol 540

Image credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell

MIA013.7 Object C: Moving sequence revealing structural perspective.

GIF sequence: M. J. Craig

MIA013.8 Object D: 10 cm - Sol 527.

Image credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell

MIA013.9 Object D: Moving sequence revealing structural perspective.

GIF sequence: M. J. Craig