• MIA014: Junkyard Artefact

MIA014: Junkyard Artefact

 

IMAGE DETAILS

Mars Report Ref: MIA014

Report date: July-August 2017

Research Status: Open - Possible mechanical debris

Description: Junkyard Artefact
Approximate size:  5 cm

Mission: Spirit Rover
Location: Gusev Crater

Found by: Unknown

Image date: Sol 15 Jan 2004
Image credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell

Graphics/image editing: M. J. Craig

Image source: (Left)  https://mars.nasa.gov/mer/gallery/all/2/p/015/2P127699373EFF0313P2549R7M1.HTML

(Right) https://mars.nasa.gov/mer/gallery/all/2/p/015/2P127699373EFF0313P2549L7M1.HTML

OBSERVATIONS

This image taken only fifteen days after landing, is most likely to be a small part of the spacecraft airbag mechanism.

POTENTIAL FOR AN ARTIFICIAL OBJECT

Angular characteristics similar to shorn metal fragments or strapping.

COMMON EXPLANATION

Part of the landing airbag.

MIA014 Junkyard Artefact - Sol 015.

Image credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell

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