• MIA017: Box or Casing

MIA017: Box or Casing

 

IMAGE DETAILS

Mars Report Ref: MIA017

Report date: July-August 2017

Research Status: Open - Possible mechanical artefact

Description: Box or Casing
Approximate size:  13 cm

Mission: Spirit Rover
Location: Gusev Crater

Found by: Maya

Image date: Sol 1419, Dec 2007
Image credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell

Graphics/image editing: M. J. Craig

Image source:(L) https://mars.nasa.gov/mer/gallery/all/2/p/1419/2P252334537EFFAX00P2260L7M1.HTML
(R)
https://mars.nasa.gov/mer/gallery/all/2/p/1419/2P252334537EFFAX00P2260R1M1.HTML

OBSERVATIONS

The cube shape is strong, however the rover appears to have driven over this area, and it's possible that a wheel may have caused a piece of rock to be sheared off, leaving a flat reflective surface. Image SPR-006.1 may also reveal an alternative shape to the object.

POTENTIAL FOR AN ARTIFICIAL OBJECT

Symmetrical cube shape on two sides with an apparent opening to it, suggests a possibly metallic box or casing.

COMMON EXPLANATION

Optical illusion. Shape caused by the rover wheel driving over it.

MIA017.2 Box or Casing: a second image showing a possible alternative more elongated 'stepped' shape to the purely square cube suggested by the first image - Sol 1419.

Image credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell

MIA017.1 Box or Casing: Close-up of cube shaped object - Sol 1419.

Image credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell

Image source: https://mars.nasa.gov/mer/gallery/all/2/p/1419/2P252334537EFFAX00P2260L7M1.HTML