• MIA018: Tail Fin

MIA018: Tail Fin

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IMAGE DETAILS

Mars Report Ref: MIA018

Report date: July-August 2017

Research Status: Open - Possible mechanical artefact

Description: Tail Fin
Approximate size:  10 cm

Mission: Spirit Rover
Location: Gusev Crater

Found by: Kevin Brant

Image date: Sol 1402, Dec 2007
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Graphics/image editing: M. J. Craig

Image source: https://mars.nasa.gov/mer/gallery/all/2/p/1402/2P250825588EFFAW9DP2432R1M1.HTML

(L) https://mars.nasa.gov/mer/gallery/all/2/p/1402/2P250825116EFFAW9DP2432L2M1.HTML
(R) https://mars.nasa.gov/mer/gallery/all/2/p/1402/2P250825116EFFAW9DP2432R6M1.HTML

OBSERVATIONS

The object sits amongst conventional rocks and appears out of context with the natural geology surrounding it. However, there could be more than one object here, which would make it less anomalous.

POTENTIAL FOR AN ARTIFICIAL OBJECT

Angular, geometrically proportionate dimensions suggest artificiality.

COMMON EXPLANATION

Eroded fragment of rock. Ventifact.

MIA018.2 Tail Fin: Close-up - Sol 1402.

Image credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell

MIA018.1 Tail Fin: from a distance - Sol 1402.

Image credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell

Image source: https://mars.nasa.gov/mer/gallery/all/2/p/1402/2P250825588EFFAW9DP2432R1M1.HTML