• MIA022: Vertical Feature

MIA022: Vertical Feature

 

IMAGE DETAILS

Mars Report Ref: MIA022

Report date: July-August 2017

Research Status: Open - Possible mechanical artefact

Description: Vertical Feature
Approximate size:  30 cm

Mission: Spirit Rover
Location: Gusev Crater

Found by: Susan Rapp, multiple researchers

Image date: Sol 69, Mar 2004
Image credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell

Graphics/image editing: M. J. Craig

Image source: https://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/mer/gallery/all/2/p/069/2P132498528EFF1800P2288L2M1.HTML

OBSERVATIONS

This iron-shaped feature appears to have something laying flat behind it, possibly attached, although the shadow does not permit further analysis.

​POTENTIAL FOR AN ARTIFICIAL OBJECT

Symmetrical proportions and possible attachment laying almost perpendicular to the vertical part, could indicate artificiality.

COMMON EXPLANATION

Ventifact.

MIA022.2 Vertical Feature: from a distance - Sol 69.

Image credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell

Image source: https://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/mer/gallery/all/2/p/069/2P132498528EFF1800P2288L2M1.HTML

MIA022.1 Vertical Feature: Close-up - Sol 69.

Image credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell

Image source: https://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/mer/gallery/all/2/p/069/2P132498528EFF1800P2288L2M1.HTML

MIA022.3 Vertical Feature: Colour image - Sol 69.

Image credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell

Image source: https://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA05968