• MIA027: Wheel Hub

MIA027: Wheel Hub

 

IMAGE DETAILS​

Mars Report Ref: MIA027

Report date: July-August 2017

Research status: Research Status: Open - Possible mechanical artefact

Description: Wheel Hub
Approximate size: 20-25 cm
Mission: Curiosity Rover
Location: Gale Crater

Image date: Sol 064, Oct 2012
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Graphics/image editing: M. J. Craig

Image source: http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl-raw-images/msss/00064/mcam/0064MR0285005000E1_DXXX.jpg

OBSERVATIONS

A peculiar, possibly rounded formation that we’ve called a “Wheel hub”.

The limitation of the two-dimensional image comes into play here as we would be curious to know if this object is actually as round as it suggests from this one side that we can see. Perhaps on the other side it’s a completely different shape.

POTENTIAL FOR AN ARTIFICIAL OBJECT

It has three, maybe four parallel planes and a circular hole. Its location is relatively isolated in that there appear to be no comparable objects in the vicinity.

COMMON EXPLANATION

A segment of rock strata.

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MIA027.2 Wheel Hub - Earth analogy

MIA027.1 Wheel Hub - Curiosity Rover, Sol 064, Oct 2012

​Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS