• MIA029: Small Pyramidal Object

MIA029: Small Pyramidal Object

 

IMAGE DETAILS​

Mars Report Ref: MIA029

Report date: July-August 2017

Research Status: Open - Possible artefact

Description: Small Pyramidal Object
Approximate size: 10 cm
Mission: Curiosity Rover
Location: Gale Crater

Found by: Rami Bar Ilan

Image date: Sol 978, May 2015
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Graphics/image editing: M. J. Craig

Image source: http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl-raw-images/msss/00978/mcam/0978MR0043250040502821E01_DXXX.jpg

OBSERVATIONS

Appears to be a tetrahedral pyramid from the viewing angle with two smooth symmetrical sides, although the hidden side may not necessarily replicate what the front view suggests.

POTENTIAL FOR AN ARTIFICIAL OBJECT

​Its small size (10 cm) would rule out any suggestions of megalithic construction, unless this portion just happens to be the tip of a large buried structure. If it's just a small object, then it might be a piece of art or decoration.

COMMON EXPLANATION

A piece of fragmented rock, split into a sharp angular shape. To find a pyramidal shape is not unusual.

MIA029.1 Small Pyramidal Object - Curiosity Rover, Sol 978 May 2015

​Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS